Pixel 3A vs. OnePlus 7 Pro: let’s talk cameras


– OnePlus has always been known to give you a high spec experience without those high price tags
of other flagship phones. But they always kind of fell
short with their cameras. Pixel, on the other hand,
started off expensive, but they always maintained
amazing photo quality. But now they’re trickling that technology down to less expensive phones, while OnePlus is getting
a little more expensive and souping up their camera technology. So who does it better? The souped-up OnePlus 7 Pro, or the pared down Pixel 3A? Let’s put them to the test. Before we get into quality, you can’t take a photo
without opening the app. So who does it faster? To test this, I made a little rig. And I asked my friend Carrie to join me. We’re gonna be closing
the camera out, entirely, then opening the app and taking a photo as quickly as it allows us to. All right Carrie, let’s do this. One, go. – [Together] Oooooh. – [Becca] Two, one, go. – Okay, there’s something going on. – [Becca] Two, one, go. – Oooh! – Damn, okay. – [Becca] Go. – Fun. – That’s it. OnePlus wins, thank you Carrie. – Good game.
– Good game. And now we’re gonna see
whose shutter reacts faster when the app is already open. (clicks) Oh! One point Pixel. Two point Pixel. Three point Pixel. Okay, well that was fun. So the Pixel takes the photos faster when the app is already open, but from starting at nothing, the OnePlus will the open the app and take the photo just a bit faster. Now, I wanna look at the apps themselves just their interface,
because although they look really the same much
like all photo apps do, they act in different ways that makes one just a little bit better for me. The Pixel: my biggest qualm with this app is that every time you close it, whether you close out of it entirely or you just go to check a notification, it’s gonna default back to the rear camera every time you reopen it. So, say I am taking a selfie. And I have it on the front facing camera. If I close the app, and
say, check a notification, then open the app again,
it’s gonna go back to that rear camera, which is
more annoying than you think, especially when it comes to
shooting entirely in night mode. When it’s night time and I wanna just be shooting in night mode, I have to navigate to the more tab, and then hit night sight every single time I wanna take a photo at night. It seems small but it’s really annoying. So OnePlus’s app looks pretty standard and what I really appreciate is that, say, I’m taking a selfie,
every time I open the app, it’s gonna reopen the selfie camera. Now the only exception to this is that when you are in photo
mode using the rear camera, it’s always gonna default
back to the standard lens as opposed to the wide
angle or the telephoto every time you reopen the app. I also appreciate that you can swipe up on any of the options on the bottom column and it’ll bring you to
all of your photo modes. But what about hardware? What are we working with
just base level here? Well, on the OnePlus, you have
three cameras on the back: an eight megapixel F2.4 telephoto lens, a 16 megapixel F2.2 wide angle lens, and a standard 48 megapixel lens that scales down to 12 megapixels when you’re not using pro mode. And that’s an F1.6. And then on the front, or located atop, you have that really cool
pop-up 16 megapixel F2 camera. And then on the Pixel 3A, you have a 12.2 megapixel F1.8 lens on the back, and an eight megapixel F2
selfie camera on the front. Whoo, it’s a hell of a lot of numbers. Anyway, for the last three days, I have taken these phones
everywhere with me, and every photo I would
have taken with one camera, I’ve taken with two, and
yes, it is just as much of a pain in the ass as
you think it would be. I still have friends that print photos, so for this review, I wanna
go and I wanna print photos and then also compare them on my laptop. So we have a little bit of both worlds. I mean, when we’re only
taking photos with our phones, inevitably they will get printed or put on calendars, or if
you’re lucky, even a mug. So let’s go to Walgreens. All right, let’s do it. Took a really long time. Quick focus and audio test, here we go. Number one, how do you hear me? Is the sound better over here, or does it sound better over here? Now I’m back over here,
is it better over here? Or is it better over here, you tell me? Now I’m gonna go away. You guys focus? Still focus? One more? How’s the focus? All right. Oh yeah. Here we go. Alix, how did you beat me back here? Holy cow. Wow, okay, let’s first talk about selfies. These are some things you might print, say it’s you and a friend. So, right off the bat, I can notice the color difference
between the two photos. On this side is OnePlus
and this side is Pixel. OnePlus is definitely warmer, whereas Pixel as we know, is much cooler and there’s more blue and
green tones to the photos. I found that the OnePlus fills in shadows, brightens the photo,
and smooths absolutely everything more than the Pixel, even with the beauty mode turned off. Anyways, both cameras have
front-facing portrait mode, and although I like the
Pixel’s selfie camera for general use, I find
that selfie portraits put way too much blur on the background. All right, enough fooling around. Let’s talk about the main camera. Oh gosh, this portrait mode. The OnePlus takes smoothing
a whole nother level. I mean, I absolutely have no idea what happened to Alex’s
freckles, they’re even gone. Now, sure, the cutout is passable. OnePlus is cutting the contrast in detail level way too much. I took photos of Maria and printed them. The Pixel’s just way over
blurring the background. I do enjoy that it keeps details, especially in her forehead and her shirt, but in general, I just
think that this blur is too much, and I think that on OnePlus, it’s a little more natural. Where the OnePlus really surpasses the Pixel is its versatility. I mean, it simply has more
cameras than the Pixel. And it’s something that
I ended up using a lot. I mean, in New York City,
everything is so cramped and profound, so having a wide angle lens where you could be close to something yet show all of it, is really valuable. The wide angle lens is amazing. The details and the edges of the frame, they fall apart and they warp just a bit, but I didn’t find it to be a deal breaker and it’s better than no wide angle at all. The telephoto is really sharp too. There’s certainly way more detail than digital zooming on a Pixel. Those extra lenses, they allow OnePlus to really shine when shooting landscapes. And without faces to smooth,
the OnePlus does really well at keeping the whites white, as opposed to the blue-leaning Pixel. But when it comes to shooting at night, there’s no denying that
Pixel’s night sight is a lot better than OnePlus’s nightscape. The Pixel does a really nice job of keeping the details in,
say, the bricks in this photo while smoothing the pixels in the sky, which overall produces a higher, brighter, more balanced photo. It does take a few seconds
longer to take the photo, but for the clarity it
provides, I think it’s worth it. If we look at the main camera alone, putting aside the wide angle and the telephoto lenses on the OnePlus, I think the Pixel has the OnePlus beat in almost any lighting condition. It just comes down to the detail level. But if we’re talking about life in the grand scheme of
things, the versatility that the OnePlus provides is unmatched. I mean, having all those
lenses in your pocket at any time is really helpful. So as it is with all cameras, it’s gonna come down
to what you value more. What I will say, though, is last night, I bought way too many plants at Home Depot and I wanted to send a picture to my mom. I had both phones on me, and I chose the Pixel to take the picture. Okay, so, the age-old question. Sound off: Pixel or OnePlus? What are you guys shooting with? Do you care about lenses? Do you care about image quality? What are you doing with your photos? Does anyone still print pictures? That’s all I have to say. We’ll see you next time.

100 Comments

  1. The Verge May 24, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Hey friends! For this review, we shot all the photos as the devices intended with zero editing, in device or out. You can edit these photos on device to change the amount of blur, white balance issues, and contrast but this video isn't about my editing skills. Be well, friends! – Becca

  2. Raj Patel June 4, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Using OnePlus 7 pro with Gcam, Night sight works so well.. absolutely love it

  3. Amr Nail June 4, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    I dont take selfies a lot and i dont post a lot of pictures on instagram, faceboook etc… Convince me to get the Pixel over the oneplus 7 pro. GO!

  4. hanumantharao surabhi June 4, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Perfect comparison

  5. 213 June 4, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Much love to Andy Rubin. He liked another one of my tweets for praising the Essential Phone. As much as I love my Pixel 3, my PH-1 is still more reliable except in camera.

  6. Mason Holcomb June 5, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    It baffles me to think that anyone would give this video a thumbs down.

  7. r. adli June 6, 2019 at 8:54 am

    ok use gcam on oneplus than u get all you want

  8. Sahil Arora June 6, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Considering the price point and everything ! Pixel3a is way better than oneplus

  9. Sahil Arora June 6, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Great video tho. … Lots of effort there ?♥️

  10. Pat Albert June 6, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Yooooooo good comparison and it got me wanting to sell my s10e love Google just hate that they killed the nexus brand

  11. Seraj Ahmed June 6, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    OnePlus : I've more cameras to capture good photos ?

    Pixel : hold my beer ?

  12. Deep Raj June 6, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    pixel

  13. Sudheendra Harish June 6, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    One plus be like I am joke to u, at least compare it with 3xl model .

  14. After TheTech June 7, 2019 at 10:15 am

    That finger, though

  15. Chewy Porter June 7, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Price tag$! 3a phone of the year.

  16. Marco Pereira June 8, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Interesting I just tested this on my pixel 3 XL and if I have the selfie camera opened and i browse to another app then come back It's still on the front facing camera. I'm wondering if this is only occurring on the pixel3a/xl and not on the normal 3 and 3xl?

  17. Dave Liao June 9, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    I haven't printed a photo for years, and I can't think of a situation where I'd want to print something for someone else… I guess I'm not sentimental enough? ?

  18. Oh jeah Jeah June 9, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Great video I realy enjoyed it keep up the good work

  19. JB June 10, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    The Pixel destroys that camera…pixel hands down..

  20. trending videos June 12, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Please make videos on poco F1

  21. Oliver Siemens June 12, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    The pixel blur is just better.

  22. João Silva Dias June 14, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Just install Google Camera APK on OnePlus 7 Pro.

  23. Dari SaysWhatSheThink June 15, 2019 at 7:18 am

    6:34 blurring isn't natural

  24. YK Gaming June 15, 2019 at 7:45 am

    What about 9.5 update

  25. kunal saxena June 16, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Whose this kid? ?

  26. Shekhar Singh June 17, 2019 at 5:41 am

    I have visited your channel for very first time, you got unique way to deliver the contents. Love it

  27. Tarek Salem June 17, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Download gcam app on oneplus .end of text

  28. Toto Lopez G June 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Unlimited original quality cloud storage for the Pixel…

  29. Jason Lilli June 19, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    You know with the pixel you can hold I the camera app and choose selfie to open the app. That being said, I would hate if the selfie camera stayed. It’s THE WORST, when you open your phone not knowing the damn selfie cam is on lol

  30. Thanapat Sangsuwan June 21, 2019 at 6:39 am

    710 vs 855 isn't ?

  31. Max Handzel June 21, 2019 at 8:40 am

    1:39 So much Fun!!!!

  32. Silviu Teodorescu June 21, 2019 at 11:23 am

    YOU CAN HOLD THE CAMERA APP ICON AND THEN TAP TAKE A SELFIE!

  33. kent vun June 21, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    不男不女

  34. Jan de Koning June 21, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Sponsored by One+. ?

  35. Santhosh G June 22, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Worst review i saw till date,pls don't consider silly things

  36. n7eet June 22, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Do a Red Magic 3 review since it's also around the $500 mark..

  37. dhaval patel June 22, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Portrait means. Background blur, so pixel is perfect and one plus natural is not useful ???

  38. iJutsu June 22, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Pixel FTW

  39. shaktipada roy June 22, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Google pixel 3abest

  40. Exfrigustra June 22, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    The OnePlus 7pro cameras are so bad, shutter takes almost entirely 1 second even in daytime, try to capture the moment of your kid? Good luck with that. Mission Impossible!

  41. milaboss r June 22, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Camera is d criteria to award a cellphone. Hahah. Stop ur camera n talk about phone.

  42. Manuel A. Martinez June 23, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Becca, you need your own channel. You are a great reviewer.

  43. M.Q.S. June 24, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Samsungs amazing camera hardware +
    Pixels amazing stock Google software =
    BEST SMARTPHONE CAMERA EVER .

  44. ebin belji June 25, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Why didn't you mention that the camera is made by Sony ?

  45. Anuar Zhubanyshev June 26, 2019 at 3:21 am

    OnePlus looks more preferable for me

  46. Dallin's Birthday Is Next Week Films June 28, 2019 at 11:09 am

    I mean the 3a is basically the only phone in my price range I can use with Verizon

  47. #JulioJones 11 June 29, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Pixel has better camera resolution
    But OnePlus 7 has a much better battery life

    Both great phones but I am going go with the Oneplus 7.

  48. oliver !! June 30, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Pls have Becca in more videos

  49. Benedict Lang July 2, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I am looking forward to see you compare OP7p with the Google Cam App using the Google Pixel Software. There are some software problems that sometimes appear but improve the hardware that beats lots of phones out there.

  50. Ryan Montoya July 5, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    First time watching. Subscribed. Great video. I have had all the high end Samsung and apple phones but just jumped to the 3a. I can't tell you how impressed I am. Still thinking about getting the one plus 7 though. I have 11 more days to make my decision…

  51. venkatesh stanly July 6, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Good video mam, great job

  52. Gabriel Ignacio July 7, 2019 at 4:26 am

    The 3A wins solely due to Google's camera prowess in the software imaging end of things, although the OP7 Pro has much better camera hardware.

    I'd be curious as to see how both would do if the OP7 Pro was also using a port of Google Camera, as both phones in that scenario will be using their SoC to process the images since the 3A lacks the Pixel Visual Core it's more pricey brothers have.

  53. Mika X Drawings July 7, 2019 at 9:12 am

    OnePlus opens faster because of the processor. 3a still has a budget processor

  54. sanjay sj July 10, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    So who else thought it was a guy in the thumbnail?
    Ps:I'm new here.

  55. Christian July 11, 2019 at 1:19 am

    It really depends on the situation, the 3a takes ok shots but i prefer clarity with color over-saturation, the pixel 3a simply doesn't do this.

  56. Christian July 11, 2019 at 1:20 am

    nothing beats a DSLR

  57. Mina Das July 18, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    The nokia 9 has some of the best dynamic range in photos
    Wanna try the pureview cam next time?

  58. Mark Balazo July 20, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    When it comes to details the Pixel takes the cake but having a wide angle and telephoto lens is Oneplus' edge. Great comparison and fun vid! Keep it up.

  59. Francesco Varrato July 21, 2019 at 5:21 am

    The 3a XL would have make much more sense to compare with the OP7+

  60. Тарас Коржак July 21, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    OnePlus looks better. Pixel makes better photos. BUT, until you install Google Camera on OnePlus.

  61. Nikhil k July 23, 2019 at 7:25 am

    That's just wonderful review

  62. Brian Janiszewski July 26, 2019 at 11:54 am

    You tested them entirely in optimal lighting conditions. Where's the low light tests or a fast moving subject test?

  63. Rebecca D July 28, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Great comparison. Just what I needed. I'm liking the pixel better. Your photos looked more natural and it seems the OnePlus turns people of colour into oranges. Skin tones looked great on the Pixel.

  64. Aditya Fidelis August 7, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    this is point less, that nano second doesn't matter.

  65. Ankur Gupta August 10, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Hate the reviews which says "in the end it all comes down to your preference". Ok, thanks bi*hc for wasting my time and giving me no conclusion at end.

  66. Abir Hasan August 10, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Pixel 3A killed One plus.

  67. Jonathan Forney August 10, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    I thought this was a really fun approach to a camera comparison. Becca's an awesome fit for these camera videos. Great breakdown!

  68. Sufyan Patel August 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    i'm torn between the oneplus 7 pro and the pixel 3a. Which one should i get? as i want the performance of the oneplus but then the camera is not so good

  69. Malik Kelly August 14, 2019 at 12:25 am

    Human error

  70. Zaman555 Basra August 16, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    You're gorgeous

  71. Wasim Raja August 17, 2019 at 8:46 am

    "Blur is too much on front camera of pixel" ohh please stop reviewing
    Its called portrait mode

  72. stefhen jann de leon August 18, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Good comparison

  73. Afia Zaman August 19, 2019 at 6:29 am

    I'm dissappointed, why would you choose to judge a phone that you dont even know how to use properly? The blur was adjustable…

  74. Olivier Richez August 23, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Fortunately pixel camera app is available for oneplus 7 🙂

  75. pacman lp August 24, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    If there were a pro mode on my p2 xl it would be the perfect phone

  76. Shervin August 31, 2019 at 10:01 am

    I think your friend was slower than you operating the phone not the phone itself.

  77. Saddam Fazal August 31, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Onepluis open the camera faster because SD 855. Simple is that 🙂 u can't compare with 855 vs mid range chipset

  78. Manga Cue September 1, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Oneplus easily won this one. Coz it has 3 cameras

  79. Gursahib filmz. September 1, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    One camera beat 3 cameras ??? China kaa maal OnePlus ?

  80. Daniel Gomes September 5, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Pixel wins

  81. Archit Mehta September 5, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Best tech review person!

  82. BigSmokeVEVO September 7, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Pixel is the Apple of android, but its good.

  83. BigSmokeVEVO September 7, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Pixel takes perfect shots 95% of the time
    OnePlus takes perfect shots 60% of the time
    iPhone takes perfect shots 40% of the time

  84. ravi sathe September 9, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Any day the pixelll!!!

  85. yungdadi September 14, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I hope she does stand up comedy

  86. Aaditya Kumar September 15, 2019 at 5:21 am

    pixal

  87. Mohan Sethuraman September 18, 2019 at 3:24 am

    The best part of owning a Snapdragon device is you can install gcam and get those benefits of Google processing

  88. lukas prikryl September 19, 2019 at 1:14 am

    The last photo – night cityscape by 1+ is better.

  89. Carpe Diem _ October 4, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    What a fun game it was !

  90. Arnold Espinosa October 7, 2019 at 8:58 am

    A lot of THUMBS DOWN!!!!

  91. Daniel Cook October 15, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Hopefully you'll do one regarding 7 Pro vs Pixel 4 ??

  92. The RaRa85 October 18, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Any Pixel camera is just software which is really good. Hardware wise, I always go for the camera with maybe slightly less quality but way more flexibility cause I'm gonna edit the photos before sharing anyway. Same with the Pixel 4. Nothing really new there. Just more machine learning and algorithmic processing.

  93. Praveen Sunkari October 26, 2019 at 5:03 am

    Its fun watching her than the phones ..

  94. Mauro Alessandrini October 28, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    the pixels blur is adjustable. Oh my GOD, terrible Versus….

  95. Reggie Lam November 2, 2019 at 4:00 am

    thank you for the review, it's very refreshing, different in a nice way. Your personality really shines in the review video.

  96. Ashesh Maharjan November 10, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    One ploss . Hahahaha

  97. Hisham Saati November 15, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Only thing about pixel cameras that keeps me away from buying them is the terrible video quality. Thats why I stick to samsung phones, which have better all rounded cameras overall

  98. thetute59 November 20, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Honestly, if you're doing such comparison you need to be accurate, theres no way around it. different angles, focus points and such are all to take into consideration, which you didnt do well enough imho.

  99. onur erdogan November 23, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I dont understand how having more cameras that take a worse photo is better than having one camera with guaranteed great results?

  100. Ramon From GI November 23, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    For stills it's the pixel for everything else it's the OnePlus

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