Winner: Google Pixel 4
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Winner: Google Pixel 4

The Pixel 4 offers compelling still image quality. If you shoot Night Sight - even during daylight hours - you'll be rewarded with some of the best detail retention and balanced noise reduction we've seen from a smartphone. It only gets better in Raw, since the DNGs produced by the Pixel 4 are the result of aligning and merging multiple frames. A new astrophotography mode is not just cool but inspiring, and also benefits any nighttime scene where longer exposures can be used. The combination of super-res zoom and a new telephoto module make 'zoomed in' photos better than many peers. And unlike the iPhone, you can continue to use the telephoto module in dim light.

New 'dual exposure controls' allow you to fine tune the 'look' of the resulting HDR image in real-time. Portrait mode has been improved to yield bokeh similar to what you'd expect from ILCs, with fewer depth map errors and virtually no shutter lag. As such, the Pixel 4 is truly an enthusiast's smartphone camera. We have reservations over its video quality, display, as well as certain metering and image processing choices, but its strong core competency in stills makes it our winner.

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