Pixel XL 'creams' iPhone 7 Plus in image quality.

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Jostian
Jostian Senior Member • Posts: 2,675
Pixel XL 'creams' iPhone 7 Plus in image quality.

more evidence of the 'price' paid for the over-processed approach by the latest iPhone (iPhone 7 Plus) i.t.o image quality. Only the macro (red fire engine) of the iPhone 7 Plus looks better.

Open any of the other iPhone images at 1:1 vs the Pixel XL (I used HDR off but the results are the same with HDR Auto+) and you'll see that familiar 'painterly, water color' effect to the iPhone 7 photos, whereas the Pixel does much better... Apple, what happened?????

http://www.gsmarena.com/iphone_7_plus_vs_google_pixel_xl-review-1514p5.php

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Re: Pixel XL 'creams' iPhone 7 Plus in image quality.

At 100% crop the Pixel looks better for the Macro shots.  It shows significantly more shallow DOF in macro compared to iPhone.  The XL should be f12 equivalent and the iPhone like f12.6 so not a huge difference...but maybe its typically the case in general that larger sensor + equivalent optics = less dependence on optical perfection and more dependence on sensor size.

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bigley Ling Veteran Member • Posts: 3,626
Re: Pixel XL 'creams' iPhone 7 Plus in image quality.

Jostian wrote:

more evidence of the 'price' paid for the over-processed approach by the latest iPhone (iPhone 7 Plus) i.t.o image quality. Only the macro (red fire engine) of the iPhone 7 Plus looks better.

Open any of the other iPhone images at 1:1 vs the Pixel XL (I used HDR off but the results are the same with HDR Auto+) and you'll see that familiar 'painterly, water color' effect to the iPhone 7 photos, whereas the Pixel does much better... Apple, what happened?????

http://www.gsmarena.com/iphone_7_plus_vs_google_pixel_xl-review-1514p5.php

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Apple has learned from Sony that the majority of smart phone users just wants a noise free clean  sharp image. ;), they could nor care less to fine or textural details as long as their face in the photo looks good (smooth skin to hide aging).

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Re: Pixel XL 'creams' iPhone 7 Plus in image quality.

screen grab from DPR studio scene, see how the overly high NR from iPhone obliterates detail... and this at base iso!!! why Apple why???

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bigley Ling Veteran Member • Posts: 3,626
Re: Pixel XL 'creams' iPhone 7 Plus in image quality.

Jostian wrote:

screen grab from DPR studio scene, see how the overly high NR from iPhone obliterates detail... and this at base iso!!! why Apple why???

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Quite simple. noise control. Consumers have the impression that a better camera captures images with less noise. It has been the consensus since the digital age that larger DSLRs with their larger sensors produced this type of result.  Apple mimics this low noise by applying oodles of noise reduction at the expense of preserving detail, after which they can now say their camera is a premium one.

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Re: Pixel XL 'creams' iPhone 7 Plus in image quality.

bigley Ling wrote:

Jostian wrote:

screen grab from DPR studio scene, see how the overly high NR from iPhone obliterates detail... and this at base iso!!! why Apple why???

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Quite simple. noise control. Consumers have the impression that a better camera captures images with less noise. It has been the consensus since the digital age that larger DSLRs with their larger sensors produced this type of result.

but DSLRs don't produce detail-less results...

Apple mimics this low noise by applying oodles of noise reduction at the expense of preserving detail, after which they can now say their camera is a premium one.

premium build quality yes but premium IQ, no ways!

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