Honest? It’s still a hell of a good camera. When it’s sunny, you’ll get a nice, natural shot with nice colors, good contrast, and balanced exposure. This also applies to the ultrawide camera. Where it seems is at night. Google has taken cues from Apple and automatically triggers Night Sight – its special night mode that takes multiple photos with different exposures and merges them – whenever it deems necessary. (You can see a moon logo in the shutter icon and you can turn it off.) Night vision shots require you to hold still for a few seconds, but it’s far more forgiving when you finally shake your hands. You will often end up with amazingly detailed and bright nighttime images, with perhaps a touch too much saturation.
I take a lot of night sight photos with pixels. I also use portrait mode all the time. You have to forgive my excitement when Google announced that it had merged the two functions so that you can use Night Sight in portrait mode to get nice bokeh shots in low light ̵
Pixels can take great photos, but they’ve come up short when it comes to video. This is another longstanding complaint that Google brought up here. Now you have three stabilization modes to choose from that are out of the normal range: Active, Locked and Kinopan. The latter is the most fun, slows down the footage and mutes all audio. It’s best for panning landscapes or capturing fast-moving action.
These modes help the Pixel 5 record more videos. The problem, however, is that, just like most electronic image stabilization systems, they are trimmed a lot to compensate for camera shake. The resulting quality is not that good and still may not match what you get on iPhones or Samsung devices.
The Pixel 5 is excellent. But phone makers like Apple and Samsung have realized that most people don’t want to pay $ 1,000 for a new phone. Both launched exceptional devices at prices similar to the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition for the same price, and Apple will be releasing the even more affordable iPhone 12 Mini next month.
These two phones don’t save anything either. To get a bit more technical, the S20 FE uses the USB 3.2 specification for its USB-C port, which enables faster data transfer speeds, as well as UFS 3.0 for faster read and write speeds (including faster app load times). Compare this to USB 3.1 and UFS 2.1 on the Pixel 5. Both the S20 FE and iPhone 12 Mini also support Wi-Fi 6, the latest Wi-Fi standard. Not the new pixel.
Google does offer sub-6 and mmWave 5G connectivity, but as with all 5G phones, it’s not worth thinking about yet as 5G is sparse in the US, not to mention you’ll likely have to cough up for an updated data plan.
I think I was wrong when I said there isn’t a major compromise that is breaking this phone – even with the $ 100 lower price tag than its predecessor, it’s still not the best value. If budget is an issue, go for the $ 350 Pixel 4A or the $ 500 Pixel 4A 5G. The latter phone is very similar to the Pixel 5, except that it is larger, has a 60Hz screen, comes with no wireless charging or water resistance, and is made of plastic.
You’d think Google would use all of the data it collects to figure out exactly what price it should put on its phones. Ah, well, even if you pay $ 700 for it, at least it means you no longer have to hear Kenny G hold music.