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Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional wowed us of their full evaluations because of their enticing designs, clear Android 12 interface and stable general efficiency. I even discovered the Pixel 6 Professional’s digicam to be an actual rival to the iPhone 13 Professional after I put the 2 telephones facet by facet, having the ability to take stunning, well-exposed pictures in any situations. It is why the Pixel 6 Professional earned a coveted Throneofgadget Editors’ Selection award.

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The Pixel 6 is the smaller of the 2 telephones and it comes at an inexpensive $599 — an enormous money saving over the Pixel 6 Professional’s $899 asking value. However does that lower cost imply you may have to significantly compromise digicam efficiency? Each telephones have 50-megapixel main-camera sensors, backed up by 12-megapixel ultrawide lenses. The Pixel 6 Professional takes issues additional with the addition of a 48-megapixel telephoto zoom, which supplies a formidable 4x zoom. 

To seek out out if that zoom is the one distinction between the 2 digicam methods, I took each telephones round Edinburgh to see what they’ll do. 

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Pixel 6 principal digicam. 


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Pixel 6 Professional principal digicam. 


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Beginning off with this view overlooking Princes Road Gardens, each telephones have captured a wonderful picture with wealthy colours and lots more and plenty of particulars because of that high-resolution sensor. There’s mainly no distinction to inform between the pictures — they may simply have been taken with the identical cellphone.

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Pixel 6, 2x digital zoom. 


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Pixel 6 Professional, 4x optical zoom. 


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The massive distinction comes while you zoom in. The Pixel 6 does not have an optical zoom lens, however it does provide a 2x digital zoom. That zoom primarily simply crops into the picture, so it loses a number of element.

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Pixel 6, 2x digital zoom with 100% crop. 


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Pixel 6 Professional, 4x optical zoom with 100% crop. 


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Crop to 100% on the zoom pictures and the distinction is evident: The Pixel 6 Professional’s zoom will get you nearer and retains a hell of much more element. 

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Pixel 6 principal digicam. 


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Pixel 6 Professional principal digicam. 


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Again on the primary digicam, each telephones have produced nearly equivalent pictures on this vibrant, vibrant scene. The skies have been stored fully below management and there is loads of element within the shadows on the boat on the proper. There’s nearly no discernible distinction intimately, distinction or white stability. 

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Pixel 6, vast lens. 


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Pixel 6 Professional, vast lens. 


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And the identical is true with the wide-angle lens, with each telephones producing very good pictures because of the equivalent 48-megapixel sensors. 

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iPhone 13 Professional, vast lens comparability. 


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The Pixels provide the very same discipline of view, which is ok, however I did discover that the iPhone 13 Professional’s superwide lens supplies an excellent wider scene, one thing that can attraction to followers of wide-angle images.

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Pixel 6 principal digicam. 


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Pixel 6 Professional principal digicam. 


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Pixel 6 principal digicam. 


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Pixel 6 Professional principal digicam. 


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Pixel 6 principal digicam. 


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Pixel 6 Professional principal digicam. 


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All of those assessments present that the telephones are capable of produce just about equivalent pictures when utilizing their principal digicam, with no distinction within the stage of seen element or colour stability. That is a aid if you happen to’re on the lookout for nice picture high quality general however you are hoping to avoid wasting money with the Pixel 6. 

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Pixel 6, principal digicam, evening mode. 


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Pixel 6 Professional, principal digicam, evening mode. 


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They usually each carry out nicely at evening. This check shot is vibrant and pin-sharp, regardless of being handheld. I like all the sunshine that is been captured within the clouds and the element within the silky reflection on the water. 

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Pixel 6, vast angle, evening mode. 


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Pixel 6 Professional, vast angle, evening mode. 


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With the wide-angle lens, each telephones take a dive in high quality. The pictures are vibrant and there is nearly no discernible shift in colour from the primary digicam, however the particulars are mushier, nearly as if it is not centered correctly. 

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Pixel 6, principal digicam, 100% crop. 


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Pixel 6, vast digicam, 100% crop. 


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Cropping in to 100% on the Pixel 6’s regular and wide-angle evening mode pictures, the distinction intimately is apparent. The identical is true of the Pixel 6 Professional. 

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Pixel 6, evening mode, lengthy publicity.


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Pixel 6 Professional, evening mode, lengthy publicity. 


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Each telephones additionally function a neat long-exposure mode, which I have been in a position to make use of right here to seize automotive lights snaking their method by the darkish metropolis streets. It is spectacular that the telephones can preserve the whole lot else in sharp focus — a handheld lengthy publicity of a number of seconds on an everyday digicam would require a tripod. 

General, it is clear that the shared {hardware} of each telephones means they’re each capable of take pictures of almost equivalent high quality. That may very well be an apparent conclusion, however it’s usually the case that producers do not use fairly as high-quality glass for the lens on cheaper fashions. Usually they will use less-advanced software program, leading to poorer efficiency, and due to this fact giving extra cause to pay further for the highest mannequin.

However, since Google has put equal effort into the digicam methods on each telephones, it could solely make sense from a images perspective to spend further if you’d like the telephoto zoom lens. Whether or not that is cash price spending is as much as you. In the event you’re actually invested in your pictures, I might strongly contemplate saving up a bit extra for the Professional: That 4x zoom can take gorgeous pictures with a discipline of view that opens up a wealth of compositions. 

If, nonetheless, you are on the lookout for a typically nice digicam for journey, and wish to avoid wasting cash, the Pixel 6 is an outstanding and inexpensive possibility to think about.



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