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Pixel 7 vs iPhone 14 Plus: See how these two smartphone cameras stack up

Pitting flagship phones against each other is tricky. This is mostly because these phones manage to achieve a certain standard and reliability, especially in the camera department. This differentiation challenge becomes even more difficult when you place the Google Pixel 7 camera against the Apple iPhone 14 Plus camera. Google and Apple both set fairly high standards when it comes to their cameras. But does one have an advantage over the other? We used both phones to see how the latest batch of Apple and Google clash with each other in the still photography department and here’s the comparison.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus vs Google Pixel 7: Let’s Quickly Talk About Specs and Features

The iPhone 14 Plus and Google Pixel 7 both come with a dual camera on the back. There is no “macro” camera option on either. Both Apple and Google have reserved this for the Pro variants. The iPhone 14 Plus gets a 12MP main camera on the back, along with a 12MP ultra-wide lens. The front camera is 12 MP Face ID.

The main camera has optical image stabilization (OIS), and the camera supports up to 2x optical zoom. The new iPhone 14 Plus also gets Apple’s Photonic Engine, the company’s new computational imaging technology designed to boost camera performance in low light. The previous iPhone 13 series did not have this. The photon engine runs in the background and this is not a feature to turn on or off. Apple uses a combination of camera and hardware hardware along with machine learning and new software algorithms to enhance image quality with this.

In comparison, the Pixel 7 has a 50MP main camera along with a 12MP wide camera. The 10MP front camera on the Pixel 7. But a Google phone rarely touches on specs and more about the software tweaks inside. The camera comes with several software-focused features like SuperZoom (up to 8x on the Pixel 7 and up to 30x on the Pixel 7 Pro), Magic Eraser, the ability to de-noise old photos, etc. Google also relies on photography calculations to ensure that your photos are sharper and more detailed even in low light. It also introduced Real Tone with the Pixel 7 camera to ensure that the camera is able to more accurately represent skin tones, especially for those with darker skin.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus vs Google Pixel 7: In bright daylight scenarios

If you use these phones in bright daylight like I did, the results will undoubtedly be excellent. Both Apple and Google offer options here to customize and tweak the colors based on personal preferences. In the case of Apple, you can choose a preset color profile that ranges from Standard to Rich Decade (richer colors and stronger contrast), to Vibrant Pattern (brighter colors), to Warm Mode (golden undertones) and Cool tone (more blue undertones). ). Standard is the balanced option, more natural and more iPhone in speaking mode.

Even on the Pixel 7, you can actually choose to go a little warmer or cooler — something I haven’t seen on a previous Pixel phone. You just need to tap on the screen until a small menu opens and on the right side there is a small thermometer with orange and blue scale. You can just go up and down the scale to see which color best suits your needs.

Comparions Trees iPhone Photo of trees against a blue sky taken with iPhone 14 Plus. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)
Similar image of trees taken against the blue sky with Google Pixel 7. (Image source: Shruti Dhapola/Indian Express)
Comparion Horse iPhone Photo of a horse taken with iPhone 14 Plus. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)
Similar photo of a horse taken with a Pixel 7. (Image source: Shruti Dhapola / Indian Express)
Comparison3 Ranch iPhone Photo of the entrance to the horse farm taken with an Apple iPhone 14 Plus. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)
Image of the sky and the entrance to the horse farm taken with a Pixel 7. (Image source: Shruti Dhapola / Indian Express)

While both cameras were able to capture details and colors, with the iPhone 14 Plus, the blues were much brighter and richer, compared to the Pixel 7. I thought the Pixel 7 was more natural in some scenarios, although some might prefer the iPhone. But what is clear from both sets of photos is that these are excellent cameras for aiming and shooting during the day with minimal effort required on both sides.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus vs Google Pixel 7: Selfies

If you look at the pictures of the dog below – a subject that’s hard to tap with portrait mode – you can see how different the style is from both Apple and Google, even though the photo isn’t quite the same.

Photo of the dog taken with a Google Pixel 7. (Image source: Shruti Dhapola / Indian Express)
Comparison Portrait iPhone Portrait of the same dog captured with iPhone 14 Plus. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)

Portrait mode is one of the sections where I clearly prefer the Pixel 7 as I have indicated in my reviews as well. There is no moving back and forth, you just point to any person or any creature and the Pixel 7 is able to create that theme and segment the background. With the iPhone 14 Plus, the portrait mode isn’t bad, but it feels very artificial compared to the Pixel 7, which manages to do it effortlessly.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus vs Google Pixel 7: The Low Light Section

This is where it gets a little tricky. Once again, the iPhone 14 Plus and Google Pixel 7 do a good job of delivering sharp images, even in poor lighting. But keep in mind that the end results will also depend on your camera skills, the amount of light in the room and how well you can stand while the device does the job. With both the Pixel 7 and iPhone 14 Plus, I noticed that the night mode in question took about three seconds to capture the shot when I had completely cut out any direct light source in the room.

For example, in the first set of photos, with Superman and an elephant toy, I turned off most of the light in the room. The iPhone 14 Plus appears to be in the shadows, especially with the image of a toy elephant. But both photos still contain details, and you can see things clearly, although the end result is different on both phones.

SuperMan Nolight iPhone Photo of Superman taken in the room without light using an Apple iPhone 14 Plus. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)
Photo of Superman taken in the room without lighting with a Pixel 7. (Image source: Shruti Dhapola / Indian Express)
Toy Elephant Nolight iPhone Elephant toy photo was taken with iPhone 14 Plus with no light in room and all curtains down. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)
A picture of the same toy elephant was clicked using a Pixel 7 with no light in the room. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)

In the next set of photos with a peacock feather, Superman and an elephant, I’ve turned on the studio light, even though it’s pointing in another direction. But this was enough to allow both the iPhone 14 Plus and Pixel 7 to deliver brighter photos.

Comparison Superman iPhone14 Superman game image taken with Apple iPhone 14 Plus with studio lighting. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)
Superman-like image taken with Pixel 7 in the same lighting conditions. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)
Comparison iPhone14 peacock Peacock feather photo taken with iPhone 14 Plus with single studio lighting. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)
Similar photo of the same peacock feather taken with a Pixel 7. (Image source: Shruti Dhapola / Indian Express)
Comparison Elephant iPhone14 Photo of a toy elephant taken with an Apple iPhone 14 Plus with more lighting in the room. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)
Photo of the same toy elephant taken with a Pixel 7 in the same lighting conditions. (Photo credit: Shruti Dabola/Indian Express)

With the iPhone 14 Plus, I felt it brightens the overall picture, but there’s no noticeable noise added to the picture as such. In fact, the Pixel 7 keeps it a bit muted.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus vs Google Pixel 7: So which one has the advantage?

If you are looking to buy a flagship phone with a focus on the camera, the Pixel 7 and iPhone 14 Plus are both reliable options to consider. Based on my experience, the camera on both phones is top notch and won’t leave the user disappointed. Of course, the Pixel 7 has an advantage in terms of its price compared to the iPhone 14 Plus.