Google Pixel vs. iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge: Who Wins in Battle of Smartphone Camera?

By Mart D. Sambalud, Posted: 10/19/16 09:03AM EDT

When tech giant Google announced "Pixel" as its newest addition to the company's family of products on the earlier week of October, it undeniably sparked curiosity among tech-savy users. The company has expressed confidence that Pixel-Google's smartphone will be at par with the mobile industry's leading smartphone brands such as Apple and Samsung, among others. 

Google claims Pixel would be a product that exhibits Google's best array of hardware and software technology. In fact, this is not the first time Google used the term "Pixel" because  such term was reportedly used by the company for a specific consumer hardware products that are related in what they described as the ultimate Google experience. 

Below are the specifications and features of Google Pixel, according to Business Insider.

  • Aluminum and glass body in three color options, including black, silver, and blue.
  • 5-inch and 5.5-inch AMOLED displays
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 12.3-megapixel rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • Advanced video stabilization for smooth 4K video
  • Free unlimited storage for photos and videos at original quality with Google Photos
  •  Quick charging with USB-C; up to seven hours of power with 15 minutes of charging 
  • 32 or 128 GB internal storage
  •  Headphone jack 

Pixel's 'best in class' camera

Brian Rakowski, Google's vice president of product management, described Google Pixel camera as the "best in class," living it to its title as the best smartphone to date with a cutting-edge mobile photography.  

"This isn't only the best camera we've ever made, it's the best smartphone camera anyone has ever made," Rakowski said as quoted saying in The Verge

Rakowski's statement came following after DxOMark Mobile has rated Google Pixel's smartphone camera with the highest score of 89-a rate that best describes the fusion of Google's superb mobile hardware and software performance.

In fact, Google's Pixel smartphone camera was put to test with the current mobile leader brands in the industry such as Samsung Galaxy 7 and Apple's latest flagship smartphone, iPhone 7. 

The verdict? Google Pixel nailed it. 

Google's Pixel smartphone performs better than Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 because its rear-facing camera offers more quality than the rest of the leading smartphone brands.

Dynamic Range

In terms of smartphone cameras' dynamic range, Pixels has the clearest advantage on how it handles highlights unlike in Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 appears to be muddy in a photo. 


Photos taken using Apple's iPhone 7 appeared to skew warmer while S7 adopts a blue cast in broad daylight. Pixel, on the other hand, tends to add a slight green tint to its images.

Sharpness / Detail

On the question which among the smartphones offer crisper images, the Pixel  offers clearer images compared to S7 and iPhone 7. Pixel's crisper images can be attributed to the post-processing of JPEGS, a feature which is also found in Samsung smartphone product lines. 

 Google said that Pixel allows its users to capture photos in various settings: low light, bright light or any light. It also feature Smartburst where users can take rapid  action shots as it happens. 

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