With just days left before I have to return my review Pixel 4 XL, I wanted to compare its video capture with that of the (acclaimed, for video) iPhone 11 series. Looking at half a dozen walking and panning tests, I also tested zoom, and under extreme conditions. The footage is below, so click through to our YouTube channel for full 1080p resolution and maximum quality. There’s my audio commentary to deliver a verdict.
Note that I shot at 1080p/60fps to allow the software on each phone to perform digital stabilisation and noise reduction as best they could. Yes, the iPhone in particular can do higher, i.e. to 4K with similar results, but I wanted to give them each headroom. Plus I still think that 1080p is the resolution that most people can comfortably view, both in terms of their equipment and (often) their eyes.
iPhone 11 Pro vs Google Pixel 4 Video Stabilisation Comparison
My verdict is that the iPhone 11 Pro delivers better detail, greater clarity, and better zoom, in all light conditions, though the Pixel 4 XL’s stabilisation algorithms are arguably superior – should you want to go walking while shooting, itself an extreme use case, I think.
Your comments are welcome.