iPhone 12 vs. Pixel 5 camera comparison

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Apple just launched the iPhone 12 and Google the Pixel 5. While the $829 iPhone 12 is more expensive, on paper both phones have a similar setup in terms of cameras. Each phone has a main wide-angle camera, an ultrawide-angle camera and a wide selfie camera. We took both phones out and took dozens of photos and videos to see how they stack up against each other.
0:26 Standard Wide Lens Comparison
3:29 Digital Zoom
7:39 Ultra-Wide Lens Comparison
9:35 Selfie Portrait Mode
11:17 Sample Photos
11:38 Video Comparison
13:05 Google Pixel 5 - Cinematic Pan
14:18 Slow Motion Video
15:01 Conclusion
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  • Somehow you fail to actually take pictures in the same frame and in the same focus. This is especially clear in selfie comparison and night shot.

    BanginisBanginis6 päivää sitten
  • Great video. I enjoyed it very much keep up posting such interesting videos. Will be back to watch more in the future

    Steven DinmoreSteven Dinmore8 päivää sitten
  • Oomph to the dynamic range? It's just contrast, something easily adjusted when editing a picture.... Actually it seems that the Pixel has better protected the shadows, as we can see in the entrance of the building with the right door and the plant if front, but even this isn't dynamic range (just HDR and computational photography).As for the other, I can see a weird halo around the building on the iPhone picture, especially on the left side. The truth is that it strangely seems that Google has tried to make its camera more iPhone-like, adding more saturation than in previous phones or softwares, and on the opposite, the iPhones seems to have gotten some more natural colours (less saturation for the skies or green stuff) and less complexion smoothering for portraits.

    Curve AheadCurve Ahead8 päivää sitten
  • from my experience check thing first hand if you want to know the real truth. i have seen a lot of bias opinion time and time again by "tech reviewers".

    יורם מרדכייורם מרדכי14 päivää sitten
  • Great video. I enjoyed it very much keep up posting such interesting videos. Will be back to watch more in the future

    Steven DinmoreSteven Dinmore17 päivää sitten
  • slow mo two different autofocus distance

    Slavo Samuelčík fotografSlavo Samuelčík fotograf18 päivää sitten
  • I love the pixel iPhone Is becoming like Samsung

    Youidi PhilistinYouidi Philistin19 päivää sitten
  • Iphones always jack up the warmth in pictures, I feel the pixel is more true to life

    TheAppleAndroidGuyTheAppleAndroidGuy21 päivä sitten
  • Also....you can tell that this guy has put waaaaaaay more effort into the shots for the iPhone 😂😂😂😂 Never take advice from an Apple fan boy

    M E P RM E P R21 päivä sitten
  • The iPhone photos always look way too over sharpened. Very processed across all of those photos. Wow, I wasn't expecting that...the Pixel is the clear winner here isn't it

    M E P RM E P R21 päivä sitten
  • They're both good phones with good cameras but the iPhone 12 did better

    Dominic OmamuzoDominic Omamuzo21 päivä sitten
  • I feel sad for the PIxel for falling behind Samsung and Apple in camera department, Google really needs to improve the hardware game next year for the camera.

    Attention2detailAttention2detail22 päivää sitten
  • They are competing with iPhone with only software imagine when they improve hardware too😂

    Kawsar HosenKawsar Hosen23 päivää sitten
  • Too cold for pixel wb very soft in ultra wide

    Chi Wai ChanChi Wai Chan23 päivää sitten
  • Pixel 5 obviously. It's $ 200 cheaper guys!

    Deepanshu MadaanDeepanshu Madaan23 päivää sitten
  • I've never seen a pixel night shot look that bad. The ones I've seen so far were way, way better. Even the Pixel 4 was miles better

    legniak1legniak123 päivää sitten
  • 1080p... FIstream bitrate @1080 is low, you should know that Cnet.

    ÉcrivainÉcrivain23 päivää sitten
  • He sound like a teacher to me. 😂

    Aaron CabaloAaron Cabalo25 päivää sitten
  • I Think it’s time for the pixel to update the hardware. Iphone pics are much better.

    Moudire IfanMoudire Ifan25 päivää sitten
  • The Pixel phone needs to do more with software than the iPhone. The iPhone 12 has a more upgraded hardware as well as software. The Pixel 5 actually down graded with hardware by not even including a dedicated photo sensor and also a slower processor. I believe that the iPhone takes better pictures over all and also once you are finished with taking those pictures you will be able to do more with them on the iPhone and this will also be like a hot knife through butter where as on the Pixel 5 it will be more like a cold knife through butter. Don't forget Google will be watching you on this phone so be careful. Your information is not as important to Google since you are the product. Apple sells amazing products and does not sell you.

    Addison HuyAddison Huy25 päivää sitten
  • clearly iphone's the 🏆 winner

    Mayank MohantyMayank Mohanty25 päivää sitten
  • Pixel FTW ..not liking the boosted fake colors of the iphone... Your the only review I've seen were the iphone was true to life every other camera comparison I've seen which has been several the Pixel nails the actual colors

    David YohoDavid Yoho26 päivää sitten
  • So which is your favorite?

    Mehmood ayazMehmood ayaz26 päivää sitten
  • If google had the iPhone or Samsung hardware it would be the best phone ever

    Joel NganduJoel Ngandu26 päivää sitten
  • Price difference?

    S GS G27 päivää sitten
  • The pixel cámara, looks like the iPhone 11 Pro max

    Tupeze ATupeze A27 päivää sitten
  • The Pixel seems more natural whereas the iPhone is more vibrant and contrasty. Personally I'd tone down some of the iPhone processing. Apparently there is a scene optimizer option in the settings somewhere too

    Rennie AshRennie Ash27 päivää sitten
  • On video pixel 5 is not steady

    TaraneemTaraneem27 päivää sitten
  • @11:54 the comparison of both phones clearly shows way less telecine judder on the iPhone. @13:59 the stabilization looks much better on the iPhone as well. It noticed a lot of motion artifacts in the Pixel. The Pixel is clearly relying a lot more on software stabilization. Besides those two things they’re pretty close. I can’t wait to see what the iPhone 12 Pro Max will be able to do with the 40% larger censor.

    richardbixlerrichardbixler27 päivää sitten
  • Would love to see you more on CNET's camera reviews :)

    Ike OfiliIke Ofili27 päivää sitten
  • Sorry...iphone 12 and this is coming from a Pixel 4 user

    James RitchJames Ritch27 päivää sitten
  • Imagine pixel 4 xl with telephoto vs iphone 12

    Super ManSuper Man27 päivää sitten
  • S20 camera 📸 beats both iphone & pixel. But S20 has 120hz refresh rate so effffing smooth. 60hz screen of iphone is so 2014.

    M VM V27 päivää sitten
  • Pixel 5 video is lagging

    Umer BestUmer Best27 päivää sitten
  • this guy looks just liek DAN BELL lol might as well do urban exploring with the phones he got

    Stephen McCarrollStephen McCarroll27 päivää sitten
  • Apple-here's our state of the art f1.6 6 layer glass LIDAR new sensor iphone Google-does a software update to 3 year old hardware and stays in top 3 camera for 2020/2021

    Dave LospinosoDave Lospinoso27 päivää sitten
    • The 12 doesn't have LIDAR

      Jack DominiakJack Dominiak26 päivää sitten
  • Weird question: does the pixel 5 also have this geo tag feature for üicture the iPhones have? I mean where you can scroll across the globe and see where the pictures were taken. Really curious about that. I like this kind of visualization

    ΔΓΚ AndyΔΓΚ Andy28 päivää sitten
    • The best feature most android people aren't aware on the iPhones when it comes to photos are the Live Photo options, each Live Photo has a second before exposure and a second after exposure, fantastic if someone blinks or pull a face, you get about 8 frames to chose the perfect shot from

      Jack DominiakJack Dominiak26 päivää sitten
  • iPhone always build a camera which produces more of AESTHETICS output.their pictures mostly seemed to be more vibrant, more contrasty and sharper....on the other hand Pixel is more REALISTIC, more raw and believable.

    Blairn TolentinoBlairn Tolentino28 päivää sitten
    • The 12 Pro's will have Pro Raw, which will give you all the options you want 😁

      Jack DominiakJack Dominiak26 päivää sitten
  • Cnet has such relatable reviewers... I trust their word. 😌

    MoiEnNoirMoiEnNoir28 päivää sitten
  • Finally!!! Pixel is beaten fair and square. The output on iPhone seem so nice actually. Next comparison - Pixel 5 vs Xperia 5 II or iPhone 12 Pro vs Xperia 1 II.

    Akash YadavAkash Yadav28 päivää sitten
  • Whatever you all said but pixel has upfront this time as it’s even with down grade processor but Camara and video are also awesome.. as somewhere pixel is ahead and somewhere Apple ahead so.. no comparison btw pixel is little bit cheaper that iPhone .. and always processor has certain years of capacity to sustain upgrades and you have buy new phone so that’s Apple technics to make money whereas android is up to few years having updates and they are not costly as Apple so even after some time you can buy new phone.. besides all android phones’ price comes down after some times but Apple never reduce the price so..

    pateljigneshn1pateljigneshn128 päivää sitten
  • The iPhone is definitely better. Period.

    Yousif Abdul WahidYousif Abdul Wahid28 päivää sitten
    • I would have liked to see at least one more selfie shot to make sure that the pixel is softer in capturing details in the front camera.

      Yousif Abdul WahidYousif Abdul Wahid28 päivää sitten
  • damn bro, most are horrible shots! u should make better compositions for better lighting or complex scenarios comparison

    Eriel SuárezEriel Suárez28 päivää sitten
  • Very awesome video and review. This makes me happy that I bought the Pixel 5

    aaron elseyaaron elsey28 päivää sitten
  • Photos are swapped... Partial spoort for iphone photos. Hate you. Not a real or true review.

    Naga NathanNaga Nathan28 päivää sitten
  • You are an apple sheep. I get it

    michael bautistamichael bautista28 päivää sitten
  • If I shoot a picture with Pixel I probably have to edit it to give it a look that iPhone already has. On the other hand....maybe, if for some reason more details are required from shadow areas, I would have to edit iPhone photo to boost those shadows, hoping it wouldn't destroy the whole photo.

    GaganGagan28 päivää sitten
    • @Jack Dominiak I think you are right. iPhone has beat google in photography, there is no way around it.

      GaganGagan26 päivää sitten
    • Best solution is get a 12 Pro, which will have pro Raw editing software on it 😁

      Jack DominiakJack Dominiak26 päivää sitten

    LittleMopeHeadLittleMopeHead28 päivää sitten
  • I hate to say that I prefer the pictures and videos from the iPhone. What I'm supposed to do now? I cannot but an iPhone after all the things I said for the last 10 years...

    Joel CanoJoel Cano28 päivää sitten
    • At least you're honest, better to be wrong for 10 years than 20.....ultimately you should always choose a phone that suits your needs best, whilst at the same time gets you a little excited, I'm waiting for my 12 pro, but after 4 years with the iPhone 7, I still look at it and think, wow what a beautiful phone and it still works flawlessly, the main reason I'm upgrading is the night mode, 5G and it just looks so so sexy, which ever colour you choose.....oh, and after 4 years someone has already agreed to buy my 7 for $180 😁

      Jack DominiakJack Dominiak26 päivää sitten
  • When samsung had their saturation high, people used to ridicule about it trying to be unrealistic but now with the iPhone everything seems more realistic. Bias on point😂. I guess from what I saw pixel had more lifelike with the accurate amount of saturation.

    Avin Shaji JohnAvin Shaji John28 päivää sitten
  • I don't like that this video is in 24 fps but you show videos from phones which have 30 fps, so the are jerky as *!@#@

    Matelight CartoonMatelight Cartoon28 päivää sitten
  • Regarding zoom on the Pixel there is super res zoom not regular digital ;)

    XrzysiekXrzysiek28 päivää sitten
  • If only both phones were at a reasonable price in India. They say you can travel to Dubai from India and buy the phone there, it would still cost less than buying a unit here.

    F!zZF!zZ28 päivää sitten
  • i think the iphone 12 really match versus with galaxy note20 ultra Not Pixel5, because the Pixel5 is now Not Flagship category phone, is midrange phone

    Sandi HermanaSandi Hermana28 päivää sitten
  • Pixel is no longer the camera king. Other brands got really better. iPhone 12 series seems best so far.

    JT-MediaJT-Media28 päivää sitten
  • It seems that the iPhones are taking a more Samsung like style as far as saturation and extra processing over pure naturalness. For years we harped on Samsung for this, it some how became the norm, and now people are saying more natural photos like the ones on the Pixel have less detail.

    SatiSati28 päivää sitten
  • Both take great pictures.

    CrankyBeastCrankyBeast28 päivää sitten
  • What's going on with the sky on the 2nd image (the building) on the iPhone? There's a white light all the the way down the left side of the building, it looks like the building is photoshopped on, I feel like iPhone have gone for a more Samsung/Instagram saturation this year

    KB EightysevenKB Eightyseven28 päivää sitten
  • Where is the brick building located?

    Aussie LadAussie Lad28 päivää sitten
  • I subscribed to this channel just because of how thorough this camera comparison was. Patrick, thank you so much!

    xtinaromaxtinaroma28 päivää sitten
  • Iphone 12 win👌

    Lạc Mất EmLạc Mất Em28 päivää sitten
  • 10:32, the difference between bokeh and blur. I'm surprised Google didn't catch up there because their portrait mode is usually more reliable for cutouts.

    tipoomastertipoomaster28 päivää sitten
  • Pixel kills Iphone. Period. It has the best camera

    aditya raoaditya rao28 päivää sitten
  • I like the pixel looks more realistic while the iphone looks yellowish.

    PrettyPretty28 päivää sitten
  • I like the pictures and videos from pixel 5 more

    Nathan Aji GeorgeNathan Aji George28 päivää sitten
  • It's 2020 and this video highest capability is 1080p ? Y'all can't afford 4K or ?

    R3DLiFER3DLiFE28 päivää sitten
  • Making excuses when iphone doesn't do a better job than the Pixel...such a stoopid sheep.

    Web Application FirewallWeb Application Firewall29 päivää sitten
    • Web Application Firewall I disagree with your name calling. I've been a Pixel fan since the Pixel 2.

      Patrick HollandPatrick Holland28 päivää sitten
  • try as you might, just admit the pixel camera outperforms the iphone 12.

    Ernest HenleyErnest Henley29 päivää sitten
    • Ernest Henly, you're right there are times the Pixel 5 camera does out perform the iPhone 12. I call those out, too.

      Patrick HollandPatrick Holland28 päivää sitten
  • The Pixel 5 wins at 6:00 in the video as the church steeple is sharper and maintains the 3D imagery better at 7X than the iPhone does at 5X. The white balance is much better on the Pixel 5 at 7:24 which is evidenced by the yellow tint of the bottom of the wall compared to the bottom of the window. Same color mortar, but represented differently in the picture on the iPhone. At 9:21, I prefer the ultrawide on the Pixel 5 because when looking at the iPhone, the two lamps seem to be pointing/leaning inward. Even more-so is the block with the "Court Square" sign on it. I mean that block looks like it's been twisted on the iPhone compared to the same block on the Pixel 5. Personally, I'd call the video a draw. The Pixel 5 does better with dymanic range (fountain), while the iPhone can do 240fps slow motion. For my money, I'm going with the Pixel 5, because I get the charger in the box. Stupid move by Apple to not include the charger in the box.

    Mark BinderMark Binder29 päivää sitten
  • If you are watching them via the iMac , wouldn’t it give the iPhone a slight advantage over the google pixel? Just thinking 🤔

    k kk k29 päivää sitten
  • Is it just me, or is the Pixel 5 camera crashing in every single camera comparison I've watched?

    Tiara WaiteTiara Waite29 päivää sitten
  • I don’t know why people pixel peep. When I show my grandma my daughters pictures, she loads them in her Mac Pro and views them in Lightroom. Joke!. Most people view photos on their small screens now, so a lot of phones look good. 90% of people don’t pixel peep. I went out and used a galaxy s10+ camera, then showed the images on a 13” laptop, and not one person complained. Images are looked at for a brief moment by most.

    josh3326josh332629 päivää sitten
  • iPhone 12 has sharper images

    Loeste LeeLoeste Lee29 päivää sitten
    • Yes the lenses on the iPhone 12 seem sharper and have better coatings than the Pixel 5.

      Patrick HollandPatrick Holland28 päivää sitten
  • Photos - pixel - looks natural Video - Always iphone

    Sanjay PradeepSanjay Pradeep29 päivää sitten
  • Опа забугорная версия вилсакома

    Алексей ФоминАлексей Фомин29 päivää sitten
  • The reviewer looks like a big hamster man.

    S 2 JS 2 J29 päivää sitten
    • Cute and loveable ☺️

      CNETCNET29 päivää sitten
  • No one notice the horrible haloing on the brick building from the iPhone. Pretty much all the way around it. Gross.

    Paul WebsterPaul Webster29 päivää sitten
  • Not sure about the oversaturated look on the iPhone. Any photographer will know that a natural picture is best as you can do so much more with it post.

    Rick EverettRick Everett29 päivää sitten
  • It looks to me like the iPhone does a better job toning down that smartphone video jerkiness as the phone moves. It looks a bit closer to smooth continuous video whereas the Pixel (and pretty much every other phone) draws attention to the succession of frame after frame. Am I right in assuming both could benefit from an ND filter for this? I believe it's Oppo that has experimented with building a variable ND filter into the glass covering of the camera. Seems like that could make a big difference in smartphone photography/videography.

    MisterKrakyMisterKraky29 päivää sitten
  • Other FIstream Pixel do better night shot but CNET google look like iPhone 10 night shot...ok

    Vladimir DVladimir D29 päivää sitten
  • Iphone 12 looks better

    gillian owensgillian owens29 päivää sitten
  • it seems that pixel 5's pictures are better. Big thumb up to google's engineers.

    Burger HamBurger Ham29 päivää sitten
  • Why would cinematic pan only work with internet? I never have connection when I'm out taking pictures

    Press Kevin To ContinuePress Kevin To Continue29 päivää sitten
    • @Jack Dominiak I like going out and disconnecting myself. Plus when I travel there's no signal in the mountains

      Press Kevin To ContinuePress Kevin To Continue26 päivää sitten
    • you don't have LTE data when you're out? wow

      Jack DominiakJack Dominiak26 päivää sitten
    • I think it has to do with processing.

      Patrick HollandPatrick Holland28 päivää sitten
  • Poorly edited video. Please don't make such videos again. Keep it concise and simple for the viewer to understand.

    Arjun AmbarnathArjun Ambarnath29 päivää sitten
  • You say you think the colors on the iPhone is more accurate --- completely disagree. iPhone looked oversaturated, which is an aesthetic some companies like because people like bright colors because it makes them think it's a better image. Also, iPhone has too much digital sharpness. I rather it not be overly sharp and add sharpness if I choose to using software. There's a difference between having a sharp image and over-compensating with digital sharpness, which often looks unnatural. Even the photo you claimed there were more details in the leaves, as a photographer for over a decade now, that literally just looked like someone boosted the clarity and sharpness where it almost degraded image quality.

    AutoFOCUSEDAutoFOCUSED29 päivää sitten
  • I've been a Pixel 2 XL user for years and for the longest time have always been asked to take photos, even among my friends who have iPhones. I would be interested to see what photos would look like after some minor processing, as I feel my photos (and Pixel's seemingly in general) capture all the details in shadows, highlights, etc. but the photos can look somewhat dull/lifeless. Similar to how a RAW image coming out of a DSLR isn't as good as the final product, but all of the data or picture information still needs to be captured in order to appropriately adjust it later. Apples photos are so "punchy" out of the gate that I'm wondering whether there is any room for adjustments without loss of detail/blooming etc. Good review!!

    Jordan RestoJordan Resto29 päivää sitten
    • No need to wonder, 12 Pro's will have "Pro raw" by the end of this year 😁

      Jack DominiakJack Dominiak26 päivää sitten
  • Pixel is more natural and beautiful

    leo Cjleo Cj29 päivää sitten
  • Seems baised.

    chetjochetjo29 päivää sitten
  • It should be iPhone 12 mini vs pixel 5 since they are the same price.

    JosephoenixJosephoenix29 päivää sitten
    • Agreed. Once we get an iPhone 12 Mini, that's on our list.

      Patrick HollandPatrick Holland28 päivää sitten
  • The upstate looks amazing through both lenses, good job

    hardlickahhardlickah29 päivää sitten
  • Will be interesting to do the comparison with the pro 12 max which has a bigger sensor with shift stabilization. Theoretically the IQ should be better and lower noise levels.

    Kar I.Kar I.29 päivää sitten
  • Definitely Iphone shines in videography. I prefer photo's from pixel more than iphone photo's. i think iphone photos are a bit over exposed .

    A B I N L A LA B I N L A L29 päivää sitten
  • If Pixel 6 gets an soc upgrade to something like the iPhone SE 2020.....and just keep everything else on the 5 intact....that would be a KILLER phone

    Tim TsaiTim Tsai29 päivää sitten
  • Awesome video! Just some feedback when comparing two phones - you start with the Pixel 5 on the left and the iPhone 12 on the right and later swap the iPhone to the left and Pixel 5 to the right, swapping back and forth as you go along. By presenting the phone placements more consistently it will be easier for us to subconsciously correspond pictures to each respective phone. While you do note the device names each time, consistent placement would be better throughout the video when drawing comparisons.

    Arun GuptaArun Gupta29 päivää sitten
    • You are totally correct. This is the first time we've done this format, but that is on the list to fix for the next one.

      Patrick HollandPatrick Holland28 päivää sitten
  • iPhone just add more contrast...so some people misunderstood it captures more details. Don't you know that?

    CK SCK S29 päivää sitten
  • Iphone looks painting lmao

    DehviDehvi29 päivää sitten
  • iPhone is much, much better!

    Gustavo OliveiraGustavo Oliveira29 päivää sitten
  • apple fan boys youtubers can't really talk about small iphone batery,64 gb storage ,60hz displays no charger,no headphones, ugly notch notch,no reverse charge overpriced phones,no usb c port

    Aleksandar GorgievAleksandar Gorgiev29 päivää sitten
  • Dude, oversaturated picture is not natural. Since when is oversaturated color is realistic?

    Michael RoxasMichael Roxas29 päivää sitten
  • iPhone has gone very Samsung like with its saturated colour science.... very much moved away from its previous truer to life colours

    Kee LawKee Law29 päivää sitten