We’ve heard plenty of comparisons between the iPhone and an industry-standard DSLR. It’s time to test the Google Pixel 2 to see how it stands up against a medium-format camera 20 times its market value.
The Google Pixel 2 XL costs around $1,000, and it should be noted that it currently holds the highest overall score at DxOMark, a reference site for image quality, with a total of 98. In their rankings, it beats out competition from the Apple iPhone X and iPhone 8, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Heading up the experiment, Photographer Tyler Stalman invited Jason Eng to bring his Hasselblad down for the shoot. The goal was to shoot the same subject, in the same location, using the same lighting, each with their respective cameras.
The duo compared dynamic range, sharpness, and depth of field.
Staging the lights to create a contrast between the lightest and darkest points of the image resulted in the Pixel 2 losing details in the highlights and shadows.
The pair concluded the Hasselblad had the edge when it came to sharpness. While both were similar when viewed in smaller sizes, the difference became evident when zoomed in.
Depth of Field
Various phones on the market can now replicate the effect of a shallow depth of field, and the Pixel 2 is no different with its software using dual pixels to achieve the effect. Stalman, however, found certain aspects fell short. The Pixel 2 failed to mimic the bokeh effect produced by a DSLR or medium-format camera when it came to placing Christmas lights behind the subject.