Jonathan Morrison duped his Instagram followers Saturday with an image on his Instagram account captioned, "Pixel 2 Portrait mode 👀 rocking the smalls hat 😂 thoughts?" The next day, Morrison posted the truth about the image actually being shot on an iPhone XS, but not before Google fans claimed victory and Apple fans claimed they liked their photos better.
The original post was a simple portrait of Morrison in the car. As soon as it was posted, followers started chiming in with their responses to his praise of the Google Pixel 2's camera.
Comments included one from user zachcramer_16, who said, "iPhone X🅂 selfie portrait mode works slightly better" and another from david_75794, who commented, "Better than the crap iPhone." Others such as al_fazriI commented, "Hate to admit that portrait mode on pixel 2 much much better than the newest and the greatest from apple." But it didn't take long for Morrison to pull off his reveal:
Of course, this goes to show that all of today's best smartphones take excellent photographs. Trying to tell the difference between devices based on the photograph taken, especially in an image posted and compressed on a platform like Instagram, is a futile exercise. While some commenters are rapidly deleting their embarrassing comments from the post, others such as gia_mavro26 made this exact point about the closing gap of differences in image quality between today's devices: "Whatever the device the portrait is amazing. It managed to blur even your facial hair perfectly."
What do you think? Would you have been fooled by Morrison's post? Do you have a favorite camera phone? Regardless, pixel peepers may have received a new king Tuesday, when Google announced the Pixel 3 with additional camera improvements and computationally aided photography features.