When Google announced the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, the company touted its camera as the best in its class, becoming the first camera manufacturer to ever partner with legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. In this in-depth look into the camera's capabilities, we can see just how great the camera can be.
It's been said that the best camera is the one you have with you, and that is even more true with how great phone cameras have become. In this review from Chris Niccolls and DPReview, they give a great in-depth look into the capabilities and the drawbacks of the Google Pixel 3 XL, from the (fantastic) portrait mode to the fact that computational photography makes us lose some control of our images, which can result in needing to take a few images at a time in order to dial in exactly the settings we want, which may be a nice exercise from time to time, but shooting JPEG isn't great practice.
Yes, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL shoot raw, but I've played with the files, and the noise reduction that Google does is better than any I can do in post; this makes the raw capabilities only good in an emergency, in my opinion. The video functions on the 3 XL may not be the best out there; iPhones have two lenses, allowing you to have some choice, along with a slightly better codec, but it's really dang good. (Last year, I shot an entire short film on the 2 XL, and the 3/3 XL is even better)
Overall, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are fantastic cameras that can get you above a snapsho,t but smartphone cameras aren't quite ready to replace your DSLR just yet. Maybe soon, though. A man can dream.