The recently unveiled Pixel 4a is the most affordable smartphone in Google’s lineup right now. Pixel series devices are famous for their cameras, and now, thanks to the efforts of specialists DxOMark, you can see how successful the camera was in the Pixel 4a.
This smartphone only uses one camera module. It is based on a 1 / 2.55-inch 12.2-megapixel sensor with 1.4μm pixels. The camera includes an f / 1.7 aperture lens, optical image stabilization and phase-detection autofocus. Google algorithms complement all of these hardware resources.
While the camera specs look good on paper, the Pixel 4a scored only 111 points in DxOMark testing. This compares with the results of the Huawei Mate 20 X smartphone, which was released at the end of 2018.
The single-camera copes well with typical tasks for itself, but the final score was influenced by the lack of ultra-wide-angle and telephoto modules. In the photo quality test, the camera scored quite adequate 122 points. But due to the lack of additional modules, the Pixel 4a scored only 34 points in the zoom test. And video recording capabilities are rated at 98 points.
DxOMark experts have attributed the advantages of the Pixel 4a camera to the accuracy of colour reproduction, the effectiveness of autofocus and noise reduction. The main disadvantages are the limited dynamic range, insufficient depth of field and not the best situation with the preservation of details. Photos taken in low light conditions were good. Overall video quality is compromised by frame displacement, medium exposure, and texture rendering.