Google Pixel 4a: Camera Performance and Image Samples
The camera app is the same as the Pixel 4’s as well, and features all of Google’s computational photography magic -- HDR+, Night Sight (night mode), AI portrait mode, and astrophotography. Shooting modes include panorama, Photo Sphere, slow motion, and time lapse. Unfortunately, there’s still no pro / manual mode here. We shoot a lot of HotHardware’s product images using the Pixel 4 XL, and we’re jonesing for EV and white balance controls.
As you’d expect, pictures taken with the Pixel 4a are fantastic, no matter the lighting conditions. You can confidently mash that shutter button all day long and get superb photos. Only recent iPhones offer this level of consistency. The Pixel 4a nails exposure and white balance every time. Dynamic range is top notch, thanks to HDR+. Low-light performance is excellent, and even more impressive with Night Sight. You can even zoom up to 4x with decent results.
When it comes to stills, we’re pretty sure no other handset can beat the Pixel 4a camera at this price point. It even outperforms the main shooters on $1000+ flagships like Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra, Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro, Oppo’s Find X2 Pro, and Sony’s Xperia 1 II. Besides its Google stablemates, the only phones that rival the Pixel 4a are Huawei’s P40-series flagships, with their 50MP RYYB sensor and Leica color science.