02 January 2020
Google Pixel 3a, which is considered as the budget-oriented version of Google’s flagship Pixel 3 has just gained its score of mobile photography by DxOMark. The score it received is quite close to what the Pixel 3 scored last year. Google Pixel 3 was given the award for being the top-ranked single-lens Android phone. And, now its affordable sibling Pixel 3a is no different as its score is just 1 point behind the Pixel 3’s.
Folks over at DxOMark thoroughly conducted tests on the Pixel 3a to check its image and video quality. Its overall mobile photography score is 100 and it achieves the same score of 103 points for the still photography as the Pixel 3 and even iPhone XR. The overall mobile photography score is little behind Pixel 3’s because of the video score. Pixel 3a scores 95 for video compared to the 98 scores of Pixel 3.
As noted by DxOMark after a series of thorough lab analysis, the Pixel 3a generally delivers accurate target exposures. Its HDR processing ensures that detail is well-preserved. It ends up recording less detail in the shadows compared to devices like iPhone XR, but according to DxOMark, it’s less problematic in well-balanced lighting conditions. In its lab testing, DxOMark found out that the Pixel 3a captures a more neutral white balance compared to the Pixel 3.
According to its analysis, Google appears to have managed to improve the results via Pixel 3a over Pixel 3 when it comes to controlling noise. The still photography tests by DxOMark also conclude that the Pixel 3a isn’t as quite as strong as the Pixel 3 for bokeh shots. “Although the overall effect between the two devices is similar when effectively applied, the Pixel 3a isn’t quite as consistent, with differing levels of blur intensity often applied across consecutive shots.”
Also, another strength of the Pixel 3a is its autofocus as it offers quick response times and consistently delivers in-focus images in all lighting conditions. Compared to the still photography, the Pixel 3a doesn’t score quite as well for exposure, texture, noise, artifacts, or stabilization in video.
Not everyone goes by the scores and achievements made by the smartphones on the scale of DxOMark, but several fans do like to know where their favorite stands on the long list of phones. DxOMark is an independent benchmark which “scientifically assesses” image quality of smartphones and it offers score to the tested phones based on their photo and video quality. DxOMark is even considered as the authority in image quality but it isn't recommended to take it as a true measurement that could make the biggest difference in your choice.