I recently got my grubby little hands on one of Google’s newest phones, the Pixel 7. I was curious to test the picture capabilities and compare them to that of my Olympus Tough TG-6 camera. Both devices serve different purposes, so a true one to one comparison is not possible. There are several variables and parameters that cannot be matched or accurately controlled within the gadget itself (e.g., focal length, iso sensitivity, etc). There’s also the fact that I don’t know what I’m doing, so I did not try to control for things like posture, ocular distance from screen, stability, composition, and so on. Sometimes I engaged zoom and sometimes I did not. Moreover, the Pixel 7 captured the image with a size of 3072 x 4080 (I should have rotated the camera). Meanwhile the TG-6 captured the image at 4000 x 3000. I did not resize any of the images because I didn't want the editing software to become another factor in the comparison. So, keeping all these caveats in mind, please take this research with a grain of salt.
My methodology was simple enough. Go out for a walk and take pictures from the same spot using both gadgets. I shot using normal mode on the Pixel camera, which Google calls HDR+. As far as the TG-6 camera is concerned, I’ve been having some success with HDR mode, which allows you to take multiple images quickly and combine them in a single shot. The process takes a few seconds and you need to hold the camera very still (tripod is recommended). This process results in an image with richer colours and not so washed out like in auto mode. So, in the TG-6, I set the mode to Backlight HDR for the duration of the shooting.
The session began near sunset and finished at twilight.
|Pixel 7||Olympus TG-6|
This particular image with the two Canada geese shows how the Pixel 7 goes hard on the processing when the zoom is engaged. The TG-6, on the other hand, does not have the richness in detail but looks more natural. So far, it looks like the Pixel 7 camera is capable of more crisp detailed images, but the Olympus Backlight HDR setting captures richer more natural-looking colors, though the images look generally darker than the Pixel ones.
|Pixel 7||Olympus TG-6|
Both cameras have their strength and weaknesses. I was able to discern crisper and finer detail with the Pixel 7, but the TG-6 images were richer and not so over-processed like the Pixel. I didn't get this particular phone because of its camera prowess, but I'm glad that I now have an additional tool in my bag of tricks, and I can't wait to put it through a few more tests. It is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with these two little beauties.