Last updated on March 9, 2021
With the Pixel 5, Google no longer relies on top-quality hardware – and this is clearly noticeable. Now the DxOMark experts have taken a closer look at the cameras on the new smartphone. It quickly becomes clear that Google can hardly keep up with other cell phones.
Pixel 5 fails: Bad result in the camera test
With the Pixel 5, Google took a slightly different path than with previous top models. The newest hardware is deliberately avoided. Up until now it could have been assumed that this would also affect the performance of the cameras, but now it is actually certain. Google has to say goodbye to the top positions of earlier Pixel models with the latest smartphone.
When examining DxOMark , it quickly becomes clear that the performance of the two rear cameras leaves a lot to be desired. In many areas, the competition from Huawei, Xiaomi and others has long been a big step further. In the ranking, the Pixel 5 also has to admit defeat to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, which came on the market over a year ago.
Ultimately, it is only enough for the Google Pixel 5 for a disappointing 15th place , behind the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra from Samsung and the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The 120 points achieved mean a long gap to the Huawei Mate 40 Pro, which was able to secure first place with 136 points.
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Pixel 5 camera: lots of shadows, little light
According to DxOMark, visible image noise can also be seen in good lighting conditions. Bokeh shots often measure the depth incorrectly and when you zoom in, the details disappear. Video recordings in poor light are hardly useful.
The testers positively note the successful software from Google, which apparently can compensate for some of the dual camera's weaknesses. The color rendering of photos and videos is also praised, as is the optical image stabilization.