This Google Pixel 5a vs. iPhone SE camera shoot-out will look at just how these budget phones compare. Both take awesome pictures considering their low cost, and we wanted to see just how they stack up.
At $449, the Google Pixel 5a is the best Android camera phone under $500, hands-down. While it costs $50 more than the iPhone SE’s starting price, the Pixel 5a offers a second ultrawide camera, which can be very useful in several situations.
As for the single-lens iPhone SE, it lacks a dedicated night mode, relying on the regular camera mode to take low-light photos. In contrast, the Pixel has Google’s powerful Night Sight, which is one of the best night modes you can get.
The Pixel 5a packs a 12.2MP primary camera paired with a 16MP ultrawide, with an 8MP selfie cam. The iPhone SE uses a single 12MP rear camera with a 7MP front-facing one.
This is a battle of budget phone cameras. I’ve taken several photos in different situations to see whether the Pixel 5a or iPhone SE comes out on top. You can see for yourself which phone is better when it comes to photography.
Kicking things off is this photo of bright magenta-ish flowers, you can see clear differences between the photos produced by the two phones. The Pixel 5a kept the colors toned down to a more natural profile, while also reflecting the warmer tones of the day on which I took these pictures. The iPhone SE took a more fantastical approach with over-saturated colors,…