Camera Test: Huawei Mate 9 vs Google Pixel XL [Updated]
Within just a couple of hours of the launch of the Mate 9, I thought there was no point wasting time and got cracking with a photo test between the Mate 9 and the Google Pixel XL.
I’ll have more photos in the coming days, but I figured many of you wouldn’t be able to wait so here are my first efforts.
Please post your thoughts in the comments below, but bear in mind that I haven’t even begun to learn how to get the most from the Mate 9 yet!
Updated: one feature on the Mate 9 is a hybrid 2x zoom, which Huawei has obviously included as a way to compete more directly with the iPhone 7 plus. On the plane journey home, I tried out the zoom facility quickly, as well as checking out how good the camera is in really low-light (as in most cabin lighting turned off and the ceiling lights turned down to the lowest night flight setting).
You can see these photos at the bottom.
Huawei Mate 9 vs Google Pixel XL
Mate 9 left, Pixel XL right
New: Hybrid zoom & Low-light pictures
With the Mate 9 featuring a 20 megapixel monochrome sensor and 12 megapixel RGB sensor, the phone can do some clever manipulation to improve the quality of images that are zoomed to a 2x level.
On the flight back, I thought I’d give the feature a quick try.
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8 thoughts on “Camera Test: Huawei Mate 9 vs Google Pixel XL [Updated]”
What about 20mp color pictures (from both sensors)?
I have taken some and will upload some later this coming week. It’s the monochrome sensor that is 20MP though, so it must do some interpolation in colour mode.
is pixel on hdr+ auto or on?
Which side is either smartphone? Is Mate 9 on the right?
Mate 9 is on the left. Should say when you rollover with mouse, but will clarify for mobile users.