Google earned praise for how well its Pixel phones can shoot photos in the dark thanks to Night Sight, a smartphone camera feature it launched in 2018. But with the iPhone 11, Apple was quick to follow suit with its own night mode, which kicks in automatically when snapping photos in low-light situations.
Both Google's Pixel phones and the new iPhone are capable of taking clear, crisp photos in the dark. But there are some key differences to take into account.
During my testing, I found that the Pixel 4 generally outperformed the iPhone 11 Pro, especially when shooting outdoors at night. That's not to say the iPhone's night mode isn't impressive — in some cases, it did manage to excel over Google's Pixel 4.
Google announced the Pixel 4 on October 15, which starts at $800 and starts shipping on October 24. Some of the key differences that distinguish it from the Pixel 3 include motion detection powered by Google's radar technology, an improved camera that now features a dual-lens setup.
Apple's new iPhones also received a major camera upgrade: the Pro models both come with three rear-facing cameras, while the 11 has two. That includes a new ultra-wide-angle lens for capturing broader scenes, which the Pixel 4 lacks.
Here's a look at how Google's new Pixel 4 stacks up against the iPhone 11 Pro when it comes to taking photos in the dark.