How does the Pixel 3 camera compare to a DSLR?

At this point in time, it's no secret that the Google Pixel 3 has one of the best (if not the very best) smartphone camera we've ever seen. It captures ridiculously good photos and is definitely one of the main reasons you should consider buying the phone.

However, how does it stack up to something like a DSLR? This is a comparison a lot of people have been making, and as you might expect, this is a conversation we've been seeing a lot of in the Android Central forums.

Here's what some of our community members have to say on the matter.

Spec by spec, a smartphone will never be able to match a dedicated camera of the same year (lets face it, my V20 often does better than my 10 year old micro 4/3 DSLR in many ways, but it's not a fair comparison). It's one thing to introduce a technology into a dedicated piece of hardware, but quite another to miniaturize it to fit into a smartphone. The differences that make smartphones seem so...


I say the best camera is the one ya got with ya!:cool:


I mean don't get me wrong....would love to carry my compact DSLR to places like Disney. When you're out and about it's just a pain in the neck to wear it or to whip it out of a bag. My DSLR is pocketable but can't wear a jacket to those types of places that are hot.

Mike Dee

"Overall I'm really happy with the Pixel, it's just obvious that in certain situations the phone can't keep up." Of course. And, overall I'm really happy with my DSLR but there are a lot of times my Pixel is with me and my DSLR, gadget bad of lenses and stuff, tripod, and reflector just aren't with me. I think this is like comparing avocados and prime rib. Both are foods.


What do you think? How does the Pixel 3 camera compare to a DSLR?

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.