Minus that missing telephoto lens, not really (which is a very good thing)
One of the wonderfully peculiar things about Google’s budget Pixel 3a last year was that Google gave it the exact same set of imaging capabilities as the much more expensive Pixel 3 and 3 XL that came before it. In 2020, I’m pleased to report that, minus a missing telephoto lens, the story with the Pixel 4a and the Pixel 4 is really no different. Snapping photos with the two side by side, I’ve gotten a pretty good sense of how both cameras behave, and the answer is, essentially, “identical” as far as any normal consumer would be concerned.
First, let’s look at the photos. In all examples, Pixel 4 is on the left, Pixel 4a is on the right. Both were shooting in auto mode, and shots were taken within moments of one another.
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