“Images shot from the Pixel 3a are a visual treat. Take a look at some camera samples”

If you’ve landed on this page looking for an answer to the query posed by the headline, we’ll give you the answer right away. And the answer is: yes, for the most part. Well, unless you want to go pixel peeping (no pun intended), which is when you might realise that the front cameras don’t really match up when it comes to comparing the image quality between the new Pixel 3a / 3a XL, and their flagship siblings, the Pixel 3 / 3 XL (review). The rear camera quality is slightly different too, but the difference is negligible. We have some more details in our Pixel 3a vs Pixel 3 camera comparison.


All said and done, we think that Google has done a swell job with the Pixel 3a and 3a XL cameras, and these phones might just be the best camera phones priced south of Rs 50k, at least as far as rear camera image quality is concerned. For now though, we just want you to feast your eyes on some images we shot using the new Pixel 3a, and see for yourselves how capable it really is.

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To run you through the camera specs quickly, the 3a duo feature the same single rear camera as the flagships, and that means you get a 12.2MP dual-pixel Sony IMX363 sensor with OIS and EIS, f/1.8 aperture, and 1.4 um pixel size. The front-facing snapper however, is different. The new Pixel 3a / 3a XL sport an 8-meg, fixed focus front sensor with f/2.0 aperture, but the flagship models give you dual 8MP front cameras with an f/1.8 PDAF main unit and a f/2.2 ultrawide sensor instead. And far as the features are concerned, you get the same ones as the flagship devices, including slow mo, Photo Sphere, the AR-based Playground mode, HDR+ and the magical Night Sight mode too. A new time lapse mode will be added soon too. It’s time now to check out what these shooters can really do, so here’s a gander at some samples shot using the Pixel 3a.