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Google Pixel 4a: The Best Ever Midrange Camera Beast?
Google Pixel 4a Launched
The successor to its most popular mid-segment camera-centric phone, the Google Pixel 3a has been launched by Google. Just like the last year’s pixel 3a, Google Pixel 4a has arrived with tons of new improvements in camera and photography department. It also has got reliable processing power because of the new Qualcomm processor and top-notch security with a newly added chip. Overall Google has made Pixel 4a the ideal smartphone for masses. The company also claims the segment-leading best camera features in this phone. Overall this time they tried to make this phone’s package a much better deal over its competitors.
- Launched on the 3rd of August 2020.
- Google pixel 4a is priced at Rs. 26000 (approx. Translation from dollars: $350)
Pros & Cons: Google Pixel 4a
- Stock Android Experience
- Unique Security-focused custom titan M chip
- Snapdragon 730G
- Single Sim support (instead provided with e-sim option)
- No external card support for storage of large actual size photos
Specifications: Google Pixel 4a
- 6 GB LPDDR4x RAM
- 128 GB storage
- 3140 mAh battery with fast charge
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 730G
- 2.2 GHz + 1.8 GHz, 64-bit Octa-Core
- Adreno 618
- Titan M security module
Camera Specifications of Google Pixel 4a
Rear camera Specifications of 4a
- 12.2 MP dual-pixel rear camera ƒ/1.7
- Auto-focus with dual-pixel phase detection
- Optical + electronic image stabilisation
- 77° field of view
- 1.4 μm pixel width
Front camera Specifications of 4a
- 8 MP wide-angle camera ƒ/2.0 fixed focus
- NIR flood emitter
- NIR dot projector
- 2 NIR cameras
- 84° field of view
- 1.22 μm pixel width
Camera features of 4a
- Night Sight
- Top Shot
- Portrait mode
- Dual exposure controls
- Motion Auto-Focus
- Super Res Zoom
In Detail Review: Google Pixel 4a Camera
- Comes with simple yet powerful single camera setup
- For the price it offers a way better camera performance and interesting features.
The focus of Google here is especially on security and photography with pixel 4a. But let’s first see the most exciting part, the cameras. Google Pixel 4a included with a 12.2 megapixels rear camera sensor. This camera has an f/1.7 aperture which can produce great low light photos. The company has never opted for multiple cameras set up as seen in recent phones. It has always kept its camera hardware simple and neat. This time also pixel 4a has the same formula.
What other popular smartphone brands are doing with their cameras is exactly opposite of google’s solution is with pixel 4a. Still, google manages to drag best outputs with its cameras because of image processing mastery it gained over time. for example, Pixel 3a has also got a single camera setup, but as a result of google’s image processing mastery, it gained pixel 3a becomes the best camera smartphone in its segment. Google even compared its pixel 3a photos with iPhone xs.
All the camera specifications are listed above and we have seen them being simple. But output from these cameras is what we will be looking at ultimately. So let’s see the output from the cameras of pixel 4a. Below is the picture gallery of photos shot on google pixel 4a.
The front camera is also a single lens setup which comes with 8 Megapixels f/2.0 fixed focus aperture. Last year’s pixel 3a also came with the same setup for front camera. This camera setup works fine with selfies and other features like depth sensing. Selfies will be the same or even more better with pixel 4a compared to last year’s 3a.
Other Camera Features of Google Pixel 4a In Details
- Dual Exposure controls
- Portrait mode
- Motion AF
Dual Exposure controls – You can fine tune highlights and shadows with dual exposure controls on this phone. This is really a great option in challenging lighting conditions where you need to dynamically control exposure of the frame to get best shots even in bad or over or under exposed lighting conditions.
HDR+ : HDR+ enhances High Dynamic Range (HDR) quality to its highest picture quality, even if the source isn’t in HDR format. HDR+ also draws out previously hidden images from darker content photos, supplementing the level of brightness to show objects hidden in darker shadows.
Portrait mode: Portrait mode helps give that bokeh effect like DSLR blurring effect but artificial with smartphone cameras. But even it is obtained with software, google manages to differentiate between animals and humans with its camera software and the pixel 4a can produce some of the best portraits with this.
Motion AF: Motion Auto Focus is also one of the handy features that give us more control over the shot and help to get the exact shot with the right focus even when the subject is moving. This is also a great example of google’s mastery of camera software and image processing.
Other highlights of Pixel 4a
- Custom made Google’s Titan M security chip
- Addition of 3.5 mm audio jack
With Google Pixel 4a there is more that is offered by the company. Google says it has added a custom made chip that secures your day to day activities and gives you protection in online world.
Titan M Custom Security Chip
It has introduced its custom made titan M chip in the newly launched Google Pixel 4a. The custom made Titan M security chip will keep your android OS and sensitive data protected.
3.5 mm audio jack
And lastly, a much needed addition to the pixel 4a, a 3.5 mm headphone jack. And Yes, it is a highlight of this phone. We know that last years google pixel 3a has also got the headphone jack but every passing year it is fear of losing headphone jack that sadly stays with us, but not this time, fortunately.
The company made a budget beast with no compromises and exceptionally satisfying performance out of the box. This phone is for people who are looking for the best camera smartphone at the best price. Also, this time google has added snapdragon 730G with its custom made titan M security chip in the phone. we hope this combination works out the best for this phone like this series’ previous phones. Also, one point that’s looks like missing from the web and google pixel 4a’s impressions is Google’s promise of providing 3 years of OS update support. This is a good initiative from Google and it should be opted by other brands as well.
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