Is the OnePlus 6T better than the Pixel 3

Photo test: Pixel 3, Mate 20 Pro, iPhone XS, OnePlus 6T, Galaxy S8 / S9, Axon 9 Pro

OnePlus 6T (normal mode)

First, an example of what night mode is all about. In the picture the normal mode of the OnePlus 6T. In the next picture you can see the night mode of the OnePlus 6T.

OnePlus 6T (night mode)

In the night mode of the OnePlus 6T, not only one light goes on. Lots of light, lots of show, but too much of a good thing in the details. The details in the windows burn off. But it shows what can be achieved with multiple photos and longer exposure.

Google Pixel 3 (normal mode)

The automatic mode of the Google Pixel 3.

Google Pixel 3 (night mode)

And for comparison, the “night vision” mode.

Let's look at the marked area at 100 percent (in the large view of the photo via the icon in the top right corner of the picture) ...

100 percent

Most of the noise is on the iPhone XS. Only the normal mode of the Mate 20 Pro is darker. The Axon 9 Pro lets the lights outshine, but for once the photo is not blurred and even shows the tiles on the roof best. While the Mate 20 Pro draws a black area between the floors, every pane of the Axon 9 Pro, Galaxy S9 and especially the Pixel 3 can be seen. The OnePlus 6 is out of focus in detail.

What do the filters do with movement, namely with water? We take a closer look at the marked area.

100 percent

The edges of the OnePlus 6T are frayed. With the iPhone, the red of the sign on the bridge is barely recognizable as a color. The picture is dark. The Axon 9 Pro actually offers the most detail under the bridge. Compare the container under the shield of the Axon 9 Pro with the Mate 20 Pro! At least in this section, even the Pixel 3 has to admit defeat to the Axon 9 Pro. The bars on the bridge railing are easy to see. Only the Pixel 3 comes close to that.

And let's look at one more area in detail ...

100 percent

iPhone quite dark and a bit noisy. Galaxy S9 a bit noisy, but pretty sharp. The “Lion King” logo is most easily recognizable on the Pixel 3. The railing rungs are easy to see. Only the Axon 9 Pro shows an even sharper railing (even if it is snapped from a crouch and not from a standing position). No noise filtered smoothly on the Mate 20 Pro. Frayed edges on the OnePlus 6T.

100 percent

And another 100 percent enlargement. Interesting where the structure is still visible on the wall on the left and which cell phone smooths everything away. Pay attention to how different the window frames are displayed. And see what can still be seen of the shelf on the wall in the illuminated room. The Pixel 3 wins in this image section. The iPhone XS does very well.

Apple iPhone XS (normal mode)

Samsung Galaxy S8 (normal mode)

Samsung Galaxy S9 (normal mode)

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (normal mode)

ZTE Axon 9 Pro (night mode)

OnePlus 6T (night mode)

This situation suits the OnePlus 6T. At least in the long shot.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (night mode)

Google Pixel 3 (night mode)

Welcome to Hamburg's warehouse district. Let's take a closer look at what the candidates deliver with 100 percent image view ...

Samsung Galaxy S8 at 100 percent (normal mode)

Samsung Galaxy S9 at 100 percent (normal mode)

Apple iPhone XS at 100 percent (normal mode)

OnePlus 6T at 100 percent (night mode)

ZTE Axon 9 Pro at 100 percent (night mode)

Huawei Mate 20 Pro at 100 percent (night mode)

Google Pixel 3 at 100 percent (night mode)

And now a closer look at the marked masonry ...

Samsung Galaxy S8 at 100 percent (normal mode)

Samsung Galaxy S9 at 100 percent (normal mode)

Apple iPhone XS at 100 percent (normal mode)

ZTE Axon 9 Pro at 100 percent (night mode)

OnePlus 6T at 100 percent (night mode)

Huawei Mate 20 Pro at 100 percent (night mode)

Google Pixel 3 at 100 percent (night mode)

Differences in the long shot ...

Samsung Galaxy S8 (normal mode)

The sky is noisy, dark parts of the picture are black, the window ledge under the tower is white.

Samsung Galaxy S9 (normal mode)

The S9 has a little less noise than the S8, but the overall picture is darker.

Apple iPhone XS (normal mode)

Very dark, but the lights don't burn out like that.

ZTE Axon 9 Pro (night mode)

You can see immediately that the Axon 9 Pro has captured more light, but the image is blurred, even though we picked the best out of several attempts. There's much more to it with a tripod.

OnePlus 6T (night mode)

In the long shot, the night mode of the OnePlus 6T brings out strong colors and the image has little noise. The double contours can already be guessed at the tower.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (night mode)

The night mode of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro looks like someone has turned on the lights. In the long shot the most coherent picture.

Google Pixel 3 (night mode)

The Google Pixel 3 is as bright as the Mate 20 Pro. It is more colorful and looks less sharp, which is due to the less brutal filter. To judge how good the recording really is, you have to take a closer look.

Let's look at the church tower at 100 percent (in the large view of the photo).

100 percent

iPhone XS, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 are dark, noisy and out of focus. The brightest of the cell phones without night mode is the S8 in this section, most of the details can be seen on the iPhone XS. The Axon 9 Pro is shaky and unusable. Double contours can be seen on the OnePlus 6T. Bright and little noise on the Mate 20 Pro, but the Pixel 3 shows significantly more details. It rushes more for it.

(Night) 6th place: Apple iPhone XS (for comparison)

The iPhone XS does not have a night mode by default. The pictures were mostly blurred. No wonder, the exposure time is relatively short. On the other hand, the images are darker than on the devices with night mode. In certain situations, the iPhone XS was sharper and more detailed than the Galaxys. With the next motif, the Galaxys again offered the more atmospheric lighting. Most of the time, the images from the iPhone were the darkest in comparison and therefore in the end minimally weaker than with the Galaxies. With an app like "Procamera" you also get a lowlight mode on the iPhone.

Test: Apple iPhone Xs

Product overview: Apple iPhone Xs

  • Sharp display
  • Fast service
  • Fast work pace
  • IP68
  • Wireless charging
  • New camera functions
  • Dual SIM (via eSIM)
  • No space for memory cards
  • Slippery back
  • No quick charger included

(Night) 6th place: Apple iPhone XS (for comparison)

The iPhone XS does not have a night mode by default. The pictures were mostly blurred. No wonder, the exposure time is relatively short. On the other hand, the images are darker than those of the devices with night mode. In certain situations, the iPhone XS was sharper and more detailed than the Galaxys. With the next motif, the Galaxys again offered the more atmospheric lighting. Most of the time, the images from the iPhone were the darkest in comparison and therefore in the end minimally weaker than with the Galaxies. With an app like "Procamera" you also get a lowlight mode on the iPhone.

(Night) place 5: Samsung Galaxy S8 (for comparison)

The Galaxy S8 does not have its own night mode. Compared to the S9 and iPhone XS, the oldie doesn't have to hide in comparison. The differences are small. Sometimes the S9 is ahead, sometimes the S8, and sometimes the iPhone XS. In the end, a steady hand has a stronger effect than the minimal differences in the camera. The images of the S8 were usually consistently equally good / bad and rarely blurred.

Test: Samsung Galaxy S8

Product overview: Samsung Galaxy S8

Test grade:

  • Very narrow housing frame
  • Bright, colorful display
  • Strong camera in low light
  • Big storage
  • Waterproof
  • Wireless charging technology
  • Battery life just average
  • Camera in daylight worse than S7
  • Construction not very easy to repair

(Night) place 5: Samsung Galaxy S8 (for comparison)

The Galaxy S8 does not have its own night mode. Compared to the S9 and iPhone XS, the oldie doesn't have to hide in comparison. The differences are small. Sometimes the S9 is ahead, sometimes the S8, and sometimes the iPhone XS. In the end, a steady hand has a stronger effect than the minimal differences in the camera. The images of the S8 were usually consistently equally good / bad and rarely blurred.

(Night) place 5: Samsung Galaxy S9 (for comparison)

Samsung Galaxy S9 does not have a night mode by default. Professionals get something out of the exposure in Pro mode. There you can adjust the sensitivity to light by increasing the ISO value and the aperture (up to 10 seconds). But we tested the camera and not the skills of the photographer. As expected, the recordings are darker than those of the devices with night mode. Sometimes parts of the picture drown, sometimes the details are still quite good. We couldn't find a clear improvement over the predecessor in this practical test.

Test: Samsung Galaxy S9

Product overview: Samsung Galaxy S9

  • Good persistence
  • Handy, beautiful design
  • Lace display
  • Good camera with super slow motion
  • Water protected according to IP68
  • Duos version with dual SIM (hybrid)
  • Powerful stereo speakers
  • Wireless (fast) charging
  • Slippery surface
  • Sensitive glass case
  • Dual SIM only if no memory card is required (Duos version)

(Night) place 5: Samsung Galaxy S9 (for comparison)

Samsung Galaxy S9 does not have a night mode by default. Professionals get something out of the exposure in Pro mode. There you can adjust the sensitivity to light by increasing the ISO value and the aperture (up to 10 seconds). But we tested the camera and not the skills of the photographer. As expected, the recordings are darker than those of the devices with night mode. Sometimes parts of the picture drown, sometimes the details are still quite good. We couldn't find a clear improvement over the predecessor in this practical test.

(Night) place 4: OnePlus 6T

The night mode of the OnePlus 6T is not enough for the Mate 20 Pro and the Pixel 3. Despite the nominally highest resolution, the details fall by the wayside. The pictures look good from a distance, but the edges are often frayed in detail. Freehand photos often suffer from double contours due to the multiple exposure. What the OnePlus 6T gets out of the light is great, but sometimes outshines illuminated areas. Stylistically, that may be nice, but it doesn't necessarily correspond to a natural representation.

Test: OnePlus 6T

Product overview: OnePlus 6T

Test grade:

  • Very high speed and high operating speed
  • Good stamina and fast charging
  • Great workmanship and chic design
  • Huge, high-contrast display
  • Gesture control
  • Fingerprint sensor in the display and face unlock
  • No wireless charging
  • No memory expansion
  • No jack socket

(Night) place 4: OnePlus 6T

The night mode of the OnePlus 6T is not enough for the Mate 20 Pro and the Pixel 3. Despite the nominally highest resolution, the details fall by the wayside. The pictures look good from a distance, but the edges are often frayed in detail. Freehand photos often suffer from double contours due to the multiple exposure. What the OnePlus 6T gets out of the light is great, but sometimes outshines illuminated areas. Stylistically it may be nice, but it doesn't necessarily correspond to a natural representation.

(Night) 3rd place: ZTE Axon 9 Pro

The ZTE Axon 9 Pro has what it takes to be a surprise hit. If (and that's the problem) the photos succeed in night mode, the details and the brightness are at the top level. However, in the test, we sometimes did not succeed in taking a reasonable picture even with repeated freehand shots and the ZTE had to be compared with a shaky photo. The night shots in handheld mode are unfortunately mostly blurred and unusable. The ZTE Axon 9 Pro is extremely dependent on a steady hand in night mode. A tripod is better. Then it shows what it can do.

Review: ZTE Axon 9 Pro

Product overview: ZTE Axon 9 Pro

  • Very powerful
  • Large, high-contrast display
  • Wide angle lens
  • Wireless charging
  • Good persistence
  • Waterproof
  • Dual SIM
  • Slippery back
  • No jack plug
  • Hybrid dual SIM only

(Night) 3rd place: ZTE Axon 9 Pro

The ZTE Axon 9 Pro has what it takes to be a surprise hit. If (and that's the problem) the photos are successful in night mode, the details and the brightness are at the top level. However, in the test, we sometimes did not succeed in taking a reasonable picture even with repeated freehand shots and the ZTE had to be compared with a shaky photo. The night shots in handheld mode are unfortunately mostly blurred and unusable. The ZTE Axon 9 Pro is extremely dependent on a steady hand in night mode. A tripod is better. Then it shows what it can do.

(Night) 2nd place: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the show star among cell phone cameras. Every photo looks gaudy and dramatic. The first choice for the Instagram filter generation. Noise is rigorously deducted. But the details also suffer when you zoom into the picture and look very closely. Then some areas of the picture look like an oil painting. Structures become surfaces. What Huawei gets out of poor lighting is remarkable. In the worst case, you wait 25 seconds for a recording. Amazing: Even then, the AI ​​ensures that the images are not shaky - even freehand! Strong! Why the same motif only takes five seconds on the next attempt remains a mystery. With the wide-angle lens, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro can take special shots that the Pixel 3 does not bring together.

Test: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Product overview: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

  • Huge sharp display
  • Fast operating and working speed
  • Long-lasting battery and 40 watts
  • Fast charge
  • Good triple camera with wide angle
  • Waterproof
  • Expandable memory
  • Display a bit dark
  • Photo quality in low light (without night mode)

(Night) 2nd place: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the show star among cell phone cameras. Every photo looks gaudy and dramatic. The first choice for the Instagram filter generation. Noise is rigorously deducted. But the details also suffer from this when you zoom into the picture and look very closely. Then some areas of the picture look like an oil painting. Structures become surfaces. What Huawei gets out of poor lighting is remarkable. In the worst case, you wait 25 seconds for a recording. Amazing: Even then, the AI ​​ensures that the images are not shaky - even freehand! Strong! Why the same motif only takes five seconds on the next attempt remains a mystery. With the wide-angle lens, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro takes special shots that the Pixel 3 does not bring together.

(Night) place 1: Google Pixel 3

The Pixel 3 is a rather inconspicuous appearance, especially in the color "Not Pink". But the camera has it all and lives up to the name of the device. The night vision mode sometimes conjures up more light than the human eye can perceive. The images are a little more noisy than with the Mate 20 Pro, but when you look closely, the images of the pixel offer significantly more details, more natural colors and more balanced lighting. Triggering takes a maximum of six seconds and the AI ​​always ensures that the images are not shaky, even with handheld shots. A deserved 1st place among the night owls. Tip: The “night vision” function also takes the best pictures during the day because it combines all the optimizations.

Test: Google Pixel 3

Product overview: Google Pixel 3

  • Fast work pace
  • Slim Android with quick updates
  • Good camera in daylight and in backlit situations
  • Wireless charging
  • Waterproof
  • Great night mode
  • Memory cannot be expanded
  • eSIM cannot be used as a dual SIM

(Night) place 1: Google Pixel 3

The Pixel 3 is a rather inconspicuous appearance, especially in the color "Not Pink". But the camera has it all and lives up to the name of the device. The night vision mode sometimes conjures up more light than the human eye can perceive. The images are a little more noisy than with the Mate 20 Pro, but when you look closely, the images of the pixel offer significantly more details, more natural colors and more balanced lighting. Triggering takes a maximum of six seconds and the AI ​​always ensures that the images are not shaky, even with handheld shots. A deserved 1st place among the night owls. Tip: The “night vision” function also takes the best pictures during the day because it combines all the optimizations.

(Night) place 1: Google Pixel 3 XL

Google's Pixel 3 XL has the same camera - and more importantly - the same camera software. That is why it also deserves first rank. Good news for owners of old Pixel models: The night vision function is also coming to the Pixel 2 and the first Pixel. According to the developer, night vision works with some compromises on the first Pixel, almost as well on the Pixel 2 as on the Pixel 3.

Test: Google Pixel 3 XL

Product overview: Google Pixel 3 XL

Test grade:

  • Large high-contrast display
  • Fast work pace
  • Slim Android with quick updates
  • Good camera in daylight and in backlit situations
  • Wireless charging
  • Waterproof
  • Great night mode
  • Display dark
  • Memory cannot be expanded
  • eSIM cannot be used as a dual SIM

(Night) place 1: Google Pixel 3 XL

Google's Pixel 3 XL has the same camera - and more importantly - the same camera software. That is why it also deserves first rank. Good news for owners of old Pixel models: The night vision function is also coming to the Pixel 2 and the first Pixel.According to the developer, night vision works with some compromises on the first Pixel, almost as well on the Pixel 2 as on the Pixel 3.