When the iPhone 13 Pro launched earlier this fall, we said it had the “best camera” in a smartphone. The larger sensor behind the main wide-angle lens, coupled with a wider f / 1.5 aperture, left us saying, “Wow, check out this photo,” more often than we were used to. But a few weeks later, Google’s Pixel 6 Pro was finally released, with its 50-megapixel sensor that’s coded to produce 12.5-megapixel images, proving to be a worthy competitor to the iPhone 13 Pro’s 12-megapixel camera.
So this year, to settle the score, I set out to take 1,000 photos on each device. I carried them everywhere, annoyed all my friends by stopping to take photos every two minutes, and finally I was left with a wide range of situations and lighting conditions to compare the photos of these two cameras. Initially, I thought a winner would be obvious around the 200 photo mark, but I quickly realized that using these devices was much more than their final products.
Tune in to my video above, from my camera series Full frame, to see which phone finally took the gold. Or visit the iPhone 13 Pro or Google Pixel 6 Pro Gallery of the 100 best photos to decide the winner for yourself.