Google’s Pixel 4a is the search giant’s most affordable smartphone option at the moment. Pixels are known for their camera prowess and the 4a’s single rear-facing 12.2MP shooter was put to the test by the folks over at DxOMark.
The hardware here is identical to last year’s Pixel 4 and 4 XL, namely a 1/2.55-inch sensor with 1.4µm pixels and f/1.7 aperture. There’s OIS and dual pixel PDAF combined with Google’s excellent image processing algorithms.
While decent on paper, these specs managed to net the Pixel 4a just 111 overall points which positions it towards the bottom of the rankings. The result matches the score of Huawei’s Mate 20 X which came out back in November of 2018.
Pixel 4a scoreard
There’s only so much a single lens can do and the lack of any ultrawide and telephoto modules greatly impacted the overall score. Despite the more than adequate 122-points on the photo test, the 4a was severely let down by its 34-points on the zoom category. Video performance was decent at 98-points.
DxOMark lists color accuracy, autofocus performance, and noise reduction as the 4a’s key strengths. The limited dynamic range and detail preservation combined with subpar depth of field are in return the biggest drawbacks here. Low-light shots were just okay and video quality is hindered by frameshifts and average exposure and texture reproduction.