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OnePlus 3T Camera Comparison vs Galaxy S7 Edge vs Pixel XL

OnePlus 3T vs Galaxy S7 Edge vs Pixel XL phone camera comparison: Is the OnePlus 3T’s 16-megapixel camera as good as the mobile camera on the Galaxy S7 and Pixel phone? Here’s our full camera test and comparison review, complete with photo and video samples.

The OnePlus 3T is one of the most enticing Android handsets of 2016, offering premium performance and impressive features for the relatively low asking price of £399. Of course, one of the key features of any modern mobile is the camera tech slapped on the back. And so far in 2016 we’ve seen a lot of excellent mobile snappers, with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL phone leading the way in terms of photo and video quality.

So can the OnePlus 3T’s 16-megapixel camera prove as strong as those two rival shooters? Here’s our full OnePlus 3T vs Galaxy S7 Edge vs Pixel XL phone camera test, and don’t miss our individual camera reviews too:

OnePlus 3T camera review

Samsung Galaxy S7 camera review

Google Pixel phone camera review

OnePlus 3T vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Google Pixel XL camera comparison: Camera UI and features

If you want a ridiculous number of bonus camera modes, to get all kinds of kooky results, then look no further than the Galaxy S7. This smartphone snapper has so many camera features (including the ability to shoot 3D panoramas and a special food mode for snapping your lunch) that we wrote a dedicated feature explaining them all.

In comparison, the OnePlus 3T and Pixel phone limit you to the essentials. So you can shoot slow-mo video or take a standard panorama, and that’s pretty much your lot. Personally we find that refreshing, as most people will get as far as auto mode and shooting video and that’s it.

If you want manual controls for getting just the right shot, then the Galaxy S7 or OnePlus 3T are good choices. Both offers control over ISO levels, shutter speed and more. In comparison, the Pixel only gives you some light filters to mess around with.

OnePlus 3T vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Google Pixel XL camera comparison: Photo quality

All three phones capture an impressive amount of detail, so photos look great when blown up onto a big TV screen no matter which handset you choose.

The OnePlus 3T tends to capture slightly more accurate colours and skin tones, while the Pixel and Galaxy S7 boost colours artificially for a more vibrant result. Neither is ‘better’ than the other; it’s all just a matter of personal taste.

However, the Oneplus 3T doesn’t handle high contrast quite as effectively as the Pixel and S7. Some of our photos were a little oversaturated in lighter areas, while the Google and Samsung snappers managed to produce balanced photos while still capturing plenty of detail in darker areas. There’s very little difference though, so it’s far from a deal breaker.

And although the OnePlus 3T performs admirably in low light, producing photos with limited grain and reasonably accurate tones, the Galaxy S7 and Pixel XL still came out on top. Their snaps were brighter and more detailed, while you get less flaring around bright lights in dark areas.

Shutter speeds in all cases were more or less identical, with photos taking pretty much instantly in decent light and without much delay in low light.

A selection of photo samples from all three phones can be found below. Just click on any of them for a full-sized view.

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OnePlus 3T vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Google Pixel XL camera comparison: Video quality

When it comes to video quality, all three of these phones can capture Full HD footage in up to 60 frames-per-second, or full 4K resolution.

Our favourite in this group test is the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Our video footage always comes out well, as the shutter deals well with changes in focus and lighting conditions. Image stabilisation is also stronger than the others here, with limited shake when you move and shoot at the same time.

The OnePlus 3T and Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge also capture good-looking video, although image stabilisation isn’t quite as impressive. You’ll want to limit how much you move around as you shoot, to avoid excessive judder.

Audio quality is solid in all three cases, with the phone mics picking up voices and other sounds clearly.

Here are some video samples so you can check the quality yourself. And check the Recombu YouTube channel for more samples, including 4K footage.

OnePlus 3T video sample:

Google Pixel phone video sample:
Samsung Galaxy S7 video sample:

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