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Google Pixel 8a falls far behind Pixel 8 in DxOMark camera analysis, but is ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S24

The Google Pixel 8a only has two rear cameras. (Image: Google)
The Google Pixel 8a only has two rear cameras. (Image: Google)
The Google Pixel 8a offers numerous AI camera features, but the camera hardware remains unchanged from the Pixel 7a. As an analysis by DxOMark shows, the software optimizations are not enough to keep up with the more expensive Pixel 8.

The Google Pixel 8a is supposed to be the cheaper alternative to the Pixel 8. As an analysis by DxOMark shows, this difference in price comes at a cost to the camera setup; buyers who value strong cameras are advised to go for the more expensive sibling. The Pixel 8a is equipped with the following cameras: 

  • 64 MP f/1.9 main camera (1/1.73 inch sensor, OIS)
  • 13 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera (120° FoV)

Although the same hardware is used as in the Pixel 7a, the device scores at least three points better in DxOMark's detailed analysis, achieving a total of 136 points. This puts Google's latest mid-range smartphone three points ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S24, but a full 12 points behind the Google Pixel 8, and 9 points behind the Apple iPhone 15.

This result currently equates to 33rd place on the best list. The Pixel 8a scores with a mostly accurate auto-exposure, high-contrast and detailed photos, accurate and reliable video autofocus, and precise white balance, which results in natural color reproduction.

However, DxOMark criticizes the display of skin tones in indoor shots, autofocus deviations when several photos are taken in succession, artifacts in the bokeh simulation and annoying artifacts in video recordings, which can be seen in the sample video embedded below. Above all, the highly visible image noise in videos and the lack of a telephoto camera all result in points being deducted. 


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Hannes Brecher, 2024-05-17 (Update: 2024-05-17)