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Google takes a shot at the iPhone’s camera in new Pixel 3a ads

Published May 13th, 2019 4:27PM EDT
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Image: Zach Epstein, BGR

Late last year, Google introduced a new camera feature called Night Sight that allows users to take surprisingly clear and detailed shots in otherwise poorly lit environments. What Night Sight is able to do is nothing short of magical and easily outclasses what even the iPhone XS brings to the table.

What makes Night Sight mode all the more impressive is that the feature is built on advanced software, which is to say that users don’t necessarily have to have the most recent Pixel phone in order to take advantage of it. With that said, it’s not at all surprising that Google’s recently unveiled Pixel 3a — which is a budget version of the regular Pixel 3 — includes Night Sight mode.

The Pixel 3a is priced at $399 and offers up a lot of bang for the buck both in terms of features and overall performance. In many ways, the Pixel 3a — which is positioned as a premium device that won’t break the bank — fills a gap Apple left open when it curiously discontinued the iPhone SE last year.

Google, meanwhile, wasted no time in touting Night Sight mode on the Pixel 3a while taking a few solid jabs at Apple in the process. Over the weekend, people in Washington D.C. noticed a new billboard ad that cleverly highlights the iPhone’s subpar low light camera performance while also reminding folks that it’s $600 more expensive than a Pixel 3a.

Google’s marketing strategy in this regard shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that we’ve seen the company take similar shots at Apple over the past few months. Indeed, the official Pixel 3a trailer Google showed off at its annual I/O event last week included the same shot found in the billboard above. You can get a better look at it below.

Image source: Google

And back in January, you may recall that Marvin Chow — Google’s VP of Product Marketing — fired off the following tweet featuring a side-by-side comparison shot of a photo taken with an iPhone XS and one taken with a Pixel 3.

Night Sight mode is unquestionably a cool and differentiating feature, and it makes sense that Google is using it as part of a full-fledged marketing assault on the iPhone.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.