Frames Per Second
Because Apple allows us to shoot as 24fps, while the Pixel only rocks a starts FPS of 30. This feature already wins our filmmakers’ hearts. Many videographers prefer to shoot at 30fps for a clean, buttery feel — but the 24fps is a much more cinematic option. The iPhone does have a 4k/60fps combination, providing smooth sailing slow motion.
The sharpness on both phones were pretty great, honestly. There’s not much of a discernible difference with the naked eye at face value. However, some of the low light’s video capabilities on both devices were slightly reminiscent of someone going into Lightroom and cranking up the clarity at an unnecessary level. We could do without that.
The dynamic range in photography refers to the range of light intensities from the shadows to the highlights. It is — by far — one of the most important aspects to consider when searching for a good camera to film with. Starky, harsh contrast on screen isn’t a good look, so this was a huge factor when considering which device was better. With the iPhone XS Max's new “Smart HDR” function, its entire purpose is to retain the detail and soften skin tone to portray a more pleasing effect on faces. However, we did notice that the iPhone’s dynamic range was more crisp at the edges.
Overall, both devices handled the shadows and whites well and stayed true to clarifying sharpness and color retention levels.