5 Photographers Show the Google Pixel 4 Is Worth Every Penny

With the Google Pixel 4, the tech giant continues to be a leader in the smartphone camera market. These photographs show how good the camera is.

Ahhh smartphone photography. It’s incredible how far it has come. And the new Google Pixel 4 is a prime example of the exceptional quality coming out of a pocket-sized device. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have been available for just over a month, but already some fantastic photography is being made with both devices. Investing in a $900 smartphone can feel like a risk, especially when your primary motivation is to get a good phone camera. So, if you’re still on the fence about whether you should put your hand in your pocket, these photographs will show that the new Google Pixel 4 is worth every penny.

1. @lukekonarzewski

Luke is an adventure and nature photographer, which should come as no surprise seeing as he is based out of beautiful Alaska. He’s a photographer who was given the opportunity to put the Google Pixel 4 XL to the test, and he produced great results. Proving that the camera is above the rest when it comes to night photography, this image taken at the Canadian Rockies could easily be mistaken for a photo taken with a pro-level camera. Astrophotography isn’t easy to do well, even with the best of gear. So, the fact it was taken on a camera phone is remarkable, to say the least.

2. @pramoediya

If you’re going to go by one name, then your content needs to be of the highest standard. Pramudiya could very well be the Maddona of Google Pixel 4 photography. A portrait photographer based in Cologne, Germany, their work is gentle, minimal, and elegantly crafted. They capture the versatility of the human body, and create a body of work any editorial campaign would want to be a part of. Not bad at all for a photo that was shot on a smartphone!

3. @jiamin_min


Most of Juamin’s feed is photos of his dinner and adventures (this is Instagram, after all). But, amongst his personal snaps is a photograph we had to include. The photography community is always talking about “crisp” and “clear” photos, but with this image, we’re focusing on color reproduction. Shot in Turkey, the warm, vibrant mood of the hot air balloon park shows how powerful the smartphone camera can be.

4 @dusanastasia


We know all about the low-light power of the Pixel 4. It’s great at landscapes and cityscapes. But, what about a traditional portrait? We actually had to verify if this image was taken on the Google Pixel 4. At first glance, this portrait of the model, Anastasia, looks anything but a smartphone camera shot. The bokeh is dreamy, and the sharpness of the subject is on point.

5 @lolitavykrest

If you’re a photographer who wants to shoot lifestyle and models, then this image should be a good indicator of what you can get out of the Google Pixel 4. This influencers’ Instagram Boyfriend took the shot, but we have to give credit to what is a very well put together image. Again, the depth of field is strong, the color reproduction is accurate, and take note of the sand – a fine example of the phone’s ability to freeze motion.

Are You Sold on The Google Pixel 4?

You should have seen enough here to be excited by Google’s latest offering. Of course, if you compare it to a camera like the Sony a7R IV, then there’s no competition. But, in the smartphone market, you’ll be hard pressed to find the quality shown here with the Google Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL.

If you’re already using the camera, or know some photographers who are, let us know in the comments below. We would love to see your or their work.

Lead photo is a screenshot from Google’s market store.

Dan Ginn

Dan Ginn is a content writer and journalist. He brings with him five years' experience writing in the photographic niche. During that time he has worked with a range of leading brands, as well as a host professional photographers within the industry.