Google Pixel 3a review

Flagship imaging in a mid-range handset

Google Pixel 3a review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Pixel 3 was something of a unicorn when it launched - despite packing just one camera, it was able to outperform dual and triple cameras thanks to Google's smart software enhancements. The Pixel 3A brings this excellent imaging experience to a midrange price-point, stripping back a few flagship features in the process. While it isn't perfect - you can get more power for the price and focal lengths elsewhere, it's still the obvious choice if you want a flagship point and shoot camera without a flagship price tag.


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    Fantastic, no-frills camera

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    Clean, stock Android UI

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    Good screen


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    Uninspired design

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    Single rear-camera

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    Underpowered for price

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A lower-cost version of the excellent Google Pixel 3, the Pixel 3a Android handset is one of the best budget camera phones around at the moment. But unlike some of its rivals that have multiple rear cameras, the Pixel 3a pack in  just one, banking on sheer image quality to set it apart.

While the imaging smarts may be virtually identical to those of the flagship Pixel 3, the specs read very differently. For starters, the 3a packs a plastic body. While its screen technology and resolution are similar - a 5.6 inches Full HD+ OLED panel, side by side, the Pixel 3 showcases more vibrant colors and a brighter image in general, also packing HDR credentials. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist and content creator with a number of specialisms. He started his career at Canon Europe, before joining Phone Arena and Recombu as a tech writer and editor. From there, he headed up and runs Tech[edit], a technology YouTube channel, and has worked alongside this role at Future as a Senior Producer, sharpening his considerable video production skills. 

His technical expertise has been called on numerous times by mainstream media, with appearances and interviews on outlets like Sky News, and he provides Digital Camera World with insight and reviews on camera phones, video editing software and laptops, on-camera monitors, camera sliders, microphones and much more.