Google Pixel 5 review

The Google Pixel 5 is a no-fuss, champion point and shoot at an affordable price

5 Star Rating
Google Pixel 5 review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Google Pixel 5 is one of the most fuss-free, fun, capable point and shoot camera phones out there. At $699 / £599, it’s a fraction of the price of previous Pixels, while still delivering a pure Google experience. In day to day use, it’s a treat thanks to a compact design and reliable camera. While there isn’t a telephoto lens or much in the way of new tech here, it all comes together beautifully nonetheless. Unless you need zoom or extra processor oomph for gaming, this all makes the Google Pixel 5 a knockout phone across the board.


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    Excellent point and shoot camera

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    Great battery life

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    Wireless charging

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    Water resistance


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    No expandable storage

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    No telephoto camera

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    Midrange power

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Can the Google Pixel 5 go one better than its predecessor? The Pixel 4 wasn’t a win for Google. Its camera was great - point, shoot, and you had a good looking photo with great tonal range and solid clarity for a 12MP sensor. That said, it was expensive, occasionally buggy and its battery life left a lot to be desired.

A year on and the world is a very different place. Expensive phones that aren’t made by Apple are widely panned for being out of touch, and brands like Poco, Realme, and Xiaomi are becoming increasingly popular, with their high-spec, high-value options winning frugal buyers over.

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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.