Google Pixel 5 is a great phone with an attractive design and an affordable price tag but the competition among phones within the same category is fierce. Google Pixel is known for its near DSLR-quality shots with a point-and-shoot camera. No mobile phone camera seems to bear Pixel 5's camera in low-light situations, which makes it a great mobile phone for users who look at the camera specs while making the phone purchase decision. Google Pixel 5 is the most expensive Pixel phone of 2020 but considerably cheaper than other flagship phones from Apple or Samsung. It starts at $699 with 128GB storage. There isn't a storage upgrade option and you can't expand the storage with a microSD card as well.
When it comes to photography, Google relies more on software than hardware to get the most out of a small sensor. But the competition has gone intense since the first Pixel topped the Samsung and Apple cameras. Now the iPhone 12 and Galaxy Note 20 ultra use their own software stuff to shoot and mix images that can compete with Google. As expected, Google didn't bring any major improvements to camera hardware in Pixel 5 and that's okay. The Pixel 5 has a 12Mp f/1.7 primary camera that can capture exceptional shots with rich colors, intense detail, and wide dynamic range. In a challenging situation, it can do a lot better than previous Pixel cameras, though most of the shots taken with Pixel 4XL are nearly identical to Pixel 5.
The color accuracy of the Pixel 5's camera is exceptional. Other phones seem to have some internal struggle under certain conditions where the Pixel 5 gets close to the real-life color in almost every shot. Google replaced the zoom lens on the Pixel 4 with a 16Mp, f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens despite saying last year that the telephoto lens is more important. The device also features an extra-wide-angle lens which is great for capturing landscapes, large objects, or densely packed skyscrapers. The front camera features an 8MP f/2.0 sensor for detailed selfies.