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I was blown away by how well this $530 phone's camera compared to Google's $650 Pixel 2, the best smartphone camera in the world

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What better way to test out a couple of the best smartphone cameras than on a casual stroll through town.

I was curious to see how the $ 530 OnePlus 6 fared against the $ 650 Google Pixel 2 – the latter of which sports the best camera on any smartphone at the moment. The OnePlus 6 performs way better than its price would indicate, so perhaps a significantly superior camera would help account for the the price difference with the Pixel 2.

At least, that’s what I was expecting. After testing both smartphone cameras, though the Pixel 2 is still the leader for taking the best shots, but the OnePlus 6 isn’t very far behind at all. I can’t say the Pixel 2’s camera is $ 120 better. Its camera even captures colors better than the Pixel 2, in some cases. 

And as a sidenote, the OnePlus 6 has better overall specs than the Pixel 2, a larger screen, and it has a much, much better design, too. And yet, it costs $ 120 less than the Pixel 2. 

To be fully transparent, I actually used the larger $ 750 Pixel 2 XL for this comparison, as it was the device I had on hand. But that doesn’t affect anything, as the smaller Pixel 2 has the exact same camera as the Pixel 2 XL. 

Check out photos taken with the OnePlus 6 and the Pixel 2 XL to see how close the cheaper OnePlus really is:

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