I travel a lot and I love taking panorama shots in scenic locations. They’re a great way to capture the immensity of the Alps, the peacefulness of the Slovenian seashore, or the Toronto skyline from the islands. But each time I take a panorama shot with my Pixel 7 Pro, I find the result disappointing. This is supposed to be one of the best camera phones on the market, but it can’t stitch a couple of images together to make a decent panorama — how come?
I had ignored this aspect of the Pixel’s photography experience until I went on a trip with a friend who carries an Apple iPhone 14. That’s when I (begrudgingly) noticed that their phone was taking much, much better panorama shots than my Pixel. So what gives? I picked up my old iPhone 12 Pro Max to investigate this often-forgotten aspect of mobile photography.