I’m looking for the best camera phone out there, that won’t break the bank. It seems the Google Pixel has a pretty amazing camera. I would appreciate any thoughts or other suggestions. In addition, what are the differences between a Pixel 3 and a 3a? I couldn’t find much on that. Thanks for any help!
Hello Aaron and welcome to the community. If you’re looking for the phone with the best camera, at the best price, you’ve identified that option correctly and that would be the Pixel 3a or 3a XL. As far as the differences between the Pixel 3 and 3a, there’s a great article here: https://www.pcmag.com/news/368219/google-pixel-3a-vs-pixel-3-how-does-the-400-phone-stack-u
You can also compare the Pixel specs at: https://store.google.com/magazine/compare_pixel
As far as I have read, the cams on the flagship Pixel and the “a” models are identical.
The 'a" models just have a lower end cpu in the phone and are made of plastic instead of glass.
The different is not in the camera hardware but that the 3a/3a XL does not contact the specialized visual processing core that the 3/3XL do. In some more formal testing on sites like Dxo the 3a falls slightly behind, though only the slightest bit, because of this.