As far as I can tell, the Google satellite imagery loaded as an xyz tile in QGIS is the same image that is used in Google Earth, but at a lower resolution. The lower image below is from QGIS using the xyz tile while the top image is from Google Earth. Both are screenshots.

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I used "https://mt1.google.com/vt/lyrs=s&x={x}&y={y}&z={z}" for the xyz tile and I am using QGIS 3.8, but I also have this issue when using older versions. Is there a way to improve the xyz tile resolution?

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    What coordinate system is your QGIS project in? Are you in between tile scales? – DPSSpatial Aug 8 at 19:40
  • Is this is a simple screen capture (e.g. Snipping tool on Windows?) If so, try Save as image... with a reasonably high dpi value (e.g. 300) and compare. Recent versions of QGIS seem to fetch higher resolution tiles (if available) for final output, but might not do so for canvas rendering. – Steven Kay Aug 8 at 19:57

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