After Google announced that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL scored a record 98 in DxOMark – the highest ever for a smartphone – there was a lot of interest to see whether Apple could beat that with the iPhone X. Sadly, the X falls a point short at 97, joining Huawei Mate 10 Pro. And while it loses to the Pixel 2 series overall, DxOMark claims that the Apple’s flagship beats them all in the photography sub-score.
After a thorough testing of the iPhone X’s camera, DxOMark found that while the phone falls just short of a 98 score, it managed to score 101 in the Photo sub-score. This means it has the best result so far in still photos, beating previous leaders Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro in Photo subscore. The X is also noticeably better than the iPhone 8 Plus on Zoom Performance as well as Exposure, Colour, Texture, Noise and Artifacts. DxOMark also says that the camera does well in high-contrast environments and produces “excellent” exposures in bright light conditions.
The iPhone X’s still images impress with good exposures and HDR images, accurate colour rendering, good detail in low noise, and natural bokeh shots in Portrait Mode. DxOMark notes that the X doesn’t quite impress in video, scoring 89 points in the sub-score. It found that the key strengths in video were good exposure, accurate colour rendering as well as accurate autofocus with effective video stabilisation thanks to the dual OIS on the back.
“Low light remains challenging with iPhone X videos, however, with noticeable underexposure, visible luminance noise, and slight irregularities in autofocus and tracking affecting sharpness – although considering the conditions, these remain just about acceptable,” DxOMark notes.
To recall, the iPhone X comes with a dual rear camera setup that comprises of a 12-megapixel wide angle sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture. Both the lenses also support individual OIS for improved stabilisation. The cameras also support phase-detection autofocus with touch focus, Quad LED True-Tone flash and Portrait Mode with Portrait Lightening. The front sees a 7-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, face detection and introduces Portrait Mode as well.
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