Apple has the best phone camera, says DxO tests

Pablo Tucker
September 23, 2017

While on paper the cameras on the latest phones are similar to that of their iPhone 7 counterparts, they seem to outperform their predecessors as well as Google Pixel and HTC U11 to lead DxOMark camera rankings.

This is a significant jump compared to the Pixel and the U11 which received the score of 90. It's Apple's just-released iPhone 8 Plus, which simply sports "the best smartphone camera ever tested" in the DxO labs. Note: the iPhone 8 also defeated the two previous crown-contenders with the score of 92. The Google Pixel and HTC U11 sit in a tie for third with scores of 90. It features outstanding image quality, zoom for those needing to get closer to their subjects, and an industry-leading Portrait mode for artistic efforts. That's according to camera testing site DxOMark, which says that Apple's new flagship range tops its charts in almost every category, featuring "outstanding image quality". It has the best zoom and best bokeh effects in a mobile device, very good video stabilization and color rendering, as well as good face tracking in bright light. The negatives discovered in testing include a color cast when shooting in artificial lighting and "some autofocus issues". The full breakdown of scores by category can be seen in the image above. They've also loved the fact that certain phones have out-ranked the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus for a good year, so they can tell their iPhone friends that, "My camera is ranked higher!" That's not surprising of course, seeing as how its rear camera is identical to the main camera of the iPhone 8 Plus.

As you'd expect then, the pros and cons outlined above for the iPhone 8 Plus' dual rear cameras mostly hold true for the iPhone 8's single snapper. The iPhone 7 Plus scores a much lower 88 points, while the iPhone 7 only manages to get 85 points. I don't believe it ranks any longer, though, because DxOMark is re-testing phones under their new test protocol and hasn't revisited it yet.

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