And finally, the camera battle comes to an end in 2017 – at least with respect to one of the most respected testing labs in the world, the DxO Labs. After a fierce dispute between iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note8 and a subsequent considerable lead of the Pixel 2, we now have here the results of the last major competitor of the year, the iPhone X. Your destiny? To be much good, however – at least in the analysis of the laboratory professionals – not the best of all.
The newest smartphone from Apple conquered 97 points on DxOMark, the second largest ever recorded by a mobile device – narrowly losing to the latest Google device, which got 98, and 3 points above the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note8.
Professionals praised the performance of the iPhone X, comparing its rear camera favorably to that of the iPhone 8 Plus: tests showed that the latest device achieved a better result with colors and noise level, in addition to having a more accurate Portrait Mode and less susceptible to errors. The camera does exceptionally well in high contrast environments and does not disappoint in low light either.
In terms of video, however, the device disappointed a little – perhaps because it is DxO Labs’ standard procedure to always test in the device’s default configuration, and the iPhone X films by default at 1080p at 30 frames per second (although it may go beyond that, up to 4K and 60fps). The noise levels and the texture of the clips produced by the device were criticized.
It is good to note that scores of the laboratory are subdivided into photo and video categories, each of which receives a score. The iPhone X, in fact, received the highest score ever seen in terms of still images (101, against 100 99 of the Pixel 2), but had the average pulled down because of the videos, which were 89 points (against 96 of the Pixel 2).
Below, some comparisons made by the laboratory:
In the end, the conclusion is the same that I have already repeated in all posts of these disputes: the level of the smartphones cameras has reached a point where the results will be fully satisfactory no matter what choice you make, and the choice for a better or worse module depends much more on visual preferences than any other factor. That said, what did you think of the results?