DxOMark, a website some might consider to be the authority when it comes to photography and image quality testing, has just published their review of Apple’s iPhone 11, giving it a score of 109 points leaving the phone out of the website’s top ten. In fact, it scores even lower than Xiaomi’s Mi 9 and even the likes of the OnePlus 7 Pro.
According to the boffins at DxOMark, the iPhone 11 loses the most points in the Photo category of their tests, and it’s mainly because of the smartphone’s lack of a telephoto camera. As you may remember, one of the major differences between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro is the fact that it only has a dual camera setup–one wide, one ultra-wide.
Because of this, the smartphone’s performance in the zoom and bokeh category do not hold up to the competition, which is understandable. Relying purely on digital zoom is folly, and the fact that it lacks a telephoto means that the phone has to rely on the main camera for portrait/bokeh effects. And personally, I’ve never been a fan of using a wide lens for portrait photos–it just distorts people’s faces a little too much.
That being said, DxOMark noted that the iPhone 11 still puts up a good showing in video, nearly tying the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s video score of 102, with its own score of 101. What’s more, DxOMark notes that the ultra-wide camera on the iPhone 11 is as good as the Pro model’s, and even adds that the main camera works just as well too in key categories like exposure, colour, detail and autofocus.
As usual, however, I have to add you should always take DxOMark’s scores with a grain of salt. As someone who has used both the iPhone 11 and Xiaomi Mi 9–which apparently is better according to its 110 score–I have to say that I wholeheartedly disagree with anyone who thinks the Mi 9 has a better smartphone camera experience.
Sure, image quality from the Mi 9 is up there with some of the best, but its camera app and performance is absolutely atrocious. It’s sluggish, prone to crashing and very unreliable especially if you need it to take multiple shots in quick succession. Some days, I can literally count the seconds between my input into the app and the app responding to my commands. It’s absurd. I have, however, had no such issue with Apple’s iPhone 11.
If you want to read DxOMark’s full review, check it out here.