When the Nokia 8 was introduced, many had expected it to be a serious photography contender. It had dual 13MP f/2.0 cameras at the rear with ZEISS optics which shoots in both colour and monochrome.
The Nokia flagship had just completed its evaluation at DxoMark and its scores were pretty disappointing. It’s so low that it is even ranked 5 points lower than the iPhone 6 that has a single 8MP f/2.2 camera.
Yet another smartphone has been put through DxOMark’s gauntlet. The latest contender is Huawei‘s brand new Mate 10 Pro and it looks like the camera testing site was pretty impressed with the device because it is currently the second best smartphone camera they’ve ever tested.
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The Google Pixel 2 has wrestled back its title of the highest rated smartphone camera by DxOMark Mobile. Their first generation Pixel had blown away the competition last year with a score of 89. It was the highest rated smartphone until the HTC U11, iPhone 8/8Plus and Galaxy Note8 came along.
As of yesterday, the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note8 were the top rated smartphone cameras with a score of 94. Now both of these dual-camera flagships are overtaken by the Pixel 2’s new high-score of 98.
When DxOMark recently gave the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus new record scores of 92 and 94 respectively, some had criticised them for changing their testing protocols mid-way. On top of that, they had only retested a handful of other smartphones and they have yet to provide any scores for other newer flagship smartphones.
To keep its DxOMark Mobile benchmarks relevant, they have finally given the Samsung Galaxy Note8 a full evaluation and it also scored 94 like the iPhone 8 Plus. In their review, DxoMark says the Galaxy Note8 the best smartphone for zoom.
Both had held their top positions pretty well but now there are two new smartphones that have beaten them to the punch by wider margins.
OnePlus aims to step up its photography game with the OnePlus 5 and they have partnered with DxO for assistance in camera optimisation. Surprisingly, during its official launch, there was no mention of such partnership which by right it should be a big deal if they want to shout about photography.
That’s quite a contrast compared to HTC as they have boasted having the highest score on DxOMark Mobile during its HTC U11 unveiling. Finally, after several weeks after its launch, DxoMark has finally released its evaluation for the OnePlus 5 with a score of 87. That puts in on par with the Huawei P10, Sony Xperia XZ and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+.
HTC claims to have upped its game with the new 10. If you’re curious about its camera performance, imaging authority DxoMark has finally given it its stamp of approval.
With a total score of 88 points, the HTC 10 shares the same podium with the current champion, the Galaxy S7 edge.
Smartphone cameras are getting better in each iteration and the latest Galaxy S7 edge continues to raise the bar higher. Although it was downsized from 16MP to 12MP, the new Galaxy gets a brighter f/1.7 lens, larger pixels and faster focus thanks to its new Dual-Pixel sensor.
DxOMark, the camera benchmark authority has just named the Galaxy S7 edge as the new smartphone champion with an overall score of 88. This knocks out the Xperia Z5, which they previously crowned as the best camera on a smartphone.