IPhone 8 Plus has the best smartphone camera

Angelica Greene
September 24, 2017

The iPhone 8 Plus comes ahead of every other smartphone in DxOMark's mobile rankings, including the smaller iPhone 8 which takes second place. A breakdown of the scores shows that in the video-recording department, the larger iPhone obtains a score of 89.

Apple makes phones equipped with some of the best cameras in the market, so it's no wonder why its latest iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have just been ranked as the best mobile cameras there are. Its overall DxOMark Mobile score of 94 sets a new record, beating out the 90 points for both the Google Pixel and the HTC U11, as well as the 92 that its sibling iPhone 8 just scored.

The Pixel used to be the king of DxO until the U11 got the same score of 90. Obviously, the Pixel is nearly a year old now, so it bodes well that Apple's new leader is breaking new ground. 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".

The iPhone 8 Plus camera, however, had some problem with colour cast in low and indoor lighting as well as some autofocus issues.

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.

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According to DxOMark's blog post, images captured with iPhone 8 Plus in bright outdoors have "excellent detail preservation, accurate colour, and impressive dynamic range". The iPhone 7 Plus scores a much lower 88 points, while the iPhone 7 only manages to get 85 points.

Photographs brought with the iPhone 8 camera are "for the most part shocking" with exact shading and rich detail, the investigator said.

The iPhone 8 still captures at the same 12-megapixel resolution as the 5s, but the difference in image quality is huge, due to improvements to the sensor and ISP.

DxOMark, the world-renowned photography testing standard, has found both the new iPhones to be the best smartphones for shooting pictures.

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