The folks at DXOMark have posted their full review of the iPhone 12 Pro camera system. Overall, Apple’s new array of triple-lens cameras with LiDAR scanner scored 128, placing it in the top five of DXOMark’s list of best smartphone cameras.
DXOMark explains that the score includes a “photo score of 135” and a “video score of 112”, both of which help the iPhone 12 Pro body. On the other hand, the iPhone 12 Pro took a hit because of its zoom features:
With an overall score of 128 for the DXOMARK camera, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro ranks in the top five in our ranking, improving last year’s 11 Pro Max by four points and replacing it as the best Apple device. from our database. The overall score is based on a high Photo score of 135 and a very good Video score of 112. With a score of 66, Zoom is the area where the iPhone 12 Pro loses some points against the best in its class, mainly thanks to its telephoto lens offering only 2x optical magnification.
For still photography, DXOMark praises the iPhone 12 Pro’s autofocus system:
In still mode, we found the autofocus system to be one of the highlights, providing fast and precise performance in most situations. The device also gets a great score for its preview image which is closer to the final capture than many other high-end devices. Exposure is generally good, but our testers found the dynamic range to be a bit limited, with some highlight and shadow clipping occurring under difficult conditions. Color rendering is accurate under indoor lighting, but color casts may be noticeable in outdoor images; and while the camera also offers good detail retention if you’re not shooting in very dark conditions, you can often find noise in the image in indoor and low light shots.
When it comes to the iPhone 12 Pro’s video capabilities, DXOMark said this is where the device “really shines”.
the testers also liked the color rendering and skin tones, but also observed white balance casts. 4K footage shows good levels of detail until the light levels drop too much, and the autofocus does a good job of keeping things in focus, even in dynamic scenes. The stabilization system also works great, keeping things steady and smooth when walking with the camera in your hands or when standing still while recording.
With all that in mind, here’s how the top DXOMark smartphone camera rankings now break out:
- Huawei Mate 40 Pro – 136
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra – 133
- Huawei P40 Pro – 132
- iPhone 12 Pro – 128
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro – 128
- Vivo X50 Pro + – 127
- Oppo Find X2 Pro – 126
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G – 126
- Honor 30 Pro + – 125
- iPhone 11 Pro Max – 124
As always, it’s important to keep in mind that DXOMark’s testing methodology and reliability is often questioned and contested, primarily on the basis that camera quality is subjective and the attribution of ‘a “score” is difficult. This is especially true when there is no fixed scale and the scores are well over 100. What do you think of these results? Let us know in the comments!
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