New test results reveal impressive performance from Apple’s latest iPhone 14 Pro camera.
The results come from Dxomark, the famous quality assessment laboratory that has been providing scientific tests and scores for 15 years.
With an overall Dxomark camera score of 146 points, the new iPhone 14 Pro is just one point less than the current leader, Honor’s Magic4 Ultimate and offers a five point improvement over the iPhone 13 Pro of the iPhone 13 Pro. ‘last year. It also claims the new number one position for video. It’s a very strong performance for Apple, putting the latest iPhone above Huawei’s flagship, the P50 Pro. With the Magic4 Ultimate currently only available in China, the iPhone 14 Pro is effectively ranked number 1 everywhere else in the world.
Particular strengths of Apple’s new flagship were identified as video, bokeh and preview – all categories in which the iPhone 14 Pro scored the highest scores Dxomark has tested to date.
Testing was performed under Dxomark’s new version 5 protocol testing update, designed to better reflect smartphone camera usage in 2022. Under this new protocol, we see smartphones from Apple and Samsung are generally gaining ground at the expense of some competitors from Google, Huawei and Xiaomi. .
Dxomark’s version 5 protocol also introduces new “use case” scenarios, where the iPhone 14 Pro scores better than any other smartphone in the all-important “Friends and Family” category. This use case represents more than 50% of photos and videos captured, according to a recent YouGov-Dxomark survey.
iPhone 14 Pro wins this category with its natural rendering of skin tones, best-in-class bokeh, and ability to minimize motion blur. It also shows a remarkable lack of lag when taking photos, which the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra seems to suffer from, by comparison.
However, the report finds room for improvement. Issues include some graininess and loss of measured detail in indoor shots, as well as reduced performance at zoom levels above 3x. Despite the iPhone 14 Pro’s new camera, long-range zoom is still better served by a competing product such as Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra or the all-conquering Honor Magic4 Ultimate – if you can get one.
Of course, these results are the conclusions of a single test laboratory and other reviews do not always agree. Despite the iPhone 14 Pro’s superb Dxomark scores, some reviewers – and several users – are complaining about what’s seen as overly aggressive processing that can’t be turned off without switching to Pro RAW mode. Ultimately, no matter how capable a given camera is, many aspects of image quality come down to personal preference.
Additionally, Dxomark has yet to release any “close-up” use case scores for the iPhone 14 Pro or its predecessor. This is one area where the new iPhone flagship seems to suffer from a small disadvantage.
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