We use the selfie camera on our smartphones up to 40 percent of the time, yet most testing puts the emphasis on the rear camera. To address that issue, DxOMark has introduced scoring for front-facing smartphone cameras based on criteria like skin tone and color accuracy, sharpness, contrast, exposure and more. A number of cameras have already been tested, and the models on top, by a wide margin, are Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 and the Google Pixel 3, both with overall scores of 92. Rounding out the top five were Xiaomi's Mi Mix 3, the Apple iPhone XS Max and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, with scores of 84, 82 and 81 respectively. DxOMark did both objective and subjective tests in controlled conditions and even developed a dummy with realistic skin tones for consistent, repeatable scores.
The race to the top for best smartphone camera continues as the Apple iPhone 8 just earned a score of 92 with the iPhone 8 Plus dual camera setup earning a record score of 94. Will the next Google Pixel or Huawei Mate 10 be able to eclipse these scores? Based on their specs, which flagship makes the better business phone? DxOMark recently overhauled it testing methodology to reflect modern smartphone camera features such as dual cameras, Bokeh effects, and more. These new iPhone scores trump the scores of 90 earned by the HTC U11 and Google Pixel.
Before Mario Queiroz, Google's VP of Product Management, stepped on stage to announce the Pixel 2 earlier this month, a video presented attendees with the question: "What if smartphones got smarter and simpler?" As he talked about the company's flagship phone, it became clear the question didn't refer to the phone's blazing fast processor, its crisp, high-resolution display, or the water-resistant design--all good smartphones today have all that. So instead, Queiroz and other Google execs spent much of their stage time talking about how they improved the Pixel 2's camera. To prove that the Pixel 2's camera was the best on the market, Google turned to DxOMark, the industry standard for camera ratings, which gave the phone a 98--the highest of any smartphone to date. Those bragging rights made clear that DxOMark had grown from a small review website into a major influencer.