iPhone X Fails To Top Controversial Benchmark – Forbes

On release, Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus shot to a tip of DxOMark’s reputable camera benchmarks usually to be beaten roughly immediately by Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, whose ephemeral feat was itself defeated usually a day after by Google’s fearsome Pixel 2.

However, with a aloft camera hardware of a flagship iPhone X still untested, Apple had nonetheless to play a trump card.

The new iPhone X facilities Apple’s many modernized camera. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The formula are now in, and those anticipating for a chart-topping measure forward of Google’s Pixel 2 are going to be disappointed, yet drilling down a small serve into a formula reveals some really good news for those who are now reduction a $1,000 usually spent on their glossy new iPhones.

iPhone X sits in second place

With a DxOMark Mobile score of 97 points and restraining with Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro for second place, a iPhone X now sits usually a singular indicate behind a reigning champion, Google’s Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL.


Apple’s iPhone X takes second place tighten behind a Google Pixel 2 in DxOMark Mobile.

However, as is always a box with such difficult benchmarks, a altogether measure tells usually part of a story.

iPhone X Has Best Overall Photo Score

The iPhone X competence have unsuccessful to secure a tip mark in a DxOMark mobile charts, yet it’s critical to demeanour over a altogether measure when determining that smartphone camera is best matched to your needs. Not that anyone shopping an iPhone X will be doing so simply for a camera anyway.

According to DxOMark, there are pivotal exam criteria in that a iPhone X camera outperforms all others, and a many poignant of these is arguably a many critical of all – holding photos.

DxOMark Mobile is apart into apart ‘Photo’ and ‘Video’ categories, any of that is serve subdivided into subsections: 9 for print and 7 for video.

Leaving aside video opening for now, a iPhone X achieves a best-ever DxOMark Photo measure of 101 points for stills photography, circumference out both a Galaxy Note 8 and Mate 10 Pro by a singular indicate and station dual points transparent of a Pixel 2.


DxOMark Mobile full formula for a iPhone X. The best ever print measure isn’t matched by a video score.

So while a iPhone X competence not acquire we a bragging rights that come with a tip mark in a charts, if we frequency fire video it’s effectively a best camera according to DxOMark.

The camera was praised utterly for a exposure, shade and prominence fact as good as accurate colour delivery in all lighting conditions.

…but usually underneath certain conditions.

However, it was also remarkable that autofocus is infrequently a small delayed and a camera tended to underexpose flash-only shots and means some ghosting on relocating subjects.

It also constructed reduction than considerable formula from a indoor backlit window portrait, where a theme was underexposed while a sky by a window was overexposed and became pristine white in a highlights. This is a unfolding where a Google Pixel 2 excels, interjection to a challenging HDR+ mode.


Here, a iPhone X has underexposed a theme while overexposing a credentials by a window.

This isn’t a singular sharpened unfolding and In a possess tests, a Pixel 2’s aloft HDR constraint comes into play in many shots where energetic operation is an critical factor.

In samples taken by Forbes contributor, Gordon Kelly, a Pixel 2 clearly shows aloft control over highlights and shadows.

It’s all about wizz and bokeh

And this is where interpreting a DxOMark formula starts to get tricky: Despite a reduce measure of 99 points, a Pixel 2 outperforms a iPhone X convincingly in ‘Exposure Contrast’, ‘Color’, ‘Autofocus’, ‘Texture’ and ‘Flash’ tests.

The iPhone X, on a other hand, achieved softened during ‘Noise’, ‘Artifacts’, ‘Bokeh’, and generally ‘Zoom’ where a single-lensed Pixel 2 is clearly during a waste opposite a iPhone X’s dedicated telephoto optics.

So, if we don’t make difficult use of both wizz and bokeh effects, a Pixel 2 seems to furnish distant softened stills than a iPhone X.

Gordon Kelly

The iPhone X (left) captures reduction energetic operation than a Pixel 2 XL (right), ensuing in blown-out highlights in a windows.

Better than a iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone X facilities an softened telephoto lens compared to a iPhone 8 Plus, featuring a wider orifice (f/2.4 vs. f/2.8) with visual picture stabilisation (OIS), that helped it broach poignant improvements.

The wider orifice allows some-more light to be prisoner with any shot and is aided still serve by a OIS that allows for a longer bearing time with reduced camera shake.

DxOMark’s ‘Zoom’ measure relies heavily on a opening of a telephoto lens and this formula in a iPhone X achieving a noticeably softened ‘zoom’ measure of 58 points vs. 55 points for a iPhone 8 Plus.

The iPhone X pulls forward even serve from a iPhone 8 Plus in a ‘Artifacts’ test, nonetheless there’s no transparent denote from DxOMark as to because this competence be a case.

The telephoto lens also plays a vast partial in formulating ‘portrait mode’ shots, that keep a theme in pointy focus, while gently blurring a credentials (and infrequently foreground), mimicking a outlay of an SLR camera.

DxOMark remarkable that a iPhone X, therefore, delivers crook portraits afterwards a iPhone 8 Plus, nonetheless it still suffers from some issues when artificially separating a theme from a credentials and both grasp a measure of 55 points in a ‘Bokeh’ test.

Anyway, from these formula it looks like those who skipped a iPhone 8 Plus to wait for a aloft camera of a iPhone X competence have done a right decision.

What about Video?

Unfortunately for Apple, a video peculiarity of a iPhone X and a iPhone 8 Plus, both with a DxOMark Video measure of 89 points, lags significantly behind a 96 points scored by a Google Pixel 2 and this is because a Apple flagship fails to strech a tip altogether draft position notwithstanding a glorious print score.

It’s biggest video-related problems were picture sound and autofocus performance, both of that were significantly outclassed by a Pixel 2.

What’s not lonesome by DxO?

While a DxOMark tests are utterly rigorous, there’s a whole lot some-more to a camera than is suggested by such benchmarks. The iPhone X’s altogether DxOMark measure competence not be a top on record, yet it does come with some absolute facilities not found in most of a competition.

Despite a reduction than stellar DxOMark Video score, Its video capabilities are distant forward of a foe in some respects, such as support for 4K recording during 60 fps and 1080p during adult to 240 fps for well-spoken slow-motion effects. The Pixel 2, by comparison, offers no slow-motion 4K mode and 1080p is singular to 120 fps.

Again, a stress of DxOMarks scoring will count really heavily on your possess preferences and use scenarios.

Let’s also not forget a iPhone X’s front-facing TrueDepth camera that enables Animoji; physique and face detection; and ‘portrait mode’ selfies. And afterwards there’s Apple’s renouned ‘Portrait Lighting’ mode that enables studio lighting and creative background effects to be combined in camera.


Apple’s ‘Clips’ app creates use of a iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera to emanate immersive 360-degree environments for selfies.

The particular camera apps also offer vastly opposite experiences. Where Apple’s camera is designed to be as elementary as probable (although flourishing in complexity with any combined feature), others offer distant some-more control during a probable cost of palliate of use. Huawei’s camera is a primary example, where a user is presented with a bewildering array of options and sliders even before a some-more difficult ‘Pro Mode’ is enabled.

Apple is also pioneering a use of HEIF for images rather than a familiar, yet reduction able JPEG. The smaller distance of a new format allows some-more cinema to be stored and, some-more importantly, allows opposite forms of calm to be stored within a file, such as animations and 3d abyss information that allows ‘portrait mode’ images to be edited after and in third-party apps.

Apple’s new iPhones also support ‘wide color’ mode, where a camera captures a broader operation of colours than a some-more common ‘sRGB’ mode. More importantly, they also have a capability to arrangement these additional colours. Google’s Pixel 2 doesn’t now support this, notwithstanding carrying hardware that could simply do so.


The iPhone X hasn’t surfaced a DxOMark charts, yet it still turns in a unusual opening – generally when deliberation stills photography where it delivers a best formula of any smartphone nonetheless tested. However, a vast partial of that measure comes from wizz and bokeh performance, withdrawal customary bland shots descending behind a competition.

While a totalled video opening valid reduction considerable in DxO’s tests, a slow-motion capabilities and front-facing TrueDepth camera give it capabilities over a rivals, even yet they competence measure aloft for pristine picture quality.

No-one wants to come second in a test, yet once again this is a conditions where there’s a lot some-more to a camera than how good it performs in a DxOMark benchmarks.

See DxOMark for some-more details.


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