Long had iPhone enjoyed the top position in many specs including the camera. The company owns the credit of starting the phone photography revolution. But it had lost the crown to Android devices, especially Google Pixel last year as all critics hailed Pixel’s camera as the best deal in the market. Other Androids followed including relatively cheap OnePlus 5, which scored very respectful scores in the review. They have matched or surpassed Apple for several years. But as DxOMark’s intensive camera testing shows, the crown is reclaimed by Apple in 2017.
The new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus surpass Android scores for the first time in a few years, and the iPhone X will almost certainly be better.
The iPhone 8 scored a 92 on DxOMark, while the iPhone 8 Plus scored excellent 94. It means Apple gets the crown for the best score on camera reference publication. For the moment The Google Pixel and HTC U11 are currently hailed as highest end Android phones, with a score of 90. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus had scored an 85 and 88.
DxO cites an improvement in HDR, exposure calculation, and the telephoto lens performance and the iPhone 8 seems to be the first to match/surpass Pixel’s HDR performance. Last time Apple was in competition only in 2014.
Now considering the iPhone X adds optical image stabilization and a wider aperture to the telephoto camera. It already claims the better than its smaller siblings.
Nonetheless, competition keeps the spirit alive. Google’s new Pixel 2 is arriving in few weeks. Samsung hasn’t made a huge leap in performance since the S6. The battle is on. Let’s watch as new wrestlers enter the arena. While scores are in favor of Apple, there is no doubt that mobile cameras in high-end phones have improved to a point where it is more of a matter of preference.