Smartphones these days aren't just about taking calls and sending messages and doing the daily PDA duties. They're about pictures and taking photographs, and the most successful phones are usually the ones that have awesome cameras. The popular specialized photography site DxOMark has just finished reviewing the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and has declared the iPhone 8 Plus as the best camera they have ever tested.
Both phones were recently tested, with the iPhone 8 scoring a total of 92 marks on DxOMark's new testing protocol, while the iPhone 8 Plus took the highest award at 94 marks. This beats out the previous two record holders, the HTC U11 and the Google Pixel, which score 90 marks each. This puts both iPhones at the top of the game for this benchmark, and in general, as two of the best camera phones, you can get on the market today.
The iPhone 8 was praised for having one of the best HDR performances for any device that DxOMark has tested, and props were also given for its very accurate autofocus. On the other hand, the color accuracy wasn't very good in low light conditions and indoor tungsten lighting. In addition, the phone has some delays in properly focusing on a subject, whether in the bright or low light.
On the video side of things, videos shot with the iPhone 8 had good stabilization and were the best of any Apple device. The color accuracy and rendering was brilliant under almost all lighting conditions, and face tracking was excellent in bright lighting. On the other hand, it had poor exposure in low light, in addition to a lot of noise in low-light conditions.
The iPhone 8 Plus, on the other hand, shared similar praise, with the best HDR performance, excellent face detection, the best zoom and best bokeh effect on any mobile device. On the other hand, it also had the same autofocus issues and color accuracy issues in low and indoor lighting. The video side of the iPhone 8 Plus also had the same good stabilization, best exposure, color rendering and face tracking advantages, along with the same exposure and low-light noise issues.
On the whole, it's clear that Apple has really upped its game with the latest crop of iPhones, as other smartphone manufacturers have been making huge strides in mobile photography in the past few years. With this, Apple's reputation for having the best smartphone cameras comes back full circle.