The new iPhone 8 Plus has the best smartphone camera ever. That’s the conclusion DxOMark came to after the camera testing lab went hands-on with the new Apple smartphone. With a record score of 94, it’s now the clear leader in the market.
“The Apple iPhone 8 Plus has a main camera system truly worthy of a flagship phone,” DxOMark says in the opening of its newly published review. “[It’s] the best-performing mobile device camera we have ever tested.”
The upgrades given to the cameras — a 12MP main wide-angle camera (with a backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor and f/1.8 lens) and a 12MP telephoto camera (with a f/2.8 lens) — have improved its quality in every single category. The iPhone 8 Plus scores exceptionally high marks in both Zoom image quality and Bokeh quality, two new categories that DxOMark just added to its scoring system.
The score of 94 puts in 2 points ahead of the new iPhone 8 and 4 points ahead of the Google Pixel and HTC U11.
DxOMark raves about the HDR performance, face detection accuracy, zoom abilities, and bokeh quality of the iPhone 8 Plus. The negatives discovered in testing include a color cast when shooting in artificial lighting and “some autofocus issues.”
“Overall, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is an excellent choice for the needs of nearly every smartphone photographer,” DxOMark concludes. “It is at the top of our scoring charts in nearly every category — and in particular, its advanced software allows it to do an amazing job of capturing high-dynamic-range scenes and images in which it can recognize faces.”
Keep in mind that the iPhone X, Apple’s true new flagship phone, has yet to be tested by DxOMark — if that phone is all that it’s hyped up to be, then the iPhone 8 Plus’ stay at the top of the smartphone leaderboard may be very short lived.