DxOMark has long been an outfit that takes phone cameras and tries to rate them in a number of categories in order to try and decide which is the best. It’s often come in for some criticism for the way it scores and the results it sometimes comes up with, but today, we have a new round of tests aimed at finding the best phone for taking selfies.
At the top of the list comes the Pixel 3 and Galaxy Note 9, which were both tied for top spot with a score of 92. For comparison, the highest placed iPhone was the aforementioned iPhone XS Max, which managed a score of 82 for its front camera, making it a very reasonable choice for taking shots of yourself. Interestingly, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 even came out ahead of Apple’s latest and greatest.
Yet more odd is the fact that the iPhone XS Max managed to perform worse in low light than the iPhone X.
Achieving a DxOMark front camera score of 82, the Apple iPhone XS Max puts in a solid performance for both still and moving images during our tests, and is a nice improvement over its predecessor, the iPhone X. For still photos, the device boasts some great strengths for selfie shooters, including excellent HDR, bokeh shots, and detail at close range, which are among the best results we’ve observed for front cameras.
There are some areas in which Apple can continue to improve for stills, however, with noise visible in all lighting conditions; and white balance and skin rendering issues, especially in indoor images and occasionally outdoors, too, where color casts and low-contrast faces can look unnatural.
You can check the full report out for the lowdown on what went into each score, including why the Pixel 3 and Galaxy Note 9 won out in the end.
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