Tuesday , September 22 2020

DXOMark: iPhone 11 selfie camera ‘decent’, but not among the best smartphones

DXOMark has released the full review of the iPhone 11’s front camera today. While the test says the 12-megapixel front camera delivers “decent performance,” it fails to reach the top 10.

Today’s DXOMark iPhone 11 test follows the iPhone 11 Pro test in January. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro use the same front-facing camera technology. The results are similar, but there are some significant differences.

Overall, the iPhone 11 selfie camera achieved a 91 in the DXOMark test, which is one point less than that of the iPhone 11 Pro Max. Interestingly, the biggest difference between the iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro lies in the focus category.

The focus is a vulnerability for the iPhone 11 and a category in which it performs worse than its cousin 11 Pro Max. The subject is sharp when taking selfies at close range. At longer distances, e.g. For example, when shooting with an extended selfie stick, the face is much less clear than on the iPhone 11 Pro or Galaxy S10 +. Topics on the back of group selfies are also noticeably out of focus.

Further tests by DXOMark show that the iPhone 11 Pro Max ‘can maintain better sharpness than the iPhone 11 if the subject is further away from the camera’.

Elsewhere, selfie pictures taken with iPhone 11 are similar to iPhone 11 Pro. According to DXOMark, there are some problems with noise, especially in low-light environments. Regarding videos, the review states that the iPhone 11 is ‘a good option, but not the best’.

Apparently, the iPhone 11 is ‘slightly better’ than the iPhone 11 Pro when it comes to recording video in color and noise:

On a positive note, the iPhone 11 performs a little better in the color category and controls the noise somewhat better than the Apple flagship. The exposure is accurate in bright light and under typical indoor conditions and only drops in poor lighting conditions. Video material also shows pleasant colors with good white balance and smooth transitions in changing lighting conditions.

With the DXOMark test of the iPhone 11 selfie camera, the breakdown is the top 10. Interestingly, the iPhone 11 Pro score rose from 91 to 92 between now and the original test in January.

  1. Huawei P40 Pro – 103
  2. Huawei Nova 6 5G – 100
  3. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – 100
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G – 99
  5. ASUS ZenFone 6 – 98
  6. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G – 97
  7. Samsung Galaxy S10 + – 96
  8. Huawei Mate 30 Pro – 93
  9. iPhone 11 Pro Max – 92
  10. Google Pixel 3 – 92
  11. Google Pixel 4-92
  12. Samsung Galaxy Note 9-92
  13. iPhone 11-91

As always, it is important to remember that the methodology and reliability of the DXOMark tests are frequently questioned and disputed, especially due to the subjective camera quality and the assignment of a ‘score’. What do you think of these results? Let us know in the comments!

About Asmaa Sims

Asmaa, who was born and raised in Pakistan, now lives in New York and works in a technology company. He also writes blog articles about technological developments.

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