It seems that whether or not we take any stock in DxOMark scores very much depends on which phone is coming out on top at any particular time. At least, that seems to be how Apple feels, and it’s particularly pleased right now after the iPhone XR was tested by the photo and video benchmarking outfit, coming out on top of all other single-lens phones.
According to DxOMark, the iPhone XR bested the previous leader – the Pixel 2 – scoring 103 points for its photo prowess and 96 points when it came to video.
The report specifically noted that the iPhone XR’s camera characteristics are very similar to that of the iPhone XS Max, which shouldn’t come as a huge surprise given its almost identical camera. Exposure, detail, noise, artifacts, and color were all areas where the iPhone XR excelled.
Colors are also vivid and pleasant in most test conditions; and although the iPhone XR tends to veer towards a slightly cool white balance in outdoor pictures, with warmer tones recorded indoors, it certainly avoids any nasty or offensive color casts. Autofocus is excellent, with fast response times ensuring that you can capture an image almost instantaneously; further, there are no focus stability issues, so pictures are always in focus.
When it came to video, DxOMark noted that the iPhone XR was able to provide a wide dynamic range that allowed for bold and vidid colors, whether filming inside or outside. Video stabilization was also highlighted as a win for Apple’s least costly 2018 iPhone.
All of this is good news for a phone that is roundly regarded to be the best iPhone for most people right now. These results simply further cement that belief.
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