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iPhone X crowned the world's best camera… sort of

There's a new camera king in the smartphone world, at least if we're talking stills, and you buy into one particular benchmark.

The iPhone X has just been given the highest smartphone score ever for still photos by DxOMark – a site which comprehensively evaluates cameras and is generally held in high regard.

The iPhone X achieved a photo score of 101, which is one point higher than the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro, which previously topped the charts for stills.

The site praised the iPhone X for its good exposure, accurate color rendering and white balance, good detail preservation, low levels of noise and a natural looking bokeh effect.

The main cons meanwhile were an occasionally slow autofocus, ghosting artifacts on moving objects, and underexposed pictures with visible red-eye in flash-only shots.

Not quite number one

But despite its chart-topping photo score, the iPhone X isn’t rated number one overall for its camera skills, as there’s a separate score for video, and for that it achieves just 89.

That’s still a decent score, with its accurate color rendering, good exposure, speedy autofocus, good detail preservation and effective stabilization being praised, but the camera apparently being let down by a slight loss of sharpness during tracking in low light, visible luminance noise in low light and some visible vibration when walking.

That video score left the iPhone X number two for its camera overall, with a total score of 97, below the Pixel 2, which scored 98. Notably the Mate 10 Pro tied with the iPhone X with a score of 97, while the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are just behind with 94.

Of course, DxOMark is just one opinion, and the difference between a 97 and a 98 is likely very subjective, so you might not want to read too much into the exact scores given.

The upshot though is that the iPhone X seemingly has a very good camera, and if you check out our iPhone X review you’ll see that’s an assessment we agree with.

Via PocketNow

James Rogerson
James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps.