DXOMark has a new still camera king: the iPhone X

Video isn't quite on par though

The new camera in iPhone X promises vibrant photos and videos with more detail

Remember when we reported that the iPhone 8 Plus had the best camera, according to DXOMark? Well, Apple has taken over its own throne with the new iPhone X. DXOMark has given the new smartphone a score of 97, of which 101 was its photo score alone. This still puts it in second place behind the Google Pixel 2 XL, which has a score of 98.

iPhone X camera: Specs

  • 12MP main camera with wide-angle f/1.8 OIS lens
  • 12MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 OIS lens
  • Phase-detection auto focus with touch focus
  • Quad LED true-tone flash with slow sync mode
  • Portrait mode with portrait lighting
  • 4K video @ 60fps
  • 7Mp selfie cam with f/2.2 lens, face detection and portrait mode

As you can see, both lenses on the rear camera have OIS now. The front-facing camera has been improved too, with new Face ID technologies in the notch, such as depth mapping and others that make the portrait mode really stand out.

What the score means

The score of 101 means that the iPhone X has outdone the competition when it comes to taking still photos. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 were the previous rank holders and were beaten by Apple by just 1 point.

The main strengths of the iPhone X’s camera are its exposure, colour, texture and noise. It allows for good exposure during HDR shots, accurate colour detailing and quick convergence during shifts in lighting. It also has a fast and accurate auto focus and video stabilisation, but it doesn’t do as well in its video score, achieving only 89 points in that area.

Sample pictures

Below are some of the pictures taken by DXOMark that shows what the iPhone X camera is capable of.

Excellent exposure outdoors and in other well-lit scenarios
High-contrast scenes develop well, showing good highlight and shadow detail
Amazing HDR captures
Very nice colour overall, vivid and not over-saturated


From what we’ve seen so far, the Apple iPhone X delivers the goods, as promised. It offers excellent results for smartphone photographers without fail, but may perform a little less on the video side.

For a more in-depth look, head over to the iPhone X DXOMARK site for more information.