iPhone XS Max Scores Second To Huawei P20 Pro In DxOMark Camera Test

Benchmarking firm DxOMark has published the results of their iPhone XS Max camera test, giving the iPhone XS Max camera an overall score of 105. This score ranks second only to the Huawei P20 Pro, and comfortably beats the Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and other flagship Android devices.

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The iPhone XS Max has "one of the best mobile cameras" with noticeable improvements over the iPhone X, according to the test. DxOMark applauds the iPhone XS Max's photo and video quality in bright light conditions with a wide dynamic range and sharp detail, as well as the speed of it's autofocus and image stabilization capabilities. 

DxOMark also pointed out a few issues with the iPhone XS Max camera, including its zoom performance, underexposure in flash images, and noticeable luminance noise in low light and shadow areas of high contrast images. Video issues included white balance instabilities in indoor lighting conditions, as well as an increase in visible luminance noise and a loss of sharpness when shooting video indoors or in low light conditions. 

The iPhone XS Max still managed to score above almost all of its competition, including the Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Huawei's "triple-camera juggernaut" P20 Pro is the only smartphone to beat the iPhone XS Max score.

The rear camera of the iPhone XS Max has various improvements over the iPhone X camera, including an increased density of focus pixels, better light sensitivity, and faster processing thanks to Apple's custom image sensor and the A12 Bionic chip's Neural Engine. Bokeh (background blur) can also be adjusted even after taking a portrait photo, which has not been possible with previous iPhones.

Note: The smaller iPhone XS includes the exact same camera specs as the iPhone XS Max, so will likely achieve the same or very similar test results in benchmark tests. However, this test by DxOMark was undertaken on the iPhone XS Max only.