Ever wanted to know which smartphone camera phone rules the world? This is a question for photography enthusiasts and casual users who care about having the best damn camera phone around. And for determining that, the most reliable way is the DxOMark test.
What is DxOMark, you ask? It is a test that takes the smartphone camera (or any other camera) through a series of technical as well as real world tests, gauging the performance of the camera lenses in a variety of situations.
This is particularly determined by taking the technical measurements of the lenses as well as the camera components. The test tracks performance on a variety of factors. These include autofocus, texture, noise, artifacts, Flash, exposure and contrast, and color quality.
For the longest time, the iPhone’s camera architecture and performance was unbeatable. However in recent years, Samsung has invested in better camera components and software technology to gain the edge on smartphone photo performance. The latest DxOMark scores below will give you a pretty picture of the beat camera phones in the market.
- Samsung S6 Edge and S6 – 86
- Samsung Note 4 – 83
- Apple iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 – 82
- Samsung Galaxy S5 – 79
- Sony Xperia Z3 – 79
- Sony Xperia Z2 – 79
- Google Nexus 6 – 78
- Nokia 8080 Pureview – 77
- Sony Xperia Z1 – 76
- Apple iPhone 5S – 76
We see the Samsung S6 series holding the top crown for now, thanks to the excellent still photography that Samsung’s latest and greatest phones are capable of. The Note 4 is slightly downwards in DxOMark scores. Apple’s iPhone 6 devices are at number 3 position since Apple’s commitment to the iPhone’s snapshot taking capabilities is still strong.
As for video, the Samsung S6 series once again take the lead over their rivals with their ability to shoot in fine detail in both bright and low light compared to others. The S6 Edge gives good exposure and white balance and color reproduction in videos too.