The first reviews for the iPhone 11 cameras are in, and you would think photography is about to be reinvented.
Tech reviewers sound especially impressed with two features, the ultra-wide lens and the new Night mode for low-light photography. Neither feature is new to smartphones, but when Apple adopts a piece of existing technology, the news is greeted as if Cupertino invented it.
The automotive industry has crash test dummies. The lab testing virtually every kind of digital camera made has Sienna, a lifelike mannequin created to measure the quality of a smartphone’s selfie camera.
DxOMark has been an independent tester of conventional digital and smartphone cameras since 2008. Sienna is the newest addition to the team because the French lab only started testing front-facing cameras this year.
On Sunday, Nokia quietly launched a first-of-its-kind smartphone called PureView with an array of five main cameras on its backplate.
Apple set a high bar just two years ago with the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus. In a year where iPhone users are waiting for Apple to release its first model with a third camera, it’s hard not to feel like Apple has fallen behind in the mobile photography space it defined and owned.
The iPhone XR received the highest rating ever for a single-cam smartphone tested by image lab DxOMark.
Apple’s budget option for 2018 held its own against the more-expensive iPhone XS Max in a number of categories. Its score of 101 comes in just four points below that of the iPhone XS Max. And it’s three points better than the Google Pixel 2.