The DXOMark scores are in and although Apple scored 117 points, it trails the likes of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro.
The reliability of the DXOMark scores have always been a subject of question and it can be argued that camera quality is a subjective topic. With that being said, the world’s best-known camera benchmarking tool has released its results for the iPhone 11 Pro Max; and the results aren’t in favour of the Cupertino-based smartphone manufacturer.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max recorded a score of 117 on DXOMark’s camera test and although this is a very impressive result, it shockingly trails in third place behind the likes of the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi XX9 Pro Premium; both of which are at joint first with 121 points. However, the iPhone 11 Pro Max achieves the top spot in audio quality with a score of 71 points.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max with iOS 13.2 on board was tested using Apple’s Deep Fusion upgrades. This technology helped the iPhone’s smaller sensor match the Mate 30 Pro in image detail and zoom levels even though the latter comes with a larger sensor.
DXOMark commended the iPhone’s photographic dynamic range and detail retention, fast autofocus, and impressive video stabilization. The noise visible is greatly improved in comparison with the iPhone XS lineup.
A related report by 9to5Mac states, “Performance from the 1x and 2x cameras was strong but long-range zoom detail pales next to competition from Huawei that can tout 5x optical zoom. The synthesized bokeh effect was deemed not as good as the leading Android phone makers due to depth estimation errors around the subject’s hair.”
The iPhone 11 Pro Max dominates as far as video recording goes with it boasting a wide HDR dynamic range and ‘excellent’ details in highlights and shadows. DXOMark states that some tone mapping instabilities were noticed in regions of the sky and reflective materials.
The iPhone 11 Pro Max gathered 102 points overall for video quality and this allows it to tie in first place with the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium.