The iPhone XR has only one rear camera, and at that price, it is believed that only Apple dares to do so. Does a single camera represent absolute photographic level? For the main camera of the iPhone XR, the authority DxOMark gave their answer today.
DxOMark scored a total of 101 points for the iPhone XR post-shot, the highest ever for a single rear camera smartphone. The score was even retweeted on Twitter by Apple Marketing Director Phil Schiller, which is worth noting because the DxOMark score used to be less friendly to Apple phones. Here's how DxOMark interprets the single camera:
Main Camera Specifications:12 million pixels 1/2.55 inch image sensor (1.4 micron pixels)F/1.8 lens26 mm Equivalent Focal LengthOptical image stabilizationAutomatic Phase Detection Focusing (PDAF)4-LED dual-color flash
4K 24/30/60 FPS video (default mode 1080p, 30 fps)
About DxOMark Mobile Testing: DxOMark engineers use the default camera settings to shoot more than 1500 test photos and over 2 hours of video in controlled laboratory environments and indoor and outdoor natural scenes, and then evaluate their shooting results to achieve the evaluation and analysis of smartphone cameras.
In the DxOMark Mobile evaluation, the iPhone XR scored 101 points, making it the highest ranked single-camera phone we have ever tested. In terms of still photos, it is only slightly better than Google Pixel 2, with slightly better noise and texture performance, while fewer artifacts, and the total score of the two mobile phones'videos is the same.
In terms of photos, the iPhone XR scored 103 points. In terms of key photo attributes such as exposure, color, detail, noise and artifacts, the cheaper Apple phone offers a very similar image quality to its flagship product, the iPhone XS Max. Because XR has only one lens, its zoom and defocus photos are not as powerful as XS Max, but Apple has successfully improved the weaknesses we found in testing XS Max on XR flash.
Mapping exposures are excellent indoors and outdoors, while automatic HDR mode can provide a wide dynamic range in difficult high contrast scenes. The compromise between noise and texture is similar to XS Max. It can provide fine details both indoors and outdoors, and the edges are well preserved. However, very fine details can be lost in low light. Its exposure is acceptable even in the most extreme low light, and its image is very useful.
Under most test conditions, the color of the iPhone XR is also bright and pleasant, but outdoor pictures tend to show a slightly cold white balance, while indoor ones show warmer hues, and avoid any indecent or objectionable hues. The autofocus of the iPhone XR is excellent, responds quickly, captures images almost instantaneously, and has no problem of focusing stability, so the photos always get a clear focus.
The iPhone XR scored 96 points in the video test and achieved excellent results. Its mapping exposure is mostly very good, with a wide dynamic range, and the indoor and outdoor color is usually bright. In the mobile phone we tested, its video anti-shake system is also one of the better systems. Video plays smoothly, and only in walking and shaking videos, there are very few motion remnants. Like the still image, the automatic focusing is fast and accurate, and has good tracking function when capturing the moving image.
Conclusion: No. 1 single lens mobile phone
The high price of the latest iPhone XS series is daunting, and cheaper XR will be the ideal choice for many Apple enthusiasts who want to upgrade their smartphones. Apple has reduced the hardware cost of the XR and adopted a single camera solution to make it a more affordable model, but that also means you need to accept a relatively weak zoom and defocus effect.
Apple chose to build in the same advanced software and image processing algorithms as its flagship phone in the iPhone XR. As a result, the photographic capabilities of the iPhone XR are similar in many ways to those of XS/XS Max, with excellent exposure, wide dynamic range and excellent noise/detail tradeoffs under all lighting conditions. The auto-focusing system is also excellent under various conditions.
The XR is a little less impressive than its more expensive counterparts in the same range of phones because there is no second sensor and no additional telephoto lens, so don't expect it to produce the same quality photos in medium or long zoom. The astigmatism simulation in the XR portrait mode is not very good, the image looks a bit artificial, and the wide-angle view of the 26mm lens is not the ideal choice for portrait photography.
Compared with Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 is the best single-camera smartphone we have tested before. The test results of the iPhone XR in key areas such as exposure, color, autofocus and detail are similar, but its noise, especially the improvement of artifacts, reduces the negative impact on the overall image quality and makes it a good one. For our No. 1 single camera smartphone.