There was a time when people bought iPhones and Google Pixels on the belief that they are the best camera smartphones on earth.
However, these beliefs have been shattered thanks to the increase in the number of Chinese smartphones in the market and their capabilities to innovate in the camera division.
The best example of this is the DXOMARK website, which ranks at least eight Chinese smartphones in its top ten camera smartphones.
For those who don’t know, DXOMARK is a benchmark website owned by an image processing company DXO Labs, based in France. It analyses the different aspects of an image captured by a smartphone camera and then grants them scores on the basis of a few factors.
Since DXOMARK is known for objectively accessing the camera, not only smartphone manufacturers but YouTubers and other experts trust the scores.
As for users, it is always recommended to look at the individual scores rather than aggregate scores since each individual has different needs.
Top 10 best camera smartphones
|Huawei P40 Pro||128|
|Honor 30 Pro+||125|
|Oppo Find X2 Pro||124|
|Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro||124|
|Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G||123|
|Honor V30 Pro||122|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra||122|
|Huawei Mate 30 Pro||121|
|Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro (CC9 Pro)||121|
|Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max||117|
If we look at the list, over five smartphones from Huawei are in the top ten and Huawei P40 Pro stands at the top with a score of 128.
The P40 Pro is able to bag such a huge score not because it has an excellent rear camera and one of the biggest image sensors to offer, but because it prevailed in other camera assessments as well. The phone’s selfie camera scored 103, again the highest at present.
Flagships from Samsung and Apple have made it to the list, but they couldn’t reach the top five. That being said, each camera smartphone has its capabilities, and they might outrank phones above them in one or two factors.
But that also meant both smartphones were unacceptably poor in a handful of camera assessments. To take up an example, Samsung Galaxy S20+ scored highest for its ultra-wide camera and its Bokeh effect but failed to get a good score in the zoom shots.
Of course, if we look at all the smartphones as a whole, it’s a different story altogether. Huawei P40, for instance, doesn’t come with Google services, due to the Huawei US ban, which puts the company at a severe disadvantage.
Similarly, thanks to Apple’s eco-system and fan following, one would most likely buy the iPhone 12 Pro overlooking the technicalities of the camera.
While bearing top score is a considerable achievement for Chinese smartphones, they cannot use it to overshadow other weak points such as no Google support on Huawei or intrusive ads in the Xiaomi’s Android-skin MIUI.