According to Apple, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are both equipped with a more advanced 12MP camera that are better than before. They boast a larger and faster sensor, with new colour filter, deeper pixels and optical image stabilisation for photos and videos. But do the camera on both smartphones really perform as well in real life as Apple says it will? According to DxoMark’s latest report, the answer is yes.
In DxoMark’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus review, the company says that the device has “the best smartphone camera we’ve ever tested”, saying that the device has a main camera system truly worthy of a flagship phone. It gives the iPhone 8 Plus a rating of 94, an improvement over the rating of 88 on the iPhone 7 Plus, placing it at the top. The iPhone 8 comes in second with a rating of 92; the iPhone 7 has a rating of only 85.
So, what gives the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus such a high score? Everything actually; for outdoor shots, both devices can capture “stunning” images “with excellent detail preservation, accurate colour, and impressive dynamic range”.
As for low-light and flash photography, “the iPhone 8 handles low-light conditions very well, with or without flash”, while the iPhone 8 Plus has “strong performance in low light and with flash”. The iPhone 8 Plus has an added advantage over the iPhone 8, with a dual camera system that allows for optical zoom, and portrait shots.
With these latest ratings, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are back at the top of DxOMark’s smartphone camera ratings. Previously, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may have pretty decent cameras on board, but they fall short of their competitors including devices such as the Huawei P10, the OnePlus 5, and the HTC U11 that received a higher score than the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8.