Google has managed to one-up the competition by building a better camera than either Apple or Samsung. The company touted an unprecedented score of 98 from DxOMark for the camera on the Pixel 2; allowing it to comfortably beat the competition.
Both the iPhone 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 received identical scores of 94 earlier this week. At the time, it allowed the two to tie as the top rate smartphone cameras on the market. A reign that will only last until Google begins shipping the Pixel 2.
DxOMark scores mobile cameras based on nine categories. For the most part, no camera has managed a perfect score on all counts. The iPhone 8 was praised for its “excellent detail preservation, accurate colour, and impressive dynamic range”. While the Galaxy Note 8 earned top marks for its “extremely fast and accurate autofocus and a very competent flash unit”.
On the part of the Pixel 2, DxOMark praised its flash and autofocus capabilities. Going as far as to call the autofocus the best ever built into a smartphone. An honour that had previously belonged to Samsung’s effort. That said, the review noted the lack of zoom capabilities due to the limitations of the single lens configuration.
Of course, Apple and Samsung don’t really have much to fear from Google. The Pixel 2 will see an extremely limited release, and is unlikely to have the volume to challenge either electronics giant. Although, they will certainly have something to think about when it comes to camera quality.