For well over a decade, the scientists and engineers at DxO have been advancing the way the world takes photographs. Headquartered in Paris and San Francisco, we also have offices in Taiwan, Japan, and Korea. DxO’s scientists and engineers create products and technologies that help you transform everyday moments into enduring memories. In October 2017, DXOMark revised the evaluation criteria and put forward a set of independent rating system for mobile phones. However, the ratings under the new system are quite controversial. DXOMark is good at using data to present the product’s camera performance.
Initially, we have selected 4 of the best flagship handsets on the DXOMark scoreboard iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and HTC U11 Plus, unfortunately, since Google Pixel 2 has not arrived yet Join this review. In the end, Apple, Samsung, Huawei, HTC’s flagship So let’s see who’s taking pictures better?
iPhone X camera how possible than Samsung Note 8 better?
Samsung Note 8 actually more than photos Huawei Mate 10 pro?
Always blow Huawei Mate 10 Pro photo, money, right?
(DXOMark mobile phone photo rankings, Source: DXOMark)
Video recording does not involve the contrast This is photo review only for static photography.
The flagship parameter
1st: iPhone X
iPhone X static photography rating 101 points and DXOMark 97 points overall rating, it can be said is the most powerful camera phone. Front camera for the 7MP, f / 2.2 aperture; rear dual cameras are 12MP, including wide-angle lens f / 1.8 aperture, telephoto lens f / 2.4 aperture, both support OIS optical image stabilization. Starting from 2017, Apple began to adopt an independently developed ISP (Image Signal Processing), so the iPhone 8 and iPhone X’s picture imaging style is gorgeous, the image is more saturated and the eye catches.
In addition, thanks to the blessing of “Original Depth of Field Lens,” iPhone X’s front and rear cameras all support Portrait Mode, which allows you to take studio-quality photos.
2nd: Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate 10 Pro, static photography score of 100 points and DXOMark overall score 97 points, camera performance is the leader in the domestic mobile phone. Front camera for the 8MP, f / 2.0 aperture; rear main color camera for the 12MP, support for OIS optical image stabilization, vice shot black and white lens 20MP, both f / 1.6 large aperture. Huawei Mate 10 uses the 3rd generation Leica dual camera, with the filter can shoot very “German taste” photos. In addition, the two lenses have their own research ISP image processing, built-in AI chip will automatically identify the scene to determine the camera.
3rd: Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 8, static photography score of 100 points and DXOMark composite score of 94 points, as the top flagship Android camp, Samsung Note 8 camera quality acclaim. Front camera 8MP, f / 1.7 large aperture; rear dual camera are 12MP, wide angle lens f / 1.7 aperture, the telephoto lens is f / 2.4 aperture, both support OIS optical image stabilization. Samsung Note 8 Sony IMX 333 image sensor with support for “dual-core pixel focus” function, a single pixel area reached 1.4um, so focusing, night shots, Samsung Note 8 quite advantage. In addition, Samsung self-developed ISP also maintained a high standard.
And Last 4th: HTC U11 Plus
HTC U11 Plus also joined this review, which is the latest HTC flagship model and DXOMark 90 points, the continuation of the previous generation U11 lens module, before DXOMark scoring system changes, HTC U11 is the highest overall smartphone score, and Google Pixel overall rating is flat. U11 plus UltraPixel 3 ultra-sensitive camera, also supports “dual-core pixel focusing” technology. It can be said that U11 Plus represents the higher standard of the top flagship in the first half of 2017.
In order to restore the use of most users scenes, all the sample of this review if no special instructions, are through the phone’s built-in camera App shooting in the default settings, automatic metering strategy, to take autofocus.
Sample order followed by iPhone X, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Samsung Note 8, HTC U11 Plus, are selected in multiple sets of the best group of the sample.
It should be noted that, due to the difference between the phone screen, so the photos taken on different devices look slightly different.
Day Outdoor Scenes
Taking photos with a phone outdoors during the day is one of the most common scenarios. For these flagship models, to cope with such a scene without pressure, the picture clear and sharp, details remain rich, more is the difference between color tuning.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Samsung Note 8
HTC U11 Plus
As a whole, iPhone X has the brightest picture and the higher color saturation, so the look is better, but occasionally the contrast is too high. Huawei Mate 10 Pro screen color is a bit reddish. In contrast, Samsung Note 8 and HTC U11 Plus white balance is actually more accurate, but it seems a bit dull.
Daytime Backlight Scenes
Backlight is also clear
This is the main rendering of the flagship phone when dealing with backlighting scenes thanks to increasingly powerful processors and ISP capabilities, the flagship handset basically automatically turns on HDR (High Dynamic Range Imaging) when dealing with complex scenes, rapidly optimizing the picture while shooting, and allowing the beat Out of the picture look better.
Observing from these two sets of the sample, The powerful HDR effect makes the screen brighter and the color of the scenery in the backlight reduced. It is undoubtedly the iPhone X that has been dealt with to the best of the backlighting scenes.
Followed by Mate 10 Pro on the handling of the dark is not very good, the color a bit gray. But Huawei Mate 10 Pro, even under the backlighting scene is clearer
The Samsung Note 8 imaging results, although compared to the iPhone X will appear the picture brightness is not enough, but in fact, it is the closest to the human eye to see the scene.
As for the HTC U11 Plus, playing is not particularly stable, and sometimes the screen brightness sufficient, close to the iPhone X level, but sometimes it seems a little underexposed – this may be related to its metering strategy.
The macro scene is mainly to spend time, in general, the larger the aperture, the better the virtual effect.
Overall iPhone X due to the smallest aperture, so blur effect is relatively weak, while the other three flagship is at the same level. The 4 flagship participating review is equipped with a large aperture of f / 1.6-1 / 1.8, so the macro effect of the optical blur appear very good.
The indoor scene is also a typical cell phone camera environment, compared to well-lit outdoor, indoor environment is relatively weak light, but also more complex, so it is to test the phone weak light imaging and anti-shake performance.
Local Details Zoom In Compare:
Under dim lighting, the white balance of the four phones varies. At this point iPhone X white balance is relatively accurate, HTC U11 Plus is obviously deviation.
As for the HTC U11 Plus, the word on the wall has been completely out of sight. Huawei Mate 10 Pro save the most details, you can clearly see in the review on the wall “business license” and other words; iPhone X 2nd, the same retained a lot of details, but one or 2 exposure control is not so good; Samsung Note 8 Certain smear, resulting in some of the details lost.
Extremely Dim & Flash
In low-light indoors, sometimes encounter light conditions, this time the phone’s flash can play a fill light effect.
When The Flash Turned Off
After Turning On The Flash
Apple official claims iPhone X uses a slow sync 4-LED original flash, not only a lot of brightness but also by reducing the shutter speed to increase the amount of light, the final effect of natural color, uniform lighting, is the flagship of the four The best player.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro fill light poor results in the body too bright, the color is not accurate. Samsung Note 8 with HTC U11 Plus fill light effect is similar, although illuminated the main shooting, but the background is relatively dark, obviously not very natural.
It is worth mentioning that, in the most extreme light environment, Samsung Note 8 quite Chengdu, white balance slightly less, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and HTC U11 Plus cannot see, the picture bleak, the color does not work. The best performance is the iPhone X, the screen save a lot of details, the white balance is more accurate.
Outdoor Night Scene
Compared with the limited light environment that needs flash lighting, the outdoor night scene with complicated lighting conditions is the place where the mobile phone takes high-frequency photos – and is also the most testable part of the phone’s photographing skill.
All 4 flagship handsets demonstrated outstanding mobile night-time imaging capabilities, with the impressive night-time performance of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
Note the highlights of this sample, while maintaining the brightness of the screen, Mate 10 Pro has also been easy to deal with too much exposure to make the screen look better, this strategy is also more complex in the light of the night the advantage is more obvious.
From this point of view, the performance of the 4 flagships is not bad. For mobile phones, by auto-focus, automatic metering light shooting such a complex Pearl River night, in fact, very difficult.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro basically performs the process of reducing the exposure so it retains more detail than the iPhone X and the Samsung Note 8. Which Mate 10 Pro for the overall picture brightness control quite well, taking into account the brightness and purity of the night, the picture is very clean. For the highlights on the screen. However, occasionally Mate 10 Pro will appear part of the scene color saturation is too low, and even directly into a black and white, which may be related to the synthesis algorithm has a certain relationship.
Although the performance of the iPhone X is also good night, the screen’s perception, details control are not as good as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the color is much darker than when the sun is abundant.
In contrast, the Samsung Note 8 slightly more full color, noise control is better, but Samsung’s flagship problems in the past two years or not amended – the night sky was too exposed, and even a little pale.
Under normal night conditions, HTC U11 Plus performance is still very good, retain details even more than the iPhone X, Samsung Note8 and more. But in the light of the complex environment, the weakness of the UltraPixel large pixels is exposed – the picture has obvious noise and the details are lost.
As the biggest selling point of the dual camera phone, “portrait mode” have to mention, which is also a test of manufacturers skill training place, not careful will make the selling point into a slot.
Samsung Note 8 performance is also very good, the screen is much brighter than the iPhone X, dig a bit less, but you can Through late adjustment to make up. iPhone X “portrait mode” the best performance, the natural effect of blurring, only a small part of the margin cutout appeared flawed.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro blur effect is more deliberate, cutout loopholes are more; as for the single-camera HTC U11 Plus, or as a “portrait mode” for readers reference.
Although the iPhone X does not have the beauty function, but with the powerful performance of the “original depth of field lens”, self-portrait can also achieve “portrait mode” and “portrait light effect”, self portrait blur effect is natural, even after the double Better, can be considered a more advanced means of Selfie.
Samsung, Huawei, HTC all without exception, joined the beauty effect, Huawei Mate 10 Pro is somewhat overkill, Samsung Note 8 the most natural beauty, HTC U11Plus beauty effect quite satisfactory.
For the sake of readers’ review, Ai Fan’er summarized the above conclusions in tabular form as follows. After comparing the above multiple sets of the sample, we can basically get a glimpse of the pros and cons of imaging quality of flagship handsets in the second half of 2017.
It is worth mentioning that, in the process of sampling, several flagship mobile phones have shown excellent camera experience: focus fast, stable imaging, hand-shake is not much, HDR synthesis speed very quickly. In addition, some of the flagship unique camera modes are also impressive.
For example, the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X have built-in “portrait lighting” mode to simulate “studio level” shooting, but the success rate is not high, and this feature is still in the testing phase.
(“Portrait light effect” mode samples, images were taken by the iPhone 8 Plus)
Another example is Huawei Mate 10 built a Leica camera filter cooperation, with proper use, but also can shoot very “German taste” photos.
(By the Mate 10 built-in black and white filter, Mate 10 black and white photo is 20MP)
In general, the improvement of the photographing capabilities of flagship handsets in 2017 is staggering. Which iPhone X is undoubtedly the best overall quality of a section, perhaps in some scenarios as Samsung, Huawei.
But stable and high-quality imaging for the iPhone X can handle most of the needs of mobile photography.
The night scene of Huawei Mate 10 Pro is impressive. As the flagship representative of domestic mobile phones, the progress of Huawei’s flagship in the past two years is obvious to all. Although still lacking in some aspects, but the overall quality of the camera has reached the level of competition with Apple, Samsung on the same stage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 camera quality, as always, stable and excellent, but the fall of the previous two generations or not corrected, if the next generation of the flagship Galaxy S 9 does not correct the existing problems, then Samsung somewhat “suspense” suspicion.
HTC U11 Plus is currently the only remaining flagship single-shot, one of the flagship, although the camera performance is still above the standard, compared with the top flagship, it is inevitable that there is a kind of “fair fight, imps suffer” feeling of powerlessness. Finally, patience to read all the samples of you, in my mind the best mobile phone which is it?
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