Dxomark Introduces Wide and Night Evaluation for Smartphone Rear Cameras

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  • This is the first major overhaul of the testing protocol since 2017
  • Dxomark released test scores of 12 phones that have been tested under the updated test protocols
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Dxomark has announced the update of its mobile rear camera test protocol, adding wide-angle and night-shot evaluations. The image quality engineers at the company have been testing and rating cameras since 2008 assigning each device a unique Dxomark score based on objective lab tests and scientifically performed perceptual analysis.

Company’s official statement read, “To reflect and evaluate those technological advancements, we have decided to add a Night score to our Dxomark smartphone camera test protocol. We were already testing cameras in low-light conditions and with flash; however, most of our previous low-light. With this update visitors to Dxomark website will be able to compare and determine which mobile camera is the best in terms of wide-angle and night photos.”

DXOMARK Ultra Wide Angle

First major overhaul since 2017

This is the first major overhaul of the testing protocol since 2017, when Dxomark added zoom and bokeh evaluation to its mobile testing. This protocol update comes in response to growing use of wide-angle and low-light photography among mobile users — a direct result of recent technological improvements such as the addition of ultra-wide-angle lenses.

All changes in the scoring structure, as per the company will be within the Photo sub-score. The Night score is an extension of the previous Flash score, updated with new tests in various phone settings such as Flash-off, Flash-auto, and dedicated Night modes. The Wide score will be a brand-new sub-score for smartphones with the ultra-wide lenses. night mode.

DXOMARK Night Test

First wide and night scores

Dxomark released test scores of 12 phones that have been tested under the updated test protocols. They will continue to update the Dxomark Camera (previously called DxOMark Mobile) scores for mobiles tested in the weeks ahead.

Company’s official statement read, “Wide-angle lenses generally show more distortiont han standard or tele lenses and straight lines in a scene can often appear bent or curved in an image that was captured with an ultra-wide camera, especially close to the edges of the frame. The effect tends to be most noticeable in architectural images or city-scapes where typical scenes include many straight lines and edges.”

It continued, “In the comparison below you can see that the level of distortion can very a lot between devices. The Huawei P30 Pro image shows the straightest lines and least amount of distortion. The Samsung Galaxy S10+ offers a wider field of view but still controls distortion quite well. On the Sony Xperia 1 the effect is noticeably the strongest, with most straight lines on the building clearly curved.”

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