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iPhone XS Max fails to unseat Huawei P20 Pro in camera rankings

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This just in: The Huawei P20 Pro is still the undisputed champion of camera phones. According to camera-ratings site DxOMark, that is.

The Apple iPhone XS Max, which was launched barely a month ago, failed to unseat Huawei’s current flagship device. But its overall score of 105 — 100 for photo and 96 for video — is good enough for second place.

When it comes to taking pictures, the iPhone XS Max is said to be great at the following:

  • Exposure and dynamic range in bright light and indoor conditions
  • Details in all conditions
  • Colors in most situations
  • Auto-focus speed and accuracy
  • Subject isolation and spotlight effect in bokeh mode

However, flash images are often underexposed, DxOMark says. It adds that luminance noise is noticeable in lower light and the shadow areas of high-contrast scenes, and coarse luminance noise and a lack of detail are noticeable in zoom shots.

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When taking videos, Apple’s biggest iPhone yet has supposedly mastered these:

  • Dynamic range
  • Image stabilization
  • Auto-focus speed
  • Image details, especially when shooting outdoors

It’s just that sometimes, there’s an unstable white balance when shooting under indoor lighting and luminance noise in lower light.

The Huawei P20 Pro, on the other hand, notched 109 points on DxOMark and has held the top spot since its launch in March. Its market-first triple-camera system was co-designed by German optics firm Leica.

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The setup is headlined by a 40-megapixel primary camera with a color sensor. There’s a 20-megapixel monochrome camera for extra detail and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera that allows the smartphone to magnify up to 3x with optical zoom.

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It was priced at P44,990 (roughly $829) at launch in the Philippines, but now costs just P40,990 ($756). At the IFA 2018 tech show in Berlin, Germany, Huawei introduced fresh colorways for it.

The new top 15 smartphones in the camera rankings as of today, October 3, are the following:

Top camera phones on DxOMark as of October 3, 2018, on Revu Philippines

Top 15 camera phones on DxOMark as of October 3, 2018

Main image via Android Central

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 16 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.