DxOMark has rated the camera on the
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
as the best ever on an Android phone. The imaging specialists tested the phone out using their
and has tied it with the iPhone 8 Plus camera. Both phones received a score of 94, making them the highest rated smartphone camera ever.
Samsung’s flagship phablet
received received a photo score of 100 and a video score of 84. The final score came down to 94, the same as the iPhone 8 Plus. DxOMark praised the Note 8 camera for its preservation of finer details, noise reduction, fast and accurate autofocus and a high quality zoom lens. It is the first time that a smartphone camera received a 100 on 100 on photo quality. Even the iPhone 8 Plus scored a 96 on it.
The Note 8 doesn’t quite match up to the likes of the Google Pixel, iPhone 8 Plus or the HTC U11 in terms of video, but it’s still a good enough performer. DxoMark stated the Note 8’s key strength lies in good exposure, fast and stable autofocus, noise reduction, white balance and colour rendering.
While both are tied at the same score, DxoMark notes that the Note 8 (no puns intended) is
best suited for zoomed
photos while the iPhone 8 Plus has
overall the best smartphone camera
But then, is quantifying something as subjective as photo quality a good way to judge a camera? Numbers don’t say the whole story. While it does help the phones sell, a lower DxoMark score doesn’t necessarily mean the phone has an inferior camera.
Just because the Note 8 received the highest score doesn’t mean that the Google Pixel or the HTC U11 are anything less than stellar.
Moreover, DxoMark is mainly known for selling camera testing equipments. Smartphone manufacturers can easily tune their cameras to beat the test and get higher scores. Suffice to say, a mere rating doesn’t really cut it. But that doesn’t take away the fact that a high score usually means the phone has a really good camera.