Google Pixel 2 Earns Highest Camera Score From DxOMark


DxOMark is one of the leading sources for camera rankings, especially when it comes to the camera(s) equipped in a smartphone.

Recently, Apple’s iPhone 8 Plus took the top seat on the charts, coming in with a highest-ever-rated 94 in total score. At the time, DxOMark said that Apple’s newest flagship smartphone was the best smartphone camera they had ever used. That didn’t last too long, though, as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 –that company’s newest flagship smartphone– managed to earn the same exact total score.

And now there’s a new leader. Google’s brand new Google Pixel 2. The smartphone was just announced today, and already DxOMark has the results of its in-depth camera tests, showing that the Pixel 2 (and the Pixel 2 XL, which has the same camera inside) comes out on top. Specifically, the total score is 98 — four above the iPhone 8 Plus and the Galaxy Note 8. The Pixel 2 reached 99 in the camera category, and a score of 96 in the video section. It’s certainly noteworthy, for the score alone, but also considering that the Pixel 2 features only a single 12-megapixel camera on the back. Google opted not to adopt the dual-camera setup that so many other manufacturers, including Apple, have gone with.

“The Google Pixel 2 is the top-performing mobile device camera we’ve tested, with a record-setting overall score of 98. Impressively, it manages this despite having “only” a single-camera design for its main camera. Its top scores in most of our traditional photo and video categories put it ahead of our previous (tied) leaders, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, despite the Pixel 2 coming in lower in the new Zoom and Bokeh categories. The Pixel 2 is also a major step forward from the Pixel (which was our top scorer when it was released a year ago), moving from 90 to 98.”

In the tests, DxOMark pits the Pixel 2 against the iPhone 8 Plus for the majority of comparisons, as you can see in the images below:

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This is becoming a trend for Google’s smartphone lineup. Last year, Google’s original Pixel earned the top-rated camera score in smartphones, and this year it looks like the successor will hold the crown, too. You can check out the full camera review through the source link below, if you want to see all the crucial details.

When it comes to the camera in a smartphone, how do these types of reviews stand for you?

[via DxOMark]