Consumer Reports: iPhone X is the Best Smartphone Camera

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The race to the top of the smartphone pack includes the camera(s) in these devices, so rankings are inevitable.

And considering Consumer Reports prides itself on offering up analytical takes on new consumer-facing devices, and what they have to offer to folks who want to spend money on those devices, it’s not a surprise that we’re getting an updated ranking of the latest-generation smartphone cameras.

Today, CR published its latest smartphone camera rankings, and it’s safe to say that Apple and Samsung have the lion’s share of the list. Apple, for its part, has six different smartphones on the list. Meanwhile, Samsung holds the other four spots in the Top 10 list.

Here’s part of what the publication had to say about the results:

“All of the top 10 phones did very well in our tests of still-image quality, which evaluate resolution, dynamic range, color accuracy, and visual noise. The all-around top performers in that area were the iPhone X and 8 Plus, which just nudged past their iPhone 8 sibling.”

And, here is the list itself:

  • Apple iPhone X
  • Apple iPhone 8
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Apple iPhone 7
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

The majority of the rankings were established with still photos in mind, but video quality is also part of the overall equation. The iPhone X and the iPhone 8 were rated as “excellent” in CR‘s testing, with the iPhone 8 Plus coming in with a “very good” ranking. Why, exactly, the iPhone 8 Plus is lower in the ranking than the iPhone 8, however, isn’t really dissected in the report.

You can read the full report through the source link below, if you are a member to the publication’s subscription service.

Our Take

This list seems a little strange. First, yes, that the iPhone 8 Plus is ranked lower than the iPhone 8, but also because devices like the Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy S8 –which have the same cameras– are so far apart. Also, where is the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on this list, right?

Anyway, what do you think of the rankings?

[via Consumer Reports]

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