IPhone 8 Plus has the best smartphone camera

Isaac Cain
September 24, 2017

Apple's latest iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus handsets are equipped with cameras that are significantly superior to some of the premium Android flagships, according to comprehensive reviews of both new Apple handsets published by DxOMark on Friday.

Even after implementing a new test "protocol" earlier this month, the first-gen Pixel racked up a remarkable 90 points out of a maximum of 100, narrowly beating the iPhone 7 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S8 and aforementioned OP5 while tying for first place overall in the DxOMark Mobile rankings with the HTC U11.

Moving on to the iPhone 8, this becomes the highest-performing single-camera smartphone tested by DxO Labs. This essentially makes the iPhone 8 Plus the best mobile camera a customer can buy, based on DxOMark's standards, that is.

Every fall, Apple releases new products that are so technologically advanced, they are essentially monopolizing the market for smart phones.

In particular, the cameras stand out in everyday point-and-shoot situations. And the end result is that you get high-quality photos that are not only much better than its predecessors' but also much better than the competition.

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DxOMark includes plenty of context and sample pictures that are worth perusing.

There are still room for improvement, of course. Portrait mode still sometimes deliver wonky bokeh shots, though less noticeable than the Pixel.

DxOMark shared a couple of images shot in different lighting conditions with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Google Pixel, and iPhone 7 Plus. Be sure to check out the full review to get a sense of how deep DxOMark goes.

And it is easy to understand why: both the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 8 come with better cameras than the previous generation.

In terms of optics, the new iPhone 8 has the same 12MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture with a few software upgrades and OIS. It's worth noting, however, that those on a budget can probably settle for more affordable options that offer more-than-decent camera performance.

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