The iPhone 11 packs some of Apple’s most impressive cameras to date. They are some of the best available in any phone today. So you might be surprised to find out that they just got knocked out in the first round of a blind test.
A photo taken on the iPhone 11 Pro only got 30% of the vote against a snapshot of the OnePlus 7T Pro – a handset that costs $ 400 less.
We’re not telling you the iPhone 11 has great cameras just because we’re Apple fans. You will find reviews all over the web that say the exact same thing. And there have been tests to prove it.
But it looks like Apple still has some catching up to do. The iPhone continues to be outnumbered by its competition when it comes to photography, with the iPhone 11 ranking fourth behind the Xiaomi and Huawei handsets in the DxOMark rankings.
And in a new blind smartphone camera test by Marques Brownlee (MKBHD), the iPhone 11 Pro was knocked out in the first round by an unlikely competitor.
IPhone 11 Pro rolls out early in latest camera test
Brownlee performed the same test last year with some interesting results. He takes a bunch of the bigger smartphones, takes the same photos with all of them, then asks his millions of subscribers to vote for the best.
Brownlee doesn’t reveal which devices took which photos initially, so people can’t just vote for their favorite brands. And there are multiple elimination rounds until a single smartphone is crowned the winner.
This year 16 handsets have been included such as Samsung, Google, Huawei, Asus, LG, Sony and, of course, Apple.
Many handsets that you might expect to do well, like those from Google and Samsung, made it through the first round. Except one: the iPhone 11 Pro was easily beaten by the OnePlus 7T Pro, with just 30% of the vote.
And the winner is …
You can watch the full video of Brownlee’s results below. We won’t tell you which handset was crowned the best, but to save you any unexpected pain, we’ll warn you that only Samsung devices were in the latter two.
What’s great about this test is that it puts all smartphones on an equal footing. Popular brands, like Apple, cannot beat less popular brands on name alone. But that doesn’t mean it’s perfect.
Brownlee himself notes that “people are just going to pick the brightest photo.” It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best. And it’s hard to tell that one camera is better than another by comparing a single photo of each.
Nonetheless, it’s certainly an interesting look at how the bigger devices of 2019 stack up against the obvious camera performance. Were you able to predict the winner?