Another iPhone launch, another DXOMark camera test. This time around, the iPhone 13 Pro got a score of 137, nine points higher than the iPhone 12 Pro in 2020. That puts it in the top five of DXOMark’s list of best smartphone cameras.
DXOMark explains that the score includes a “photo score of 144”, a “Zom score of 76” and a “video score of 119”.
With an overall DXOMARK camera score of 137, the Apple iPhone 13 Pro mixes with the top devices in our camera rankings. The overall score is compounded by an excellent Photo score of 144. As with all iPhones, color rendering is vivid with nice skin tones and a slightly warm feel and the camera is generally very reliable. Photo’s overall performance is pretty similar to the 12 Pro we tested last year, but there are several areas where improvements have been made.
Review shows the iPhone 13 Pro has precise and repeatable target exposure, beautiful colors, skin tones, and white balance. It has fast, precise and repeatable autofocus, good detail in indoor and outdoor conditions, and more.
On the other hand, DXOMark states that the iPhone 13 Pro has limited dynamic range in difficult high contrast scenes, luminance noise on primary, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses, especially in low light. The company also faced occasional pink-white balances under certain conditions and white balance variations in videos. The problem with the new iPhone is the zoom of its camera:
The camera’s zoom score of 76 isn’t quite up to par with the best, but performance has been further improved over the 12 Pro, thanks to the 3x longer optical zoom compared to 2.5x on the l ‘old model.
Video, on the other hand, was one of the most popular features of the iPhone 13 Pro:
The outstanding video score of 119 puts the iPhone 13 Pro right at the top of this sub-ranking, thanks to several improvements in key areas. The tone mapping instabilities that were very noticeable on the iPhone 12 series model have been fixed and the exposure is now generally very stable. Autofocus performance has also been boosted, thanks to better tracking and very smooth re-focusing at the right time. Our testers also did not detect unwanted focused breathing.
With all of that in mind, here’s how the top DXOMark smartphone camera rankings now break out:
- Huawei P50 Pro: 144
- Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra: 143
- Huawei Mate 40 Pro +: 139
- Apple iPhone 13 Pro: 137
- Huawei Mate 40 Pro: 136
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra: 133
- Huawei P40 Pro: 132
- Oppo Find X3 Pro: 131
- Vivo X50 Pro +: 131
- Apple iPhone 13 mini: 130
As always, it’s important to keep in mind that DXOMark’s testing methodology and reliability is often questioned and contested, primarily on the basis that camera quality is subjective and the attribution of ‘a “score” is difficult. This is especially true when there is no fixed scale and the scores are well over 100.
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