Apple’s new iPhone 11 Pro models contain the best smartphone cameras I’ve ever used. Google’s new Pixel 4 is the one most compared recently and even that long-awaited model fails to defeat iPhone 11, but the photos are damned good. They’re all damned good.
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It won’t take much effort to find head-to-head comparisons of iPhone 11 Pro models to Google Pixel 4 models and it’s beginning to look as if Apple hit a home run with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th to win the game.
Or, did Apple win? Or, not?
The side-by-side photos indicate more than a winner. What we see are premium smartphones that now take photos as good as most mid-range DSLRs, and so good that the average person cannot tell which smartphone camera took which photo; and sometimes we cannot tell the differences anyway.
Side-by-side photo shootouts are comparisons made by YouTubers, various website tech writers, and bloggers, but one thing is clear. All these smartphones have achieved a near nirvana status– photos are always good.
DXOMARK is a website devoted to rating cameras and smartphones. As of today, tops on the list is Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro, not a smartphone you’ll find easily in the U.S. The score? 121. Second is Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 5G at 117 points. Google’s recently released Pixel 4 came in at 112 points.
What about the new iPhone 11 Pro models?
The best iPhone on DXOMARK’s list is iPhone XS Max at 106 points. From last year. All the new Samsung Galaxy smartphones ranked higher than last year’s iPhone. Those reviews hit the interwebs within days of Samsung’s release, as did Google’s Pixel 4.
iPhone 11 Pro models have been on the market for more than a month. Where is the DXOMARK’s review? There’s a review of iPhone 11 Pro. There’s a review and a score of iPhone 11 Pro Max audio. But no iPhone 11 Pro camera review. Even Consumer Reports put iPhone 11 Pro on top; highest scores.
Something strange is going on in the neighborhood.
It may not matter because every smartphone camera on DXOMARK’s premium smartphone list produces excellent photos that are indistinguishable from mid-range DLSRs for most of us. If you’re interested in a good head-to-head, Marques Brownlee and Safwan Ahmedmia on SUPERSAF TV so you can see photos of each, side-by-side.
Interestingly, few of those reviews give consideration to video capture capability.