Those days are gone. Everything that compares anything is online these days. For many years one of my favorite camera websites was DP Review. Digital Photography Review. That was the go-to place to find detailed reviews on cameras and lenses from dozens of manufacturers. Those days are gone.
DP Review will hold a place in the camera community, yes– mostly because many photographers need a source for details, tests, and equipment reviews and comparisons.
I’m over it.
My most recent go-to place for camera and lens comparisons has been DXOMARK. That love affair was shortlived because too much of the detailed results are subjective and not analysis, and it no longer matters.
Those days are gone, too.
The proof is in the much-delayed iPhone 11 Pro review. Generally, the review is positive and puts Apple’s latest creation in third place, just points behind leaders Huawei and Xiaomi; each with smartphones that are difficult to buy, what with the Chinese government’s ability to infiltrate technology companies, and, well, that’s for a different discussion.
Check the review. It pits all three cameras side-by-side; photos and videos. Unfortunately, each photo and video has a caption which describes which camera was used. Without the caption, most of us would not be able to determine which camera took which photos.
Yes. Smartphone cameras are that good.
Previous Apple iPhone generations have always been among the best smartphones for imaging, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max is no different. It matches our top score for Video, recording video clips with good detail, a very wide dynamic range, and smooth stabilization in most circumstances. Its still image results also put it among the best, thanks to consistently good results from the primary camera, which is now accompanied by a very capable ultra-wide lens with one of the widest fields of view we have seen. Bokeh simulation mode and zoom performance at long range are not quite up with the very best, but if those areas are not top priorities, the new iPhone is an easy recommendation for any mobile image creator, especially those who are already invested in the iOS ecosystem.
What does that say?
After you look at the comparisons and the details you may agree with me.
Those days are gone.
There is no need to dig into the photos and specifications of a camera on DP Review. DXOMARK makes it clear that, at the top, today’s smartphones are incredible devices.