Imaging lab DxOMark has released verdicts on two of the latest top-end Android phones in the ecosystem: one’s scoring right where it’s supposed to, the other seems to be punching above its weight.

Google’s Pixel 3 seems to have done just okay for itself with its cameras scoring 101 on the empirical DxOMark Mobile scale — right on par with the iPhone XR, which costs $50 less.

For context, that’s 2 points below the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, Galaxy Note 9 and HTC U12+, 4 points beneath the iPhone XS Max and 8 points off the Huawei P20 Pro. That said, all of the above phones have at least two cameras on them while the Pixel 3 and even the Pixel 3 XL have just one. DxO calls it the best single-camera Android phone in the market.

That said, the device generally does a good job and has great capacity in terms of exposure, contrast and dynamic range and is quick on autofocus. Where it could improve is in more difficult conditions with details — artifacting, ghosting, fringing takes hold. It also scores great on color accuracy in video.

Towards the middle of the pack with a score of 98 is the OnePlus 6T — a respectable result for a $549 phone. It’s only been in the past year that the company has really stepped up its photography game, but even for a half-year step, the 6T manages a one-point advantage on the 6 for stills and a four-point gain for half-decent video.

Links to both reviews are below this story. Your experiences and results may vary.




Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.

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