We may have come across this term ‘DxOMark Smartphone Ratings’ in grandiose events of Apple, Google, and HTC where they try to lure the customers to buy their products by rating their phones’ cameras on certain criteria.
HTC U11 had the DxOMark rating of around 90 which was highest until last year but with the advent of Pixel 2, the crown of highest rating was rewarded to Google for its camera capabilities and shooting specifications with a weighted rate of 98, highest till date but what actually are DxOMark Smartphone Ratings.
These DxOMark Smartphone Ratings have become the holy grill of measuring the quality of a smartphone’s camera after evaluating their performances on several grounds of low light, image sensitivity, angular shots, and several other shooting parameters.
DxOMark measures the performance of different image shooting and video capturing devices, be it DSLRs or Smartphones. If we visit their official site, we can clearly see a hierarchy of phones named on the corner with different phones with their ratings as per their camera quality. Google Pixel 2 is right now leading the list, and followed by it is Apple iPhone 8 Plus’s camera with a rating of 94 equivalent to that of Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s dual camera.
This number can be misleading but DxOMark breaks down different components of photography and videography and then on the basis of those sliced elements, points are allocated to every feature which eventually are converted in an algorithm for weighted ratings that we see.
If we scroll down to any phone’s web page on DxOMark site, we will see the breakup of ratings on the basis of exposure and contrast, color, autofocus, texture, noise, artifacts, flash, zoom, and bokeh, all these subcategories are rated individually which are then evaluated into different weights as per their significance and the final solution is the rating that these tech companies boast about at their events. The same subdivisions can be seen for video capabilities as well and thus the individual rating results in a final answer.
Most users avoid looking at the subscores and focus all their attention towards the final score. DxOMark has a number of different sets for testing the cameras. The aim is to measure the quality of a camera objectively and scientifically. There are more than 5o challenges and realistic indoor and outdoor scenes that aid in determining the quality levels of the camera. The algorithm is used to turn the qualitative photo evaluation report into the quantitave rating system.
The weights that the company applies is solely subjective and as per their discretion so in case you need to really understand the capabilities of a camera as per your needs, do check the breakup all the camera functionalities.