DxOMark comes under fire after releasing the iPhone 11 Pro Max score

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Just barely 24 hours after it released the rating for Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, DxOMark has been under fire probably from Apple loyalists. Although, the iPhone 11 Pro Max image score of 124 tops the chart, its 102 video score saw that this smartphone got a 117 overall score to rank third behind Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi Note 10. Yesterday, there were questions about DxOMarks settings in the video recording.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

It had to explain that “by default, the iPhone 11 Pro Max records video at 30 frames per second at 1080p full HD resolution. However, it achieves the best recording results at 4K resolution. Therefore, starting November 1, 2019, all DxOMark Camera and Selfie video tests will use the best video quality settings…(whether or not the setting is the default mode)”. Now, there is even a more serious allegation about DxOMark ratings.

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There are questions about DxOMark “rating” with “consulting”. Stephen Warwick and Rene Ritchie wrote on iMore

“While camera testing is subjective, DXOMARK has also been criticized for the apparently arbitrary and mercurial nature of their scale. So, take any numbers they offer, whether the iPhone is the higher or lowest any given Thursday, with a moneybag-sized grain of salt. We’re only covering it because so many others have somehow decided to cover it but without the context needed to make an informed decision about how much weight to give to them… if any”.

The also drew out the following points

  • DXOMARK offers consultation services as well as ratings, which is controversial.
  • DXOMARK liked the contrast and exposure but didn’t like the noise, zoom, or bokeh (with relation to iPhone 11 Pro Max)

This seem to accuse DxOMark of influencing its score when there is a “moneybag-sized grain of salt”. As of now, there is no official response from DxOMark on this jab. While this is not a direct accusation, it is a criticism that certainly needs some sort of response.

My Take

No doubt, there is obviously a “conflict of interest” by offering consultancy. Nevertheless, we can not deny the fact that DxOMARK’s reviews are extensively detailed with a reason(s) for every decision. DxOMark’s presentation lends credence to its objectivity. I think in recent years, Apple has lost track of the competition and it is struggling to get back in the game in some aspects. It obviously needs its “loyal fan base” to push things to better heights.


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  1. M C
    November 8, 2019

    I really don’t understand what do you complain a bout. The iphone 11 pro cameras not good enough for higher score. The cameras are good but not more than that. DXOMARK has nothing against Apple so please relax. All you have to do is to improve the iphone cameras quality and not cry like a little girls.
    DXOMARK don’t give a shit about all the pro iphone cameras on YouTube, they didn’t care a bout all the fake hype on the internet, thay are telling a professional indication a bout the iphones cameras and that’s it.
    Take it or leave it.

    • Michael F.
      November 9, 2019

      You and your reaction are pathetic!

    • Al Saghir Abdallah Mansour
      November 10, 2019

      They are crying like a little girls..!! Ha ha ha

    • TopNegro
      November 11, 2019

      Crying like a little girl who lost her candy

    • Real Michael
      November 11, 2019

      You know nothing so you use this poor reply for everything. You are simply poor in spirit. I stop losing my time with you and all similar uneducated people like you.

    • TopNegro
      November 11, 2019

      Bla bla bla…little poor princess is still crying. Hahaha

  2. Paul Campbell
    November 9, 2019

    The camera did good, I don’t know why so many people are having a fit because the 11 was not placed on a plinth and worshipped.
    I’m a professional photographer and I bought the iPhone 11 a few weeks ago, and I mostly like it. It’s not going to replace our Nikons or Sony mirror less, but it’s fine.

    If anyone should get their panties in a bunch, it should be HTC fans. The U12 Plus got a major update and captures more detail than than the iPhone 11 with Deep Fusion, and DxOMark will probably leave the score down at 103. I own both so I did a shootout last night, and on shots including objects with fine text, you can’t make out the labels on the iPhone photos. On the HTC photos, you can read them clearly.

    • Dominik Zapaśnik
      November 9, 2019

      Good to know but how does the U12 Plus do in low light?

    • Paul Campbell
      November 17, 2019

      It does good, and low light was a strong point, but it can’t compete with the new dedicated night modes unless you go to pro mode. The U12 does have a mode for night shots, but it’s purpose is to eliminate lights from blowing out the scene. So, completely different purpose.

      PS: Between the Pixel 4 and the iPhone 11, I feel that the Pixel brightens it up the most, but it ALWAYS looks fake. For the night mode, I prefer the results from the iPhone 11 because it does not destroy the ambience like the Pixel does.

  3. CyberAngel_777
    November 9, 2019

    The money bag that APPLE gave put it way too high on the list with it’s not-so-top hardware. Check yourself the sensor sizes used. Less area means less light.

  4. Guest
    November 10, 2019

    Apple sheep can’t accept the fact that there are phones with better cameras than iPhone… Lol

  5. Fli Boi
    November 10, 2019

    I’m surprised Apple scored as high as they did. I have nothing against apple and like them….BUT the camera is not that good!!! We all know it!!!! The brand of Apple is just so strong we want it to be the best, but it’s NOT!!! PERIOD…

  6. TopNegro
    November 11, 2019

    These are just a bunch of “heard” Apple loyalists crying like a little girl who needs a bf. The phone is fair but they think their mouth can make it the best hahahahaha