Renown camera review site – DxOMark – finally released their official review for the latest “more affordable” Apple iPhone 11. The smartphone was indeed released back in September and while its bigger sibling – the iPhone 11 Pro Max – was checked out at launch, the smaller and less camera-centric iPhone 11 was only reviewed today.
Apple iPhone 11 Camera Reviewed by DxOMark: Not a Big Improvement
Either way, Apple may be not too happy about the final result as the phone only managed to get 109 points. This score puts it under the Xiaomi Mi 9 at 110 released in February of 2019 and just above the iPhone XS Max (basically its predecessor) launched back in September of 2018. So, while they score itself isn’t too bad, Apple definitely missed an opportunity to greatly improve its camera department over their previous generation.
Let’s now have a closer look at the review, starting with the “Photo” part of the testing. Here DxOMark found that the iPhone 11 had an accurate and consistent exposure; along with vivid and pleasant colors. The smartphone would also capture good details and perform well in ultra-wide mode.
As far as the cons go, Apple’s phone had low zoom quality at medium and long range. It showed ringing artifacts commonly visible and overexposed flash portraits at night. Finally, it displayed a short focal length for portraits; basically too wide to snap good portraits.
Moving onto the video department. Here the iPhone showed once again accurate exposure and a wide dynamic range. Videos had good details and an effective stabilization; meanwhile colors were vivid and pleasant.
The Apple iPhone 11 didn’t do well in recording while walking, with a visible jello effect. It had some instabilities with white balance and exposure indoors. Its autofocus was also slightly clunky and there was visible judder in bright light conditions.
So, as we previously said, not a bad score, but the lack of a third lens compared to the Pro series appears to have taken its toll.