iPhone 13 Pro camera falls behind Huawei & Xiaomi on DxOMark


iPhone 13 Pro

Earlier today, popular camera assessment database, DxOMark, released its camera assessment for the iPhone 13 Pro. According to DxOMark, the iPhone 13 Pro got a total of 137 points. This is 9 points higher than the previous generation iPhone 12 Pro. Specifically, on the image rating, the iPhone 13 Pro scored 144 points, 76 points for zooming, and 119 points for video.

iPhone 14 Pro

Judging from the overall ranking of mobile phone cameras, Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro ranks fourth. This smartphone is behind Huawei P50 Pro (144 points), Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (143 points), and Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ (139 points). However, it surpasses the Huawei Mate 40 Pro with 136 points.

Although the iPhone 13 Pro ranks fourth, it remains one of the best cameras on DxOMark’s database. This flagship’s total score of 144 points for the photo ranking is excellent. Like all iPhones, the colour rendering is vivid, the skin tones are beautiful, the touch is slightly warmer, and the camera is usually very reliable. The overall photo performance is very similar to the iPhone 12 Pro but there are improvements in multiple ways.

iPhone 13 Pro camera department is better in several ways

The colour and contrast of backlit portraits have been improved, and the images show higher levels of detail, especially when shooting under typical indoor conditions. It seems that Apple’s camera engineers have managed to use the larger pixel pitch of the new sensor to improve detail retention. However, just like the iPhone 12 Pro, there is still brightness noise in most shooting situations.

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The camera’s zoom score is 76 points. Although it is not the best, the performance is still better than that of the iPhone 12 Pro. Thanks to the longer 3x optical zoom, compared to 2.5x for the old model. Due to multiple improvements in key areas, an excellent video score of 119 puts the iPhone 13 Pro at the top of this sub-ranking. The very obvious tone mapping instability on iPhone 12 series models has been fixed, and exposure is now generally very stable. The autofocus performance is now better, thanks to sensitive tracking at the right moment and very smooth refocusing.

The iPhone 13 mini got a total score of 130 points. This mini model got 138 points for taking pictures, 55 points for zooming, and 117 points for video.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 12 MP sensor, 1.9µm pixels, 26 mm equivalent f/1.5-aperture lens, sensor-shift OIS, Dual Pixel AF
  • Ultra-wide: 12MP sensor, 13mm equivalent f/1.8-aperture lens, PDAF, 2cm macro
  • Tele: 12 MP sensor, 77mm equivalent f/2.8-aperture lens, OIS
  • 3D sensor
  • 4K at 24/25/30/60 fps, 1080p at 25/30/60 fps, HDR video recording with Dolby Vision
  • Cinematic mode for recording videos with shallow depth of field (1080p at 30 fps)
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