DxOMark is a well-known platform that assesses the quality of smartphone cameras, screens, and speakers. Although some folks do not trust the authenticity of its ratings, DxOMark is pretty decent and its ratings are mostly relative. It recently released the iPhone 13 Pro selfie camera evaluation and many Apple fanboys will not like the result because it currently sits in the 10th position. Although this device sits behind nine Android smartphones, it is one of the best in the market. The iPhone 13 Pro racks up 99 points while the number one smartphone device, Huawei P50 Pro has 106 points. This means that only 7 points separate them which is not entirely bad.
The overall performance is very similar to last year’s iPhone 12 series, but the iPhone 13 Pro scores higher in selfie photos, thanks to accurate subject exposure, wide depth of field, and good details in highlights and indoor shots.
The iPhone 13 Pro is also one of the best devices in the selfie video category. Its video dynamic range is wide, the target exposure is accurate, the neutral white balance presents a natural and pleasant skin tone, and the colour sensitivity is also excellent.
The iPhone 13 Pro is listed under Apple’s flagship iPhone 13 Pro Max in the 2021 iPhone series. It comes with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display and up to 1TB of internal storage space. It uses the same A15 Bionic chipset as Pro Max and has the same three-camera setup. The 2021 iPhone models have the same front camera settings and offer the same title specifications as the iPhone 12 series: a 1/3.6-inch sensor combined with an f/2.2 aperture fixed focus lens.
Main front camera specifications:
- 12 MP 1/3.6″ sensor, equivalent focal length 23 mm, f/2.2-aperture lens
- 3D sensor
- Cinema mode (1080p, 30 fps) for recording videos with shallow depth of field
- Use Dolby Vision to record HDR video up to 4K 60 fps; 4K video recording at 24/ 25/ 30/ 60 fps; 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps
The iPhone 13 Pro has a photo score of 102, which is one point better than the 12 Pro, thanks to accurate subject exposure, wide depth of field, and good details in highlights and indoor shots. However, the iPhone 13 Pro has more noise than its predecessor. The video difference is more obvious (95 vs 93), and the iPhone 13 Pro becomes one of the best devices in this category, only one point lower than the highest score. For video, Apple managed to increase the exposure, and the colour sensitivity is now more stable. The new device also has a wider video dynamic range.
- Accurate exposure of facial targets
- Wide depth of field
- High level of indoor and outdoor detail
- Accurate estimation of depth of field
- Wide dynamic range of video
- Accurate target exposure
- Accurate video white balance
- The group selfie video has a wide focus range, and all subjects can be in focus
- Brightness noise
- Sometimes skin tones are not accurate, especially in indoor scenes
- Slight distortion artifacts (perspective distortion on the face)
- Low subject exposure when using flash
- High video noise level, especially in low light
- There are residual movements in the motion video
- Loss of detail in low-light video