The Apple iPhone 12 DXOMARK camera ratings for the iPhone 12, Pro and Pro Max score a very respectable 120, 130 and 132 for the rear camera. Congrats Apple.
DXOMARK is an industry-respected test that’s consistent between camera brands and models. As such, it provides a ranking based on a weighted average of scores across still photos, zoom and video.
And before you read the reviews let me say that until recently DXOMARK had ranking out of 100. It had to invent new scales (V3) to accommodate multi-sensor/lens/AI as well as periscope zoom and night vision. As we used to say then – any score above 90 is damned good. Well, now any score above 110 (our reference is the Pixel 4a) is indeed very good.
Anyway, DXOMARK now has to invent a new test protocol V4 for future phones. Recent smartphones are pushing the limits of V3, especially in the areas of Dolby Vision HDR, DCI-P3 (movie gamut) and storage formats. Smartphone camera tech is leaping ahead as a major point of difference because, otherwise, seemingly any brand can make a decent phone!
It is strong on still images (Weighted Av 132) with its strongest points being Autofocus (106), Colour (98) and Texture (98).
It was let down on Zoom (41) – it is digital, not optical.
The AI also lets it down with Noise, Artifacts, Night, Bokeh (no LiDAR or depth sensors) and Preview (what you see is not what you get) scoring between 55-74. These are AI computational photography issues, and Apple may well address them in future firmware updates.
Has 3 x 12MP sensors – standard-wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto modules, differentiating it from the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini sans tele and LiDAR.
It is strong on still images (Weighted Av 135) with>100 colour accuracy, autofocus and texture. But it was let down by average to poor scores (66-77) in Noise, Artifacts, Night mode, Bokeh and Preview.
It lost points with the 2X Optical zoom and wide-angle lens averaging 66.
Video was 112 with all bar artifacts and texture scoring >100 – ditto to AI issues. Good reflecting Apples DCI-P3 colour gamut adoption.