The basis of smartphone camera bragging rights in 2019: Explained
DxOMark‘s camera ratings are becoming increasingly more influential in the camera and smartphone industries. With the launch of every new smartphone, manufacturers have been trying to achieve the highest possible score to one-up the competition with their snappers.
DxOMark is a rating service which’s owned by DxO Labs, an image processing software company based in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. DxOMark’s weighted score system fixes a number of sub-scores into a single number that’s presented as the overall score for a particular camera.
These scores are intensively researched and detailed, however, DxOMark scores aren’t objective: how much each aspect of a camera contributes to the overall score is a subjective weighing system that DxOMark has devised.
Given that every individual may have different needs when it comes to a camera, looking at the individual scores that matter to you is probably more helpful and informative than comparing cameras solely on their cumulative scores.
There’s another reason to take these scores with a grain of salt: its the fact that DxOLabs work with manufacturers (for a fee) to design cameras that score highly on DxOMark’s tests.
DxOLabs also work as a consulting company: this means that they can alter a manufacturers sensor to their specifics for a fee.
These scores may be a valuable source of information but they aren’t the definitive authority on smartphone cameras because as is with everything: to each their own.