DxOMark reviews Apple’s iPhone 7 camera: Better than ever

“With the launch of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple has further improved the already excellent cameras from its previous generation, and added a variety of new features it hopes will continue to make the iPhone the world’s most popular camera,” DxOMark writes. “While some of the new features are reserved for the 7 Plus, the iPhone 7 has received plenty of upgrades as well – including a brighter lens, improved image processing, four-element flash, and optical image stabilization. Both phones also use a new, wider color gamut, DCI-P3, making for richer colors when used with Apple or other high-end displays that support the DCI-P3 standard. Apple is also proud of its new algorithms running on a beefy new image processor, that melds together several images to create the best possible result… The new features and technologies in the iPhone 7 Plus require additional time for testing, so its review will follow this one, and be published shortly.”

“The iPhone 7 camera represents a very solid evolution over the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in both features and image quality,” DxOMark writes. “The iPhone 7 achieves an overall DxOMark Mobile Score of 86. That’s better than Apple’s previous best score of 84 for the iPhone 6s Plus and 82 for the iPhone 6s. Its improved Texture performance is likely related to the new lens design, while its lower noise score shows the effect of its faster lens and improved image processing chip (ISP). Artifacts are also greatly reduced, thanks no doubt to the upgraded ISP.”

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iPhone 7 in Jet Black

“With very few weaknesses, the iPhone 7 secures a podium position with one of the top three scores among all the mobile phone cameras we have tested. Delivering superb photos and videos in a variety of shooting conditions, the iPhone 7 offers a visible improvement in image quality over the iPhone 6s Plus,” DxOMark writes. “If you’re looking for a good all-round multimedia smartphone, the iPhone 7 is an excellent choice, with top-quality video recording that rivals its still photography performance”

Tons more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iPhone 7 offers an excellent smartphone camera. We’re interested to see what DxOMark Mobile Score Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus earns.


  1. And Consumer Report has proved once again to be batshit crazy lose canon finding out that the iPhone 7 camera is “the same” as iPhone 6s camera.

    I can not believe they are still unable to install a proper testing procedure that would exclude such weird fluctuations in their “conclusions”.

    1. I was going to say something about CR having their head’s up their a$$ but you pretty much did that.

      My guess is they are not happy with the amount of advertising money they get from Apple.

  2. iPhone 7 score 86. Samsung Galaxy S6 87. Galaxy S7 88. As much progress as Apple made, they still lag behind last year’s Samsung.
    There are plenty of good reasons to choose iPhone, but having the best camera is no longer one of them. It’s sloppy that the image quality still lags behind and an indictment of Cook’s weak leadership.

    1. Really? Please point to where those scores are from? All of the photography expert reviews I have read put this iPhone 7 camera as the best “ever” in a smartphone.
      I highly doubt that Samsung the “copier” has invented anything beyond Apple.

      1. I think it depends on what kind of photography you do with your cell phone, and whether you factor in price into your quality judgments.

        Tom’s Guide is very reputable and they did find the Samsung cameras to slightly edge out the new iPhone 7 models.

        It’s common knowledge that Apple is in a dogfight with both Sony and Samsung on camera quality bragging rights. Don’t dismiss the “S” competitors before you see what they can do.

        I think it’s all a moot point because if you care about great photography, you can still do much better with a dedicated camera. The optics on any cell phone are the limitation, you’re just never going to overcome those physics. Even Sir Jony had no choice but to put in a bulge for the camera. To have a better camera will require a bigger bulge or a thicker phone.

      2. They are from DxOMark. Why don’t you read the linked article before commenting? Other phones ranking higher than iPhone 7 include the HTC 10 and Moto Z and Sony phones.
        Like any review their ratings are somewhat subjective, but all of the higher-rated cameras have 1 thing in common – bigger image sensors. Ya canna change the laws of physics captain.

        Samsung not invented anything beyond Apple? Are you being funny or just very, very uninformed? AMOLED screens, wireless charging, fast charging, iris scanning, first in waterproofing (and their IP68 is still better than iPhone). Don’t get me wrong – I love iOS. But Apple is coasting on past glories like an aging high school athlete now.

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