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DxOMark Mobile will help power Connect reviews


DxO Labs has officially announced 'DxOMark Mobile' - its assessment of mobile phone image quality we're using here on Connect as part of our comprehensive cell phone reviews, such as the Apple iPhone 5 Review we published today.

Drawing on DxO Labs' expertise in measuring the image quality of conventional cameras and lenses, DxOMark Mobile aims to help consumers analyze and compare the still and video performance of mobile devices by freely providing them with its industrial-quality scientific measurements. Its experts will analyze 14 aspects of mobile imaging including detailed image quality assessment, flash performance, autofocus reliability and more to produce a final score comparable to existing DxOMark figures.

For example, DxOMark Mobile gave the iPhone 5 an overall score of 74, the same as its predecessor the iPhone 4S. Our review breaks down this figure, explaining DxO's throrough data and what it means to you in terms of real-world performance.

"Of the dozen mobile devices that we have already tested, some have already attained a significant level of image quality," said Frédéric Guichard, Chief Scientific Officer for DxO Labs. "However, the increase in sensor resolution and the miniaturization of pixels has introduced new problems well-known to photographers, such as digital noise. Our detailed test results will allow consumers to analyze all of the intrinsic qualities of mobile cameras."

Initial results frrom DxOMark Mobile testing indicates considerable progress mobile phone image quality. DxO found the Nokia 808 PureView, which came in first in the DxOMark Mobile rankings for still photos, is superior to that of a 5-year-old compact camera. As for video, the best mobile tested in this category, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, outperforms the Canon Powershot 100.

"With its continuously-enriched database, DxOMark Mobile aims to become the reference source for information about mobile camera image quality, and to develop partnerships with many players in the mobile photography market," said Jérôme Ménière, CEO of DxO Labs.


Total comments: 4

The video performance of the 808 was probably due either to them not disabling video stabilization or using the dedicated scene modes for whatever they are shooting. The spotlight is important to enable when shooting a concert and the low light setting should obviously be used for just that.
The daytime video clips i have seen from iphone 5 is not even close to what i can shoot myself on a 808 or what there is on the internet shot by professionals.


So how did they manage to give the iphone 5 a higher score than the 808 in video recording ? It doesn't make any sense, I have both.. and overall, there is really no contest. The 808 has zooming, amazing stereo recording, and more control..

Were they looking just at the quality ? Because even then, I don't see how the 5 is any better.

Otherwise, great job :)

Simon Joinson

we report on their report in our review - the score was dragged down by noise and poor AF in low light if i recall - they literally only check the image quality.


That seems very surprising given the benefit of pixel over sampling in video. Would love to hear more details as this doesn't correlate with our own benchmarking.

Best regards

Damian Dinning

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