Smartphone cameras are ever growing in importance and with each new generation of flagships, companies claim that their smartphone cameras are the most advanced ever. How often do they come close though? Reference website DxOMark has been testing smartphone cameras and its latest results certainly make interesting reading.For a long time, Apple’s iPhone was referred to as the standard in mobile photography but over the past 12-18 months, we’ve seen Apple’s rivals narrow the gap and – if DxOMark’s rankings are to be believed – surpass the best that Cupertino has to offer. It’s been nearly two months since the iPhone 6S was released onto the market promising the greatest in camera quality but according to DxOMark, Apple doesn’t quite hit the mark.
Looking at the rankings, we can see that Apple does make the top 10, in three different instances but all of these round off the top ten. Ahead of Apple, Android dominates the rest of the top ten, with the Sony Xperia Z5 taking the top spot followed by the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the Google Nexus 6P.
The LG G4 comes in fourth, while last year’s Galaxy Note 4 ranks highly in fifth. Next up is the very capable Moto X Style (aka the Moto X Pure Edition) while in seventh is Sony’s Xperia Z3+. The iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S then round off the top ten but it remains to be seen whether the iPhone 6S Plus can break into the top ten ahead of its siblings. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 is also conspicuous in its absence from the ranking and given the Note 4 and S6 Edge are high on the list, the Note 5 may yet be able to top the pile.
Now, DxOMark claims that the Xperia Z5 is the best smartphone camera but of course, each company has its own way of testing so we’ve conducted a small camera shootout of our own. Head over to our blind camera shootout to see how the Xperia Z5, LG G4, iPhone 6S and Galaxy Note 5 stack up to each other and which comes closest to the Canon EOS 70D DSLR.