The new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature the best cameras DxO Labs have tested so far, achieving top DxOMark smartphone camera rankings in their in-depth review.

This is awesome news for Apple and people in the market for a new iPhone, more so knowing Google’s Pixel line and HTC’s U11 beat out iPhone 7 in terms of imaging quality.

Here are the stats:

iPhone 8 DxOMark

Their verdict:

While we haven’t retested every smartphone using our new protocols, we have retested some of the best and Apple’s iPhone 8 improves over all of them, including Google’s Pixel and HTC U11—the two best performers until now.

Apple has brought some impressive image processing technology to bear on the images that the iPhone 8’s relatively small sensor captures, and it shows in better exposure, improved dynamic range and lower noise than iPhone 7.

Only its bigger and more expensive dual-camera sibling, iPhone 8 Plus, tops it on our DxOMark Mobile charts.

The device achieves a “new record for single-camera smartphones.”

iPhone 8 Plus DXoMark

Their verdict:

Overall, iPhone 8 Plus is an excellent choice for the needs of nearly every smartphone photographer. It features outstanding image quality, zoom for those needing to get closer to their subjects and an industry-leading Portrait mode for artistic efforts.

It is at the top of our scoring charts in nearly every category and in particular, its advanced software allows it to do an amazing job of capturing high-dynamic range scenes and images in which it can recognize faces.

iPhone 8 Plus is “the best smartphone camera we’ve ever tested.”

What’s new in iPhone cameras?

Pitted against last year’s iPhone 7 models, the iPhone 8 family includes upgraded camera sensor paired with the vastly improved A11 Bionic processor an embedded Apple-designed image signal processor with real-time image and motion analysis.

This combinations results in faster low-light autofocus while powering real-time Portrait lighting effects and delivering better low-light performance thanks to multiband image noise reduction done in hardware.

COMPARISON: Is iPhone 8 worth upgrading from iPhone 7?

Among some of the new capabilities that come in the iPhone 8 refresh:

  • An all-new quad-LED True Tone flash system with Slow Sync
  • Support for Portrait Lighting (iPhone 8 Plus – dual cameras required)
  • 4K video recording now supports both 24 and 60 fps, in addition to 30 fps
  • 1080p Slo-Mo video capture now supports 240 fps, in addition to 120 fps
  • Upgraded image signal processing improves low-light performance

If iPhne photography is a large part of your life, iPhone 8/Plus should be your next camera.

SPECS SHOOTOUT: iPhone X vs 8 vs 7—weight, size & battery life

iPhones have never been about speeds and feeds, but specs do matter and if you’ve been wondering whether or not the “Bionic” part in the name of Apple’s A11 Bionic chip is just marketing talk, Tom’s Guide has you covered—according to their synthetic benchmarks and real-world speed trials, Apple’s new phone is the world’s fastest handset, period.

  • 9to5Slavery

    Nice!!!!!!!! Informative !!!! Where’s the JD power awards lol

  • AOGV

    Interesting to see how next months Pixel will do.

  • I am absolutely impressed with iPhone 8 Plus camera but wondering if they have tested the LG V30 camera! It is also rocking an improved camera and btw what about latest Note 8?

    • Siri Tim Cook Holness

      The 8 plus is outdated the X is better

      • How is the 8 plus outdated? It’s literally the exact same software, image processor, image sensor, lenses, flash and more. The only difference is that there is an extra image stabilizer which won’t affect selfies, or any photos done with the other camera. Hardly worth using the term “outdated”…

    • Rowan09

      The Pixel ans HTC phone was said to be the best and they didn’t test all the phones as stated in the article since the new requirements.

  • Charlie

    Where is iPhone 6s?

    • Siri Tim Cook Holness

      Not on the list bc it’s not as good

    • Since DXoMark changed their tests and scores for cameras this year to better measure the many improvements to cameras in recent years, the iPhone 6s would have to be re-tested by them to properly compare scores. Since it’s a couple years old at this point I’m sure they won’t bother.

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    It’s gonna be defeated so soon by the X

    • Perhaps, but not by much. Literally the only difference between he iPhone 8 camera and the iPhone X cameras is an additional optical image stabilization and a lot of these tests are using the other cameras that don’t make use of this anyways. Furthermore since tests have to be done repeatedly many of these tests are done on tripods. There’s really only about 2 tests where this could make a difference and I’m not sure how much (if any) that will ultimately affect the score.

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Just saying X telephoto lens also has better aperture than 8 plus 2.4 vs 2.8

      • Oh nice! I hadn’t seen that before. Yeah I could see it scoring a couple points higher then. Thanks for the info 🙂

  • Cal J

    It’s frustrating to see that the Note 8 and Galaxy S8 haven’t been retested with the new method (yet?). I’d expect the S8 to be similar to the Pixel, since that’s where it was before, but considering how popular Samsung devices are, it seems strange that they weren’t included in the initial batch of testing with the new method.