DxOMark to begin scoring front 'selfie' camera on smartphones


However, the test elected two smartphones as the best one that can be used to snap the best selfies - Google's Pixel 3 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 9. Camera quality benchmark scores awarded by DxOMark Image Labs are increasingly being thrown around by smartphone brands at their launch events to boast about their camera capabilities. DxOMark said in a statement that they made a decision to introduce a distinct category for the selfie camera because the front and main cameras are used differently.

DxOMark considers themselves the benchmarking experts for smartphones, not only for digital cameras. However, for many years, DxOMark did not want to deal with one of a smartphone's most important uses.

DxOMark did both objective and subjective tests in controlled conditions and even developed a dummy with realistic skin tones for consistent, repeatable scores. It is now changing with the introduction of DxOMark Selfie test protocol. The DxOMark Selfie test protocol testing process includes shooting approximately 1,500 images and dozens of clips totaling more than two hours of video. The Note 9 makes do with a single selfie camera. The Pixel 3 scored 99 points in the still image test and 83 points in the video test. DxO cited the Note 9's exposure and color results, and notes that Samsung's phone is a little better at handling exposures for faces.

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In contrast, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 video anti-shake effect is better than Google Pixel 3, winning in the self-timer video category.

MIX Mi 3 from Xiaomi is in third place with 84 points, at a considerable distance from Pixel and Note, but if it's any consolation, MIX Mi 3 is superior to the iPhone XS Max and Galaxy S9 Plus, going after it, getting an 82 and 81 points respectively. Also, the images captured with the Google device show slightly stronger contrast and a cooler white balance while the Samsung is a little better at exposing for faces and applies a little less contrast to faces, making for a slightly more natural look.