Today’s smartphone buyer looks at quite a number of things before deciding which phone to spend their sweet, hard-earned cash on – and one of them is the camera.
Smartphone OEMs like Samsung, Apple, LG, Google, Sony, HTC, and Huawei know this and it is why high-end devices get some of the best photography specs in the market – specs that many photogenic people won’t mind spending handsomely just to get their hands on these devices.
Last year, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was rated as the industry best for quite some time, but this was before the Google Pixel came to life. Industry experts DxOMark gave the S7 Edge a score of 88 while the Google Pixel surpassed this figure to get a score of 89. The HTC 10 and Sony Xperia X Performance were in the same class as the Galaxy S7 Edge, but the Leica-branded dual-lens setup on the Huawei P9 was nowhere near these single-lens flagships, coming in with a score of 80.
When giving out these scores, DxOMark looks at a number of things and how these lenses handle them. These include image color, texture, noise, and quality in low-light and normal lighting conditions, autofocus speed and accuracy, exposure and contrast, flash and even video recording, among others. From the latest tests, the Huawei P10 has made a huge leap, coming in with a score of 87.
As noted earlier, the Google Pixel leads the way with a score of 89. Now that the standard Huawei P10 has made it to 87, slotting in between the Galaxy S7 Edge, HTC 10, Sony Xperia X Performance and the phablets Huawei Mate 9 and LG V20, which have a score of 85, we might see some changes at the top of this table when the same tests are done on the Huawei P10 Plus. This is because the P10 Plus’ dual-lens setup has a larger aperture of f/1.8 as compared to the f/2.2 used on the P10. With the larger aperture, the P10 Plus should be able to deliver better performance in low-light conditions as it lets in more light than its counterpart.
The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus come with Leica-branded dual-lens cameras on the back. Both have a 20MP RGB lens and another 12MP monochrome lens with OIS, phase detection and laser AF, dual-tone LED flash as well as 4K video recording, among other features.