Apple has the best phone camera, says DxO tests

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The iPhone 8 Plus has scored 94 points, based on an average of its image and video scores, putting it two points ahead of the iPhone 8 and four points over the Google Pixel and HTC U11, which share third place.

The iPhone 8 Plus comes ahead of every other smartphone in DxOMark's mobile rankings, including the smaller iPhone 8 which takes second place.

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus had a score of 88 last year and this year's 94 earned by the iPhone 8 Plus is the best ever awarded.

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DxOMark raves about the HDR performance, face detection accuracy, zoom abilities, and bokeh quality of the iPhone 8 Plus. The sample photos are indeed rather stunning and I look forward to hearing more about the iPhone 8 Plus from ZDNet reviewers.

Keep in mind that the iPhone X, Apple's true new flagship phone, has yet to be tested by DxOMark - if that phone is all that it's hyped up to be, then the iPhone 8 Plus' stay at the top of the smartphone leaderboard may be very short lived.

Most interestingly, DxOMark's results show that Apple has made significant improvements with the iPhone 8 generation over the iPhone 7 line.

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The tests also reveal that the iPhone 8 camera shoots images that are rife with accurate color and rich detail, with HDR photography greatly improved as opposed to the sensor in the iPhone 7.

The iPhone 8 Plus has "outstanding image quality" and "an industry-leading Portrait mode".

All of us were aware that both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus pack impressive shooters but we didn't expect that their image and video prowess would enable them to achieve the highest scores in DxOMark's test results.

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The iPhone 8 Plus' dual camera setup features a 12-megapixel (wide-angle) camera with a f/1.8 aperture, as well as a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with a f/2.8 aperture.

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