iPhone 7 Camera Beat Out by Huawei P10’s Leica Camera, but Only Just

iPhone 7 camera pitted against Huawei P10 with Leica

China-made smartphones are becoming a powerful force in the smartphone market in terms of quality. Huawei, which is currently the third largest smartphone maker in the world by market share, is getting closer to market leaders Apple and Samsung with its latest line up – the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus.

DxOMark, a well-known smartphone camera benchmarking platform that has tested image and video quality on over 9000 smartphones, recently tested the P10’s camera, and the device came in with a score of 87, one point higher than iPhone 7’s rating of 86 and in line with Moto Z Force Droid, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia Z5.

That kind of score doesn’t come easily, but the Huawei P10 does have the advantage of having Leica-branded camera technology, a relationship that began with its predecessor, the P9.

DxOMark sub-scores each aspect of a smartphone’s camera, including video capture. The P10’s sub-score on stills was 88 points, based on it’s performance in various areas such as low-light, color rendition, accuracy of white balance, preservation of texture and detail, autofocus accuracy and so on.

In comparison, iPhone 7 got a stills sub-score of 86, mainly because of certain focusing irregularities in all lighting conditions, loss of very fine detail and visible luminance noise in low light conditions.

At the top end of the scale is Google Pixel with an overall score of 89, unmatched by any other brand of smartphone.

DxOMark is yet to benchmark iPhone 7 Plus, but we’ll be sure to bring that report to you as soon as they make it available. What’s significant here is that Huawei is able to compete on even level with iPhone 7 in terms of camera quality. Interesting days ahead for the Chinese smartphone giant.

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