Zoom, artificial bokeh and other phone camera features now figure in DxOMark’s tests

TechCrunch | 9/12/2017 | Devin Coldewey
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Testing cameras is what DxOMark does, but while many DSLRs and mirrorless systems have remained more or less the same for the last decade, one can hardly say the same for mobile phones. Dual lenses, optical zoom and more are now marquee features and as such need special testing setups and scoring benchmarks — which is what DXOMark just added to the mix.

There are two totally new tests and some updates to the old ones.

Phones - Zooms - Cameras - Lengths - Test

First, to accommodate phones with zooms or multiple cameras with separate focal lengths, there’s a test of… well, predictably, zoom performance. Whether one camera is better in some light than others, whether certain effects or features are available or superior in one mode or another and so on figure into this score.

The second new test is of the class of effects DxOMark has gathered under the moniker “Depth Effects.” The most commonly known of these is probably the iPhone’s “portrait mode,” which detects the user’s face and body and then blurs out the background as if the photo were taken with a narrow depth of field. This process can...
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