DxOMark, the camera testing portal which is extremely popular for publishing camera results of different flagship smartphones, has started testing various selfie cameras on phones. The DxOMark Selfie test protocol has been designed specifically for the front camera sensors and it takes more than 1,500 self-portraits and two hours of video shots in order to determine selfie results. The DxOMark team has used the same procedures and methodologies which it considers to test the main camera performance on the smartphones.
But it is important to note that there are modifications “that will reflect the way front cameras are used”. The models which currently lead the selfie camera scale of DxOMark include the Google Pixel 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and have been rated an overall score of 92. This test has been done with only 10 phones as of now.
To provide test results for selfies, DxOMark considers factors like skin tones, color rendering, white balance accuracy and repeatability, and color uniformity. The team also has a dedicated portrait test equipment that is used to understand the performance of the front camera. In addition to this, image scientists at DxOMark have taken over-beautification of selfie cameras into account when providing results.
DxOMark has started their selfie camera testing protocol and has picked up 10 phones. The list includes the Apple iPhone X, iPhone XS Max, Google Pixel 3, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, P20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S8, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.
The top spot is being shared by the Pixel 3 and Galaxy Note 9 which have both scored 92. The Mi Mix 3 and the iPhone XS Max, have taken the third and fourth spots, respectively.
The DxOMark team has given 81 as an overall score to the Galaxy S9+, whereas the flagship shares the same hardware as that of the Galaxy Note 9. It looks like the handset has been taken for the testing way before the latest update and hence, the update has improved its selfie performance.
DxOMark mentioned in its blog post that in terms of focus systems, Pixel 3 has an edge over the Galaxy Note 9. The Galaxy Note 9 is said to have given better results for exposure and color but selfies on the Pixel 3 are being said to have a stronger contrast and a cooler white balance.
The Galaxy Note 9 has better exposing for faces as well as applies less contrast to faces that would make selfies look slightly more natural in comparison to how it looks on the Pixel 3. The Samsung model has also been seen to deliver good color rendering as well as stabilization when selfie videos are shot.