A new mobile device has been crowned king of the smartphone cameras, leaving Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra trailing in its wake while setting several benchmark records. It will come as no surprise that we’re talking about Huawei’s new flagship, the P50 Pro.
Dxomark’s latest report describes the P50 Pro camera as “Outstanding in all areas”, awarding it the highest overall scores to date.
Huawei is no stranger to the top of Dxomark’s charts— each successive flagship routinely leaps into pole position at launch. And now, with the P50 Pro scoring a massive 144 points, Huawei has done it again, leaving the iPhone 12 Pro Max languishing behind with 130 points.
With the P50 Pro, Huawei returns to the strategy of deploying a 40-megapixel monochrome-only sensor that reduces image noise and enhances detail when used in conjunction with the main 50-megapixel full-color sensor. It’s a trick that seems to have paid off, as can be seen by Dxomark’s 99-point Noise result vs. just 75 points for the iPhone.
Also included in the P50 Pro’s massive quad rear camera array are a 13-megapixel ultra-wide lens and a 64-megapixel telephoto lens.
According to the report, this combination delivers particularly good results both when zooming in and zooming out, completely outclassing the iPhone by a margin of 107 points to just 68. This highlights what I believe is currently the weakest area of the current iPhone camera and something Apple must address in future models.
However, it’s not all bad news for Apple as there are a few key areas in which the iPhone flagship still reigns supreme. For example, the iPhone12 Pro Max remains unrivaled in autofocus performance and proved itself to be ahead when it came to Dxomark’s Preview test, thanks to its ability to display a highly accurate live preview while shooting. This is an important feature where the P50 Pro, and non-iPhones in general, are still a long way behind Apple.
More significant than any benchmark results, however, is the fact that the P50 Pro is currently a China-only release and runs Huawei’s home-grown HarmonyOS rather than the more familiar Android operating system. So, unless you’re prepared to work around these restrictions, the iPhone 12 Pro Max might, for now, remain the better option for North American customers despite its poorer overall camera performance.
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