DxOMark, the home page that is trusted for the camera's rating, has tested the picture quality of phone cameras for a while. But now they have started to rate the selfie cameras on phones, a feature that shows how powerful the phone's cameras have been.
There is a chance that you have not heard of DxOMark, but you have known the impact of the site. Technical journalists believe that DxOMark is a leading authority in image quality assessments, and their ratings for telephone cameras have a major impact on product reviews and marketing. If you are a self-appointed phone photographer, DxOMark is probably one of the reasons why you own the phone that is in your pocket right now.
Earlier today, DxOMark published ratings for the selfie cameras on 12 different phones, and the company promised to rate cell phone selfie cameras in the future. But until this morning, DxOMark only rated the mobile phones' primary cameras. They did not disturb the testing of the selfie cameras available on phones, probably because selfie cameras are notoriously substantiated and uncomfortable for conventional photography.
DxOMark's choice to start rating of selfie cameras is a confirmation that our culture and our technology are changing. Selfies have become a serious form of photography. Even if you think that selfies are stupid, you cannot avoid a large proportion of the pictures we take today are selfies. The cameras in our phones have grown to meet this trend, and as DxOMark shows, the front cameras in our phones are just a little less powerful than our phones' main cameras.
So which phones have the best selfie cameras? Well, DxOMark gave both Google Pixel 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 an average score of 92. But they have described some aesthetic differences in the cameras that can appeal to different people. Samsung has a low noise ratio that makes faces lighter, while the pixel shows a lot of texture which makes the images appear a bit noisy. The iPhone XS / Max came in with a score of 82 points, mainly because of its poor low-light performance.
Just imagine, the selfie cameras in phones have become so good that they are discussed on the condition of small aesthetic differences, not just resolution.