DxOMark Image Labs scientifically tests selfies

Come on, we all know that smartphone users spend as much time photographing themselves as the world around them, so camera-testing company DxOMark has now started testing the front-facing cameras on smartphones, not just the regular rear cameras.

DxOMark Image Labs is the lab-testing spin-off of DxO, the company behind DxO PhotoLab and the new owner of the Nik Collection plug-ins. It’s been scientifically evaluating camera performance for the past ten years, but is perhaps best know in the smartphone industry where its testing methods offer just about the only widely-regarded technical comparisons between smartphone cameras.

Called DxOMark Selfie, the new test complements the existing DxOMark smartphone camera tests and simulates typical front camera uses, for solo pictures, group shots with friends, indoor and outdoor shots, natural scenes and lab scenes, shooting handheld or on a selfie stick and at three different distances.

DxOMark Selfie scores follow a dedicated scientific protocol based on both objective measurements and ‘perceptual analyses’ of 1,500+ photos and 2+ hours of video, and it’s already published its first batch of front camera tests.

If you’re dying to know the outcome, the Google Pixel 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 tie for first place with a score of 92, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is in second with a score of 84, while the Apple iPhone XS Max languishes in third with a score of 81. Don’t forget, these are the DxOMark Selfie scores for the front camera, not the rear camera.

Paris-based DxO was founded in 2003 and doesn’t just produce desktop software and operate the DxOMark labs. Its image processing technologies have been embedded in over 400 million devices.

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