iPhone 11 Pro Max ranks 'third' in DXOMARK camera 'quality test'

iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • DXOMARK has released its review of the iPhone 11 Pro Max camera, ranking it 117 and third overall.
  • DXOMARK offers consultation services as well as ratings, which is controversial.
  • DXOMARK liked the contrast and exposure but didn't like the noise, zoom, or bokeh.

Oh look, DXOMARK has released its iPhone 11 Pro Max camera review, giving the device a score of 117 overall. "117 what?" I hear you cry... well nobody really knows, but here we go anyway... The 11 Pro Max's score makes it the 3rd highest scoring smartphone tested by DXOMARK, tied with the Galaxy Note 10+ and the 10+ 5G. The iPhone 11 Pro Max was tested running iOS 13.2, so Deep Fusion could be tested.

https://twitter.com/reneritchie/status/1087837704937750533

DXOMARK claims its scores are calculated using combined scores in a number of sub-categories. However, DXOMARK has also come under fire by many in the industry for also running a paid consulting service to, essentially, better pass their tests and, presumably, earn a higher rating. Apple, by policy, never pays for such services. So, factor that in — or throw the whole thing out — as you will.

According to DXOMARK, the 11 Pro Max performed well in several of their tests, achieving the highest score ever given by DXOMARK for exposure and contrast. It also scored well in the color, autofocus, artifacts, and wide categories, but was let down by bokeh, zoom, noise and texture.

You can read a full breakdown of each category and the score achieved here:

In summary of the test DXOMARK said:

With an overall DXOMARK Camera score of 117, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max secures itself a top 5 position in our current ranking. Its Photo score of 124 puts it among the best for still images, and it shares the top spot for Video with the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition.

While camera testing is subjective, DXOMARK has also been criticized for the apparently arbitrary and mercurial nature of their scale. So, take any numbers they offer, whether the iPhone is the higher or lowest any given Thursday, with a moneybag-sized grain of salt.

We're only covering it because so many others have somehow decided to cover it but without the context needed to make an informed decision about how much weight to give to them... if any.

Now you have the information, let us know what you think.

Updated to explain DXOMARK's role as both "consultant" and "ratings" company, and the potentially huge conflict of interest that results.

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

3 Comments
  • However, if it took top spot, you would be crowing for weeks about it! I agree that DxO is a sham and a farce. Come on, really? apple iphone users blew the good review bad review horn for years.
  • There may be some concern about conflict of interest by offering consultancy, but DXOMARK reviews are highly detailed with all the evidence and reasoning for their scores well presented. They seem pretty objective.
    It's good to see Apple back in the camera game. After leading the pack for many years, they have slipped behind in recent years, but now they are back in the top five.
    I am getting awfully tired of their marketing though with those three lenses everywhere I look.
  • I didn’t want to admit this. Apples camera on the 11 is better than any other camera available now. Sure some have longer zoom ranges or larger mp counts, none produce the images you can get from the iPhone