In terms of photography, the iPhone XR offers a single camera solution instead of the dual camera configuration of the XS model. In terms of specifications, the iPhone XR's camera generally meets your expectations for high-end single-camera phones, with a 12-megapixel 1/255-inch image sensor, 1.4-micron pixel pitch, and a 26-mm f/1.8 aperture lens with optical image stabilization. Phase detection autofocus and two-color LED flash.
Despite the different camera hardware configurations, XR has the same software and image processing algorithms as the XS series, such as continuously capturing multiple frames of different exposure settings while taking photos, allowing zero-delay shutter and HDR algorithms to be applied. A preview of the real "what you see is what you get".
So, how does the image quality of the iPhone XR compete with competitors?
Main camera specifications:
12 megapixel 1/25.55 inch image sensor (1.4 micron pixels)
26 mm equivalent focal length
Optical image stabilization
Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
4-LED two-color flash
4K 24/30/60 fpsvideo(1080p, 30 fps in default mode)
In the DxOMark Mobile review, the iPhone XR scored a total of 101 points, making it the highest ranked mobile phone in the single camera phone we have tested so far. In terms of still photos, it is only slightly better than Google Pixel 2, its noise and texture performance is slightly better, and the artifacts are obviously less, the total score of the two phones is the same.
In terms of photos, the iPhone XR scored 103 points. In terms of key photo attributes such as exposure, color, detail, noise and artifacts, this cheaper Apple phone is very similar to its flagship iPhone XS Max. Image quality. Since the XR is only equipped with one lens, its zoom and bokeh photos are not as strong as the XS Max, but Apple has successfully improved the weaknesses we found in testing XS Max on the XR flash.
The exposure is very good both indoors and outdoors, while the Auto HDR mode provides a wide dynamic range in difficult high-contrast scenes. The compromise between noise and texture is similar to that of XS Max. It provides fine detail in both indoor and outdoor shooting, and the edge retention is also in place, but in low light, very fine details are lost, even at the most extreme exposures. It is also acceptable in low light conditions and its image is very useful.
Under most test conditions, the color of the iPhone XR is also bright and pleasing, but outdoor images tend to have a slightly cooler white balance, warmer tones indoors, and avoid any indecent or objectionable tones. . The iPhone XR's autofocus is excellent, the response time is fast, the image can be captured almost instantly, and there is no problem with focus stability, so the photo always gets a clear focus.
The iPhone XR scored 96 points in the video test and the results were excellent. Most of the exposures are very good, with a wide dynamic range, and the colors are usually bright and bright indoors and outdoors. Among the mobile phones we tested, the video anti-shake system is also one of the better systems. The video playback is smooth, and only a few motion residuals appear in the walking and panning video. Like still images, autofocus is fast and accurate, with good tracking when capturing moving images.
Conclusion: The #1 single-lens phone
The price of the latest iPhoneXS series is prohibitive, and the cheaper XR will be an ideal choice for many Apple enthusiasts who want to upgrade their smartphones. Apple has reduced the hardware cost of XR and adopted a single camera solution, making it a more affordable model, but it also means you need to accept relatively weak zoom and bokeh mode effects.
Apple chose to have the same advanced software and image processing algorithms built into its iPhone XR as its flagship phone. As a result, the iPhone XR's photographic capabilities are similar in many respects to XS/XS Max, with excellent exposure, wide dynamic range, and excellent noise/detail trade-offs in all lighting conditions. The autofocus system is also excellent under all conditions.
Compared to the more expensive phones of the same series, the XR is slightly inferior in that there is no second sensor and extra telephoto lens, so don't expect it to take the same quality photos with medium or long distance zoom. The bokeh simulation in XR's portrait mode is not very good, the image looks a bit artificial, and the wide-angle field of view of the 26mm lens is not ideal for portrait photography.
Compared to Google Pixel 2 - Pixel 2 is the best single camera smartphone we've tested before. The iPhone XR is comparable in key areas of exposure, color, autofocus and detail, but its noise, especially The improvement in artifacts reduces the negative impact on overall image quality, making it our number one single-camera smartphone.