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iPhone 15 Pro Max zooms to second place in DxOMark mobile camera rankings

The iPhone 15 Pro Max. (Source: Apple)
The iPhone 15 Pro Max. (Source: Apple)
The iPhone 15 Pro Max is Apple's first top-end flagship smartphone to launch with 5x "Tetraprism" zoom technology. Nevertheless, the upgrade has failed to help the device beat the Huawei P60 Pro off the top spot in terms of DxOMark scores. While the 15 Pro Max was praised for its new telephoto abilities, it was not found to excel completely in all aspects of mobile photography.

The 15 Pro Max is the first ever iPhone to rock a periscope-style "120mm-equivalent" lens for its telephoto camera. Now, its DxOMark scores are in, and it's time to see how the new top-end flagship's new camera has fared within the group's rankings.

The good news for Apple is that it has indeed risen above others such as its own 14 Pro Max predecessor, not to mention the 1-inch sensor-equipped OPPO Find X6 Pro, triple 50MP Honor Magic5 Pro and variable-aperture Huawei Mate 50 Pro to take the #2 spot with 154 points.

The bad news, however, is that the 15 Pro Max could not beat the P60 Pro, which still reigns supreme in these terms with 156 points. The former garnered praise for its skin-tone accuracy, exposure, auto-focus and stabilization in video; however, DxOMark also concluded that its new zoom capabilities, while generally effective, lacked consistency "across all ranges", and that the iPhone was unable to prevent "unwanted artifacts, including flare, ghosting, and aliasing" as well as noise in low-light shots.

Then again, these are the results of just 1 assessment thus far, and the 15 Pro Max is still due yet more exhaustive testing - such as that involved in our upcoming review. In addition, it will be interesting to see if DxOMark has a change of opinion on testing the 15 Pro, which makes do without the fancy new Tetraprism camera in 2023.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-09-26 (Update: 2023-09-26)