All discussions around Apple's iPhone 11 series of smartphones have been centered around the camera, and now that all its software features have been released through updates, DxOMark has put the 11 Pro Max to " the job". The bottom line is Apple has built a top-of-the-line camera, similar to the best performing ones on the market, but it is by no means the best of all. However, a 2nd place equal to Samsung's most powerful device is not exactly disappointing.
iPhone 11 Max Pro received a score of 117 points from DxOMark now being ranked third in the standings, behind the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition and above the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. In fact, the score of 117 points, 4 lower than the top models, is equal to that of the Samsung device. The reason why Apple is not higher in this ranking is obvious, even if we only look at the hardware specifications of the cameras.
While the main camera on the iPhone 11 Pro Max is one of the best on the market, especially in dim light, when Deep Fusion processing mode comes into play, the other cameras are less impressive. For example, your camera offers an optical zoom of only 2x, while Huawei and Xiaomi are both equipped with lenses that magnify more (3x and 5x respectively). Then the ultra-wide camera doesn't capture as much detail as we would expect. Last but not least, the portrait mode is not as efficient as the other models, as it lacks a 3D TOF camera, which better calculates the distance between the phone and the subject.
In the video capture chapter, iPhone 11 Pro Max is at the highest level, on par with the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition.
DxOMark say Apple still has one of the best car capture modes, with very good exposure and white balance calculated. Moreover, Deep Fusion helps a lot in capturing the details, while the night mode is among the best on the market, but not the best (Mate 30 having a bigger and better sensor).
This analysis but this is good news especially for Apple fans, who were using iOS anyway and were not attracted to the offer of Android phones, as they now have a very high performance camera right on the device they already want. There is still no similar analysis for the standard iPhone 11, but the score is likely to be slightly lower due to the complete lack of a zoom camera.