iPhone X Photo Test: Solid Performance in a Compact Format

Apple has secured the fundamentals of its iPhone X with a sharp image quilt and improved color management. But it’s mainly its second camera module, and it’s more compact size that makes it a weapon of choice for photographers.

While Apple has lost its technical dominance in photography in recent years – autofocus, definition, professional modes, etc. – the iPhone is still the preferred terminal for many photographers and enthusiasts. For several reasons: color consistency, the iOS ecosystem (apps are quality), etc. And since the arrival of the iPhone 7 Plus, for the second camera module. This equivalent 56 mm f/2.8 gives the iPhone the advantage in portraiture in particular.

With its super processor, OLED screen, and 56mm optics, the iPhone X is a brighter-looking (f/2.4) and a brighter-looking (f/2.4) lens; it’s the ultimate Apple photographic flagship. However, it wasn’t the technique that first seduced us, but a detail that seems trivial: the dimensions of the terminal.

Double module in a compact format

gsgsfasjgosbnvobniwbveiuOnce is not customary for a smartphone dedicated to photography, let’s not start with image quality, but with hardware ergonomics, a point where the iPhone X shines. Because without being a dwarf, the iPhone X is a more compact terminal than its high-end competitors such as Galaxy S8 Plus, Mate 10 pro and even its “big brothers” iPhone “Plus” all generations combined.

The fashion of big screens has long since perverted the whole top of the smartphone basket. Since the iPhone 7, it was necessary to opt for the large version “Plus” to take advantage of the second camera module, a device certainly capable but more cumbersome and less easy to handle quickly than the “normal” version.

By integrating the best of its photographic know-how into a more compact terminal, Apple will appeal to photographers who like to travel discreetly and lightly. It is a “simple” ergonomic evolution that has a significant impact: as it is easier to handle, we tend to take it out faster and therefore more readily, which invites us to make more images. For us, this is one of the company’s strong arguments that eclipses many of the technical limits.

Good level of detail

Displayed 100% on our 27 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels screen, the images produced by the iPhone X are more granular than those of the competition. A flaw?

Not so much: if you notice a more pronounced use of flat surfaces compared to an HTC U11, for example, in the end, the image rendering is excellent thanks to the software processing. Apple’s algorithms have found an excellent balance between smoothing, which reduces the digital noise inherent in small sensors and the very high level of detail, thanks to a proper management of micro-contrast.

Applied to a better sensor and better optics, this image processing would be extraordinary. In the case of the iPhone X, it already makes it possible to produce good images, shots richer in detail and with more punch than those of the iPhone 7 generation.