Many customers who are looking to purchase a new flagship smartphone check to see if the device they want has the best smartphone camera rated by DxOMark. The answer is in the affirmative for those who are thinking about buying the Galaxy Note 10+. DxOMark has posted the results of its camera test today. The Galaxy Note 10+ 5G it tested has been awarded an overall mobile score of 113. That’s just one higher than the Huawei P30 Pro’s 112 but it places Samsung’s new flagship at the very top of the list.
It even clinches the top spot for the selfie camera with an overall score of 99 points. Since the 5G model has the same camera setup as the LTE Galaxy Note 10+, this score stands for that model as well. DxOMark ranks devices by capturing and evaluating more than 1500 test images and over 2 hours of video in controlled label environments as well as natural indoor and outdoor scenes with the camera’s default settings.
Galaxy Note 10+ rated as best smartphone camera by DxOMark
The Galaxy Note 10+ features a primary 12-megapixel camera with f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture, OIS and dual-pixel autofocus. It’s paired with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 12-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.1 aperture. A dedicated Time of Flight sensor is included as well.
You may be aware that there’s not a lot of difference in the Galaxy Note 10+’s camera hardware compared to the Galaxy S10 5G. However, Samsung has been able to get more out of it by improving the processing algorithms. With a score of 118, the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G was ranked as the second best smartphone camera for still photos, just a point behind the Huawei P30 Pro. It found the exposures to be consistent and accurate regardless of lighting conditions.
The very wide dynamic range also helps preserve highlight and shadow detail in very bright or high-contrast conditions. The optical zoom solution has been retained for the new flagship at 2x magnification. As expected, it can capture high levels of detail with good color and low noise. The wider aperture (f/2.1) compared to the S10 5G (f/2.4) results in slightly better texture rendering in bokeh photos and in photos at 2x magnification, especially in indoor and low-light conditions.
For video, the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is the best smartphone camera rated by DxOMark, with a score of 101 points. It found the video exposures to be accurate in nearly every condition, with bright and vivid colors. The device can capture an incredible level of detail in its 4K videos. Video autofocus is also accurate and fast with good subject tracking.
Just how long the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is able to hold on to the top spot remains to be seen. It will be up against some very capable new flagships in the second half of this year. This includes the new iPhone, Google’s upcoming Pixel 4 and the new Huawei Mate flagship as well. Until then, you can rest assured that the Galaxy Note 10+ will offer you the best camera on a smartphone.
If you’d like to dive into the nitty-gritty, read the in-depth camera test on DxOMark’s website.