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Apple iPhone X Smartphone Camera Review - Performance

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Apple iPhone X Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

 

Apple iPhone X Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The overall performance of the camera is good with the generic 'photo' mode capturing decent photos on most occasions. However, when it gets dark, the iPhone still struggles but twilight shooting has improved with good detail and less noise. Flash is a little harsh so if you can, avoid using it but colours are good and exposure is reliable. We were capturing photos on a particularly grey January day and the results are still pleasant. 

The generic 'photo' mode captures portraits and selfies well with skin colour appearing accurate and eyes sharp, however, the new portrait modes do add an extra level of pro quality to shots. With portrait mode enabled the iPhone X blurs the background to replicate the appearance of bokeh in your photos. 'Natural Light' occasionally clipped the edges of the people in the shot so hats or hair were a little blurred but overall, it produced excellent portraits. With 'Contour Light', highlights are added to the cheekbones, nose and chin for a more photogenic shot but the stage lighting effects didn't always produce results which were as appealing as the modes sometimes clipped the subject in weird ways so a halo appeared around them. These modes are in beta, though, so Apple could improve them. The two shots shown in the sample images above do, however, show how the two modes can be used quite well when you want to strip backgrounds out of shots. 

 

Apple iPhone X Lens test images

Lens Performance - Close-up performance is pretty good and colours outdoors as well as under lights at home and in an office environment turned out well. Images taken in good light show low levels of noise and even those taken in lower light levels aren't ruined by noise. Overall, detail is good but do stay away from the digital zoom because as you can see in the examples, detail does start to deteriorate. There are no signs of vignetting and there are good levels of detail into the corners. Focus is generally quick, and reliable and Optical Image Stabilisation available on both the wide-angle and telephoto lens means that images captured in low light levels are kept sharp. 

 

ISO Noise & White Balance Performance - As the iPhone X's native camera app doesn't have these options built in, it's not something we were able to test. However, the smartphone handles noise well in most situations (low light can still be tricky) and colour reproduction was good under various lighting situations although, shots at home were sometimes a little on the warm side. 

If you did want to control the ISO and white balance, you'd have to download a third-party app such as ManCam

 

Apple iPhone X Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are 9 digital filters in total and we're fans of the vivid and black and white options. 

 

Victoria Quay Panoramic
Victoria Quay Panoramic

Panorama mode - The camera features an automatic panoramic mode, where you simply press the shutter release button and pan the camera from one side to the other. Results are good and well stitched together with no ghosting in sight. It's a rather high-res panoramic which is also a positive. 

Video - The iPhone X will record in 4K at 24, 30 and 60fps. It also records 1080p HD video at 30 or 60fps and 720p HD video at 30fps. Optical image stabilisation is used while recording video footage (cinematic video stabilisation at 1080p and 720p) and you can switch from the 1x to 2x zoom while filming. There is the option to use up to 6x digital zoom but it's best avoided if you can. 

Slo-mo video can be captured in 1080p at 120 or 240fps and there's also an option to capture time‑lapse video with stabilisation. Other video features include body and face detection, noise reduction and the ability to take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video.

The continuous autofocus does a good job at tracking subjects and video quality is good, although the compression is quite strong. 

If you do plan on capturing lots of 4K footage with the iPhone X, go for the larger capacity one as there's no way to expand the iPhone's storage. 

 

 
 


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miptog 13 3.6k 63 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2018 5:40PM
Does the iPHONE X record video in stereo or is it still mono?

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18 Jan 2018 8:08AM
The speakers are stereo on the iPhone X.
miptog 13 3.6k 63 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2018 11:49AM

Quote: The speakers are stereo on the iPhone X.


Thank you for the response. But does it record video in stereo?
18 Jan 2018 12:50PM
It offers stereo playback but not stereo recording.

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