DxOMark: iPhone 11 Pro Max camera is not as good as Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro and Huawei Mate 30 Pro

DxOMark: iPhone 11 Pro Max camera is not as good as Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro and Huawei Mate 30 Pro

In the end, the DxO guys found an iPhone 11 Pro Max to try taking over 1600 photos and recording 2 hours of video with different scenes, from the lab environment to the outdoors. IPhone 11 Pro Max results in only 117 points, equal to 2 Galaxy Note 10+ and behind Huawei Mate 30 Pro is Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium.

Basic specifications of iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • Main camera: 12MP 1 / 2.55 ″, focal length equivalent to 26mm f / 1.8, PDAF, OIS
  • Ultra wide camera: 12MP, focal length equivalent to 13mm, f / 2.4
  • Telephoto camera: 12Mp 1 / 3.4 ″, focal length equivalent to 52mm, f / 2.0, PDAF, OIS
  • Dual tone LED flash.
  • 4K video recording, 2160p / 60fps (default 1080p / 30fps)

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Below are some comments from DxO on the camera capabilities of the iPhone 11 Pro Max:


  • Still photos of iPhone 11 Pro Max is 124, ranked third compared to 132 of Mate 30 Pro and 130 of Mi CC9 Pro. The iPhone's video score is scored by DxO 102, which is equal to Mi CC9 Pro and 2 points higher than the Mate 30 Pro's 100. However, due to the relatively large difference in the still image category, the final score of the iPhone also loses to these two devices.
  • The iPhone camera works very well in most tests, but there are some challenges.
  • Still photos give good overall quality, wide dynamic range in well-lit conditions and indoors, but some scenes still burn out in highlights.
  • The ability to light exposure is good, only in some cases too dark it will not be equal to the machine with a larger sensor, such as Huawei Mate 30 Pro.
  • Like previous iPhones, the 11 Pro Max is also highly appreciated for its color, being among the top devices that produce good color images in all lighting conditions. In some indoor scenes, the image will look a little light green, but in most other cases the image is very good because the water will have a slight yellow tone for a warm feeling, especially the beautiful skin tone.


  • Thanks to the Deep Fusion feature, using machine learning and image overlay, the details and texture of the images are well presented. Details such as freckles, fur, and distant foliage in the image are well represented, making it suitable for landscapes and portraits. However, in low light conditions, the details are slightly exchanged. Noise is improved compared to the XS Max, but is still visible in most lighting conditions. Aberrations are well controlled, only few situations appear flare.
  • The font delete and bokeh simulation feature works well, but it is not the best. In most situations, there is an error in measuring depth of field, though noise and background separation are improved compared to XS Max.
  • Improved zoom image quality, close-range zoom for very good image quality. Long-range zoom for quality not equal to other machines, such as Huawei's P30 or Mate 30 Pro. When zooming away, the 11 Pro Max image loses detail and noise in most lighting situations.


  • The camera quality is super wide, but not as good as the photos from the main camera. The colors are nice, the dynamic contrast is OK and the texture of the image is rendered better than the ultra-wide tube on some other devices, but with more noise. Distortion appears at the edge of the image.
  • The Night Mode feature is well represented by the new DxO test, putting the iPhone 11 Pro Max in the top of the dark images. Auto flash mode does not work well, sometimes flashes portraits.

Those who want to see more details of the tests with full charts and measurement parameters can visit the link below.


















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