How we test cameras, lenses, and smartphones

We undertake all DxOMark camera sensor, lens, and mobile device tests in a dedicated camera testing lab that is equipped with test targets, lighting systems, light-boxes, light-meters, telemeters, spectrometers, and other specialized equipment. For our DxOMark Mobile tests, we also include perceptual testing that is based on a large variety of real-life test scenes. We have carefully designed all test protocols to be bias-free and to ensure repeatability of measurements. Below you can find brief summaries of our DxOMark camera sensor, lens, and mobile test protocols, including links to more in-depth descriptions.

For our DxOMark Camera Sensor reviews, we measure the image quality of camera sensors that can record images in RAW format, and all analysis is undertaken before demosaicing or JPG processing. The DxOMark camera sensor sub-scores and overall scores are based on the following criteria:

Please read our detailed article on the DxOMark Camera Sensor test protocol for more information about our test methodology and scores.

For our DxOMark Lens reviews, we measure the performance of interchangeable lenses on cameras that can record images in RAW format.The DxOMark lens sub-scores and overall scores are based on the following criteria:

Please read our detailed article on the DxOMark Lens test protocol for more information about our test methodology and scores.

For our DxOMark Mobile reviews, we analyze the performance of the imaging pipeline in its entirety, including lens, sensor, camera control, and image processing. Testing is based on the smartphone camera’s JPG output and also covers video mode. In addition to testing in the lab and objective evaluation, the DxOMark Mobile protocol includes a large component of perceptual evaluation that makes use of more than 50 challenging and realistic indoor and outdoor scenes. The DxOMark Mobile sub-scores and overall scores for Photo are based on the following criteria:

The Video sub-score is calculated from the following sub-score criteria:

  • Exposure
  • Color
  • Texture and noise
  • Autofocus
  • Artifacts
  • Stabilization

Please read our detailed article on the DxOMark Mobile test protocol for more information about our test methodology and scores.

  • Vdelaunay

    Hi, Do you also rate the following items:
    -ergonomy
    -in body stabilisation
    -weight
    -visor informations
    -possibility of silent shutter
    I started with Nikon d300s,score70, now got Sony nex-6, score 78, but for me the most significant improvement was Weight &dimensions, and the mirroless fact (you see what you get in theEVF, lightning and deph of field).
    The next body I plan to buy will be Sony a6300,score 85, little heavier, but silent, dust&moisture protect, eyeball detection focusing, 24mpxl.
    Are the last 4-5 facts integrated in the new score?
    Also if I look to a mobile HTC U11, score 90, does it mean that the a6300 is not as good as the mobile? or maybe don’t understand the DXO concept 😉
    Thanks for Your answers!

  • portier

    Hello,
    Why isn’t there any DxO test of Fuji cameras and lenses ?

    Thank you for your answer(s).

  • simone pietro

    What about HTC 10? Google pixel at the top of classification are four, not two.

  • Subhrajit Das

    What about the DXO Mark of Moto x4?

    • flodxomark

      Hello, Thank you for your suggestion. Unfortunately, we are not able to communicate on our testing roadmap. Be sure we transfer your comment about the Motorola to our team for a future test.
      Regards,

      • Subhrajit Das

        Please do that for the x4 quickly.

  • Lucas Bertão

    How do you guys choose a smartphone to be tested?

  • BlueEyes

    Have you stopped testing Panasonic lenses. I am interested in a couple of their lenses but did not find them. Your last test of a Panasonic lens appears to be about two and a half years ago.

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