Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Tops DxOMark Camera Ratings

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Mobile, Android with 14 Comments

The Samsung Galaxy Note+ has achieved the highest-ever DxOMark scores for both selfie and rear-facing smartphone cameras.

“The new Galaxy Note10+ 5G has received the number one ranking on the DxOMark both front-facing and rear-facing cameras, as well as the top score for video,” Samsung announced. “The Galaxy Note10+ 5G was unveiled during last week’s Unpacked event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, alongside the Galaxy Note10+ which delivers the same image and video quality experience.”

“Thanks to hardware advancements such as a new chipset and a wider aperture on the tele[photo]-camera, improved algorithms and fine-tuning, the Note 10+ 5G has further improved on the excellent performance of previous high-end Samsung devices, making it the top-ranked device for image quality in our database,” DxOMark notes in its review of the handset. “It’s a solid all-rounder, with excellent still image and video quality in most lighting conditions. The Note 10+ 5G’s combination of excellent exposure, color, detail and bokeh for stills, together with excellent all-round video, means that it steals the top-spot spoils from the Huawei P30 Pro for now.”

The Galaxy Note+ scored 113 points overall, compared to 112 for the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10. It scored 118 in still photos, 101 in video, and 99 in selfies, with each score achieving the top spot in its category.

As Samsung notes, DxOMark is a trusted industry authority for camera, lens and smartphone image quality measurements and ratings, and it conducts its selfie and rear-facing camera tests using a rigorous scientific protocol and industry-grade lab tools. The DxOMark score is designed to provide consumers with neutral and reliable test data about smartphone camera performance.

That said, there is some controversy around the DxOMark tests, thanks to the suspiciously high score that was awarded to the OnePlus 7 Pro, which has an abysmal camera system, overall, when compared to other modern, high-end smartphones. The OnePlus 7 Pro camera is decidedly and obviously inferior to that of several handsets it outscored at DxOMark, including the Google Pixel 3 and 3a, the Apple iPhone XS Max, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

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Comments (14)

14 responses to “Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Tops DxOMark Camera Ratings”

  1. wright_is

    I'll be interested to see how well it performs, once you get yours.

    As to the OnePlus 7 Pro, that is the difference between laboratory conditions and real world, I suspect. It will be set up on a tripod or fixture, photos will be wobble free and the lighting correct. It is possible that the automatic stability controls or software are not as good, when held in the hand, for example. I don't know, I don't have a OP7 Pro to play with, so just a guess at why it does well in DxOMark and poorly in real world conditions.

  2. yoshi

    I stopped putting trust in them, especially when it comes to their Samsung ratings. They rated the S10+ pretty high as well, but I find myself lacking in satisfaction with it. The only part I really like is the ultra wide lens, that can make for some fun shots. But as a standard point and shoot, the S10+ makes me miss my Pixel 3a XL.

    It's frustrating because the hardware is so good, but the Samsung software doesn't know how to process it the way Google does.

  3. chrishilton1

    Small error on page:

    "compared to 113 for the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10"

    should be

    "compared to 112 for the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10"

  4. BeckoningEagle

    I'll be waiting for your review. I have a Pixel 3XL and I've been happy with it, but I need a little more "oomph!" but I want a good camera as well.

  5. jeff.bane

    Really want one. But $1100? My S8+ works well enough. But do I love the size of the Note 10 +.

  6. wolters

    there is some controversy around the DxOMark tests, thanks to the suspiciously high score that was awarded to the OnePlus 7 Pro, which has an abysmal camera system

    I totally agree with this. The Note 9 was rated higher than the Pixel 3 XL and yet it struggled to keep up with the Pixel 3 XL, especially with the front facing camera. I am taking this with a grain of salt.

  7. anderb

    I wonder how much they paid for that ranking. A little less than what Apple will pay when the iPhone 11 comes out is my guess. I put more faith in my horoscope.

  8. mmcpher

    I don't know from DxOMark credibility but I am encouraged nonetheless. Full disclosure, I don't have much credibility myself when it comes to new flagships because however strongly or however often I say it in advance of release, that I won't be upgrading because I see no cause or inducement, I seem to find a way to talk myself into it. Our company pays for our phones, but is habitually slow on upgrades so I have gone out of pocket 2-upgrades deep and now own my own Note 8 and Note 9 which I activate through my company and have saved them the expense. So now I couldn't resist getting ahold of our account rep and seeing if we can work something out to get me a shiny new Note 10 Plus.

    The ratings and commentary are beyond my capabilities. I think my Note 9 has a decent camera but I am so lousy a photographer that I self-disqualify. My daughter effortlessly takes superior photos with her s-7. This past weekend, you could see in the night sky, in the same plane, Saturn on the left, the moon in middle and a brighter and larger Jupiter on the right, there above a nice scene on beach with a bonfire going. If only there were an idiot-proof smartphone camera when you need it!