We put the Crosscall Core-Z5 through our rigorous DXOMARK Camera test suite to measure its performance in photo, video, and zoom quality from an end-user perspective. This article breaks down how the device fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases and is intended to highlight the most important results of our testing with an extract of the captured data.
Key camera specifications:
- Primary:48MP, PDAF autofocus
Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.
Best: Huawei Mate 50 Pro (117)
Best: Google Pixel 7 Pro (119)
Best: Huawei Mate 50 Pro (116)
Best: Oppo Find X5 (114)
Best: Honor Magic4 Ultimate (115)
Best: Google Pixel 6 (81)
Best: Huawei Mate 50 Pro (80)
Best: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (91)
Best: Honor Magic4 Ultimate (116)
Best: Huawei Mate 50 Pro (117)
Best: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (115)
Best: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (117)
Best: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (117)
Best: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra (115)
Best: Samsung Galaxy A23 5G (118)
Best: Xiaomi 12S Ultra (86)
Best: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (117)
Use cases & Conditions
Use case scores indicate the product performance in specific situations. They are not included in the overall score calculations.
Photos & videos shot in bright light conditions (≥1000 lux)
Photos & videos shot in good lighting conditions (≥100lux)
Photos & videos shot in low lighting conditions (<100 lux)
Friends & Family
Portrait and group photo & videos
Position in Global Ranking
4. Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
7. Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
13. Vivo X80 Pro (Snapdragon)
16. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Snapdragon)
16. Vivo X80 Pro (MediaTek)
23. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
23. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (Exynos)
31. Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders
33. Vivo X70 Pro (MediaTek)
37. Samsung Galaxy S22+ (Exynos)
41. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
43. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
47. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
47. Samsung Galaxy S22 (Exynos)
50. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon)
50. Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Snapdragon)
50. Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)
55. Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
58. Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Snapdragon)
58. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos)
67. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4
69. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G
69. Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G (Exynos)
69. Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)
74. Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)
81. Apple iPhone SE (2022)
90. Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
90. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
92. Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
95. Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
96. Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G
98. Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
100. Motorola Moto G62 5G
101. Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G
104. Honor Magic4 Lite 5G
106. Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
109. Xiaomi Redmi 10 2022
111. Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
Position in Premium Ranking
3. Vivo X70 Pro (MediaTek)
6. Samsung Galaxy S22 (Exynos)
7. Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G (Snapdragon)
7. Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon)
11. Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon)
16. Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos)
18. Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Exynos)
- Generally accurate white balance in outdoor and indoor conditions
- Accurate target exposure in outdoor and indoor conditions
- Correct level of texture in most tested conditions
- Unreliable and very unstable autofocus in all tested conditions
- Lack of stabilization, with strong residual motion visible in all conditions
- Exposure instabilities in all tested conditions
- Very visible noise in low-light conditions
The Crosscall Core-Z5 smartphone from the French maker of durable phones is primarily intended for users who need devices that are resistant to shocks and drops and that can perform in extreme conditions.The Core-Z5 is also the brand’s first 5G phone, and it finds itself in our premium price segment ($600 to $799).
When it comes to image quality from the single rear camera, however, the Core-Z5 still has far to go before it can compete with other phones in this segment. The camera, in general, is capable of capturing basic correct images in standard outdoor conditions, where the device is most likely to be used. In our testing, the Core-X5’s photos and videos turned out better than those taken with the Action-X5, a Crosscall model we evaluated previously, but the Core-Z5’s image quality was severely limited because of the lack of an ultra-wide camera module, which affected the device’s zoom and overall score. The lack of a tele module on the Core-Z5, a feature that is commonly found on devices in this price range, also hindered the device’s camera performance.
About DXOMARK Camera tests: DXOMARK’s Camera evaluations take place in laboratories and in real-world situations using a wide variety of subjects. The scores rely on objective tests for which the results are calculated directly by measurement software on our laboratory setups, and on perceptual tests in which a sophisticated set of metrics allow a panel of image experts to compare aspects of image quality that require human judgment. Testing a smartphone involves a team of engineers and technicians for about a week. Photo, Zoom, and Video quality are scored separately and then combined into an Overall score for comparison among the cameras in different devices. For more information about the DXOMARK Camera protocol, click here. More details on smartphone camera scores are available here. The following section gathers key elements of DXOMARK’s exhaustive tests and analyses. Full performance evaluations are available upon request. Please contact us on how to receive a full report.
Crosscall Core-Z5 Camera Scores vs Premium
This graph compares DXOMARK photo, zoom and video scores between the tested device and references. Average and maximum scores of the price segment are also indicated. Average and maximum scores for each price segment are computed based on the DXOMARK database of devices tested.
About DXOMARK Camera Photo tests
For scoring and analysis, DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate more than 2,600 test images both in controlled lab environments and in outdoor, indoor and low-light natural scenes, using the camera’s default settings. The photo protocol is designed to take into account the main use cases and is based on typical shooting scenarios, such as portraits, family, and landscape photography. The evaluation is performed by visually inspecting images against a reference of natural scenes, and by running objective measurements on images of charts captured in the lab under different lighting conditions from 1 to 1,000+ lux and color temperatures from 2,300K to 6,500K.
Crosscall Core-Z5 Photo scores
The photo tests analyze image quality attributes such as exposure, color, texture, and noise in various light conditions. Autofocus performances and the presence of artifacts on all images captured in controlled lab conditions and in real-life images are also evaluated. All these attributes have a significant impact on the final quality of the images captured with the tested device and can help to understand the camera's main strengths and weaknesses.
Crosscall Core-Z5 – Low target exposure, narrow dynamic range and wrong autofocus target.
Autofocus irregularity and speed: 1000Lux Δ0EV Daylight Handheld
This graph illustrates focus accuracy and speed and also zero shutter lag capability by showing the edge acutance versus the shooting time measured on the AFHDR setup on a series of pictures. All pictures were taken at 1000Lux with Daylight illuminant, 500ms after the defocus. The edge acutance is measured on the four edges of the Dead Leaves chart, and the shooting time is measured on the LED Universal Timer.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score vs lux levels for tripod and handheld conditions
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with the level of lux, for two holding conditions. DMC detail preservation score is derived from an AI-based metric trained to evaluate texture and details rendering on a selection of crops of our DXOMARK chart.
Visual noise evolution with illuminance levels in handheld condition
This graph shows the evolution of visual noise metric with the level of lux in handheld condition. The visual noise metric is the mean of visual noise measurement on all patches of the Dead Leaves chart in the AFHDR setup. DXOMARK visual noise measurement is derived from ISO15739 standard.
About DXOMARK Camera Zoom tests
DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate over 400 test images in controlled lab environments and in outdoor, indoor, and low-light natural scenes, using the camera’s default settings and pinch zoom at various zoom factors from ultra wide to very long-range zoom. The evaluation is performed by visually inspecting the images against a reference of natural scenes, and by running objective measurements of chart mages captured in the lab under different conditions from 20 to 1000 lux and color temperatures from 2300K to 6500K.
Crosscall Core-Z5 Zoom Scores
This graph illustrates the relative scores for the different zoom ranges evaluated. The abscissa is expressed in 35mm equivalent focal length. Zooming-in scores are displayed on the right and Zooming-out scores on the left.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
About DXOMARK Camera Video tests
DXOMARK engineers capture and evaluate more than 2.5 hours of video in controlled lab environments and in natural low-light, indoor and outdoor scenes, using the camera’s default settings. The evaluation consists of visually inspecting natural videos taken in various conditions and running objective measurements on videos of charts recorded in the lab under different conditions from 1 to 1000+ lux and color temperatures from 2,300K to 6,500K.
Crosscall Core-Z5 Video scores
Video tests analyze the same image quality attributes as for still images, such as exposure, color, texture, or noise, in addition to temporal aspects such as speed, and smoothness and stability of exposure, white balance, and autofocus transitions.
Crosscall Core-Z5 – Strong exposure and autofocus instabilities.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation video score vs lux levels
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation video score with the level of lux in video. DMC detail preservation score is derived from an AI-based metric trained to evaluate texture and details rendering on a selection of crops of our DXOMARK chart.
Spatial visual noise evolution with the illuminance level
This graph shows the evolution of spatial visual noise with the level of lux. Spatial visual noise is measured on the visual noise chart in the video noise setup. DXOMARK visual noise measurement is derived from ISO15739 standard.
Temporal visual noise evolution with the illuminance level
This graph shows the evolution of temporal visual noise with the level of lux. Temporal visual noise is measured on the visual noise chart in the video noise setup.