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Google Pixel 6 Pro Camera test

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The Pixel 6 Pro is the 2021 flagship in Google’s Pixel line of smartphone, featuring a 6.7-inch OLED LTPO display with 120Hz refresh rate and QHD+ resolution, Google’s brand new in-house-developed Tensor chipset and up to 512GB of ROM.

It is also the first Pixel phone to feature a triple camera with ultra-wide and tele modules accompanying the primary shooter. At 1/1.31″ the image sensor in the latter is almost twice the size of its equivalent in the Pixel 5 generation and offers a 50 MP resolution that is downsampled to 12.5 MP for the final output image. Landscape photographers and other wide-angle shooters can rely on an ultra-wide module with a 16mm-equivalent field of view, and a 4x tele lens allows you to zoom into your subjects from a distance.

Let’s see how the Google Pixel 6 Pro performed in the DXOMARK Camera test.

Key camera specifications:

  • Primary: 50 MP 1/1.31″ sensor, 1.2µm pixels, 24 mm equivalent f/1.85-aperture lens, OIS, Dual PDAF
  • Ultra-wide: 12.5 MP 1/2.86″ sensor, 1.25μm pixels, 16mm equivalent f/2.2-aperture lens
  • Tele: 48 MP 1/2.0″ sensor, 0.80μm pixels, 102.6mm equivalent (4x) f/3.5-aperture lens, OIS, PDAF
  • LDAF (laser detection autofocus) sensor
  • LED Flash
  • 4K at 30/60fps (4K/30fps tested)

Test summary

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.

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.


Google Pixel 6 Pro
134
camera
138
photo
108

116

112

119

101

115

108

114

95

115

79

81

65
bokeh
65

80

63
preview
63

91

115
zoom
95

116

59

115

133
video
100

115

105

117

105

117

106

115

106

117

77

86

114

117

Use cases & Conditions

Use case scores indicate the product performance in specific situations. They are not included in the overall score calculations.

Outdoor

Photos & videos shot in bright light conditions (≥1000 lux)

Indoor

Photos & videos shot in good lighting conditions (≥100lux)

Lowlight

Photos & videos shot in low lighting conditions (<100 lux)

Pros

  • Good detail in bright light and indoor images, as well as in video
  • Good shadow detail and contrast
  • Nice and accurate color in photo and video
  • Fast and accurate autofocus in bright light and indoor conditions
  • Excellent detail in long range tele shots
  • Effective video stabilization
  • Good exposure and wide dynamic range in video

Cons

  • Narrow depth of field results in blurry background subjects in group shots
  • Noise in indoor and low-light images
  • Depth estimation errors and instabilities in bokeh shots
  • Bokeh blur effect not visible in preview
  • Ultra-wide camera not as wide as competition
  • Color instabilities and noise in video
  • Occasionally unstable video autofocus in low light

Overall the new Google phone delivers an outstanding Photo performance and great Video quality. Thanks to the introduction of the new 4x tele lens it also does very well in the Zoom category. Compared to one of its main rivals, the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, Photo and Zoom are on par but with different characteristics. The Pixel is ahead in terms of exposure and texture. The iPhone does better for some other categories, such as preview or autofocus. For Video the Pixel 6 Pro still slightly lags behind the iPhone, especially in terms of capturing high-contrast scenes, something that the iPhone 13 Pro Max excels at.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro produces excellent image quality in most situations.

The excellent Photo score is based on a consistently good performance across all still image test categories. On the Pixel 6 Pro Google paid particular attention to contrast as well as portrait quality and skin tones and overall the camera is very reliable and a big step forward from previous Pixel models that had to rely on smaller sensors and less processing power. Still images show good exposure, with only some slight underexposure in difficult backlit scenes. The camera also delivers very high level of details in outdoor and indoor conditions but noise is often visible when shooting under indoor lighting or in low light. The autofocus works reliably in most conditions, too, but the large sensor of the primary module means that depth of field is quite limited, blurring subjects that are located behind the focal plane.

In terms of the Zoom score the Pixel 6 Pro mainly benefits from the 4x tele camera that delivers great results at long range, although the level of detail suffers at shorter zoom settings. Compared to the best in class the ultra-wide camera comes with some limitations, however. At 16mm-equivalent, the field of view is not very wide, the level of detail could be better and our engineers also observed some noise and exposure instabilities. On the plus side, anamorphosis is well corrected.

The Video score puts the Pixel 6 Pro into the top ten for this category as well. Video clips benefit from a wide dynamic range and good exposure in most conditions. Colors are nice in most situations and the level of detail is high, especially when shooting in bright light. The autofocus works mostly accurately, except in low light where failures can occur. The Pixel’s stabilization system does a good job at keeping things steady and even when running or walking while recording only some slight shake is noticeable. On the downside, noise as well as exposure and white balance instabilities can be noticeable in some situations.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Camera Scores vs Ultra-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.

Photo

138

Google Pixel 6 Pro

150

Honor Magic4 Ultimate
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.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Photo scores vs Ultra-Premium
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.

Exposure

108

Google Pixel 6 Pro

116

Honor Magic4 Ultimate

Exposure is one of the key attributes for technically good pictures. The main attribute evaluated is the brightness of the main subject through various use cases such as landscape, portrait, or still life. Other factors evaluated are the contrast and the dynamic range, eg. the ability to render visible details in both bright and dark areas of the image. Repeatability is also important because it demonstrates the camera's ability to provide the same rendering when shooting several images of the same scene.

These samples show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s exposure performance in a backlit scene.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, accurate target exposure, wide dynamic range with slight highlight clipping
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, accurate target exposure, limited dynamic range with stronger highlight clipping
Huawei P50 Pro, slightly underexposure on left model, wide dynamic range

This graph shows the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s average contrast entropy in lab conditions.

Average entropy comparison: the Pixel 6 Pro shows an extended dynamic range when compared to its competitors, especially in high dynamic range scenes (EV2 and EV4).

Color

112

Google Pixel 6 Pro

119

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

Color is one of the key attributes for technically good pictures. The image quality attributes analyzed are skin-tone rendering, white balance, color shading, and repeatability. For color and skin tone rendering, we penalize unnatural colors but we respect a manufacturer's choice of color signature.

Note that even though the Google Pixel 6 Pro does an excellent job color-wise in most conditions, a slight cast can be visible on occasion. These samples show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s color performance in outdoor conditions.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, accurate white balance, vivid colors
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, slightly blue white balance
Huawei P50 Pro, accurate white balance

These samples show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s color performance in indoor conditions.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, accurate white balance, pleasant skin tones and color rendering
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, warm white balance, pleasant skin tones and color rendering
Huawei P50 Pro, warm white balance, pleasant skin tones and color rendering

These samples show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s color performance in low light.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, accurate white balance and color rendering
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, accurate white balance and color rendering
Huawei P50 Pro, accurate color rendering, slightly orange white balance

Autofocus

101

Google Pixel 6 Pro

115

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

Autofocus tests concentrate on focus accuracy, focus repeatability, shooting time delay, and depth of field. Shooting delay is the difference between the time the user presses the capture button and the time the image is actually taken. It includes focusing speed and the capability of the device to capture images at the right time, what is called 'zero shutter lag' capability. Even if a shallow depth of field can be pleasant for a single subject portrait or close-up shot, it can also be a problem in some specific conditions such as group portraits; Both situations are tested. Focus accuracy is also evaluated in all the real-life images taken, from infinity to close-up objects and in low light to outdoor conditions.

This graph shows the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s autofocus performance in the lab in outdoor high dynamic range conditions (1000 lux, 4EV, handheld).

Autofocus irregularity and speed: 1000Lux Δ4EV 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. On this scenario, the backlit panels in the scene are set up to simulate a fairly high dynamic range: the luminance ratio between the brightest point and a 18% reflective gray patch is 4, which we denote by a Exposure Value difference of 4. 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.

These samples show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s autofocus and depth of field in outdoor conditions. The lack of a variable aperture (as you would have on most dedicated cameras) makes depth of field in this kind of scene a challenge for almost all current ultra-premium devices.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, depth of field
Google Pixel 6 Pro, crop: limited depth of field, good focus on foreground, middle and background out of focus
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, depth of field
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, crop: limited depth of field, good focus on foreground, middle and background out of focus
Huawei P50 Pro, depth of field
Huawei P50 Pro, crop: extended depth of field, focus on foreground and middle plane

Texture

108

Google Pixel 6 Pro

114

Oppo Find X5

Texture tests analyze the level of details and the texture of subjects in the images taken in the lab as well as in real-life scenarios. For natural shots, particular attention is paid to the level of details in the bright and dark areas of the image. Objective measurements are performed on chart images taken in various lighting conditions from 1 to 1000 lux and different kinds of dynamic range conditions. The charts used are the proprietary DXOMARK chart (DMC) and the Dead Leaves chart.

These samples show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s texture performance in daylight conditions.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, outdoor texture
Google Pixel 6 Pro, crop: excellent detail, fine detail preserved
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, outdoor texture
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, crop: good detail on face, slight loss of fine detail
Huawei P50 Pro, outdoor texture
Huawei P50 Pro, crop: good detail on face, slightly unnatural rendering

The fine detail preservation in the real-life scene above can also be seen and measured in the lab. This graph shows the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s texture performance compared to the competition in the lab across varying light levels. We measure texture on various crops of our perceptual test scenes. The Pixel 6 Pro’s results mounted on a tripod are very high but lower handheld which is more relevant to most users.

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.

This sample shows the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s texture performance in low light in the lab.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, detail at 20 lux, phone mounted on tripod
Google Pixel 6 Pro, crop: high level of detail in low light
Apple iPhone 13 Pro, detail at 20 lux, phone mounted on tripod
Apple iPhone 13 Pro, crop: low level of detail
Huawei P50 Pro, detail at 20 lux, phone mounted on tripod
Huawei P50 Pro, good detail but not as good as Pixel 6 Pro

Noise

95

Google Pixel 6 Pro

115

Honor Magic4 Ultimate

Noise tests analyze various attributes of noise such as intensity, chromaticity, grain, structure on real-life images as well as images of charts taken in the lab. For natural images, particular attention is paid to the noise on faces, landscapes, but also on dark areas and high dynamic range conditions. Noise on moving objects is also evaluated on natural images. Objective measurements are performed on images of charts taken in various conditions from 1 to 1000 lux and different kinds of dynamic range conditions. The chart used is the Dead Leaves chart and the standardized measurement such as Visual Noise derived from ISO 15739.

This graph shows the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s noise performance in the lab across light levels.

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.

These samples show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s noise performance in indoor conditions.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, indoor noise
Google Pixel 6 Pro, crop: slight noise
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, indoor noise
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, crop: some noise
Huawei P50 Pro, indoor noise
Huawei P50 Pro, crop: well-controlled noise

 

Artifacts

79

Google Pixel 6 Pro

81

Google Pixel 6

The artifacts evaluation looks at lens shading, chromatic aberrations, geometrical distortion, edges ringing, halos, ghosting, quantization, unexpected color hue shifts, among others type of possible unnatural effects on photos. The more severe and the more frequent the artifact, the higher the point deduction on the score. The main artifacts observed and corresponding point loss are listed below.

Main photo artifacts penalties

This image shows an example of color fringing on the Google Pixel 6 Pro. Overall, most common artifacts are well corrected but color fringing and aliasing are often visible. Please also note the cold white balance cast in this image.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, artifacts
Google Pixel 6 Pro, crop: color fringing
Apple iPhone 13 Max, artifacts
Apple iPhone 13 Max, crop: slight color fringing
Huawei P50 Pro, artifacts
Huawei P50 Pro, crop: no fringing

Bokeh

65

Google Pixel 6 Pro

80

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

Bokeh is tested in one dedicated mode, usually portrait or aperture mode, and analyzed by visually inspecting all the images captured in the lab and in natural conditions. The goal is to reproduce portrait photography comparable to one taken with a DLSR and a wide aperture. The main image quality attributes paid attention to are depth estimation, artifacts, blur gradient, and the shape of the bokeh blur spotlights. Portrait image quality attributes (exposure, color, texture) are also taken into account.

On the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s bokeh shots, the level of detail in sharp areas is very high and higher than on the comparison devices. This is especially nice for portrait shots where the sharpness of the subject contrasts nicely with the background blur that has a nice shape to it. These samples show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s bokeh simulation in daylight.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, bokeh mode
Google Pixel 6 Pro, crop: depth artifacts on subject
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, bokeh mode
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, crop: slight depth artifacts
Huawei P50 Pro, bokeh mode
Huawei P50 Pro, crop: natural subject segmentation, almost no depth artifacts

 

Preview

63

Google Pixel 6 Pro

91

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

Preview tests analyze the image quality of the camera app's preview of the image, with particular attention paid to the difference between the capture and the preview, especially regarding dynamic range and the application of the bokeh effect. Also evaluated is the smoothness of the exposure, color and focus adaptation when zooming from the minimal to the maximal zoom factor available. The preview frame rate is measured using the LED Universal Timer.

These images show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s preview performance in HDR conditions.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, preview, difference to capture in dynamic range, more highlight clipping
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, preview, difference to capture in dynamic range, more highlight clipping
Huawei P50 Pro, preview, strong difference to capture in dynamic range, much stronger highlight clipping
Google Pixel 6 Pro, capture
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, capture
Huawei P50 Pro, capture

These images show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s preview performance in bokeh mode.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, preview, no blur effect on bokeh mode preview
Google Pixel 6 Pro, capture

Zoom

115

Google Pixel 6 Pro

151

Honor Magic4 Ultimate
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.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Zoom Scores vs Ultra-Premium
This graph illustrates the relative scores for the different zoom ranges evaluated. The x-axis is expressed in 35mm equivalent focal length. Zooming-in scores are displayed on the right and Zooming-out scores on the left.

Wide

59

Google Pixel 6 Pro

115

Honor Magic4 Ultimate

These tests analyze the performance of the ultra-wide camera at several focal lengths from 12 mm to 20 mm. All image quality attributes are evaluated, with particular attention paid to such artifacts as chromatic aberrations, lens softness, and distortion. Pictures below are an extract of tested scenes.

This sample shows the performance of the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s ultra-wide camera in outdoor conditions.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, ultra-wide: limited field of view, slight noise, slight loss of detail, accurate white balance
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, ultra-wide: wide field of view, slight noise, slight loss of detail, slight white balance cast
Huawei P50 Pro, ultra-wide: wide field of view, well-controlled noise, slight loss of detail, slight white balance cast

Tele

95

Google Pixel 6 Pro

116

Honor Magic4 Ultimate

All image quality attributes are evaluated at focal lengths from approximately 40 mm to 300 mm, with particular attention paid to texture and detail. The score is derived from a number of objective measurements in the lab and perceptual analysis of real-life images.

DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions.The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality.Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions.The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality.Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions.The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality.Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.
DXOMARK CHART (DMC) detail preservation score per focal length
This graph shows the evolution of the DMC detail preservation score with respect to the full-frame equivalent focal length for different light conditions.The x-axis represents the equivalent focal length measured for each corresponding shooting distance and the y-axis represents the maximum details preservation metric score: higher value means better quality.Large dots correspond to zoom ratio available in the user interface of the camera application.

These samples show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s performance at a close range tele setting.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, close range tele
Google Pixel 6 Pro, crop: slight loss of detail, well controlled noise, slight cast
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, close range tele
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, crop: loss of detail, noise, slightly inaccurate color
Huawei P50 Pro, close range tele
Huawei P50 Pro, crop: good detail, low noise, nice color

These samples show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s performance at a long-range tele setting.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, long range tele
Google Pixel 6 Pro, crop: good detail, slight noise
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, long range tele
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, crop: loss of detail, slight noise
Huawei P50 Pro, long range tele
Huawei P50 Pro, crop: good detail, low noise

Video

133

Google Pixel 6 Pro

149

Apple iPhone 14 Pro
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.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Video scores vs Ultra-Premium
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.

Exposure

100

Google Pixel 6 Pro

115

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

Exposure tests evaluate the brightness of the main subject and the dynamic range, eg. the ability to render visible details in both bright and dark areas of the image. Stability and temporal adaption of the exposure are also analyzed.

These sample clips show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s video exposure performance in low light conditions.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, accurate target exposure, wide dynamic range with slight clipping, slight exposure adaptation

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, accurate target exposure, wide dynamic range with slight clipping, no exposure adaptation (best played on HDR display)

Huawei P50 Pro, low target exposure, limited dynamic range with shadow and highlight clipping

Color

105

Google Pixel 6 Pro

117

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

Image-quality color analysis looks at color rendering, skin-tone rendering, white balance, color shading, stability of the white balance and its adaption when light is changing.

These sample clips show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s video color in a low light scene. In outdoor and indoor conditions white balance and color rendering are mostly accurate but in this low light clip white balance instabilities can be seen.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, visible white balance adaptation and instabilities in low light

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, visible white balance adaptation in low light

Huawei P50 Pro, slightly visible white balance adaptation in low light

Autofocus

105

Google Pixel 6 Pro

117

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

These sample clips show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s video autofocus performance in low light. In outdoor and indoor conditions focus is mostly fast and accurate but some failures can be observed in low light.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, autofocus instabilities

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, stable autofocus except some very slight refocusing, mostly fast and accurate in low light

Huawei P50 Pro, stable autofocus, mostly fast and accurate in low light

Texture

106

Google Pixel 6 Pro

115

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Texture tests analyze the level of details and texture of the real-life videos as well as the videos of charts recorded in the lab. Natural videos recordings are visually evaluated, with particular attention paid to the level of details in the bright and areas as well as in the dark. Objective measurements are performed of images of charts taken in various conditions from 1 to 1000 lux. The charts used are the DXOMARK chart (DMC) and Dead Leaves chart.

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.

These sample clips show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s texture performance in daylight.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, good detail, including fine detail preservation

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, excellent detail with fine detail well preserved even in the shadows

Huawei P50 Pro, excellent detail, with well preserved fine detail

Noise

106

Google Pixel 6 Pro

117

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

Noise tests analyze various attributes of noise such as intensity, chromaticity, grain, structure, temporal aspects on real-life video recording as well as videos of charts taken in the lab. Natural videos are visually evaluated, with particular attention paid to the noise in the dark areas and high dynamic range conditions. Objective measurements are performed on the videos of charts recorded in various conditions from 1 to 1000 lux. The chart used is the DXOMARK visual noise 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.

Artifacts

77

Google Pixel 6 Pro

86

Xiaomi 12S Ultra

Artifacts are evaluated with MTF and ringing measurements on the SFR chart in the lab as well as frame-rate measurements using the LED Universal Timer. Natural videos are visually evaluated by paying particular attention to artifacts such as aliasing, quantization, blocking, and hue shift, among others. The more severe and the more frequent the artifact, the higher the point deduction from the score. The main artifacts and corresponding point loss are listed below.

Main video artifacts penalties

This video still shows an aliasing effect in low light.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, video artifacts
Google Pixel 6 Pro, crop: aliasing is often visible in all conditions

Stabilization

114

Google Pixel 6 Pro

117

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

Stabilization evaluation tests the ability of the device to stabilize footage thanks to software or hardware technologies such as OIS, EIS, or any others means. The evaluation looks at residual motion, smoothness, jellow artifacts and residual motion blur on walk and run use cases in various lighting conditions. The video below is an extract from one of the tested scenes.

These sample clips show the Google Pixel 6 Pro’s stabilization performance in daylight.

Google Pixel 6 Pro, very effective stabilization overall, only slight residual motion when walking or running while recording

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, slight residual motion when walking, strong residual motion when running

Huawei P50 Pro, effective stabilization, slight residual motion when running or walking

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