If you languish to find out how well a camera phone performs, you know that it’s hard to find reliable mobile camera reviews on models that are not making the headlines.
There is another way to have a great notion of how a mobile camera “should” perform: by analyzing the camera hardware. It makes a lot of sense: great camera hardware should yield great photos, right?
As with any algorithm, we plan to update it from time to time, so expect the Uber HW Camera score to fluctuate every now and then. More info in our Camera HW score FAQ.
- Current version: 1.1 (Sept 2020)
- What’s new?
- Better support in our model for the most recent camera technologies
- Shows camera sub-scores from 1-10 for Wide, Ultrawide, and Zoom
- Some data correction
- New phones added more often
Our logo shows the hardware score, the device name and market category (high-end, premium, high-mid-range, low-mid-range, etc.), and its launch year. We will use color codes to differentiate between market categories.
The Uber HW Camera score uses a proprietary algorithm that takes camera hardware data as an input to compute a score that ranks a camera against its peers. It essentially reveals the “potential” of the camera hardware."GREAT CAMERA HARDWARE SHOULD YIELD GREAT PHOTOS"
Image Quality (IQ) tests take a lot of time and are very expensive to make – we know because we have our Uber IQ Camera score as well, which is the driving force behind our Mobile Camera Reviews going forward.
The best way to check if a model works is to look at the correlation with observed image quality. For that, we can check for correlations between our Uber IQ Camera (image quality) score and the Uber HW Camera score.
The charts don’t exactly correlate for a few reasons:
- Both scores don’t measure the same thing and aren’t expected to be on the same scale
- The general IQ score contains situations in which the camera hardware isn’t stressed, such as daylight photography where it is more about camera exposure settings and high-dynamic range, which involves a lot of software
- Software. The IQ gap between different phone makers can be significant even though they may use the same type of camera modules.
Looking at a hardware-challenging situation such as Night photography, the correlation is very pronounced, just as one would expect. It is logical that better camera lenses and sensors would yield visibly better results here.
With this algorithm, we can provide consumers with unmatched mobile camera hardware guidance that will help people choose the best mobile camera experience for their money and/or save a lot of time during their initial phone research.
However, it is important to keep in mind that a hardware store, isn’t as reliable as an image-analysis score because software image processing also plays a large role in building the final photo. That’s why we created the Uber IQ Camera score.
Keep an eye out for new scores!
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Uber HW Camera scores, per launch year
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|Uber HW Camera (2021 cameras)|
|220||Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra|
|215||OnePlus 9 Pro|
|201||Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SD888)|
|124||Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G|
|104||Motorola Moto One 5G Ace|
|100||Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)|
|96||Motorola Moto G Power (2021)|
|69||Motorola Moto G Play (2021)|
|Uber HW Camera (2018 cameras)|
|149||Huawei Mate 20 Pro|
|127||Huawei Mate 20|
|126||Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)|
|124||LG G7 ThinQ|
|115||Samsung Galaxy Note 9|
|115||Samsung Galaxy S9+|
|105||Samsung Galaxy S9|
|102||Honor Honor Magic 2|
|98||Apple iPhone XS Max|
|98||Huawei P20 Pro|
|98||Apple iPhone XS|
|96||Google Pixel 3 XL|
|93||Xiaomi Mi Mix 3|
|92||Sony Xperia XZ2|
|92||Sony Xperia XZ3|
|90||Sony Xperia XA2 Plus|
|89||Honor View 20|
|88||Google Pixel 3|
|88||Apple iPhone XR|
|87||Honor Honor 8x|
|82||Xiaomi Pocophone F1|
|81||Huawei nova 3|
|70||Samsung Galaxy On6|
|67||Honor Honor Play|
|66||Xiaomi Redmi 5|
|62||ASUS ZenFone Max (M1)|
|62||ASUS ZenFone Lite (L1)|
|57||Huawei Y9 (2018)|
|Uber HW Camera (2017 cameras)|
|106||Samsung Galaxy Note 8|
|96||Samsung Galaxy S8|
|96||Samsung Galaxy S8+|
|90||Apple iPhone X|
|89||Huawei Mate 10 Pro|
|88||Google Pixel 2|
|88||Apple iPhone 8 Plus|
|86||Huawei Mate 10|
|79||Apple iPhone 8|
|75||Xiaomi Mi 5X|
|52||Samsung Galaxy J7 (SM-J727U, 2017)|