DxOMark, the popular camera evaluation lab, has finally tested the latest Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max. According to their findings, this new top-of-the-line iPhone excels in video recording and is, overall, the second-best phone when it comes to camera performance—trailing only the Huawei P60 Pro.
These findings do not come as a surprise, as iPhones have consistently led the pack in video capabilities. This year, Apple has further solidified its advantage by introducing the ability to record ProRes LOG video at 4k60 FPS to an external storage device.
This upgrade has opened up the options available to professionals, who may now use the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max for even client work. The inclusion of LOG video allows for better flexibility during post-production, especially for color grading, matching other footage and achieving specific looks.
In addition to these improvements, the iPhone 15 Pro Max gets an exclusive 5X lens that significantly improves the iPhone’s zoom capabilities—now offering 25X digital zoom.
DxOMark also praises the iPhone 15 series for its automatic portrait mode switching, new texture rendering management, and the new SmartHDR 5 technology.
As we said earlier, in DxOMark’s ranking of top smartphone cameras, the iPhone 15 Pro Max secures the second position, with the Huawei P60 Pro taking the top spot. However, it’s essential to note that the latter is not widely available in regions such as the US and India. This positions the iPhone 15 Pro Max as the camera of choice for most people—effectively making it the unofficial winner in the best camera phone category.
That being said, both the iPhone 15 Pro and the iPhone 15 Pro Max feature a triple camera setup. The iPhone 15 Pro includes a 48MP main camera, a secondary 12MP ultrawide camera, and a 3X 12MP telephoto lens. Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro Max offers the same setup with the notable exception of the telephoto lens, which has an exclusive 5X ‘tetraprism’ design—equivalent to a 120mm full-frame lens.