If you're a die hard apple fan, you like myself and many others may have become underwhelmed by the design choices that apple has made over the past few years including the iPhone 8 lineup. This is where the iPhone X comes into the picture, not only is it a completely new take on the 'iPhone' its also a new take on the idea of a completely 'bezel free' smartphone, now while its core functions remain pretty much the same as last years iPhone you're really paying for the design; which as all future iPhones will be heading towards this design it makes the idea of getting an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus less appealing as its design is very similar to that of the 4/5 year old iPhone 6 & 6 Plus. There is more that comes with this smartphone such as FaceID, Animoji & Faster A11 Bionic with 3GB RAM, but we'll get into talking more about this further on.
Benchmarks give us a good idea on how a particular set of devices perform, the graphs below show the differences between the Samsung S9 and the iPhone X using both Geekbench and GFXBench. It's clear to see that the iPhone X out performs the Samsung S9 when it comes to processor intensive tasks with both its single and multi core scores being a lot higher then that of the S9; thus meaning when opening applications and games the iPhone X should open them much faster, this is the same when it comes to exporting video should you choose to edit using the devices mentioned. Looking at the Open GL results from GFXBench you can once again see that when it comes to viewing graphical content whether its higher or lower in terms of its intensity, the iPhone X performs much better. So if you play a lot of games on your smartphone you might be best off with apples latest and most expensive.
If you take a look at the graph titled 'Geekbench iPhone' you can see how iPhones have been improving each generation when it comes to the scores they receive from geekbench. Though the single core scores might not look like they've improved much surprisingly enough its improved from ~ 2500 to ~ 4200 over three years. Whereas the multi core score has improved from ~ 4100 to ~ 10300 which is more than double.
Another year another iPhone, which as you guessed it means more cameras to be tested, now i've already tested the iPhone 8 line ups cameras and they are very very similar to the cameras on the iPhone X in fact the primary rear camera is the exact same 12 mega-pixel, six element lens with an aperture of F/1.8. The only differences between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X is that when it comes to their cameras the secondary camera has a larger F/2.4 aperture whereas the iPhone 8 Plus doesn't quite let in as much light with its F/2.8 aperture. Along with this the iPhone X has duel Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), which not only means when zooming in whilst recording it will be much more smooth as apposed to the iPhone 8 Plus which has OIS only on the primary, just like the iPhone 8. When it comes to taking images in low light situations the images will turn out much better.
The iPhone X can record video footage at a maximum of 4K up to 60 frames per second, this iPhone can also record slow motion footage at 1080p up to 240 frames per second. Along with this it also has an array of 4 LEDs which will help out when taking images in dimly lit environment. There is a new front facing camera 'True-Depth Camera' which will allow you to do multiple things such as animoji and portrait mode which brings the new feature 'portrait lighting' which gives the user the ability to manipulate the lighting in a scene in different ways.
Duel 12MP cameras (wide-angle and 2x telephoto)
Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture
63MP panoramic images
4K @60 video recording
The iPhone X with its duel 12 mega pixel cameras is no surprise, great at taking still images and video footage. But that does not mean there are aspects which cannot be improved. The iPhone X shares its primary camera with the iPhone 8, and that's not a bad thing as the iPhone 8 does a good job at taking still images and video footage. The areas where i would say the camera slightly falls short is when it comes to exposing correctly and fast enough when moving from a dimly lit environment to a well lit one. I find there are other smartphones that can expose faster. Along with this i also find that sometimes it can take a little longer when it comes to focusing correctly; but both of these can be sorted by tapping to focus and by sliding the exposure to a suitable level.
Video footage taken on this device turns out very good, in-fact it's up there perhaps in the top three smartphone cameras thus far when it comes to the quality and clarity of the footage. Being able to shoot video footage at 4K/UHD resolution at up to a maximum of 60FPS is a welcome new feature, along with this we can now shoot slow motion video at FHD at either 120 or 240FPS which is fantastic, as long as you can imagine yourself swiping over to use that feature.
The Secondary telephoto camera is great and i honestly wish every smartphone had one, you only understand why you would need one when it comes to zooming up on distant subjects, not only does this work while taking still images, it also works when recording video footage; though you have to select the telephoto camera before you hit record. That being said, i find the telephoto camera works very well when taking close up images as you cannot pick up focus using the primary camera.
With all of that said, it also allows for portrait mode, which seems to be a lot more refined this time around than it was with the introduction of the iPhone 7 Plus. Subjects tend to be well in focus with an artificial 'bokeh' blurring out the background. While using the portrait mode you will have access to another new feature dubbed 'portrait lighting' which allows you change and adapt the lighting using artificial intelligence, you will be able to contour the light on the subjects face, down to having a studio light which will brighten them.
Portrait mode also extends to the front selfie camera, which in its current state needs work; especially when you compare it to the likes of the google pixel 2 which is smashing it when it comes to portrait images. The fact that in 2017/2018 you're paying over £1000 for an iPhone which will not record past FHD on the front camera where you can pick up an S8 for half that price which records at up to 1440p. I might be nit picking now but i would also like to see it having a slightly wider angle so i can fit multiple people into an image using the camera without wriggling around to get the best shot. Other than that the front camera is good, and you won't have much issues with it.
So as you've gathered the iPhone X has a great camera system, but it could defiantly be improved in some areas. A lot of these can be improved with software updates, talking about the software i think it's about time the iOS camera application get an update as its really not changed much from iOS 7 which was released half a decade ago. The addition of a 'Pro Mode' would be welcomed giving us the ability to change the shutter speed, ISO, focus and much more. One final thing i would like to see is apple allowing us to directly change the camera settings from the camera application as opposed to going to the settings application.