DxOMark has tested Google’s new Pixel smartphone, announced today, and gave it the highest image quality rating it has ever given a camera phone.

DxOMark, which tests in its lab all new camera sensors, lenses and camera phones, gave the Google Pixel camera a score of 89, the highest of any smartphone camera DxO has tested.

The company said that Google’s Pixel camera provides a high level of detail from its 12.3-megapixel sensor, with low noise even in low light photography.

Exposures are accurate, DxO says, with excellent contrast and colour, as well as fast autofocus.

The Google Pixel is “an excellent choice for almost any kind of photography,” DxO says. “As with any small-sensor device, results are excellent in conditions with good and uniform lighting, but surprisingly, images captured indoors and in low light are also very good and provide a level of detail unexpected from a smartphone camera.”

The Pixel’s one noticeable weakness, DxO says, is that it suffers from some inconsistency in repeated autofocus, and artifacts can appear in low-light images.

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