DxOMark made a “realistic” mannequin to test out selfie cameras on smartphones

Jun 13, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

DxOMark made a “realistic” mannequin to test out selfie cameras on smartphones

Jun 13, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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So, this kinda makes sense, but it also kinda creeps me out. DxOMark is a pretty well-known name when it comes to testing lenses, sensors and cameras. And that includes the cameras in your phone. In this case, specifically, the selfie camera. At least as of January of this year.

To help improve the tests, and standardising their process for consistency, they made a realistic mannequin selfie stand-in made from 3D scanning a real human subject. If you ask me, though, it has that sort of Westworld Vibe.

The mannequin, called Sienna, was created with the help of a movie SFX effects studio. And for consistency and repeatability, she’s perfect. She never moves, breathes or even blinks. So you’re going to get the exact same shot time after time with multiple phones.

Like I said, it makes sense, it’s pretty interesting to see, and it’ll be even more interesting to see how useful it proves to be in the long term.

It still creeps me out, though.

It doesn’t look like they’ve actually implemented Sienna into their tests yet as I’m not seeing anything in their selfie camera reviews with her yet. And she’s not mentioned in their selfie testing protocol yet, either.

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2 responses to “DxOMark made a “realistic” mannequin to test out selfie cameras on smartphones”

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    Albin

    Have to say, its complexion is Asian. One certainly wants to be color-blind, but in photography?

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    g_disqus

    They test selfie cameras for young asian woman. Isn’t there racism? Wanted mannequins: black guy, caucasian schoolgirl, hawaiian dancer, white trash, etc.