DxO Labs has officially announced 'DxOMark Mobile' - its assessment of mobile phone image quality we're using here on Connect as part of our comprehensive cell phone reviews, such as the Apple iPhone 5 Review we published today.

Drawing on DxO Labs' expertise in measuring the image quality of conventional cameras and lenses, DxOMark Mobile aims to help consumers analyze and compare the still and video performance of mobile devices by freely providing them with its industrial-quality scientific measurements. Its experts will analyze 14 aspects of mobile imaging including detailed image quality assessment, flash performance, autofocus reliability and more to produce a final score comparable to existing DxOMark figures.

For example, DxOMark Mobile gave the iPhone 5 an overall score of 74, the same as its predecessor the iPhone 4S. Our review breaks down this figure, explaining DxO's throrough data and what it means to you in terms of real-world performance.

"Of the dozen mobile devices that we have already tested, some have already attained a significant level of image quality," said Frédéric Guichard, Chief Scientific Officer for DxO Labs. "However, the increase in sensor resolution and the miniaturization of pixels has introduced new problems well-known to photographers, such as digital noise. Our detailed test results will allow consumers to analyze all of the intrinsic qualities of mobile cameras."

Initial results frrom DxOMark Mobile testing indicates considerable progress mobile phone image quality. DxO found the Nokia 808 PureView, which came in first in the DxOMark Mobile rankings for still photos, is superior to that of a 5-year-old compact camera. As for video, the best mobile tested in this category, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, outperforms the Canon Powershot 100.

"With its continuously-enriched database, DxOMark Mobile aims to become the reference source for information about mobile camera image quality, and to develop partnerships with many players in the mobile photography market," said Jérôme Ménière, CEO of DxO Labs.