CNET’s Andrew Hoyle took the test with both handsets at their maximum resolutions and all settings put on automatic.
Distant buildings appeared well defined on photos made with the iPhone 5.
The device also offers a more natural image tone, while the 8X images seems to bear a darker, even purple shade.
However, with the 8X users can tweak some of the settings, including white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness and ISO speeds.
Hoyle compares the camera’s ability to shoot 1080p video to the video on most higher-end smartphones on the market.
But the winner of the test is the iPhone 5 with slightly clearer and more realistic color tones.