Top 10 Best Camera Phones You Cannot Turn a Blind Eye To
The smartphone war has been raging ever since smarter cameras and stellar video performance have taken centre stage. How well these cameras perform has become a major factor in deciding whether or not you want to take the plunge of owning a beast that changes the way you view and take your pictures.
With that in mind, here’s a list of the top 10 camera phones and their features you definitely would want to know more about:
Apple iPhone XS MAX/ Apple iPhone XS
Both the iPhone XS and XS MAX have a dual 12 MP rear camera and a 7 MP front shooter with Face ID and also allows you to take videos on 4K. All of the biggest changes come from Apple’s new image signal processing which comes from the huge updates to the neural engine. This leads to a lot of small changes from image quality but the biggest one is what they call Smart HDR. There is a new sensor on the front facing camera, while the rear camera has a 30% larger sensor which is a huge jump. This means that each pixel on the sensor can receive more data and is one of the biggest improvements seen on the camera. The rear lens is a little wider and the portrait mode now has variable aperture which you can change after you’ve taken a photo. Starting with the selfie camera, there is a lot more dynamic range thanks to Smart HDR which especially means that you lose less detail in highlights and a surprise feature also seems to have a default skin smoothening and this feature represents a theme in some camera updates that they are really going after with images that will look good to the widest possible audience.
Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus
With sharp details and slightly saturated colors, the S8 had one of the best camera on any smartphone last year. And the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus take things even further. The S9 Plus has a dual camera set up. And this time, the orientation is vertical, with the fingerprint sensor below the camera module. The primary camera on the S9 Plus has a 12 MP sensor with a 26 mm lens and it uses dual-pixel face detection or auto focus. For the first time on a smartphone, the primary camera on the S9 Plus has a variable aperture. It can go from f/2.4 aperture to f/1.5 for letting in much more light on the sensor in low light conditions. The secondary rear camera also has a 12 MP sensor but with a 52 mm lens and f/2.4 aperture. You can take 2x zoomed images with the telephoto lens and it also helps while taking pictures in live focus or portrait mode. Both cameras have optical image stabilization and you can 4K videos at 40 or 60 FPS. The camera interface on the S9 Plus is re-designed and all the modes are easily accessible in just a swipe to the left or right. You get an 8 MP front facing camera with f/1.7 aperture where you can take wide selfies and portrait shots.
Samsung Galaxy A7
The Galaxy A7 is the first Samsung phone that has 3 cameras at the back. The main lens is a 24 MP shooter with f/1.7 aperture, the depth sensor has 5MP with f/2.2 aperture and the ultra wide lens has 8 MP with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, you have a beefy 24 MP shooter along with LED flash. The highlight of the camera is the wide angle lens, which gives you a whole new perspective of the scene. The colors look nice and the dynamic range is excellent. Portrait shots too look good. While they are not ideal, the object is nicely separated from the background even in some tricky situations. If you tend to take selfies at night, the front facing LED is really powerful and you can adjust the intensity of the light manually.
Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 Pro has a main 40 MP shooter, a secondary 20 MP black and white camera and a third 8 MP telephoto camera for portraits. The 40 MP camera also has a large sensor, nearly twice as big as your typical smartphone camera and bigger usually means better in the camera game. While the main camera is 40 MP, the phone defaults to shooting in 10 MP and this way it combines 4 pixels into one, to get better results but you can go to settings if you want to shoot in a full 40 MP. The P20 Pro also supports AI and when it recognizes greenery and a blue sky, it automatically changes the color of the images. It boosts the greens for greenery and blues for blue sky, producing some wildly overblown colors. It’s almost like a filter, but a strong one. The P20 Pro impresses with its built in 3x zoom and 5x zoom. Shooting at these modes, delivers outstanding detail above anything other phones have to offer.
Google Pixel XL
The main star of the show is a 12.3 MP with f/2.2 aperture. Face detection and laser autofocus, electronic stabilization and a dual LED flash is what powers this camera. At the front is an 8 MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture and it can take full HD 1080p videos. The colors, sharpness and the clarity of pictures is amazing. With the auto HDR mode switched on, you get the best results in almost any lighting conditions. The HDR + mode brings up shadows, preserves highlights and makes the overall image look better. The images captured have great colors, dynamic range and an incredible amount of detail in them.
Oppo Find X
On the back, the Oppo Find X rocks a dual lens set up, 16 MP f/2.0 primary lens packed in a tasty bit of OIS and a secondary 20 MP snapper again with an f/2.0 aperture. Stick the Oppo Find X into auto mode and you can expect good results. The Find X focus seems to be able to handle any kind of scene and shots taken against bright skies turn out good. You can even get some iPhone style lighten modes which produce some startling effects. Talk about the 25 MP front facing camera and even the most demanded of Instagram superstars will be satisfied.
One Plus 6T
One of the hottest leaks of the One Plus 6T is the dual or triple rear lens camera. The 6T may have cameras similar to the Oppo R17 which has a 16 MP and 5 MP dual lens or the R17 Pro which has a 12 MP variable aperture lens that switches between f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures, along with a 20 MP f/2.6 lens and a ToF 3D stereo lens.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a dual rear camera setup with a 12 MP wide-angle lens, f/1.5 aperture and f/2.4 dual aperture along with a telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The front is an 8 MP shooter with f/1.7 aperture. However, the biggest feature isn’t even a camera, but it positively affects the camera experience in a significant way. The S Pen acts as a Bluetooth remote and as such now you will be able to stand as far as 10 m away, click the S Pen and take a shot with it. By default, pressing and holding the S Pen launches the camera from anywhere and a quick tap takes a shot, while double tapping switches between front and rear cameras. This will be a huge help for group shots, taking selfies with either camera or just getting some interesting angles on a shot that you might otherwise not have been able to. It is built-in does not require an extra apps or third party accessories. You would have likely noticed the trend of AI related lingo this year. Samsung has jumped on the bandwagon with its scene detection optimizer which works to enhance your photos with identification of 20 different scenes.
Asus Zenfone 5Z
Zenfone 5Z comes with a dual rear camera setup where the primary camera is a 12 MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 24 mm lens and each individual pixel has a size of 1.4 macro meter which captures a lot of information. It uses face detection for autofocus and gets 4-axis for optical image stabilization. The secondary camera is an 8 MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. It has a 12 mm wide lens which gives you a 120 degree field-of-view and lets you take ultra-wide angle shots. You can shoot 4K videos in 60 FPS. At the front is an 8 MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture and it offers an 84 degrees field-of-view. The cameras also have some AI functionalities and it can detect and differentiate different scenes like food, sky and people. It will also adjust the camera settings in auto-mode accordingly to give you the best possible outcome.
LG V40 ThinQ
The LG V40 ThinQ sports five cameras that are really helpful with capturing the best of images possible, while taking your photography skills to the next level. On the front is a dual camera setup with 8 MP and f/1.9 aperture and 5 MP with f/2.2 aperture. This will give better performance and image quality against the cropped wide angle sensor on the V20 and V30 on the front and it is also a larger sensor than on the V30. The three sensors on the back is where the real magic lies. The primary camera is a standard 12 MP shooter with a 78-degree field-of-view.