Breaking down the best mobile snapper experience that fits your budget
Smartphones have become the photography devices of choice for millions around the world. While expensive DSLRs and other dedicated cameras are primarily designed for hobbyists and professionals, the average Joe wanting to take snaps of their vacation or cute pictures of your neighbor’s adorable pup, smartphone cameras don’t just get the job done, they thrive.
With our social lives being the equivalent of a cyborg, while buying a smartphone for the digital aspect of our networking the quality of the installed camera is now one of the most important factors to account for.
However, it can be difficult to sift through the marketing talk and the jargon of DxO Ratings, MegaPixels or sensor apertures to get down to the nitty-gritty of smartphone camera performance coupled with the overall experience of image processing, editing and the usability of the native camera app itself.
If you’re looking for the best camera for all those beautiful landscape shots you’ve been itching to take, your hunt is over. No matter what your price point.
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Google Pixel 3XL
While most of the other handsets in the best camera phone round-up have at least two rear cameras, the Pixel devices come with just a single rear snapper. What sets this sensor apart though is Google’s incredible software image processing, coupled with an intuitive interface and AI smarts adapting fantastically to any scenario, be it beautiful landscapes or low-light portraits. The Pixel 3 gets a DxOMark rating of 101.
Samsung Galaxy S10+
With their annual unveiling event in February, Samsung introduced the new top-dog in its camera department. The new Galaxy comes with improvements on the already stellar S9+ camera setup with an added lens for wider shots. The Galaxy S10+ rear cameras are said to capture excellent color and exposure in bright light, and the triple camera setup helps take enough detail in both the shadow and highlight areas. The camera is said to capture a noticeably wider tonal range over its competitors. It comes packed to the gills with Samsung’s trademark feature-rich camera app. DxOMark ranks Galaxy S10+ at the top of its list with a score of 114.
Apple iPhone XS / XS Max
Apple’s latest iPhones boast powerful dual rear cameras, but the true appeal of having and iPhone camera lies in ease of use. The iPhone camera app is popular for being a simple, clutter-free interface, focused on taking great snaps every time with minimal controls, modes and settings for the user to worry about. While that means you don’t quite get the same breadth of shooting options as you do on the likes of the Samsung, but the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will make your experience a lot less complex.
Both the iPhones have exactly the same dual rear cameras, with the only differences between the two being screen size, battery size and their physical size.
DxOMark gives the sensors a rating of 105.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro puts up a versatile camera experience.
The phone has a trio of cameras: a primary sensor, an ultra-wide, and a telephoto with OIS . It expands the Mate 20 Pro’s feature set, letting you take a wider array of photos from limited positions with a camera app which is feature rich allowing you to tinker with the possibilities.
The Mate shines in low-light with its dedicated Night Mode with long exposure. The phone’s 3x telephoto does a great job of capturing distant frames, and the hybrid 5x zoom adds a digital blend to give you a bit more reach.
It has been rated 109 by DxOMark.
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The OnePlus 6T may not be the obvious choice for a camera phone, but it’s cheaper than most of the handsets that offer similar setups and still offers up a flagship photography experience.
The camera features a wide-angle lens as well as a secondary lens and sensor combination. Only the primary camera, however, comes with optical stabilization to avoid shaking while the other sensor does the same electronically.
While OnePlus has stuck with the same hardware on the T update as the OnePlus 6, the software has been improved, notably with the addition of a new Nightscape long exposure mode. The ‘flagship-killer’ gets a DxOMark rating of 98.
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Xiaomi Mi A2
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is a great smartphone offering in its price bracket and its camera is one of the best in the mid-range segment. The camera uses quadpix binning software to enhance details in low-light photos without attracting too much noise. The built-in camera app also offers a Pro Mode for total control.
Given that the phone runs on the Android One software format, the Google-backed camera software is an added cherry on top.
The phone gets a DxOMark score of 91.
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The Nokia 7.1 puts the rest to the notion that you have to pay top dollar for a good camera phone. This smartphone has midrange price, especially when compared to what Apple and Samsung charge for top-of-the-line devices, but it didn’t skimp on the rear cameras. Comparing competitors to the Nokia 7.1, you will find that the dual Zeiss lens shots that offer less blur and more accurate white balance. The native camera app isn’t the best in the game but it comfortably gets the job done.
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Redmi Note 7 Pro
Xiaomi’s newest Note series offering improves upon its decent predecessor with a strong Sony Exmor RS IMX586 camera sensor. With larger pixels and some software trickery, AI scene recognition can recognize up to 32 different scenes. Coupled with the near- entry level pricing, the camera looks seriously impressive.
Smartphone cameras have given every man with an eye for eyesome an instrument of power. To every new generation, a stellar phone cam is an urban necessity. That said, at the right place and at the right time, the best camera is the one with you in your pocket. Get your click on!