As mobile phone camera technology improves with each new iteration, traditional point-and-shoot cameras are becoming obsolete. From multiple lenses to unique camera software, it’s difficult to pin down the best camera phone in the market but we’ve definitely got some favourites to share!
1. Huawei P30 Pro – Quad camera, 50x zoom
Huawei is one of the biggest contenders of the best camera phone title and it’s constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to superior image quality! Unsurprisingly, the Huawei P30 Pro (available on Flower Mobile) impresses camera enthusiasts with its robust quad lens setup and mind-blowing zoom technology.
The main camera is a 40-megapixel Superspectrum sensor that promises 40% better light absorption. Working with Leica to deliver the ultimate smartphone camera experience, this enables the device to capture even better shots at night, regardless of whether you’re using Night Mode. The most interesting addition of the P30 Pro is the travel-friendly Telephoto lens! Functioning like a periscope, the lens allows you to hit up to 50 times without compromising too much on image quality or stabilisation.
2. Google Pixel 3 XL – Computational photography at its finest
In a world where companies are rushing to slap on more lenses and doodads on smartphones, it’s intriguing to see Google stick to their guns on utilising a single rear lens setup for the Pixel 3 XL (available on smartbuy.sg). Considered the best camera phone by many , the Pixel 3 XL owes this success to its approach to computational photography and the many additional features it packs into this device!
It’s easy to see why there was plenty of pre-release hype for the Pixel 3 XL. Everything from the camera’s detail and dynamic range to the software’s autofocus and edge detection is exceptional here. Supplementing this superior photography experience is an impeccable dual front-facing lens format that ensures the best selfies. There’s even an extra wide angle lens so you can squeeze more people into your selfie!
3. Samsung S10 Plus – Triple camera, ultra-wide capabilities
Not to be outdone by the competition for the title of best camera phone, Samsung enters the field with the S10 Plus (available on J2 Online Phone Store). Despite the camera technology staying mostly the same as its predecessor, the S10 Plus adds an additional sensor that allows your device to take photos and videos from an ultra-wide perspective! This makes it one of the few phones to combine the effectiveness of its existing dual lens setup with an additional ultra-wide one.
What’s also worth mentioning here is the hefty video-taking capabilities of the S10 Plus! Allowing you to record at 4K resolution and 60 frames-per-second, you’ll be impressed by the overall quality and smoothness of your recorded videos. There’s even an additional Super Steady feature that places your device on an imaginary gimbal and helps you record buttery smooth footage!
4. iPhone XS – Enhanced portrait photos
iPhones have to be included when discussing the best camera phone on the market. One-upping the iPhone X in terms of features and specifications, Apple’s iPhone XS (available on J2 Online Phone Store) rocks a dual rear lens arrangement that boasts optical image stabilisers and quad LED flash. This helps the phone capture more vibrant pictures because of the brighter colours and smarter High Dynamic Range.
The XS’s portrait mode has also improved by leaps and bounds! Leveraging on the distance between both rear cameras to create a depth map, the software intelligently segregates the image into various layers based on distance. Rather than lazily applying a generic blur over the entire background, the blurring intensity depends on the overall distance from the camera. This results in a realistic depth of field effect that’s a far cry from what the original portrait mode was capable of.
5. Nokia 8.1 – Excelling in the mid-tier market
Packing a dual Zeiss lens setup, few camera phones can match the competence and quality provided by the Nokia 8.1 (available on 2020 Celltronics) at such a price point! While it might not be an obvious choice for the best camera phone title, it certainly holds its own in the mid-tier market with its intelligent AI software and customisable settings.
The Nokia 8.1 does a fantastic job of capturing quality photos with its AI-powered imaging software that ensures your shots have studio-quality lighting, even in low light surroundings. Complementing this is the combination of a 12-megapixel main sensor and 13-megapixel depth sensor that captures pictures rich in colour and saturation. There’s even a stream-friendly Bothie mode, through which you can create a combined image or video with input from both cameras!
6. OnePlus 6T – Best value-for-money camera phone
Few can disagree that the OnePlus 6T (available on 66_connexions) is the best camera phone for those on a budget! Besides providing incredible functionality and performance, the camera is no slouch either when compared against flagships like the Pixel 3 and P30 Pro.
Although the 6T’s dual rear camera setup seems run-of-the-mill, its improved software and new Nightscape mode puts it above its predecessor! Featuring better image recognition algorithms and a Pro mode that allows you to tweak settings like white balance, ISO and shutter speed, you’ll find yourself shooting shots like a professional in no time.
7. Honor View 20 – 48-megapixel goodness
Is there such a thing as too many pixels? The Honor View 20 (available on Vi Mobile) answers this question with an emphatic no by including a jaw-dropping 48-megapixel rear sensor! While the View 20’s default setting is 12-megapixels, you can tinker with the settings to the 48MP AI Ultra Clarity mode that allows the device to capture magnificently detailed photos.
Besides boasting crisp details and bold colour reproduction in all photos, the View 20 also incorporates the night mode previously seen in Huawei’s P20 Pro. This means photos taken in low-light surroundings will be slapped with the same high-detail and saturation the P20 Pro is known for!
Your favourite mobile phone colour or model not included in this list? Check out our range of mobile phones and tablets for yourself! From Xiaomi to LG, find the best camera phone to satisfy your mobile phone needs.
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