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. Here are a few of our favourites!
1. Samsung S20 Ultra ($1,898.00) – The phone that will change photography
Samsung is clearly pushing the camera boundary with its newest S20 series. The S20 and S20+ are great, but the Samsung S20 Ultra (all available on Samsung Official Store) is simply one of the best. It has a revolutionary 8K Video Snap, changing the way people capture not just video but photography as well.
The Samsung S20 Ultra’s rear camera boasts not just one, but four cameras, each with amazing specs. The first camera is a 12MP Ultra Wide Camera, the second camera is a 108MP Wide-angle Camera, the third camera is a 48MP Telephoto Camera and the fourth camera is a DepthVision Camera. Oh, let’s not forget about the 40MP Selfie front camera too. The S20 Ultra also has a Space Zoom function that allows you to zoom in 100x, without compromising on the resolution. Coupled with the Single Take function, the S20 Ultra with revolutionary AI allows you to shoot for up to 10 seconds. At the end of it, you’re given a variety of formats. This is a god-sent feature. Especially for indecisive people who can’t seem to decide on which is the best style for the moment.
2. iPhone 11 Pro ($1,475.00 – $1,828.00) – Best point and shoot camera phone
Released in late 2019, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro (available on onephone) is one of the best smartphone cameras Apple has ever made according to trusted review sites. Though many have criticised the design of the camera lens, with some claiming it triggers people’s trypophobia. This gadget is by far, one of the most versatile cameras. Fortunately, it is also one of the best iPhones in terms of battery life.
The iPhone 11 Pro boasts triple 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto cameras with an up to 10x digital zoom. Compared to its predecessor – the iPhone 11 – which only has the first two cameras, the triple-camera system allows you to take pro-level portraits and gives you the ability to zoom in on distant objects. The best feature of the iPhone 11 Pro is probably also the Night Mode function. This function automatically switches on when light is low. All in all, some claim that the versatility of Apple’s latest addition can be serious threats to mirrorless cameras.
3. Huawei P30 Pro ($1,098.00) – 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 sghuawei) 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.
4. Google Pixel 4 XL ($1,284.00) – For stargazers
The newest Google Phone made by Google brings big camera upgrades, such as the ability to take studio-like photos, without the studio. Besides this, the Google Pixel 4 XL (available on mobyshop) allows you to take a photo in the dark without flash using the next generation of Night Sight. Compared to its predecessor (Google Pixel 3, which we will further elaborate below), it has an added second camera lens to allow you to focus on what really matters too.
The Pixel 4 XL is improved with a 12.2 MP lens with an f/1.7 aperture, and an added 16 MP telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture. Both cameras also have Optical and Electronic image stabilisation. Besides this, the camera also has an Astrophotography mode, that allows you to take photos of the Milky Way. If you love to stargaze, this is the best phone for you.
5. Google Pixel 3 XL ($584.10 – $629.10) – 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 haiyida.sg). Considered one of the best camera phones 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!
6. Samsung S10 Plus ($978.00) – Triple camera, ultra-wide capabilities
Not to be outdone by the competition for the title of the best camera phone, Samsung enters the field with the S10 Plus (available on samsung.officialstore). Despite the camera technology staying mostly the same as its predecessor, the S10 Plus adds an additional sensor. This sensor allows your device to take photos and videos from an ultra-wide perspective! This essentially allows you 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 of your recorded videos. There’s even an additional Super Steady feature. This feature places your device on an imaginary gimbal and helps you record buttery smooth footage!
7. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ ($1,448.00) – Triple camera, ultra-wide capabilities, and an S Pen
If you have more budget to spare, we’ll suggest investing in a Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (also available on samsung.officialstore). With the built-in Bluetooth-enabled S Pen, you can write, draw and give motion gestures to swipe through the various camera modes. For example, zooming in with a spiral motion.
The Galaxy Note 10+ is pretty much similar to the Galaxy S10 Plus. But, with an added fourth VGA 3D Depth Sensor. This means that the former is better designed to capture depth information, giving you a better portrait mode picture.
8. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 ($659.00) – World’s first 108MP penta camera
Launched back in 2019, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (available on mipreferredstore) features the world’s first 108MP penta camera and has an all-scenario imaging system. The main camera, which interestingly made by Samsung, topples resolution records. The camera packs more pixels than any DSLR or mirrorless camera at the time of launch.
This all-scenario imaging system is made possible by the 5MP telephoto camera, 12MP portrait camera, 108MP ultra-high-resolution camera, 20MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 2MP macro camera. Coupled with an excellent 10x hybrid zoom and 4-axis OIS on the telephoto camera, this gadget was built to allow your eyes to see more. Besides this, the Mi Note 10 also has a Vlog mode and Night mode 2.0, so that anyone can direct their own life without worrying about the dark. Oh, if you love taking selfies, the Mi Note 10 also has a 32MP selfie camera to record the most minute of details.
9. Oppo Reno 10X Zoom ($1,299.00) – The camera phone that furthers your vision
The Reno series by Oppo is all about elevating photography and mobile entertainment to new heights through technology. And the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom (available on oppoofficial.sg) does just that with its versatile triple camera, with up to 10X Zoom.
Packed with a 48MP ultra-clear main camera, 13MP telephoto lens and 8MP wide-angle lens, the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom is able to achieve a full bandwidth of 16-160mm. This is an effective focal length 10 times that of an ultra-wide-angle lens. This triple camera setup is also paired with a dual IOS. This allows your shots to remain stable even when fully-zoomed on a handheld operation.
10. OnePlus 7T ($899.00 – $949.00) – Best value-for-money camera phone
Few can disagree that the OnePlus 7T (available on oneplussg) 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 P30 Pro.
With just a touch, you can swap lenses in an instant. Switching between the 48MP main camera, the 16MP ultra-wide camera and a 12MP 2X telephoto camera. You are also given more focal length choice when shooting in Portrait mode because of the new telephoto camera. Featuring an intelligent photography engine, the OnePlus 7T is also able to take clear photos, even in poor lighting.
11. Honor View 20 Lite ($269.00) – Triple the lens, triple the fun
Is there such a thing as too much fun? The Honor View 20 Lite (available on honormobilesg) answers this question with an emphatic no by including a jaw-dropping specs with an AI Triple Camera and 32MP beauty selfie camera – which includes AI Skin Tone Adjustment, Acne Removal, Face Slimming, Oily Glare Removal, Eye Enlargement, Eye Bags Removal, Teeth Whitening and more.
Besides boasting crisp details and bold colour reproduction in all photos, the View 20 Lite also incorporates the Super Night Shot, which was 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!
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