The camera war in mobile smartphones doesn’t ever seem to end. The push from manufacturers to get the best shots from your mobile seems to have taken a major priority with almost every smartphone manufacturer. Incidentally, the one of the most compromised part in smartphones currently is definitely the camera as it seems to be the core differentiating element of smartphones right now. So we are here to find out which of the smartphones have the best cameras regardless of the budget.
- Google Pixel 2: Regardless of what everyone says, I think a majority of us are still astounded with how Google managed to get such a decent snapper in the Pixel 2. When it came out, it topped the DxO mark scores for camera quality and although the score has now been snatched by a number of companies, the Pixel 2 is still the benchmark for smartphone cameras, especially considering that it has just a single camera to get those amazing bokeh effects.A huge chunk of the credit for the pictures can be handed over to Google’s software team which did an amazing job with the post processing with the photos to make them the way that they are. The hardware in question is 2 MP Sensor with f/1.8, 27mm lens, with a shutter speed as fast as 1/2.6 and 1.4µm Dual Pixel PDAF which is OIS assisted. The thing with the Pixel is that its photos appear to be the most natural with accurate colours and even with its post processing, it doesn’t clobber the image rendering it as an oversaturated mess.
- Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus:It was a really close call between the iPhone X and the S9 but ultimately I had to put the S9 a bit higher on the list for a couple of reasons. As far as camera innovations go, the S9 is in a league of its own. It features a brand new aperture adjust on the camera which is triggered by a hardware flap controlling the light flow in the camera. The result is that you get an extremely wide f/1.5 or extremely narrow f/2.4 aperture which is a first for a mainstream smartphone camera. The insane aperture settings also mean that the Samsung is the most potent shooter when it comes to low light photography and there isn’t a single smartphone camera that can hold a candle to this as of this moment. As for the hardware, it has dual 12MP cameras, one of which is locked at f/2.4 and the other with the hybrid aperture adjust. Both cameras get OIS and a decent 2x Optical zoom. The S9 Plus is sure is an expensive smartphone but it is a good deal cheaper than an iPhone X which is its main rival. But the Samsung just edges out the iPhone by a considerable degree especially in low light photography and that makes it an ideal smartphone for all round usage.
- Huawei P20 Pro:Huawei has been really stepping up their game to establish a firm foot in the smartphone market for some time now. And what better to do that that to go nuts with the cameras in its flagship, which happens to be the Triple rear camera setup with their P20 Pro. Personally I think it was overkill of Huawei to go this route considering that the Pixel 2 does such an impeccable job with just a single camera. But the camera setup isn’t just a gimmick here as the P20 pro has the three cameras doing three distinctive things. The main shooter is a beastly 40MP with an f/1.8 Aperture which is mated to an 8MP Portrait camera with a narrow f/2.4 aperture and both of them are assisted by a 20MP Monochrome camera which sits at a much wider f/1.6 aperture. The B&W camera is the main highlight here as it is responsible for capturing details like light and shadows. The result is that the P20 pro scores the highest ever DxO mark rating for any smartphone, period.
- iPhone X:Apple has been doing good cameras for some time now and they are rather good at it. The iPhone X uses the same rear camera module as the much more expensive iPhone 8 Plus so technically save a little cash by getting the latter. The cameras hardware on the iPhone X comprises of dual 12MP sensors albeit one has a wide f/1.8 aperture and one having a narrow f/2.4 aperture for portrait shots. The USP of the iPhone’s camera is that it takes some of the best stock photos among any camera here. There is a noticeable amount of post processing involved but the results are that it is more supplementing than deterring. Rest assured, if tweaking settings isn’t your thing, then this is the camera phone for you.
- One Plus 6:This is a relatively new errant as far as camera phones go but ever since its launch, it has been quite a lot of praise for its camera prowess. The hardware powering it is a bit controversial at the very least because it has dual 16MP cameras, each with the same wide f/1.7 aperture. So in case you are wondering, the one plus isn’t an out an out telephoto camera. Despite this, one plus manages to do a remarkable job of tweaking the images to produce a bokeh effect to make up for the lack of a telephoto lens. One of the rear cameras has both EIS and OIS while the other gets a slightly larger 1/2.8 sensor without the stability assists. Despite the obscurity, the images from the One Plus are exceptionally good and it could eventually get better as One Plus has a large 3rd party developer community and it’s only a matter of time before someone ports the default Google Camera app to the device.
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