Times are fast changing, because a while ago people had to hire photographers or buy expensive professional cameras if they wanted to click photos and capture the memorable moments they wish to preserve.
With the advent of smartphones and their powerful cameras as now, anyone can be a photographer and start clicking photos instantly.
Although, smartphones are still way behind if they really want to surpass the capabilities of a professional camera but modern smartphones would can a near perfect job done for you.
Therefore in choosing the best smartphone camera it comes down to how well the smartphone has optimized its software to snap photos or record videos.
Google Pixel 3 / Google Pixel 3 XL
The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL are the best camera phone you can buy right now with both boasting the same camera setup.
While most of the other handsets in the best camera phone roundup have at least two rear cameras, the Pixel devices come with just a single rear snapper.
These cameras are extremely powerful though, with an intuitive interface and AI smarts adapting fantastically to any scenario, be it beautiful vistas or low-light portraits.
Both phones also have dual front-facing cameras, giving you great portrait-mode selfies with beautifully blurred backgrounds.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
With three rear cameras the Huawei Mate 20 Pro offers a highly versatile camera phone experience. The P20 Pro ushered in this era of great Huawei cameras, and the Mate 20 Pro inherits its 40MP wide-angle f/1.8 lens and 8MP, f/2.4 3x telephoto with OIS and then builds on it further.
Rounding out that trio of rear-facing cameras is the new star, an ultra-wide 16MP, f/2.2 lens. It expands the Mate 20 Pro’s feature set, letting you take a wider array of photos from limited positions.
The Mate 20 Pro’s overall low-light performance is superior to that of most other smartphones we tested, especially with its seconds-long-exposure Night Mode.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 builds on the strong camera offering of the Galaxy S9 Plus, with a number of small enhancements making it even better.
The result is a handset which is comfortable shooting in any scenario, including in low light, for some truly impressive shots. As this is a Note device, you get Samsung’s S Pen stylus included with the handset, and you can use the button on this as a remote shutter key.
It means you can set the Galaxy Note 9 down on a surface and walk away from it and still snap a shot using the S Pen.
One slight mark against the Note 9 is its lack of HDR video recording, but for many this won’t be an issue.
iPhone XS / iPhone XS Max
Apple’s latest iPhone duo boast powerful dual rear cameras, but it’s not just the specs that appeal about the firm’s mobile photography experience – it’s also the ease of use of their smartphone snappers.
The iPhone camera app is well known 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.
Apple has popularized the blurred background Bokeh effect, and Portrait Mode is one of the best implementations of the technology we’ve used on a smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus was our best camera phone pick, fusing an excellent all-round smartphone experience with a highly accomplished photography offering.
As you can see, it’s now be usurped by a number of new camera phone releases, but it’s still a fantastic offering. Round the back you get two cameras, with the main 12MP sensor joined by a secondary 12MP sensor directly below it.
The second camera allows you to take bokeh-rich photos, with parts of the image blurred while other parts are in focus.
Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 Pro packs not only 2 but has triple rear cameras. It packs 40 MP (RGB, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (Monochrome, f/1.6 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture).
The third lens zoom into a scene without using digital zoom. The 3x zoom camera can take some great pics and renders more detail.
Sony Xperia XZ3
The best camera phone for video recording in the smartphone category and the best camera phone from the Japanese firm to date. The user interface is simple as it has been streamlined for starters, so there’s less swiping to get to the various modes.
In good light, detail is strong, and a nice amount of background blur can be achieved without calling on any bokeh modes where the Xperia XZ3 camera excels more is video.
The digital stabilization works well in good light in particular, and the 4K HDR footage you can capture is simply breathtaking.
LG G7 ThinQ
LG G7 ThinQ isn’t the only camera phone on this list with more than one snapper on its rear, but the difference is it uses the two sensors it does have in a unique way different to others.
Its primary rear camera is a relatively standard 16MP affair with a f/1.6 aperture that’s accomplished enough to take decent quality snaps, but it’s the second 16MP camera alongside it where things get a little more interesting.
This is great when it comes to shooting landscapes or skyscrapers, and you can easily switch between the two sensors with a single tap on the screen.
The HTC U12+ has 12MP main camera with f1.75 aperture and a 16MP secondary camera with f2.6 aperture. The main camera has Ultraspeed Autofocus 2 (Phase detection + Laser autofocus).
It supports optical zoom1.85x to 2x and digital zoom up to 10x.
It has OIS support and has Bokeh mode, AR sticker. It can record 4K video at 60fps; supports Sonic Zoom, Audio Boost, and 3D Audio recording with 4 microphones.
The OnePlus 6T may not be the very best camera phone here, but it’s cheaper than the rest of the competition and still offers up a excellent photography experience.
The camera features a wide-angle lens paired with a 16MP sensor, as well as a secondary 20MP lens and sensor combination.
Both lenses feature a f/1.7 aperture. Selfies are also nice and sharp, especially in good light, with the nicely exposed faces you want – and the selfie bokeh mode works well too.
Nokia 6.1 Plus
The Nokia 6.1 Plus features 16MP and 5MP camera sensors on the back with Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) along with HDR and a bokeh mode.
Also, the AI integration helps the camera in recognizing the objects and deliver better results. It’s powered by snapdragon 636 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It comes with 3060mAH battery and has a 5.8-inch full HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio.
Nokia 6.1 Plus is one of the best dual rear camera phones from HMD Global.
Xiaomi Mi 6
The device is splash-resistant as well, so you don’t need to worry of those sudden drizzling of rains or accidental splashes of water. Xiaomi MI 6 has dual rear camera setup – 12MP wide-angle lens + 12MP telephoto lens with optical zoom.
Thanks to the new depth-of-field mode, one can blur the background and take beautiful shots. Certainly, the dual rear camera setup features a 10X digital zoom with ISP algorithm. Also, it comes with the 4-axis OIS feature that takes steady shots as it detects accelerometer, vibrations, and gyroscope.
iPhone 8 Plus
Like the iPhone 7 Plus, it also rocks a dual 12-megapixel setup, with the normal lens at an aperture of f/1.8, and the other telephoto lens at f/2.8. Only the normal lens include the OIS, which means you can expect good non-blurry shots.
Furthermore, iPhone 8 Plus has an upgrade here with a Sony sensor, which is more efficient and show better white balance than the shots taken with the iPhone 7 Plus.
The dual camera setup of the iPhone 8 Plus also performs better in the low-light situation compared to the iPhone 7 Plus.
It has a 16MP rear camera with dual LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture, Sony IMX 519 sensor, OIS, EIS and a secondary 20MP camera with Sony IMX376K sensor, f/1.7 aperture, 480 fps slo-mo at 720p, 240 fps at 1080p, 4k at 60fps.
OnePlus has increased the size of the sensor on the main 16MP camera by 19%compared to OnePlus 5T, and it now has a 1.22um pixel size (up from 1.12um).
The larger pixel size pulls in more light and thus perform better in low-light conditions. Moreso, the combination of OIS and EIS on the rear 16MP camera helps in reducing the shakiness. The cameras have now been shifted to the middle and they are placed vertically.