In an age where where the best camera phones can compete with the standalone cameras we once relied on so much, choosing a phone with a top-notch camera is a smart choice
In fact, because almost every mobile manufacturer can now boast powerful processing, super screens and slick usability, it’s the cameras on phones that often set them apart. Getting hold of one of the best camera phones on the market takes away the pressure of lugging a DSLR with you, allowing you to produce professional shots, video footage of a ridiculously high standard and even take photos in the dead of night.
So whether your a professional photographer needing to photo ready at any given second, a designer who’s decided that one of the best cameras is no longer what you need for your purposes or just a amateur photographer wanting to boost your skills then it makes sense to grab the best camera phone you can afford.
1. Google Pixel 3
When Google relaunched its mobile phones under the Pixel moniker, it was clear that much of their focus (if you’ll forgive the pun) was on the quality of the onboard cameras. Quite simply, camera phones don’t come any better than the Google Pixel 3. Don’t let the solo sensor fool you into thinking you’ll be short changed by the main rear camera – the photos it can take are nothing less than jaw dropping. In fact, none of the specs are exactly ground breaking (12.2Mp, f/1.8 aperture), but trust us when we tell you that we’ve never seen sharper, brighter more detailed images from any other camera phone. We’re not saying it makes standalone cameras defunct, but unless you’re a professional photographer, you won’t need much more than what this smartphone will give you.
2. Huawei P30 Pro
The Huawei P30 Pro has taken the ball passed to it by its predecessor and just kept on running – it’s proving to be the smartphone that’s breaking the Samsung and Apple duopoly on the world phone market. It’s one of the best smartphones on the face of the Earth and its main camera is one of the major factors why. The combination of 40MP, 20MP and 8MP shooters combines powerfully with excellent image processing, noise reduction and super zoom features making the P30 Pro’s overall photo taking prowess something very special indeed. You could even argue that the 2019 is now a quadruple lens camera, now that it’s added an extra ToF (time-of-flight) camera for more depth on portraits.
3. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Samsung Galaxy smartphones are now so good that the latest iterations generally struggle to make strides on the last. But that shouldn’t stop us crowing about its latest and greatest flagship – the Galaxy S10 Plus, which has raised the bar again for camera phones on release (just not by that much). The dual 12MP cameras on the rear are the obvious place to start. They’re no longer unique, but the remarkable f/1.5 aperture is certainly an attractive added bonus, meaning you can take eye-popping shots even in low light. And you can tweak the aperture to the other end of the spectrum in sunnier climes. Samsung has also worked hard reduce noise, too. We love the super slow motion 960fps function for getting creative with videos and the bokeh-enable selfie snapper is impressive as well.