Taking pictures over the years have become easier, especially with the improvement made on phone cameras. In fact, one of the features, if not the only feature a lot of people consider before buying a phone is the quality of the camera. People who are professional photographers and hobbyist often prefer taking some form of photographs with their phones, if not for any reason, the fact that such photos can be easily shared with the world is an advantage.
Phone manufacturers are always upping their camera game with every phone release, just to satisfy th
In case you are about to buy a phone, and you don’t know what to buy yet your aim is to have stunning image qualities when ever take a picture. Say no more, below is a top ten list of phones with the best camera in 2019.
Huawei P30 Pro
Release date: April 2019 | Rear cameras: 40MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.6, OIS), 20MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2), 8MP (Telephoto, f/3.4, OIS) | Front camera: 32MP | OIS: Yes | Weight: 192 g | Dimensions: 158 x 73.4 x 8.4 mm | Storage: 128/256/512 GB
The truth is one will fall in love with the P30 Pro at first use. Its camera is top notch, in fact, it can be referred to as a camera phone that has it all. It is capable of shooting in extremely low-light condition, has an unbelievable zoom capabilities of up to 5x optical. It’s has four lenses at the back, one of which is a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor. This means that it is able to measure depth of field perfectly in other words when you take a picture, you can place some aspect of the picture out of focus while some will be in focus. the downside to this phone is the fact that the screen is just 1080p and the phone is very expensive, but aside those this is the best camera phone you can get right now.
Google Pixel 3
Release date: October 2018 | Rear camera: 12.2 MP | Front camera: 8 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), PDAF, 8 MP, f/2.2, 19mm (ultrawide) | OIS: Yes | Rear camera aperture: f/1.8, 28mm | Weight: 148 g | Dimensions: 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm | Storage: 64/128 GB
The first Google Pixel that was released in 2016 was a display of how the limitations of a small sensor could be overcome by advanced image processing. The Pixel 3’s camera is equipped with a 12MP, f/1.8, 28mm. It will be good to note that Google’s image processing is slightly less aggressive than Huawei’s, thereby making images have a more natural-look, especially when it comes to images of people. While the Pixel 3 could be said to have the best image quality, it single rear camera makes it not so versatile as phones with multiple rear cameras.
Honor 20 Pro
Release date: June 2019 | Rear cameras: 48MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.4, OIS), 16MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2), 8MP (Telephoto, f/2.4, OIS) | Front camera: 32MP | OIS: Yes | Weight: 182 g | Dimensions: 154.6 x 74 x 8.4 mm | Storage: 256 GB
The Honor 20 Pro can be said to have a camera spec that is almost as impressive as in the Huawei P30 Pro (well, probably because Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei). It has four rear-facing cameras which has a spec of 48MP with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 204,800 and a maximum aperture of f/1.4 (it should be noted that this aperture is the widest of any camera phone to date) for incredible low light performance. Coupled with an 8MP telephoto camera that helps give the Honor 20 Pro 3x optical zoom. It also has a 16MP ultrawide camera which is a 13mm-equivalent focal length, and the final camera in the quartet is a 2MP macro camera with a minimum focus distance of just 4cm. Another great thing about this phone is the fact that it is cheap for a phone with its spec
OnePlus 7 Pro
Release date: May 2019 | Rear camera: 48MP (f/1.6) + 8MP (f/2.4) + 16MP (f/2.2) | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 162.6g | Dimensions: 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm | Storage: 128/256GB
Fantastic feature of the OnePlus 7’s is its all-screen fascia, which is made possible by its pop-up selfie camera. Aside the pop-up selfie camera, its primary camera also happens to be the best to ever feature on a OnePlus phone. With the primary wide-angle camera having a 48MP sensor, coupled with f/1.6 lens, making it capture a lot of details. Also with 3x zoom telephoto camera, and a 13mm ultrawide camera, it also delivers versatility in spades, and with OIS (optical image stabilization) across the wide and telephoto cameras. One major downside is the fact that it’s night mode can’t quite meet up with the Pixel 3 or Huawei P30 Pro. Also, there’s no wireless charging; but with its price tag and a glorious look and feel, it can be said deliver great value.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Release date: March 2019 | Rear cameras: 12MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.5, OIS), 16MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2), 12MP (Telephoto, f/2.4, OIS) | Front camera: 10MP | OIS: Yes | Weight: 175 g | Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm | Storage: 128/512/1024GB
All things being equal the Galaxy S-series phones have been known for their camera quality, and the S10 Plus is not an exception. It has triple rear cameras which may said to be slightly lacking compared to the latest quad-camera phones, but its wide, ultrawide and telephoto combo is versatile and performs very well. Although the main camera is just 12MP does not mean it should be belittled bcause the 40MP and 48MP sensors in other phones often if not always records at 10MP and 12MP respectively in real-world shooting. Like most Samsung phones, this phone also has a video quality 4K, also adding to it a new Digital Video Stabilization, along with HDR10+ support for ultra-high contrast video that looks great on a compatible TV.
Release date: October 2018 | Rear camera: Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras | Front camera: 7MP | OIS: Yes | Rear camera aperture: f/1.8 + f/2.4 | Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm | Storage: 64/256GB
The truth is the cost of iPhones has little or nothing to do with its camera quality, but so far iPhone XS is the best iPhone for photography. The X was a marked change for the company and while the iPhone XS doesn’t look different, its camera software has been greatly upgraded. The camera is a powerful dual 12MP shooter with one sporting f/1.8 and the other f/2.4 that both has (optical image stabilization) to offer some impressive shots. Shooting with it produces natural colors, and the fact that one is a telephoto sensor helps for shooting detail at a longer distance than most other phones. It comes with a new 1.4µm pixels sensor with two new features the Smart HDR and Depth Control.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
Release date: June 2019 | Rear camera: 48MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.6, OIS), 8MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2), 13MP (Telephoto, f/3.0, OIS) | Front camera: 16MP | OIS: Yes | Weight: 206 g | Dimensions: 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm | Storage: 256GB
The Oppo Reno 10X Zoom has a periscope camera, which alllows a roughly 5x optical zoom. That is its zooming capability gets you closer to the action even more than the Huawei P30 Pro. It also has an excellent stills camera with a primary 48MP wide-angle camera, as well as an ultrawide snapper. With its 6.4-inch immersive all-screen AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855 internals and ample 4000mAh battery, from a phone spec point of view, one wouldn’t be wrong to say this phone is a beast. The core setback of the phone is its limitations when it comes to video recording, its wide or the telephoto cameras don’t work for video. Aside that, I believe this is a great phone to own.
Sony Xperia 1
Release date: Apr 2019 | Rear camera: 12pm (f/1.6) + 12pm (f/2.4) + 12MP (f/2.4) | Front camera: 8MP | Rear camera aperture: f/1.5 + f/2.4 | Dimensions: 167 x 72 x 8.2 mm | Storage: 128GB
The Sony Xperia 1 can be said to be the only choice for video pros and cinematographers who want to get manual with their smartphone videography. It’s able to shoot footage at up to 21:9 for cinema style, it offers full manual control and features a flat colour profile, which is perfect for post-processing such as colour grading. Everything about the phone is great except the 3330mAh battery. Also there is no wireless charging, but if you can deal with those and want the best cinema experience from a phone for both from a content creation and consumption, the Xperia 1 is it.
Google Pixel 3A
Release date: Apr 2019 | Rear camera: 12pm (f/1.8) | Front camera: 8MP | OIS: Yes | Weight: 147g | Dimensions: 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm | Storage: 64 or 128GB
Google’s Pixel 3A is arguably the first midrange phone from Google that features quality camera. With its single 12MP sensor coupled with an f/1.8 aperture lens. Although if this phone is to be viewed from a spec point of view, it should have no business with this list but for Google’s stellar software though, the Pixel 3A is able to take quality pictures, shot after shot. The 3A also features Night Sight, for long exposure night shooting that can turn night into ‘daylight’. This means when it comes to low light shooting, this phone could stand side by side with the P30 Pro and iPhone XS, which cost around double the price of the Pixel. The truth is if you want a phone with great camera quality without spending much, the Pixel 3A is your choice.
Release date: Apr 2019 | Rear camera: 48MP (f1.8) + 12MP (f/2.2) + 16MP (f/2.2) | Front camera: 20MP | OIS: No | Weight: 173g | Dimensions: 157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm | Storage: : 64/128GB
Considering the price, this phone is a great phone. It takes picture perfect shots in good light with respectable dynamic range and colour reproduction. With its triple rear camera, featuring one wide, one ultra-wide and one telephoto camera, covering a lot of prime lens bases. One can also play around with depth of field in portrait mode (a feature commonly associated with much more expensive iPhone XS). THis phone camera basically lack what its takes to do well in low light area this is partly due to the lack of OIS resulting in shorter exposure. But its electric image stabilization works well when capturing video of which the phone shoots at up to 4K 60fps. It is basically the cheapest smart phone on this list.
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