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The best cameraphones of 2018

Choose the best "camera phone" is not so simple. This is not necessarily the latest iPhone or smartphone, whose camera boasts the highest number of megapixels.

All because the quality of the image depends not only on this, but also on how well the appropriate software for taking photos and recording videos is optimized in the device. Here another question arises: what kind of pictures should be taken. After all, all smartphones cope with different scenarios in different ways. Some models are suitable for landscapes, and others for portraits.

We tested the cameras of the best phones with various objects and under different lighting conditions. All in order to understand for which photos the device is suitable.

Before you choose a smartphone with the best camera, you probably want to identify your needs. Do you need a good front camera with a wide viewing angle or more importantly the versatility of the main camera? Finding answers to these questions, you can understand which device is right for you.

In addition to the technical characteristics and other features of the camera, there are other aspects that you should pay attention to when buying a smartphone. For example, a large amount of internal memory or support microSD card, if you plan to often shoot 4K video.

Do not forget about battery capacity and screen quality. If you arrange long-term photo shoots all day long, then you will definitely need a good battery that can hold a charge for a long time.

If you view the finished pictures on the phone, the OLED screen really does not hurt. However, for those who plan to print ready-made pictures on paper and use a smartphone for surfing the Internet or social networking, this is not the only option.

Below you will find our list of the best "camera phones". We tried to describe in detail the features of each device, as well as provide examples of images. All so that you can make the right choice.

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Google Pixel 3 / Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 is the best camera phone you can find. In addition, there is another version of the smartphone - Google Pixel 3 XL.

While most of the other devices on our list come with at least two rear cameras, there is only one Pixel phone. And this did not prevent Google Pixel 3 from being one of the best. The camera has an intuitive interface and good AI, thanks to which it is able to adapt to any conditions. As a result, the smartphone is equally well suited for shooting portraits in poorly lit rooms and landscapes in bright sunlight.

When we took photos on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, we got slightly brighter pictures with those taken on the iPhone XS Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (it can not always boast the best HDR ) and Huawei P20 Pro (often take pictures too clear).

If we talk about other important details, then Google Pixel 3 boasts a Pixel Visual Core processor and special software for machine learning. Thanks to this, the device automatically adjusts all the necessary parameters. As a result, you get gorgeous photos.

If there’s something Google can do really well, then it’s processing the data and improving existing algorithms.

And let's not forget that the model has not only the main camera, but also two front cameras, which are ideal for selfies with a beautifully blurred background.

If you choose between two Google Pixel 3 smartphones, then the XL model has a much better camera. In addition, the display has a higher resolution (compared to Google Pixel 3), an excellent viewfinder and a good battery.

Characteristics :

  • Release date: November 2018;
  • Main camera: 12.2 MP;
  • Front camera: 8 MP + 8 MP;
  • OIS: Yes;
  • The aperture of the main camera: f / 1.8;
  • Autofocus: Yes;
  • Weight: 148/184 g;
  • Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm;
  • Battery: 2,915 / 3,430 mAh;
  • The amount of internal memory: 64/128 GB.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro with its three main cameras offers truly universal capabilities for camera phones.

Model P20 Pro marked the beginning of an era of great cameras from Huawei, and the Mate 20 Pro inherited a 40 megapixel wide-angle lens f / 1.8 and an 8 megapixel telephoto lens f / 2.4 with OIS support.

The star trio completes another 16-megapixel camera with an aperture of f / 2.2. This greatly expands the capabilities of the Mate 20 Pro, allowing you to take high-quality photos even under very limited conditions. This greatly simplifies the process, even in those cases when you are trying to fit several objects located far from each other in the same image.

If we talk about the overall performance of the Mate 20 Pro in low light, it is significantly superior to most of the other smartphones we tested. Especially when shooting in night mode with long exposure.

The smartphone perfectly copes with distant objects, largely due to the fivefold zoom. It is not perfect, but compared to other devices that use digital zoom (like the one used by Google Pixel 3), it benefits a lot.

In addition to the excellent camera, the Mate 20 Pro boasts other interesting features that allow you to adjust the quality of images.

Characteristics :

  • Release date: November 2018;
  • Main camera: 40 MP + 20 MP + 8 MP;
  • Front camera: 24 MP;
  • OIS: Yes;
  • The aperture of the main camera: f / 1.8, f / 2.2, f / 2.4;
  • Autofocus: phase;
  • Weight: 189 g;
  • Dimensions: 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm;
  • Battery: 4,200 mAh;
  • The amount of internal memory: 128/256 GB.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 boasts the same great camera as the Galaxy S9 Plus. True, with a few minor improvements. As a result, we have a great smartphone that is suitable for shooting in low light and not only.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 recognizes objects and automatically adapts depending on environmental conditions. The smartphone automatically adjusts the white balance and chroma. For example, when photographing a sunset, flowers, food, birds, and text, different parameters will be used.

Compared to the S9 Plus, the Note 9 camera can capture much more detail. True, in order to notice the difference, you just have to squint.

Since this is a Note ruler, you’ll get a brand-new S Pen stylus, which can be used to remotely control the camera shutter. The only drawback of the Galaxy Note 9 is the inability to record HDR video, but for most it is not such a big problem.

Characteristics :

  • Release Date: August 2018;
  • Main camera: 12 MP + 12 MP;
  • Front camera: 8 MP;
  • OIS: Yes;
  • The aperture of the main camera: f / 1.5-f / 2.4;
  • Autofocus: phase;
  • Weight: 201 g;
  • Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm;
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh;
  • The amount of internal memory: 128/512 GB.

iPhone XS / iPhone XS Max

The latest novelty from Apple, iPhone XS, boasts a powerful camera. It is not only about its technical characteristics, but also ease of use. Especially when we talk about a company with many years of experience in the field of mobile technology.

The branded app "Camera" on the iPhone is known for its intuitive interface that allows you to take high-quality pictures without any problems. You do not have to deal with the clock with different modes, controls and incomprehensible settings.

Just take photos, the rest of the iPhone XS will do for you. On the other hand, it also means that you will not have so many options for taking pictures, as is the case with Huawei or Samsung. If you are looking for a device for quick shooting and do not want to adjust the necessary parameters for a long time to get the perfect shot, then the new iPhone is perfect for you.

In addition, it was Apple who popularized the bokeh effect with a blurred background. A special portrait mode is one of the best among those that we have ever tested on a smartphone. The iPhone XS and XS Max models feature dual 12 megapixel cameras. The only difference between them in the screen size, battery volume and size.

The iPhone XS Max has a 6.5-inch display and a huge viewfinder. At the same time, a cheaper iPhone XS allows you to get the same results, but with a smaller form factor.

Characteristics :

  • Release date: September 2018;
  • Main camera: 12 MP + 12 MP;
  • Front camera: 7 MP;
  • OIS: Yes;
  • The aperture of the main camera: f / 1.8, f / 2.4;
  • Autofocus: phase;
  • Weight: 177/208 g;
  • Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm / 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm;
  • Battery: 2,658 / 3,174 mAh;
  • The amount of internal memory: 64/256/512 GB.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Earlier, it was the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus that was our favorite among the best “camera phones”. The model perfectly combines the excellent qualities of a smartphone and a camera. Now, as you can see, he had to move a little and make room for more technologically advanced devices. But there are pluses in this, since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has fallen in price greatly.

On the back of the smartphone are two cameras with a 12-megapixel sensor, which is connected to a similar sensor. This is the only lens in the world that boasts an aperture of F / 1.5, so the device works fine in low light.

But this is not all the features of the camera. It boasts a Samsung dual diaphragm, which is capable of switching between f / 1.5 mode (in low light) and f / 2.4 (in bright light). In addition, the second camera is suitable for taking photographs with a blurred background, while the main subject is in focus (bokeh effect).

As for the Camera application itself, it boasts an intuitive interface. Therefore, in order to make the perfect shot, you need to do just one click.

Characteristics :

  • Release date: March 2018;
  • Main camera: 12 MP + 12 MP;
  • Front camera: 8 MP;
  • OIS: Yes;
  • The aperture of the main camera: f / 1.5-2.4, f / 2.4;
  • Autofocus: phase;
  • Weight: 189 g;
  • Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm;
  • Battery: 3,500 mAh;
  • The amount of internal memory: 64/128/256 GB + microSD support.

Huawei P20 Pro

Model P20 Pro marked the beginning of a new era for Huawei, because This is one of the best camera phones on the market. It is possible that after the release of a new Mate 20 Pro, it no longer looks so attractive. But as for the camera, it still remains one of the best.

One of its main advantages is a triple camera located on the rear panel. In general, they have 68 megapixels. And if you add 24 MP front-end here, the total amount will increase to an incredible 92. In addition, the Huawei P20 Pro boasts a wide range of other equally important functions.

The main 40 megapixel camera works along with an additional 20 megapixel sensor that captures the black and white image. Thanks to this smartphone perfectly processes photos, reducing the amount of noise and improving the dynamic range.

The third camera, also located on the back of the device, is equipped with a three-fold lens and an 8-megapixel sensor, which allows you to scale the image without using digital zoom and quality loss.

Characteristics :

  • Release Date: April 2018;
  • Main camera: 40 MP + 20 MP + 8 MP;
  • Front camera: 24 MP;
  • OIS: Yes;
  • The aperture of the main camera: f / 1.8, f / 1.6, f / 2.4;
  • Autofocus: phase and laser;
  • Weight: 180 g;
  • Dimensions: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm;
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh;
  • Built-in memory: 128 GB.

Samsung Galaxy S9

You are probably surprised that the Galaxy S9 was almost at the very end of the list, considering the position of its “big brother”. The fact is that, unlike the iPhone XS / XS Max and the Google Pixel 3/3 XL with the same cameras, the Samsung S9 Plus boasts much more skill in photography. Galaxy S9 is still the phone with the best camera. Even despite the maximum resolution of only 12 MP.

Since the release of the previous model, Samsung has significantly redesigned camera capabilities in low light. Therefore, the Galaxy S9 boasts an incredible f / 1.5 aperture for a smartphone, as well as fast video recording at a speed of 960 frames per second. In addition, it can switch up to f / 2.4 when shooting in bright light.

As a result, you get an easy-to-use camera that can automatically change the necessary parameters so that you can enjoy the perfect shots. At least in 9 out of 10 cases.

Characteristics :

  • Release date: March 2018;
  • Main camera: 12 MP;
  • Front camera: 8 MP;
  • OIS: Yes;
  • The aperture of the main camera: f / 1.5-2.4;
  • Autofocus: phase;
  • Weight: 163 g;
  • Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm;
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh;
  • The amount of internal memory: 64/128/256 GB + microSD support.

Sony Xperia XZ3

The Sony Xperia XZ3 is the best camera phone. In addition, at the moment it is the only device from Sony with a 19-megapixel camera. The application interface has been specially optimized for ordinary users, so switching between different modes is now much easier, and all the necessary settings are always displayed on the screen. As a result, to prepare for taking photos you need to do a minimum of actions.

In good light conditions, the pictures are sharp and highly detailed, and if you wish, you can achieve a blurred background without switching to bokeh mode for this. But best of all Xperia XZ3 is suitable for video recording. The device boasts excellent image stabilization, so viewing the footage with 4K resolution in HDR format is a real pleasure.

Sony is still the only company whose phone cameras are suitable for slow Full HD shooting at 960 frames per second. Sony Xperia XZ3 is almost completely unsuitable for use in conditions of medium and low light, but it is one of the best “camera phones” for recording video and taking photos on sunny days on the street.

Characteristics :

  • Release date: October 2018;
  • Main camera: 19 MP;
  • Front camera: 13 MP;
  • OIS: No;
  • The aperture of the main camera: f / 2.0;
  • Autofocus: phase and laser;
  • Weight: 193 g;
  • Dimensions: 158 x 73 x 9.9 mm;
  • Battery: 3,300 mAh;
  • Built-in memory: 64 GB + microSD support.

LG G7 ThinQ

The LG G7 ThinQ is far from the only smartphone on our list with several sensors located on the rear panel. But with all this, it has several interesting features that distinguish it from other devices.

The main 16-megapixel camera with f / 1.6 aperture is enough for everyday shots of decent quality, but we are interested in the second lens, which is also located on the rear panel of the device.

Instead of working in conjunction with the main camera, affecting the final quality of the images (or helping to achieve the bokeh effect), it features a wide-angle lens that allows you to capture the maximum possible number of objects distant from each other.

It is perfect for lifting landscapes or tall buildings. In addition, you can switch between lenses at any time by simply tapping the screen.

In general, the smartphone is not as impressive as Samsung, Google Pixel or Huawei, but if you are looking for an unusual model that could boast a wide-angle lens, then be sure to pay attention to the LG G7 ThinQ.

Characteristics :

  • Release Date: May 2018;
  • Main camera: 16 MP + 16 MP;
  • Front camera: 8 MP;
  • OIS: No;
  • The aperture of the main camera: f / 1.6, f / 1.9;
  • Autofocus: phase and laser;
  • Weight: 162 g;
  • Dimensions: 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm;
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh;
  • Built-in memory: 128 GB + microSD support.

Oneplus 6T

Perhaps the OnePlus 6T is not the best camera. But it boasts a lower price and high quality of pictures compared to competitors. The camera is equipped with a wide-angle lens and a 16 megapixel sensor with an additional 20 megapixel lens and sensors. Both lenses have a f / 1.7 aperture.

The OnePlus 6T has the same “stuffing” as the previous model OnePlus 6. At the same time, the model boasts improved software and a new mode for long exposures of Nightscape. And it is pretty good, although it can not be compared with those of mate 20 Pro or Google Pixel 3.

As for the front camera, selfies are as good as the pictures on the main camera. Especially if you take photos in good light. Images are sharp and sharp, but you can use the bokeh effect if you want.

Characteristics :

  • Release date: November 2018;
  • Main camera: 16 MP + 20 MP;
  • Front camera: 16 MP;
  • OIS: Yes;
  • The aperture of the main camera: f / 1.7, f / 1.7;
  • Autofocus: phase;
  • Weight: 185 g;
  • Dimensions: 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm;
  • Battery: 3,700 mAh;
  • The amount of internal memory: 128/256 GB.

Source: www.techradar.com

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