Can you remember the time that you went looking for a new digital camera? Nowadays that is no longer necessary. Most smartphones already have great cameras on board. But yes, how do you know which smartphone has the best camera? There are so many different models. In addition, the amount of megapixels no longer says so much about the quality of the camera. The software, aperture, number of cameras and the lens are just as important. For those looking for a great smartphone with an excellent camera or cameras, you have come to the right place.
In this article, we like to give some advice about which are the top 5 smartphones having the best cameras on board. We will try to regularly update this list so that you always see a current list of the top 5 best camera phones.
1. Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 Pro is the flagship model of the Chinese manufacturer Huawei for 2018. The smartphone has a large, borderless OLED screen having a notch at the top (luckily you can hide the notch using the software). As we are used to from Huawei flagships, the hardware under the hood is top notch and is assisted by smart artificial intelligence. The P20 Pro is also waterproof due to IP67 certification.
With the Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei has put a lot of emphasis on the camera of the device. There are three sensors at the back of the device, a 20MP black and white sensor for better details and more light, a whopping 40MP color sensor and an 8MP telephoto lens for zooming. These are simultaneously used to capture amazing photos, especially in low-light conditions.
Huawei is firmly committed to artificial intelligence. You can also find these in various places in the software. The AI automatically adjusts the settings of the camera based on what it sees, and you can zoom in up to 5x without losing quality. The AI also scans all your shot photos, so you can search for ‘televisions’ or faces of your friends in the Gallery app. The phone scored an unbelievable 114 score in DXO mark and the phone has been praised highly by other tech journalists.
2. Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
In a smartphone world full of dual main cameras Google Pixel 2 comes with one main camera but the quality of a single lens on Google Pixel in almost on par with the best and in some situations above the others. Unlike other camera smartphones, these powerful flagships are equipped with one excellent all-around camera. According to many, the camera is the best camera of the moment. The renowned camera test site DxOMark tested the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL and rated them the best in 2017. The flagship of Google has a powerful Snapdragon 835 processor with 4 GB of RAM.
At the back of the smartphone is a 12.2-megapixel f/1.8 camera equipped with the latest camera techniques. The premium flagship has optical image stabilization, phase detection & laser autofocus and a dual-LED flash with which you can take the best pictures according to DxO Mark. The device is made of premium materials and an excellent choice as a new camera smartphone.
3. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
The number 3 camera smartphone of the moment is the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. The big flagship may have the looks of its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, but do not be mistaken. The latest generation is on all fronts an upgrade compared to the predecessor. The new flagship features the same 6.2-inch WQHD + Super AMOLED display virtually without bezels (edges). The most powerful Android processor, namely Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU in USA & China and the Exynos 9810 with Mali G72 GPU and 6 GB of memory, is hidden inside the dust and watertight glass housing. On the back of the phone, you will find the best cameras on any smartphone phone in still photos and video recording departments.
The camera duo consists of two 12 megapixel cameras and provides up to 2x optical zoom. Especially the primary camera is special because of the double aperture of f/1.5 and f/2.4. As a result, the performance of the camera is excellent both in normal light and in low light conditions. New is the slow motion function where you can virtually silence the world with 960 frames per second at 720p video quality. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is an excellent smartphone and has the best smartphone camera at the moment.
4. Apple iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone 8 Plus is the big brother of iPhone 8 and the device has two main cameras. Compared to the iPhone 7 Plus, the smartphone has received a number of attractive improvements. One of the lenses at the back is a telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. The Apple device captures beautiful photos with lifelike colors. Behind the two 12 megapixel cameras is a very powerful A11 processor so that images can be processed quickly.
The primary main camera of the American smartphone is optically stabilized and both main cameras work with phase detection autofocus. The quad LED flash of the main camera illuminates dark locations for the most beautiful photos. The iPhone 8 Plus is a complete device and it supports wireless charging thanks to the glass design. While the Apple iPhone X has an equally great camera, we left it out because of the price difference. Both the smartphones have the same cameras at the back.
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
A brand that has been among the top of smartphone cameras for years is Samsung. The South Korean manufacturer did not immediately follow the dual camera trend in recent years. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung phone with a dual camera setup on the back. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is an impressive device with all the comforts you can think of. The flagship has a pair of excellent 12-megapixel cameras that are both optically stabilized for even sharper pictures. The smartphone is powered by the powerful Snapdragon 835 processor with 6 GB of RAM and is therefore incredibly fast. With the S Pen, you turn the device into a handy notepad.
The primary 12-megapixel camera of the Galaxy Note 8 has phase detection autofocus and together with the secondary 12-megapixel camera, you can zoom in up to 2x optically. One of the useful extras is Bixby. The smart AI assistant lets you search through the cameras for everything that you can get in the picture. Do you see a cool bike? Take a photo and let Bixby search for the latest offers.
Honorary Mention: Huawei Mate 10 Pro
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is another great phone with an amazing camera. The device has a set of powerful cameras. The two main cameras are made in collaboration with the German Leica. After Leica and Huawei showed their cooperation with the Huawei P9, the pair did not sit still. With the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the Chinese brand is positioning itself in the absolute top of camera smartphones. The Mate has a 6-inch screen and is powered by the powerful Kirin 970 processor with 6 GB of memory. It is the first processor in the smartphone world with its own AI chip. An AI chip that also helps with the excellent photos. The AI chip helps the phone recognize different shooting scenarios and adjust the settings according to capture the best shot possible.
The smartphone has a 20-megapixel f/1.6 monochrome sensor along 12-megapixel f/1.6 color sensor. both the sensors work in combination to capture more light and provide an excellent dynamic range. The second lens also helps the phone capture excellent portrait photos with bokeh effect. The device has the latest camera techniques such as optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, and a dual tone LED flash. The phone offers so-called 2x hybrid zoom. The phone also offers DSLR light controls for professional photographers allowing to shoot amazing photos.