One of the most important things to consider when choosing a new cell phone is the strength of its camera. So many of the photographs we take, we take with our phones. From family gatherings, to vacation vistas, to concerts, to beautiful sunsets, we rely on our cell phones to help us capture the moment.
Whether you are looking to strike artistic or professional brilliance, want to capture life’s precious moments, or both, here’s a list of the current 5 best cell phone cameras to help you do just that:
5. Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei has put a lot of effort into setting themselves apart with their camera quality and technology. Because of these efforts, this phone is best suited to the professional.
Huawei has combined color and monochrome sensors to help produce sharp images when up close or in low-light. The results are spectacular. And with a two day battery life, this camera is perfect for long stretches of use. The aperture mode allows you to fit more into the frame of your shot.
Because this camera has only average performance in “standard” light situations, it is not the best choice for the casual photographer. It is, however, a great choice for people with a background knowledge in, and understanding of, photography and camera settings. If you want to put time and effort into the composition of your photos, this is the phone for you.
4. LG V30
The LG V30 really showcases what LG has to offer. The quality sensors are perfect for dim light scenarios, allowing you to capture a crisp and clear image whenever you need to. The 16MP sensor is great for quick shots while the second sensor covers a wide angle, so you can capture more of the image. The selfie camera is lacking in the V30 but with professional settings that have been designed for the average user, this phone can take your cell phone photography to the next level.
3. Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus
The Galaxy S8 is one of the more popular phones are the market right now and there is little doubt that its camera capabilities are one of the reasons. The S8 fits comfortably in the hand while the S8 Plus has a longer lasting battery and a bigger screen. As mentioned above with the Pixel, the model you choose will depend on your needs.
These cameras are single sensor which means that it is difficult to pull off quality portraiture but if that is not one of your primary goals, than this phone is nearly perfect. With a wide range of camera settings available, you can master the art of photography with very little effort.
2. Apple iPhone X
The iPhone X contains the best cameras, both front and back, ever housed in an Apple phone. The rear camera has a double sensor which is great for low and high-light scenarios. This camera will capture lots of detail and color. The front-facing camera allows for clearer, crisper selfies. The OLED screen on the iPhone X makes viewing your images a breeze.
Combining two 12MP sensors that include telephoto capabilities and image stabilization helps to elevate this camera above the previous offerings from Apple. This is not necessarily the best camera on the market, but it is still worth a serious consideration.
1. Google Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
There is a reason these phones are named “Pixel.” Both versions offer superior software that will improve the quality of your photos as soon as you’ve taken them. They only have single lens cameras but are able to clearly define images and add sharpness to any subject.
The Pixel 2 XL has a larger screen and a longer battery life so if you are going to be using the camera for extended periods, this is the best option. But, these features make the phone more expensive than the Pixel 2 so consider your needs before jumping in to buy. If you are a causal photographer simply looking for the best photos possible, go with the Pixel 2. For more serious photographic endeavors, the Pixel 2XL is definitely worth the extra cash.
The 5 phones on this list all provide superior camera and photo quality. The one you choose for yourself will depend on your needs and your budget. This list offers a range of cameras to fit all lifestyles from the casual shutterbug to the more seasoned professional. Where you land on that scale is up to you. But one thing is for sure, a phone from this list will not disappoint.