One of the main features that users pay more and more attention to when buying a smartphone is the phone camera. Phones with good cameras are popular all over the world today, and the world’s largest manufacturers of smart mobile devices have started racing over whose new model will have a better camera. Satisfying the customer is the main task of any serious business!
With the innovations that have been noticeable in the last few months with the latest models from Google, Huawei, and Samsung, the question of which smartphone has the best camera in 2019 is now even harder to answer. To the surprise of many, the latest phones of the mentioned companies even take better photos than the iPhone, so it is safe to say that Apple has won competition equal to itself.
If your old phone is bored, or has broken down and needs mobile phone service, you may have already started thinking about buying a new smartphone. If you like to take quality photos, selfies, or videos, and you care what kind of camera your new phone will have, you are in the right place. The text in front of you will show you the results of testing cameras of new models of the most famous smartphone manufacturers, with data that we found all over the Internet.
But let’s first see what is important to pay attention to when buying a smartphone with a good camera.
How do you know what kind of camera you need on your new phone?
First of all, it is important to know that the number of megapixels is not the only factor that determines the quality of these cameras. In fact, the exposure and aperture of the phone are just as important, or even more important. Cameras with a larger aperture (lower f-number) transmit more light, which improves the ability to take good photos in the dark.
Not all dual lenses are the same. Cameras on some models, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or iPhone XS, use their dual lens to produce a depth of field effect. For other models, such as the LG V30, the dual-lens serve to give users the ability to switch from a standard to a wide-angle lens. Finally, some leading manufacturers add a third lens to their new models, which provides far better quality photos taken in low light and adds the effect of depth of field.
Portrait mode is also important for some users. This mode has different names from different manufacturers – Portrait mode on iPhone, Live Focus on Samsung, etc. No matter what the name, the cameras on the latest models give you the option of experimenting with the side effect (the effect of deep blurring of the background). In other words, the subject of the photograph is sharply focused, while the background has a subtle, artistic blur or the background color changes.
The quality of the camera on a mobile phone also depends on how well the photo software is optimized. Although the boke effect function is mostly characteristic of dual-camera phones, the Google Pixel is an exception, because it uses only one lens, but with the help of quality software solutions, it manages to enable users to use the boke effect.
The characteristics of the front camera are also significant. If you love photography, in today’s world of modern technologies, you should definitely not overlook the possibilities of taking selfies. In addition to the number of megapixels, pay attention to the aperture, which is important for your front camera to make good shots in low light conditions. Some models, such as the iPhone XS or Pixel 3, have a front-facing camera that supports the portrait effect, similar to some dual-cameras on the back of the phone. The Pixel 3 is one of only a few models that currently have dual-lens in the front camera. It allows you to fit more people or capture a wider background in your selfie photos and is especially useful if you like to take selfies on unforgettable trips.
Don’t forget the videos. The camera of your mobile phone is more than the camera. Pay attention to the video resolution as well as the frame rate. For example, the Pixel 3 can record 4K videos at 30 frames per second, while the camera of the iPhone XS and XS MAX models doubles the recording speed – 60 frames per second for 4K videos. Some models have a video with slow-motion options and various video filters to further improve the image quality.
Smartphones with the best cameras
Huawei P30 Pro: the phone with the best camera
The Huawei P30 Pro is at the very top of the list of phones with the best cameras sold on the market. The phone has four lenses on the rear camera and is equipped with the so-called quad Leica system:
- Main 40 MP wide-angle lens with f / 1.6 aperture,
- 20MP ultra-wide-angle lens with f / 2.2 aperture, for capturing fantastic landscapes,
- 8MP telephoto periscope lens with f / 2.8 aperture, which allows 5X optical zoom and thus provides photos with almost no sharp distortions.
- ToF (time of flight) lens, positioned just below the flash for depth detection when shooting portraits and for a great side effect, which gives the user the ability to accurately measure length, distance, and volume in real-time.
- The Huawei P30 Pro front camera features a 32MP wide-angle sensor with f / 2.0 aperture, takes solid photos, as well as videos in full HD 1080p resolution.
In terms of video quality, this phone offers the ability to take 1080p FullHD shots at 60 frames per second, as well as 4K UHD at 30 frames per second.
Equipped with this innovative camera system, the P30 Pro has the perfect tools for virtually any type of photography, making it ideal for anyone who wants to relax in a creative way – taking great photos and videos. A special feature of this phone is the zoom – while most other phones can zoom 2x or 3x, users of the Huawei P30 Pro have the option of 5x optical zoom that offers a unique perspective. In addition, this Huawei model has a 10x hybrid zoom, which uses a combination of powerful optics and intelligent photo processing, can take some amazing photos from a very long distance. Finally, there’s 50x digital zoom.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: The best triple-lens camera
It doesn’t always mean it’s more and better, but adding a third lens to the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus’s rear camera has definitely provided better quality photos than previous Samsung phones of this series. Particularly impressive is the ultra-wide 16MP camera with an aperture of f / 2.2, which has a field of view of 123 degrees and provides the ability to take high-quality photos with many stunning details. The other two lenses – a 12 MP dual pixel wide-angle main camera with a variable aperture in the range f / 1.5 to f / 2.4 and a 12MP telephoto shooter with an aperture of f / 2.2 – also give solid results, primarily with the help of a special neural processing unit for fine-tuning the camera.
Samsung has also improved portrait photos, with bokeh live effects that allow you to easily blur or change the background color of the shot. Add to that dual pixel PDAF support, dual stabilization, 2X optical zoom, and a host of software options, and we can safely say that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is one of the best phones on the market when it comes to cameras.
For those who like to take selfies, there is by far the best front camera ever, which puts the Samsung Galaxy S10 plus ahead of the competition. It is a dual camera with a primary 10 MP sensor and f / 1.9 aperture, as well as an additional 8 MP depth sensor and f / 2.2 aperture. In addition, the front camera gives the user the ability to create superb 4K videos.
By the way, this model provides 1080p FullHD videos with a speed of as much as 240 frames per second, as well as 4K UHD videos at a speed of 60 frames per second.
Google Pixel 3: The most intelligent camera with the best software solutions
After the Pixel 2 came out in 2017 with one of the best cameras on smartphones, the latest Google Pixel 3, introduced late last year, has improved software and improved use of artificial intelligence, while hardware solutions still seem to lag behind the main competition.
First of all, Google Pixel 3 has a Top Shot option to create a series of photos before and after touching the shutter button. After the camera takes a series of photos, the phone, with the help of artificial intelligence, suggests to the user a better photo from various exposures taken by the Pixel 3. For example, photos without closed eyes, strange facial expressions, unwanted blinking, or without blur. Further, Super Res Zoom compensates for Pixel’s lack of optical zoom with a combination of multiple frames. Finally, the quality of photos taken in low light has been significantly improved with Google Night Sight.
Next, the primary 8 MP wide-angle camera, with f / 1.8 aperture and autofocus, is also complemented by an 8 MP wide-angle camera with an f / 2.2 aperture. These dual-lens help you capture more people and details in the background when taking selfies.
In terms of video, the Pixel 3 offers the ability to make 4K videos at 30 frames per second.
Updating the software and adding many options based on AI technology has brought great improvements in photo quality, so it is safe to say that the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus certainly overtook the Pixel 3 thanks to better hardware solutions and more lenses, but In terms of software solutions related to photography, Google remains the No. 1 manufacturer in the world.