With hardware like 4GB RAM and 64GB storage available in budget smartphones, best cameras are still exclusive to high-end flagships. Which is to say, the camera performance still remains the key factor differentiating a flagship phone and justifying its price.
While we saw awesome smartphone cameras last year, this year smartphone manufacturers further upped the Ante and surprised us with even better shooters relying on smarter software algorithms, separate processing chips and more. Let’s
Google Pixel 2 XL
Google’s Pixel 2 XL is the highest rated camera on the DxoMark as of today. The handset has a 12.2 MP rear sensor with f/1.8 aperture lens, OIS, and dual LED flash. On the front, there is an 8MP selfie sensor that can also shoot full HD videos.
Google works its magic mainly through its efficient software. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL camera can shoot spot on portraits even when it has just one camera. And it can do that with both front and rear cameras. Apart from portrait mode, the camera also excels at low light performance and shooting videos.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The next in line is Samsung’s big note. With the Galaxy Note8, Samsung has added an extra 12MP rear camera with a telephoto lens. The second shooter is used for 2X Zoom and together the data from the two sensor is used for shooting Creamy portraits.
Both 12MP sensors have optical image stabilization as well to assists with low light photography. You can see real time portrait preview (live focus) in the camera app or adjust the intensity of bokeh shots after clicking them. DxoMark rates Note8 as the best dual camera phone this year.
iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone 8 Plus also delivers excellent camera performance. The handset has two 12MP sensors on the rear. The primary one has f/1.8 aperture lens and OIS and the secondary shooter is equipped with a telephoto lens for 2X Zoom. Apple has also perfected its portrait mode over the years.
The iPhone 8 Plus is one of the rare few phones out there that can shoot 4K videos at 60fps. The 7MP selfie camera can shoot up to 1080p videos. Apple will soon perfect it portrait lighting software feature which should prove to be an added bonus.
Huawei’s P10 combines a 20MP monochrome sensor with a 16MP regular sRGB shooter and there’s Leica powered optics and software to support the two. On the front, the P10 has an 8MP selfie camera with f/1.9 aperture lens.
The camera can shoot good quality portraits and has been designed for optimum low light performance. In its price range, this is one of the best available cameras as of today.
OnePlus 5T is the gold standard for mid-range phones. There is no area where the phone falters and by now, OnePlus has successfully elevated the camera performance too.
On the rear, the 5T has a combination of 16MP and 20MP sensors, each with f/1.7 aperture lens. The second sensor fires in extreme low light conditions. The phone also has a very deft portrait mode in its intuitive camera app. The 16MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture optics is a decent performer too.