In the age of smartphones competing for bezel-less screens and best screen to body ratios, cameras in the smartphones have emerged as one of the most necessary elements of deciding the fate of the devices. That is the reason all the manufacturers spend some hefty amounts in the research department focused on bringing out the best camera phones.
Some smartphone cameras provide huge megapixel counts, optimum software processing while others give you variable 3D apertures, hence providing ultimate tapestry to become the best camera phone.
We have compiled a list of smartphones that we think are the best camera phones of 2018. Hopefully, you will find your dream camera phone here.
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Google Pixel 3 XL
Call it a king, call it a leader, Google Pixel 3XL is undoubtedly the best camera available in smartphones right now. Google has done it again!
You must have heard about the camera capabilities of this device, it’s all true. From auto to HDR mode, Pixel 3 just delivers extraordinary images with depth and realistic color accuracy. The AI integration and Night Shot will just blow your mind.
Although we have some complaints with the phone like a crude notch or say average battery performance, its the camera which makes this phone so enticing that most of our team members including me are forced to use this device as our daily driver.
In the age of dual, triple camera and quad cameras, surprisingly Pixel 3XL despite featuring a single camera, takes exceptional shots thanks to tremendous software at work. The front of the device features dual lens this time to give users a wide angle shot.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Mate 20 Pro has given some great innovations to the smartphone industry. It has the reverse wireless charging and dedicated dual NPU chips for camera performance up its sleeves.
The phone uses 40MP main sensor for focal length, 8MP telephoto, and 20MP ultra-wide sensors to produce images that are appreciable in every aspect.
The features like Night mode, HDR and portrait are superbly accurate and close to DSLR like results. The AI integration is somehow agressive, however, it depends you want natural shots or wants grass to be more green or sky to be bluer. The only area where Mate 20 Pro struggle is its ability to shoot videos with accuracy as we find autofocus to scuffle a bit.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Samsung’s this year flagship Galaxy Note 9 is one of the best smartphones to offer a premium Android experience. Although the phone is not a huge upgrad to Note 8, the device presents a top notch camera results thanks to its brilliant shooters.
Note 9 features dual camera setup having 12+12 megapixels with a variable aperture and a focal length for 2x zooming. The dual aperture changes according to the available light. It can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4 to provide the best photo experience.
The photos come out sharp and vivid, however, Note 9 struggles with dynamic ranges sometimes. Samsung’s aggressive processing might be a problem for some users who want extremely accurate and true photos but again its a thing of preference.
iPhone XS Max
Despite all the problems and bugs in Apple’s latest flagship, it provides the finest camera in its latest flagship, iPhone XS Max. Though it provides a satisfying camera experience for iPhone loyal customers, it comes at a devilishly expensive price.
The dual camera having 12MP each is the same as in the predecessor however the pixels are larger and wider now. The dynamic range and portrait mode are superb and compete well against other best camera phones.
Although iPhone is simply a king in shooting 60 FPS 1080 videos, it has not got the video stabilization like Pixel 3XL. If you are vlogger or if you prefer great sound quality in your videos shot by smartphones, iPhone is the champ in this department too.
OnePlus 6T is not new to being in the top lists, the device is already featured in our best smartphones of 2018 with longest battery life and now, a deserving spot in our best camera phones of this year.
OnePlus 6T follows the industry trend and has provided a dual camera setup having 16+20 MP aligned vertically on the back of the phone.
OnePlus 6T offers standard but useful features in the camera section like Pro mode, Panorama, and others. The end results in the images are sharp, having ample dynamic range and compete well against other flagships. The company also optimized its Auto HDR mode which was pretty sloppy in its earlier iterations.
LG G7 ThinQ
LG G7 ThinQ is the latest smartphone by the company which checks almost all of the boxes in trends these days. The display of the phone is a looker while the company has seriously worked for the performance hungry users with the help of RAM and chipset.
There is a dual setup at the rear while each of them carries 16MP lenses. Phase detection gets the help of laser autofocus so that the user gets true details in the images without any blurriness.
The phone comes with Auto HDR and detects where to use it, with its AI scene recognition. We were more than happy with the HDR and portrait mode but also have complaints about excessive noise that sometimes creep into the picture with no reason and has to be fixed.