Phones With The Best Cameras

Surely the most popular feature of a phone – besides its original use as a communication tool of course – is its camera. With great technological leaps in recent years, there’s no longer any need to splurge on expensive handheld cameras. Even professional photographers are beginning to see the value in having a high quality quick-to-access camera in their back pocket.

And as digital functionality and AI becomes just as advanced as the hardware itself, software is often the biggest difference in phone photography. Whether you’re an Android or Apple user, there are very smart phones out there that will allow you to get snap happy whether you’re capturing spring flowers or showing off your summer wear. To help you make the right decision, here’s our list of the phones with the best cameras.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro comes with upgraded lenses and camera software from its predecessor, making it easy to use for photography and videography. The industry-leading macro-mode allows you to take pictures of objects extremely close up, which captures incredible detail even in low light. Speaking of which, it also comes with its Deep Fusion tech, so taking pictures in the dark is an easy task. It’s also easy to shoot video on the iPhone 13, especially with the improved sensor-shift stabilisation for steady footage. And with the possibility to buy the phone with 1TB internal storage, it’s even more attractive to serious photographers.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

When it comes to Android phone cameras, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra cannot be beat. While having the same camera hardware as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, the upgraded specs of the phone itself make it a no-brainer for any photography enthusiast. The biggest selling point of this top-end smartphone is the versatility of its camera. From wide angle, portrait mode, incredible zoom (100x hybrid), excellent night mode options and the ability to record 8K resolution video, it’s one of the best Android phone cameras on the market today. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra also comes with a S Pen stylus which you can use as a remote shutter, making selfies even easier.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Google has really stepped up its camera game with the Pixel 6 Pro. The triple rear cameras give you more than enough variety – the main camera is 50MP and the phone also includes an ultra-wide and a 4x zoom camera (for comparison, the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s zoom is 3x). It also does a neat job at point-and-shoot photography – perfect for wanting to capture special memories in the moment. But the camera’s software is the biggest selling point here. For example, the AI scene optimisation helps to make your photos look more natural, and the much-needed Magic Eraser editing tool makes it easy to edit people or objects out of your photos – ideal for when you want to seem like you’ve got the Taj Mahal to yourself.

OnePlus 10 Pro

Compared to the OnePluses of yore, the cameras of the recently released OnePlus 10 Pro have improved in leaps and bounds. The triple rear cameras make it a great alternative to the more popular Samsung or Apple phones – especially since it comes at a much more reasonable price and has some nifty camera features, including Hasselblad tuning. This feature helps to create a more natural look, with less distortion and better colours.

Also nifty: the OnePlus’s ultra-wide camera can take 150-degrees fisheye photos. And there are night, portrait, panorama and long-exposure settings available too, giving you even more freedom to get creative.

Sony Xperia 1 III

The Xperia 1 III comes with Sony’s best phone camera to date. It’s easy to use, especially for point-and-shoot photography – the real-time tracking technology helps capture the perfect shot of moving subjects, making blurry images a thing of the past. On top of that, the adaptive telephoto lens easily switches between different focal lengths, which allows you to use the 2.9-4.4x zoom and get crisp, scenic images without needing any adjustments. It’s also revered for its video capturing functions: it shoots at up to 21:9 for a more cinematic style. In all, it’s a solid all-rounder.


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