The best camera phones right now
We’ve put some of the best camera phones around through their paces to see what they can do.
16 Sep 2019
With huge leaps forward in tech, there’s a huge choice of stunning camera phones available. We’ve put some of the best around through their paces to see what they can do. So, whether you’re looking for the mobile phone with best optical zoom, dual cameras or megapixels galore, there will be one that fits you to a tee. we’ve picked out a few of the best on the market right now.
Which mobile phones have the best camera?
With so many amazing camera phones out, there’s no right answer. But here are a few standouts:
Huawei P30 Pro
One of the best camera phones around at the moment. Especially good in low-light conditions, thanks to light fusion sensor technology, the Huawei P30 Pro comes complete with a Leica quad camera system. A 40MP main lens, an 8MP telephoto lens, a 20MP ultra-wide lens and a time-of-flight camera to sense depth for portrait photos. The 24MP front camera ensures perfect selfies every time.
Honor 20 Pro
Another contender for best mobile phone camera with 4 rear-facing cameras. The Honor 20 Pro's main camera’s a stunning 48MP with max sensitivity of ISO 204800 and aperture of f/1.4 which delivers incredible low-light performance. It also has an 8MP telephoto camera with 3 x optical zoom, a 16MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP macro camera with a minimum focus distance of just 4 cm.
Samsung Galaxy S10
With its TrueVision triple rear cameras with wide/ultrawide/telephoto lens, the Samsung Galaxy S10 delivers amazing results. It works extremely well in low light conditions. You can also capture incredible 4K UHD videos with super steady footage from the ultra-wide rear camera and intelligent software for smooth filming, even on bumpy terrain.
Google Pixel 3
One of the best Android camera phones, especially in low light. The rear camera of the Google Pixel 3 features a 12.2 MP sensor, with an f/1.8 aperture and there are two front-facing 8MP sensors which take fantastic selfies. It’s Google software that makes the camera so special, with features like Portrait Mode, Night Sight, Super Res Zoom and Top Shot AI which finds the perfect frame and recommends it. Plus, you can Google search for what you see with the game-changing Google Lens.
Which mobile phones have the highest megapixels?
More megapixels mean more detail and that makes for stunning pictures.
Honor View 20
You’ll be amazed at the amount of detail captured by the 48MP camera of the Honor View 20, combined with the latest AI. It recognises over 1,500 different types of visual scenarios and adjusts its settings to give you the best possible shot. With an enlarged sensor sucking the light in, your night-time and low-lit shots will come out incredibly bright and full of colour.
Honor 20 Pro
With 4 rear-facing high MP cameras, the Honor 20 Pro achieves flawless results. The main camera’s a stunning 48MP with image stabilisation to restrict motion blur. It also has an 8MP telephoto camera with 3 x optical zoom, a 16MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP macro camera with a minimum focus distance of just 4 cm. The front-facing camera is 32MP and features AI Beautification for perfect selfie shots
OPPO Reno 10 x Zoom
Capture every moment in high detail with the triple rear cameras 48 MP, 8 MP & 13 MP sensors. The third lens of the OPPO Reno 10 x Zoom has 10x zoom capabilities, so you can get up close and personal with your subject. Perfect for landscape shots of your travels and taking stunning photos at a distance. From broad skylines to specific architecture, discover layer after layer of fresh and vibrant detail.
The best dual camera phones
When two is better than one. Take a look at our pick of some of the best dual camera phones.
The powerful dual lens 12MP camera of the iPhone XS boasts both f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures. Optical image stabilization produces impressive results with natural colours, and the telephoto sensor is great for shooting detail at long distance.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
With a 12MP + 12MP dual camera, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 doesn't just capture scenes, it sees them. Its built-in Intelligent Camera detects your surroundings and adjusts settings accordingly. So, whether you're shooting a dark sunset on the horizon or a bright portrait close up, you'll always snap perfectly balanced and detailed shots that are worthy of a professional
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Take photos like a pro with the Huawei Mate 20 Lite, featuring dual 20MP and 2MP cameras on the rear and dual 24MP and 2MP cameras on the front, all powered by Master AI technology. Scene recognition knows exactly what you're pointing the camera at and works out the best way to take the photo. It adjusts your camera settings automatically, so you don't have to.
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Best optical zoom for a smartphone?
If you like to take a lot of photos from a long distance, then be sure to look out for a mobile phone with optical zoom camera. Here’s a few of the best.
OPPO Reno 10 x Zoom
As the name might suggest, the OPPO Reno 10 x Zoom’s triple cameras offer 10x optical zoom, so you can get the full picture from hundreds of metres away. Perfect for landscape shots of your travels and taking stunning photos at a distance. Whatever you shoot, you’ll capture crystal clarity and bundles of colour, no matter the distance.
Huawei P30 Pro
The first smartphone to be launched with periscopic lens technology, the Huawei P30 Pro can achieve an amazing 5 x optical zoom. So, even if your subject is far away, you'll get great shots that are still high quality and blur-free.
The iPhone XS, iPhone 11 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 all come with 2 x optical zoom for great shots at a distance from all-round great mobile phone cameras.
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