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Which is the 'best' camera phone?

Sep 24, 2018

Having a smartphone means you have access to all sorts of gadgets in one neat and accessible package. For many, choosing a smartphone with a good camera is one of the biggest deal breakers, whether it's for taking Instagram-worthy food shots, or getting the best selfie possible.

With so many camera-related buzzwords, it can be a minefield to decipher which is the best camera phone out there. It's tempting to go for the highest megapixel camera phone, but more megapixels don't necessarily mean a better camera; ISO, shutter speed and aperture are all specs that can determine the picture quality of a phone camera.

To help, we've selected ten of the best camera phones out there so you don't have to:

10 – Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Once a little known Chinese phone manufacturer, Huawei is now scoring in the big leagues and has produced several good camera phones. The Mate 10 Pro camera features two sensors (12 megapixel and 20 megapixel) which take both colour and black and white images, ensuring rich pictures even in low light levels.

9 – Samsung Galaxy S8

Although now a few models old, the Samsung Galaxy S8 camera has a range of camera settings, including a selfie mode, that make it easy to get good pictures with minimal effort. It's one of the more affordable smartphones with a decent camera, too, so it's ideal for those who want professional looking pics without splashing out.

8 – iPhone 8 Plus

Another older model which is gracing the best camera phone list is the iPhone 8. The 8 Plus comes with a dual 12-megapixel camera, an f/1.8 lens and optical image stabilisation, providing great snaps, particularly when a third-party camera app is used. Plus, you can shoot video and slow-motion video in ultra high-res definition.

7 – LG G7 ThinQ

Although the quality on the LG G7 ThinQ is not quite as good as some other smartphone cameras on this list, it has a unique place in the market thanks to its dual 16-megapixel rear camera which delivers a wide-angle lens, making this the best camera phone when it comes to shooting landscapes and picturesque scenery. Great for those who like to capture city nightlife or dreamy nature views.

6 – Samsung Galaxy Note 8

With its dual 12-megapixel rear camera, optical image stabiliser and 8-megapixel front camera, the Galaxy Note 8 camera is standard on paper. However, it's the 'Live Focus' feature that causes this camera phone to stand out. During and after you've taken a photo, you're shown a bokeh slide bar, which allows you to adjust the field of depth, creating a background blur and extra focus on what you're trying to capture, giving your photos a professional touch.

5 – Google Pixel 2

The Google Pixel 2 comes with a single sensor 12.2-megapixel rear camera, but it's what happens after the picture is taken that brings your photo game to the next level. The camera phone has HDR+ software automatically turned on, meaning for each shot you take, the camera quickly shoots multiple pictures. These are then merged together to reduce blur and shadowing, resulting in a flawless finish.

4 – Samsung Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 has one of the best apertures in the market place, making it a great camera phone for taking low light photos. And, it's Dual-Aperture Technology means the camera automatically switches between f/1.5 and f/2.4 depending on the light level, so there is no need for faffing around when trying to get that perfect picture.

3 – iPhone X

The iPhone X hosts the best ever camera produced by Apple. A rear double 12-megapixel sensor and optical image stabilisation allows for quality pictures in most situations, but it's the front-facing camera where the iPhone X shines. Its TrueDepth camera allows for selfies with blurred backgrounds, ensuring for the best selfie out there.

2 – Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

The Galaxy S9 is the world's first phone to offer an aperture of f/1.5, ensuring excellent performance in even the lowest of light levels. It's Dual Aperture Technology ensures the aperture automatically changes when the light conditions do, avoiding over exposure in photos, and it also benefits from good depth of field. Better yet, this is all going on in automatic mode, so you can get high quality images at just a touch of a button.

1 – Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro boasts an impressive three sensor rear camera with a combined 68-megapixels, as well as a 24-megapixel front camera. While megapixels are not the be all and end all of taking good pictures, the P20 Pro's 40-megapixel main camera is supplemented with a 20-megapixel black and white sensor to help with picture definition, and a 3x zoom lens, offering greater image quality when zooming in to take pictures.

Cameras mean a lot to the smartphone users of today, and can easily replace bulky digital cameras and, in some cases, high-spec DSLRs. For the photography lovers of today, there's a huge number of choices out there.

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