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Photos have been part of our life these days. We do things and take a snap. A single click, which lets you save a moment for a lifetime. Just by turning a photo album and you can relive a moment, which pulls a smile on your face and in some cases, tears. However, the time has gone far more ahead. Nowadays, you should not waste a day roaming here and there in your busy schedule just to find a reel for your camera. You can simply take a snap through your smartphone and see the photos whenever convenient. Also, while traveling and trekking, carrying a camera add burden to your luggage. Therefore, carrying a smartphone could possibly be the best alternative.

Nowadays, every smartphone is equipped with a decent camera. With the popularity of social networks, people are eager to share their lifestyle through visual means. As the craze for photos is peaking, manufacturers are obliged to include the better camera (both primary and secondary) to prevent themselves from the downfall in the race of being the best in the multitude of smartphones.

With the myriad of phones in the market with lots of flagship kinds, camera/photography comparison is nowhere to be easy. And talking about the photography, a megapixel is just a number. It does not give the complete information about the photos it will capture. So after the tough job of comparison, we came through a list of best camera smartphones, which will let you capture a moment and relive it whenever it is fading from your mind palace.

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6OnePlus 6

The OnePlus 6 is the 2018 iteration of OnePlus’ “flagship killer”. Over the years, OnePlus has always fallen short in the camera department even when increasing the price of its smartphone subtly. However, this time, the company has done its homework as the camera has improved quite a bit over its predecessor, the OnePlus 5T.

The major improvement the 6 has over the 5T is the change in sensor size. The 16-megapixel sensor has f/1.7 aperture and 1/2.6″ sensor size while the 20-megapixel sensor has f/1.7 aperture and 1/2.8″ sensor size. These sensors help along with the aperture certainly help with making the color pop and shining under low-light conditions. However, it still suffers a bit in dark environment.

The secondary rear-facing lens helps with depth data and for capturing in better details in images. The portrait mode pictures have improved over the 5T but it still fails to completely nail the little details, take hair for an example.

On the video side of things, the OnePlus 6 can capture 4k videos @60fps which is quite nice to see. Also, it supports slow-mo videos at 480fps. With the OIS and EIS at work here, we will certainly see good results be it the pictures or the videos.

Rear Camera Dual camera setup: 16 MP (f/1.7 aperture, 1/2.6″ sensor size, 1.22µm pixel size, gyro-EIS, OIS) + 20 MP (f/1.7 aperture, 1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.0µm pixel size), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected]
Front Camera 16 MP (f/2.0 aperture, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.0µm pixel size), gyro-EIS
Price Rs. 74,900 (6/64GB)

Rs. 82,900 (8/128GB)

Rs. 95,000 (8/256GB)

5Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Although the smartphones with the dual-camera setup are growing like a mushroom in the smartphone arena, Samsung has always been keen on improving the camera performance using a single wide-angle lens. But with the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung included a dual-camera, which is growing like an inescapable tradition.

The dual-camera setup includes two 12MP sensors provided on the back of the phone. It embraces two lenses with different focal lengths and apertures and one being the telephoto (f/2.4) lens and another being the regular wide-angle (f/1.7) lens. The wide-angle lens has a higher quality sensor and the large aperture inlets more amount of light as compared to the telephoto lens. Also, the large sensor and large pixel size blended with dual-pixel autofocus help to pack in more amount of details in the image. The dual-camera setup also captures the images with focused subjects and blurred backgrounds often pronounced as Bokeh effects.

Low light shots also come with free of grains and pack the details in abundance. However, the Bokeh effects seem to lack refined edges on some shots. Another impressive feature with the Note 8 dual camera setup is that both the lenses are assisted by OIS. The rear camera setup is capable of taking zoomed in images without loss in quality: optically up to 2x and digitally up to 10x. On the front, there is a single 8MP camera with an aperture of f/1.7. The wide aperture and large sensor and pixel size inlets light in abundance packed with plenty of details. It too replicates true tone and vivid colors and produces social media ready images.

Rear camera Dual 12MP (f/1.7, PDAF, 1/2.55″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size + f/2.4, AF, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.0 µm pixel size), autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video, and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec.
Front camera 8 MP, f/1.7, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, Auto HDR, dual video call, [email protected]
Price Rs. 86,900

4iPhone X

The iPhone X is iPhone’s 10-year anniversary special smartphone that promises to do a lot for a starting price of Rs. 138,000. The device has a dual 12-megapixel camera setup that takes the best portrait images on any smartphone. It detects the edges quite nicely and intelligently applies a blur to the background. There is also an option to change the setting of the portraits according to a photographer’s choice.

The device excels in taking images with natural colors all while capturing a certain vibrancy and sharpness. There is a slight touch of warmth in the pictures it takes which could be a positive or negative aspect according to a user’s preference. Apple has also included the Animoji feature which has gained a lot of praise for being the industry’s best. Apple has successfully utilized this Augmented Reality feature to make its device unique by all means.

However, there are certain areas where the iPhone X falls short of the Samsung Galaxy S9+. The difference is neck-to-neck but the Galaxy S9+ still edges out the iPhone X when we compared the details and in low-light settings. Also, in some pictures, iPhone X produced an unusual color banding.

Rear camera Dual 12MP, f/1.8 & f/2.4, OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, Quad-LED (dual tone) flash
Features Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video, and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
Video [email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps
Front camera 7 MP (f/2.2, 32mm), [email protected], [email protected], face detection, HDR
Price Rs. 146,000 (64 GB) | Rs. 167,000 (256 GB)

3Samsung Galaxy S9+

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ gained a lot of hype since their launch here in Nepal, and rightly so. The devices have a “Camera Reimagined”, and while there might not be a huge change design-wise, the Galaxy S9+ certainly have an improved camera setup.

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ has dual 12-megapixel primary cameras that are capable of taking portrait images like every other smartphone that houses dual cameras on its back. This camera setup also supports 2x lossless optical zooming. But the Live Focus feature isn’t the USP of the camera on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ as Samsung has included industry’s first camera that can change apertures to adapt to the surrounding a user is in. There is a wide f/1.5 aperture that can trap ample light while taking pictures under low light and this can change to f/2.4 during daylight shots to shoot sharp images.

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ takes images exactly how you expect them to take – with ample saturation and vibrancy. The devices also capture a lot of details in the images which is evident while zooming in the pictures. However, when we tested the smartphones’ camera, the picture they took had a little bit of a pinkish tint to them. This was visible while capturing images with a white background.

The new flagships of Samsung are also equipped with OIS for that blur-free steady shot. The front bezel houses an 8-megapixel front-facing camera that has a f/1.7 aperture. While the camera is of a good quality, Samsung could have easily done its homework in order to improve the selfie experience. This selfie camera is also able to turn the users into an emoji via the AR Emoji feature.

Rear camera Dual 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6″, 1 µm, AF), OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video [email protected][email protected][email protected], HDR, dual-video rec.
Front camera 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, [email protected], dual video call, Auto HDR
Price Rs. 99,900(64GB)

Rs.1,04,900 (128GB)

2Samsung Galaxy Note 9

One might argue that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a similar camera hardware setup as found on the S9 plus and they may expect that a similar quality in the images as well. But that’s partially true. Despite having a same camera hardware setup, Samsung has done tons on improvements to make it better.

Alike the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, Note 9 features two cameras at the back each having a 12MP sensor. The primary 12MP camera on the phone features dual aperture. The aperture on the handset varies from f/1.5 to f/2.4 depending upon the scenario of lighting surrounding a subject. In low light setting, the aperture widens to f/1.5 allowing more light to hit the sensor whereas, in the ample light condition, the aperture shrinks to f/2.4 to throttle the light. Due to this feature, the smartphone always succeeds in pulling out good pictures in all light settings.

The 12MP secondary camera, on the other hand, features a telephoto lens. With this camera on the action, users can capture some nifty portrait images and can also capture images with up to 2x lossless zooming. The Portrait mode on the phone can be triggered by selecting the Live Focus feature on the camera UI. On capturing the images with this feature, users can select a normal shot or a portrait shot according to their preferences. This is really a handy feature because we cannot always obtain the best portrait feature we want. And with this feature, users will always be on the safe side.

Well, that’s not all. In addition to the capable lenses and sensor setup, both the camera features Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). With OIS at the disposal, the issues with the shaky images will be very rare from the phone. To make the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to stand out in the crowd, the smartphone maker has done further tweaks on the software level. The tech titan has included Artificial Intelligence in the cameras and named it to Scene Optimizer. With this, the phone can identify various types of subjects and use AI to make the captured images look better.

Scene Optimizer or AI in the cameras is not really a new thing in the smartphone camera. But what really special is the Flaw Detection feature, which detects and informs about some unnoticed aspects while capturing photos, which could possibly ruin the images. Dirty lenses or someone in the frame blinking an eye while capturing the images would be the examples. In such cases, the phone prompts the user to take the photo again.

On the front, the handset boasts an 8MP shooter, which has remained unchanged since the Galaxy S7. Nonetheless, the selfie shooter on the front captures some nifty selfies. It is also capable of capturing Bokeh selfies. Since this is Note device, it also features an S-pen. This time Samsung upgraded the S-pen, most popular aspect of the Note phones. On Note 9, the S-pen doubles as a remote controller, which can launch the camera app and captures images just by pressing the button it. So this small device can be used as a selfie stick while capturing the images.

Rear camera Dual 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, 26mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12MP (f/2.4, 52mm, 1/3.6″, 1 µm, AF), OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video, and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video [email protected][email protected][email protected], HDR, dual-video rec.
Front camera 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, [email protected], dual video call, Auto HDR
Price Rs. 109,900 (128GB)

1Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro has made a huge impression in the mobile phone industry and that’s partly due to DxoMark. The website gave the device a score of 109 right at its launch which created a lot of hype around the device. Also, the device comes with triple cameras on the back, being the world’s first smartphone to do so. With the highest DxOmark score and with three cameras at the back, P20 Pro is surely the most unmissable name when it comes to best camera smartphones in Nepal.

The Huawei P20 Pro features a 40-megapixel RGB lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 20-megapixel monochrome camera with f/1.6 aperture and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The 8MP sensor has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) whereas the other two have Artificial Intelligence Stabilization (AIS). The Huawei P20 Pro captures in a great amount of details with the monochrome sensor at the helm, and even the portrait shots come out great. Normal shots have a great amount of details and saturation, and the pictures certainly pop out more than the rest.

With optics tuned by Leica, these cameras do wonders even in Auto-mode. Huawei has invested heavily in the artificial intelligence (AI) capability of these cameras, as they can intelligently detect the scenario they are in and apply the appropriate changes.

One of the best features of the P20 Pro is certainly its night mode which cuts down on noise and grains all while popping out the colors in the images. Even the front-facing shooter is capable of capturing some great pictures with the 24-megapixel sensor.

Rear Camera Triple Cameras: 40MP f/1.8 27mm (Telephoto) + 20MP f/1.6 27mm (Monochrome) + 8MP f/2.4 80mm (Standard), OIS, AIS, PDAF & Laser AF
Features Leica-branded optics, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]
Front Camera 24MP, f/2.0, 26mm, 1080p video recording
Price Rs. 99,900