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.
11 Xiaomi MI6
The rear camera setup on Xiaomi MI6 includes two-12MP lens oriented in a horizontal configuration. The assembly is aided by dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. The primary camera among the two comes with an aperture of f/1.8, the focal length of 27mm and 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilization). The secondary, however, lacks OIS and a constricted aperture (as compared to the primary) of f/2.6.
The camera setup on the device is capable of zooming optically up to two times and digitally up to 10 times without loss of quality. The presence of dual-camera setup on the back has also added functionality to capture images with Bokeh effects. The images taken with Boken effect from the device comes appreciable with the subject on focus and blurred backgrounds with softened edges. Photos taken from Xiaomi MI6 are impressive with accurate color balance and lively color rendition. However, the dynamic range is mostly high even without the HDR on. For the focusing, the phone is furnished with phase detection autofocus (PDAF), which is pretty fast.
Up front, there is an 8MP camera dedicated to selfies. The selfies captured from the front does not seem to disappoint under ample lighting condition. But the same cannot be said under low lights. Under lowlights, the image taken is mostly clouded with grains and noises.
|Rear camera||Dual 12 MP ((f/1.8, 27mm focal length, 1.25µm pixel size, OIS 4-axis) + (f/2.6, 52mm focal length, 1.0µm pixel size)), 2x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||Marquee feature, geotagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]|
|Front camera||8MP, captures 1080p videos|
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|
9iPhone 7 and 7 plus
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are a year old devices. Yet they still hold a respectable position on our list of top smartphone cameras. Talking about the iPhone 7, it has a 12-megapixel lens with f/1.8 aperture. Yes, the same lens the Plus variant’s dual camera set up features. So, unless the telephoto lens comes into work, and except for the portrait mode, the end product of both the cameras are more or less the same. You can expect this single lens setup to take some great images.
iPhone 7 plus houses dual 12 MP camera on its back in which one is a wide-angle camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and another is a telephoto camera with an aperture of f/2.8. This assembly in the phone offers an optical zoom up to two times and digital zoom up to ten times, which proves that this phone consists of no ordinary camera. This camera includes loads of features like OIS, Quad-LED True Tone flash, and Panorama.
The rear camera is capable of recording 4k videos which can be zoomed optically up to two times and digitally up to six times. Optical image stabilization for video, Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps, time‑lapse video with stabilization, Cinematic video stabilization (1080p and 720p) and Continuous autofocus video are on the board here too.
The front camera of both the phones is equipped with 7-megapixel snapper featuring an aperture of f/2.2, retina flash, auto image stabilization, body and face detection and exposure control. The front snappers are also capable of taking HD videos of 1080p.
|Rear camera||12 MP, f/1.8, OIS, phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual tone quad-LED flash||Dual 12 MP, (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, 4K video and 8MP image recording at the same time, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)||Geo-tagging, 4K video and 8MP image recording at the same time, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps, [email protected]||[email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps, [email protected]|
|Front camera||7 MP, f/2.2, [email protected], [email protected], face detection, HDR, panorama||7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm, [email protected], [email protected], face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Price||Rs.75,000 (32GB) | Rs.88,000 (128GB) | Rs.95,500 (256GB)||Rs.90,000 (32GB)|
8Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
On the camera section, S8 series closely resembles the S7 series statistically. The megapixel count and width of the aperture of the back camera did not see a new number, although the front camera has been upgraded to 8 MP and the software and UI of the camera have been enhanced in the S8/S8+ to prove it superior.
During the comparison, it was found that the s8/s8+ were faster and responsive than its predecessors. In addition, S8/S8+ bears enhanced filters, augmented reality and stickers. The newbies also employ multi-frame image processing. In this processing method, the camera takes three pictures and merges the details to create a better one. The 8 MP front camera on S8/S8+ is privileged with autofocus, unlike the fixed focus and Auto HDR in S7/S7 edge. The rear camera on the S8/S8+ is also integrated with Bixby Vision, which scans or take a shot of an object and delivers information regarding it. In the Nepali market, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ cost Rs. 76,900 and Rs. 86,900 respectively.
|Primary||12 MP, F/1.7, 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm sensor size, Phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED Flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, Auto HDR, Simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected]|
|Secondary||8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, [email protected]|
|Price||Rs. 76,900 (S8) | Rs.86,900 (S8+)|
7Sony Xperia XZ Premium
In terms of camera, Sony Xperia XZ Premium comes with a 19MP Motion Eye camera on the rear, which is definitely a downgrade in the Megapixel count if compared to its predecessor. But since the Megapixel count is not a true measure of the quality of the images, the camera on the device cannot be yet called a downgrade. Considering the increased pixel size, Xperia XZ Premium is definitely better than its predecessor is since the increased pixel size replicates more details into the image from the true atmosphere and performs well during lowlights.
The rear camera on the phone has an impressive sensor with the assists from predictive hybrid autofocus and laser autofocus. The focus from the laser autofocus is fast and sharp whereas the presence of predictive hybrid autofocus predicts the motion of moving bodies and avoids the shakes and blurs while capturing such objects. In addition to that, images captured offer sufficient amount of sharpness and details, the color reproduction is great depicting a natural replication and admirable dynamic range without creating a fuss.
On the front, the 13MP selfie shooter offers a great experience for the users with its exceptionally good performance. The front camera brings natural colors to the photos with plenty amount of details. The most striking feature on the Xperia XZ Premium is its capability to take slow-motion videos at whopping 960 fps. However, this capability is limited only to the HD videos.
|Rear camera||19MP, f/2.0 aperture, 25mm focal length, 1/2.3” sensor size, EIS, predictive hybrid autofocus and laser autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected], HDR|
|Front camera||13MP, f/2.0, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, 22mm focal length, captures 1080p videos|
6iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus launched only a few days ago. Like the 7 model, the 8 shares its lens with the 8 Plus which like the 7 Plus has dual cameras.
As per the iPhone 8 Plus, the device’s pricing starts at Rs. Rs 112,500 and buyers won’t have to compromise on any aspect of the smartphone, not especially on its cameras. The iPhone 8 plus sports dual 12-megapixel cameras, one working as a wide-angle lens and the other as a telephoto lens. It scored a total of 94 as its DXOmark rating. But enough talk about its specifications, let’s get on to how the dual cameras perform in real life.
The cameras of the new iPhone have yet again set a high standard. The 8 Plus is equipped with the portrait lighting feature with quite a lot of depth. Even the front-camera on the 8 is capable of taking portrait pictures now. However, the front-facing portrait mode is still not as good as Google Pixel 2 XL’s. I’m not saying that the selfie shooter of these devices doesn’t live up to its mark, the selfies come out best-in-class like a true flagship, but Apple could have made it a lot better on the portrait part. This is fixable with a software update, though.
The rear cameras of the 8 Plus take sharper and more vibrant colored images as compared to the ones on the 7 Plus. All the images it takes are saturated and colorful under ample lighting. Under low lighting, the cameras, due to the 1.7 aperture of the wide-angle lens, take quite decent images. The software processing of the A11 bionic chip has a lot to play for the images the iPhone 8 Plus takes. Oh, and it takes 4k video at 60fps and 108p videos at 240fps!
|Rear camera||12 MP, f/1.8, OIS, phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual tone quad-LED flash||12 MP dual wide-angle and telephoto lens, f/1.8 and f/2.8, 2x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual tone quad-LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, 4K video and 8MP image recording at the same time, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)|
|Video||[email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps||[email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps|
|Front camera||7 MP, f/2.2, [email protected], [email protected], face detection, HDR, panorama||7 MP, f/2.2, [email protected], [email protected], face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Price||Rs. 98,500 (64 GB) | Rs. 119,500 (256 GB)||Rs. 112,500 (64 GB) | Rs. 133,000 (256 GB)|
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]|
4Huawei Mate 10 Pro
It has already been a few years since Huawei has focused on cameras of the smartphones it manufacturers, and the Mate 10 Pro is no different. Launched in late January in Nepal, the device hasn’t quite made the headlines like the flagships of other smartphone companies, particularly, Samsung and Apple.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro has a Leia branded camera setup, like a couple of its predecessors. This camera setup consists of dual lenses – one of 12-megapixel and the other measuring 20-megapixel. Both the cameras have a f/1.6 aperture that let in a lot of light while taking pictures. The wide aperture combined with the secondary monochrome rear-facing lens helps take some great low-light pictures that have great details. However, it is in day-light that the Huawei Mate 10 Pro comes short of its competitors. The device doesn’t have a quality dynamic range and it also tends to overexpose images at times. But still, the device does well in day-light capturing in enough details and with different levels of autofocus technologies at one’s helm, the pictures will surely be of good quality.
|Rear camera||Dual 12 MP (f/1.6, 27mm, OIS) +20 MP (f/1.6, 27mm), Leica optics, , 2x Optical Zoom, phase detection & laser autofocus, 4K @30fps|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected]/60fps|
|Front camera||8 MP, f/2.0|
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) flashh|
|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. 138,000 (64 GB) | Rs. 159,000 (256 GB)|
2Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ have 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 and 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 and S9+ take 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||12MP, f/1.5 – f/2.4, 26mm focal length, 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash||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||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.||[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||8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, [email protected], dual video call, Auto HDR|
|Price||Rs. 87,900||Rs. 99,900|
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.
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|