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Best Camera Smartphones in Nepal [2018]

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Photos are a huge part of our life these days. Everything we do, we don’t forget to take a snap of it. A single click 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 with the advancement of time, you don’t have to waste a day roaming in search of 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 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 far from easy. And in 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 / 6T

The OnePlus 6T is the latest addition to OnePlus flagship killer lineup. And there aren’t many significant changes in it over the OnePlus 6 in terms of camera. Over the years, OnePlus had fallen short in the camera department even while increasing the prices of its smartphone subtly. However, the company did its homework and the camera improved quite a bit in the OnePlus 6. And the same camera is also found in the OnePlus 6T.

With a significant improvement in pixel size, the 16-megapixel sensor on the phones 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 still fail to completely nail the little details, like hair, or glass frames.

On the video side of things, both the OnePlus 6 and 6T 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 (OnePlus 6) Rs. 74,900 (6/64GB)

Rs. 82,900 (8/128GB)

Rs. 95,000 (8/256GB)

Price (OnePlus 6T) Rs. 70000 (6 GB / 128 GB) Daraz exlusive

5Samsung Galaxy S9+

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ gained a lot of hype since its launch here in Nepal, and rightly so. Yes, this device is almost a year old, but with its “Camera Reimagined”, the Galaxy S9+ is still one of the best camera phones in the market even today.

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)

4Samsung 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 only partially true. Despite having the same camera hardware setup, Samsung has added tons of improvements on this one.

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)

3Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro 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

2iPhone XS / iPhone XS Max

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the latest offerings from the trillion-dollar phone company. And overpriced or not, these phones are still one of the best around in many aspects. It is still unbeaten in speed, and also takes a significant place in terms of camera. Both the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max have the same camera module.

These devices have a dual 12-megapixel camera setup that comprises of a wide angle lens with f/1.8 aperture and a telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. Both the lenses feature OIS which is quite useful for capturing 4K videos in 60 fps. Also, in terms of image quality, it detects the edges in portrait images quite nicely, and intelligently applies 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. The amount of detail in images is incredible, and with the latest A12 Bionic chip powering the phone, these phones can perform a trillion operations per photo, i.e. processing the images to give you the best photos.  There’s also more manual precision and Apple’s Animoji feature is still here.

However, there are certain areas where the iPhone XS falls short than some other flagships. Low light shots still need improvement, too, but for the most part, it is still worthy of getting the second place in our best camera phones list.

Rear camera Dual Camera with OIS & PDAF, Quad-LED (dual tone) flash, 12MP Wide Angle lens with f/1.8 & 12 MP telephoto lens with f/2.4, 2x optical zoom
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 (iPhone XS) Rs. 162,000 (64 GB) | Rs. 186,000 (256 GB) | Rs. 218,000 (512 GB)
Price (iPhone XS Max) Rs. 178,000 (64 GB) | Rs. 202,000 (256 GB) | Rs. 234,000 (512 GB)

1Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is Huawei’s latest offering to the smartphone industry. And while we have been seeing many phones with pretty much the same aspects to offer, the Mate 20 Pro takes a different approach. You get a striking design and looks with the most powerful Android chipset internally. And as for the camera, this phone, too, is continuing the Huawei’s triple camera legacy. and this time, partnering with Leica for one of the best camera experience.

The triple camera module here consists of a 40 MP wide-angle primary lens with f/1.7 aperture, a 20 MP ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture and an 8 MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The monochrome lens is gone, but still, it seems better this way. All of the cameras are equipped with PDAF and Laser Auto-focus, and there’s also a Quad-LED flash. The 40 MP primary lens gives you very sharp details, while the telephoto lens helps you take up to 5x lossless zooming. And the ultra-wide lens actually works a lot better than you would expect it to.

On top of all that, Huawei’s AI embedded on their cameras do a good job on the photos. Of course, there’s always the option to turn it off if you want natural images, but the AI on it has been sharpened to give you close to natural looks. The Master AI in this actually helps you browse efficiently through the camera UI too. The portrait mode is fantastic and Night mode is commendable. In short, the level of innovation on this is too high, and it takes photos that nobody would’ve dreamed of a year ago.

And that is precisely why the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is here on the top of our Best Camera smartphones in Nepal list.

Rear Camera Triple Cameras: 40 MP f/1.8 27mm + 20MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide 16mm + 8MP f/2.4 Telephoto (5x zooming) 80mm; OIS, PDAF & Laser AF
Features Leica-branded optics, dual-tone dual LED flash, 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. 129,900