Times are such that cameras on smartphones are getting incredibly good, to the tune that most people prefer to shun digital cameras and travel with just their phones in their pockets. We’ve arrived at this juncture due to significant improvements in camera technology that is being developed by companies like Apple, Google, Samsung and Sony. If you’re looking for something which will satisfy your need for a powerful smartphone and also the need for taking excellent quality photos and videos, have a look at our picks.
This one’s a no-brainer. Perhaps the best camera phone in the world right now, the Pixel 2 XL ticks all the right boxes when it comes to camera performance. Its unprecedented HDR technology gives you sharp, detailed and uniformly exposed images. Moreover, with the help of its large pixel size and a f/1.8 aperture, the camera on this phone gives amazing low-light photos as well. Both its front and rear cameras feature a Portrait mode which blurs the background while clicking photos of people. Videos on the Pixel 2 XL benefit from a combination of OIS and EIS which together contribute to the super-steady footage.
For a few years now, OnePlus has been a company offering flagship-grade specs at considerably low prices. Its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 5T is no exception. It embraces not just the trend of dual cameras but also of tall 18:9 displays. This phone’s shooter offers a Portrait mode, but it is a bit on the weaker side when compared to other phones from the list. There’s EIS onboard as well, apart from OnePlus’ very own Intelligent Pixel Technology which claims to aid low-light photography. And with snappy performance and the super fast Dash Charge functionality, there’s just too much on offer at a very low price.
If you’re someone who has a taste for large phones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is for you. It’s got one of the finest dual camera setups in the industry. It uses both these cameras to offer 2x optical zoom, and it is to be noted that both these snappers are accompanied by OIS to counter the minor shakes which spoil your photographs. The dual camera assembly also lets it offer crazy bokeh effects on portraits. And the incorporation of an f/1.7 aperture lens results in great low-light images. Plenty of additional features have made their way into the Note 8, including a Food mode, a Pro mode with RAW support and of course, a stellar Slow Motion mode.
Just like the Pixel 2, the U11 does not feature two cameras on its back surface. The one that it does carry however, is enough to provide spectacular photos and videos. The f/1.7 lens on this shooter combines its prowess with HTC’s proprietary HDR technology to help it reduce the noise in low-light images. This helps the phone get sharp and well-lit images in the darkest of conditions. Its videos benefit from OIS and EIS both, while there’s an additional feature called ‘Acoustic focus’ whichemploys all four of the device’s microphones while shooting a video, to isolate subjects from background noise.
Apple sure knows how to create special commemorative products. The iPhone X is Apple's way of celebrating the 10 years of the iPhone, and what a gorgeous phone it is. The dual cameras on the iPhone X offer incredibly fast and resposnive shooting. Both the lenses come with optical image stabilisation, which works wonderfully. Apple's Portrait Mode is impressive as is the HDR mode, but what is most fun is the 240-fps slow-motion video capture
With most high-end phones providing great cameras these days, the killer factor comes down to minor points which make a huge difference sometimes. These include HDR capabilities, low-light performance, video quality and more.
A phone having dual cameras does not always mean it’s good. There are plenty of devices with two cameras which fall pale in comparison to those with just one camera.
|Google Pixel 2 XL||63,897||10||10||9||8||8||9.1|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 8||67,900||9||9||8||9||9||9|
|Apple iPhone X||99,999||8||9||7||8||9||8.5|
We’ve curated this list based on our own expert reviews, overall user reviews from shopping websites like Amazon and Flipkart, and expert reviews from trusted websites likeAndroid Authority, Trusted Reviews and The Verge.
As far as the weighted averages of our final expert scores are concerned, the split is: 50% for expert reviews, 25% for expert reviews from our trusted websites, and 25% for user reviews.
For example, in this list, the Google Pixel 2 XL — our favouritecamera phone so far — had a score spilt of:
Expert review: 9.1/10
Expert reviews from trusted websites: 8.7/10 (Android Authority, The Verge, Trusted Reviews)
User reviews: 9.5/10 (Amazon and Flipkart)
Overall expert score: 9.1/10 (rounded off)