5 Phones To Consider For Smartphone Photography

Aug. 5, 2020, 11:14 a.m.

Smartphones are mobile devices that combine cellular and mobile computing functions into one unit.

They are distinguished from feature phones by their stronger hardware capabilities and extensive mobile operating systems, which facilitate wider software, internet and multimedia functionality alongside core phone functions such as voice calls and text messaging.

These characteristics make them the best option to consider when you are low on cash to purchase a camera.

It doesn’t matter if you are a full-time photographer who wants a powerful, portable camera to supplement their bulky DSLR. A creative who wants to be ready to capture anything that inspires them; or just someone looking to up your Instagram game.

Smartphones can give stellar shots at day or night, give ultra wide shots and the best zoom depending on the model.

Here are the five smartphones you can consider for your smartphone photography

Huawei P40 Pro Plus

Images look better when it’s captured on the P40 Pro Plus. Whether you are pinching the screen to zoom way into the distance, or shooting in middling to low light, Huawei’s latest Leica co-engineered flagship phone delivers best-in-class photography, almost every time.

The stars of the P40 Plus’s show are the telephoto cameras. We say cameras, plural because there are two: a 3x zoom and a 10x zoom around the back. This combo covers all bases, so you can be guaranteed a decent shot, however you frame it.

Combined with an ultrawide camera featuring an 18mm focal length, and a primary 50MP camera that comes in at 23mm, there’s plenty of versatility with the penta-camera system around the back of the P40 Pro. Huawei also loads up a time of flight (ToF) depth sensor to help with background defocus for DSLR-alike photos depth of field.

Add to the mix excellent video credentials and a selfie camera that flatters like no other with realistic beautification that can be dialled up or down, and to say Huawei gets imaging is an understatement. It’s a shame that the Chinese tech giant’s phones aren’t easier to recommend from a software point of view.

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iPhone 11 Pro

The iPhone camera has a sensational night mode that can rival the best android. What’s more, Apple’s new iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max pack wide, telephoto and ultra-wide cameras options that are calibrated to perfection, producing colour matched images across all three that look stunning.

The rest of the phone is also top-tier, with more power than virtually anything else on the market and a familiar iOS interface. App support on iPhones is fantastic, from Adobe Lightroom through to third party manual camera applications that will eke even more out of the three 12MP sensors around the back, and the phone’s 4K video capture is also sensational.

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Huawei P40 Pro 1/1.28 inch Ultra Vision Sensor.

It packs four cameras around the back and two on the front. Delivering a stellar main camera with a 50MP sensor resolution and a nice and wide 23mm field of view, come day or night, it nails it. Then there’s the 5x periscope zoom – it pulls in close and stays sharp. Add to the mix an ultra-wide, GoPro style camera as well as a depth sensor, and all your bases are covered, with the P40 Pro bettering big hitters from Google and Samsung.

With up to 256GB storage and a nippy processor, internals will leave you wanting for nothing, and when they come packaged in such a beautiful glass and metal chassis, the outside matches what’s within. It even feels special; Huawei has curved the screen on all four sides, so whether you are swiping in from up, down, left, or right, your thumb will effortlessly glide across the display.


Google Pixel 4 (and 4XL)

If this was a ‘Best main camera’s phone list, the Pixel 4 would be sitting pretty at the top. But, as a package, the lack of an ultrawide camera holds it back. Given the phone’s flagship price, from a focal length point of view, it just is not as versatile as the rest of the best camera phones in our list.

Having said that, if you do not care about all-encompassing wide angles or sensational 5x optical zooms, and you just want to point, shoot and get a stunning picture; you can confidently pick up the Pixel 4. Google has also included a night mode on its Pixel 4-series called Night Sight that can capture night skies in more detail than anything else on the market, with intelligent long-exposures that create pictures that look like they were taken on a DSLR.

Pixels are not cheap, and they do not pack tonnes of storage. Additionally, you will want to go for a Pixel 4 XL if you want decent battery life. If picture taking is your passion though, pick one up and you won’t be disappointed.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Loaded up with no less than a 100x Space zoom and an equally outlandish 108MP sensor resolution, nothing else comes close on paper.

The Galaxy S20 Ultra’s telephoto camera actually packs a roughly 10x optical zoom. The 100x across the phone’s marketing materials is a combination of optical zoom (true magnification) and digital zoom (cropping into the sensor). That being said, even once the jargon’s been debunked, we can’t deny that the S20 Ultra’s zoom is better than anything else out there - if we wanted to capture the moon at night, this would be our camera phone of choice.

All four rear cameras on this pricey smartphone are at least very good, with the main camera grabbing stacks of detail and a pleasing amount of depth. The S20 Ultra’s ultra-wide camera gets more in the frame than most of the competition, while still grabbing plenty of detail and performing respectably across lighting conditions. The camera highlights don’t stop there though; the S20-series can record video at up to 8K resolution, so videographers and photographers alike should be able to get the imaging edge over other smartphone snappers with one of these.

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