Flagship phones have come to the point whereby raw performance does not have to get much better, thus they're differentiated by their photography capabilities, unique features, battery life and design. The focus of this article is on the photography capabilities since for many people smartphones nowadays are replacing physical cameras. If you want to know which iOS or Android device has the best camera, we have made a collection of 2018 best camera phones for selfies, videos and photos that will help you make the right choice.
Putting the camera of a smartphone through its paces is an important part of any review process, and the models listed below are top-class for taking photos and video-recording. The best camera phones are not determined by features or specs, but by the quality of videos and photos that they produce. More essentially are a wide aperture, about f/1.8 or f/1.7, and OIS (optical image stabilisation). Other aspects like an impressive selfie camera and secondary lens meant for portrait photos are more or less significant depending on your requirements.
Google has omitted the secondary sensor, but you will not notice its absence. Instead, the Pixel 2 continues offering the portrait modes that are found on the Note 8 and iPhone X, and in many situations, the results are even better. Also, there is a portrait mode for those who love selfies, and it's much better when it comes to cutting out hair plus other intricate details than the iPhone. The Pixel 2 shines remarkably in its amazing handling of dynamic range. Typically, the range between the darkest and lightest point is outstanding and gives users shots with real depth. Also, low-light shots are great, but occasionally it brings a little too much light when in the darkest settings, which gives images an unnatural look. That's rare, but with most shots that are taken in different conditions are looking great. Additionally, included is OIS, as well as an excellent EIS (electronic image stabilisation), which makes for video recording that is super-smooth.
iPhone X, designed, developed as well as marketed by Apple, is a great smartphone; however, the rear cameras are not the centre of attention. The phones dual-camera setup is a bit changed from the previous model, iPhone 7: users get two 12 megapixels sensors, and one of them has a 2x zoom lens. A notable upgrade is that the two cameras now have OIS, and you can record video at 4K resolution at 60 fps - with stabilisation. Do not make the mistake of assuming the iPhone 8 Plus also has a similar setup: it does not. The lens on the iPhone X model has OIS and a wider f/2.4 aperture.
Portrait Lighting is another new feature found on the X; it offers different modes for simulating studio lighting. You are capable of recording slow motion at up to 240 frames per second in 1080p.
Around the front of the phone is a 7-megapixel camera. Although this looks the same as on preceding iPhone models, the TrueDepth camera used to unlock is also used for enabling portrait mode plus Portrait Lighting for selfies. In terms of image quality, the iPhone X is below Google Pixel 2, but slightly above the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Apple has kept the settings to a minimum like they always do, making the camera app user-friendly. There are 7 modes; only Portrait mode offers you any additional options (the 5 Portrait Lighting styles). Typically, the lack of settings backfires when you are in low light when it's awkward changing from 60fps video mode to 30fps: it is bewildering that this does not switch automatically.
There is no “AI” scene recognition on the phone, or at least Apple does not scream about it. What the phone does is produce solid and dependable quality, hence users get excellent photos almost every time. Exposure, white balance and focus are always great with good dynamic range. The high dynamic range is automatically used when needed. Three photos are mixed without you noticing. You can disable auto HDR in the Camera section and keep the ‘normal’ photo plus the HDR version. The Portrait Lighting effects of the iPhone X ’s are impressive if you would like to get creative. The equivalent effects of Huawei are poor by contrast. Although the microphone is perhaps the weakest part, video recording is definitely where the Apple iPhone X shines brightest. It has the flexibility of shooting 4K at 60 frames per second, which is great if you do not wish to sacrifice smoothness for detail. Also, it's capable of shooting 1080 pixels slo-mo at 240 frames per seconds, which is very impressive for a phone.
Huawei Technologies Co has been pushing its Leica Camera AG partnership for several years, but it was not until the Huawei Mate 10 Pro that people felt it's worthy. The f/1.6 lens on this phone's camera captures some of the greatest low-light photos in this listing. The monochrome sensor also offers a variety to your shots. The phone also has a bokeh-enhancing portrait mode, which is not as good as the iPhone X or Pixel 2, but with a look that is slightly fake, along with a bunch of filters plus other options for users. The manual mode in Huawei Mate 10 Pro is deep; the Ai-infused Kirin 960 central processing unit can automatically identify you are shooting. Additionally, the 8Mp f/2.0 camera for taking selfies is fine, and video, which is recorded at 4K 30 frames per second/1080pixels 60/30 frames per second) looks great. However, it is the photography prowess of the Mate 10 Pro that helps the phone stand out.