We tell you now: among all cell phones with the best cameras there are today, the best are the Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL. Its 12.2 megapixel main camera and a single lens may not sound like a big deal, but Google uses artificial intelligence to get amazing results. You also get a dual lens front camera that combines 8 megapixel sensors. Now, if you prefer Apple, you want more versatility or have a limited budget, we also have some alternatives to offer you.
We are passionate about photography, and at Digital Trends in Spain we take thousands of photos every month. In addition, we love comparing how different phones work in real life. We always take their cameras to the limit, and we make direct comparisons between different models, since we know that it is an important feature for most of our readers. It is our job, and we are happy to do it and share it with you.
Cell phones with the best cameras, at a glance
Apple iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max
Why should you buy them? It is the best smart phone of the year, which comes with a very complete camera package.
Who are they for? Anyone who qualifies the photo as a priority on their phone.
Why do we choose the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max? Last year's iPhone XS offered the best camera performance we've seen on an iPhone, but Apple has improved its game this year and the iPhone 11 Pro has the best camera performance we've seen on a phone.
It has a large versatile camera with which you can aim and shoot, but also with a wonderful portrait mode, powerful optical and digital zoom, and incredible low light capabilities. If you want to make sure you get an excellent photo in any environment, then this is the phone for you.
It has a triple lens main camera, all classified in 12 megapixels. The standard wide angle lens has an f / 1.8 aperture, the telephoto lens with an f / 2.0 aperture and there is a new ultra wide angle lens, which is the first time seen on an iPhone, with an f / 2.4 aperture.
If you have used the dual lens camera on the iPhone XS, then you will be familiar with the zoom capabilities, but the new ultra wide angle lens brings new options to the table with a 120 degree field of view that really allows you to pack more in your photos.
The natural color reproduction is excellent, and the telephoto lens of the iPhone 11 Pro also has a much larger sensor than its predecessor, allowing for better performance in low light. Thanks to Smart HDR, which links multiple frames, bright lights no longer appear overexposed and high-contrast scenarios do not pose a threat; The camera can even recognize different parts of a scene, such as a face or a flower, and apply the correct settings to make the most of them, instead of applying general changes throughout the image.
The DSLR type bokeh effect is the best we have seen so far on an iPhone and you can adjust it after taking a photo. The iPhone 11 Pro also allows you to take pictures of portraits with the telephoto lens, which can help you get closer to the subject. The camera also has Portrait Lighting, which offers different lighting effects for your subjects, making it an excellent phone to capture stunning photos of your loved ones.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
Best Android camera
Why should you buy them? It is the best camera for smart phones we have used and the best Android phone on the market.
Who are they for? Anyone who qualifies the photo as one of the top priorities in their smart phone.
How much do they cost? $ 800 dollars or more.
Why do we choose the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL? Google continues to put a huge effort into the camera experience for its Pixel smartphones, and it really shows. The main camera of the Pixel 3 is very fast to focus and produces sharp and detailed photos in a wide range of settings. Aim and shoot with automatic configuration and you will enjoy excellent results most of the time.
The main camera of Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL is the same and has a power of 12.2 megapixels. The aperture is f / 1.8 and there is support for phase detection and laser autofocus, as well as HDR and optical image stabilization (OIS), but it is not the hardware that impresses here. Avoiding the trend of dual lenses, Google performs the same tricks using software experience to achieve a bokeh effect, erasing the background for excellent portrait shots. The HDR + captures multiple shots and combines them to eliminate noise and produce the best possible image.
With the Pixel 3, Google adds even more software tricks called Night Sight, which allow for less granulated digital zoom, improved performance in low light conditions and the ability to select the ideal photo. The use of artificial intelligence by Google is taking computer photography to a whole new level.
In the front, Google has adopted the dual lens trend, with a front camera that combines two 8 megapixel lenses, one with an aperture of f / 1.8 and a wider angle lens with an aperture of f / 2.2. Selfie fans will surely be delighted with the results. The ability to make video is also first category, with support for 4K video at 30 fps, or Full HD at 120 fps.
As mentioned, the automatic setting is excellent, but you can also modify the exposure, focus lock, white balance and more, if you wish. Another great advantage of Pixel 3 phones is that Google offers free full resolution storage for all photos and videos in Google Photos.
In addition, the Pixel 3 is also our choice as the best Android smart phone at the moment, but if you don't mind the ugly notch and want a bigger screen, you can get the same excellent camera by opting for the Pixel 3 XL.
The most economical and with the best camera
Why should you buy it? It offers really impressive camera performance for a very low price.
Who is it for? For the budget conscious.
Why do we choose the Google Pixel 3a? Trying to find a decent camera at a low price in the smart phone market is complicated, so you should consider s or s the Google Pixel 3a. It has the same 12.2 megapixel lens as the normal Pixel 3, with an aperture of f / 1.8 and OIS. What is missing in comparison to our favorite camera phone is the Pixel Visual Core, which, along with its slower processor, will make the image processing take a little longer.
There is also an 8 megapixel front camera with a single lens on the Pixel 3a. While its performance does not match the Pixel 3, it is still extremely good, as it offers many details and vibrant colors. It does really well with close-ups and portrait shots, and even manages to impress in low-light environments, which is where low-budget telephones tend to show their lacks.
You will find support for video recording of up to 2,160p at 30 frames per second and 1,080p at 120 frames per second.
The Pixel 3 also has a 5.6-inch OLED screen that is sharp and bright. Inside, find Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor, with 4 GB of RAM. There is also 64 GB of internal storage. Best of all, it runs Google's Android, which means there is no inflated software, fast updates and extras such as the Play and Call screen. The 3,000mAh battery should easily last you a whole day. If you like the look of the Pixel 3a, but want a larger screen, consider buying the Pixel 3a XL for $ 480.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
The best camera on a Samsung phone
Why should you buy it? The camera of this ultra-fast Android smart phone can do it all.
Who is it for? Anyone who prefers a Samsung smart phone over all things.
Why do we choose the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is one of the best smartphones you can buy and has a camera with no real weaknesses. It combines a 12 megapixel lens with optical image stabilization (OIS) and variable aperture, with a second 12 megapixel telephoto lens with an f / 2.1 aperture, a 16 megapixel ultra wide angle lens with an f / 2.2 aperture, and a Flight time sensor (VGA f / 1.4) that helps capture better depth for photos and videos in portrait mode (called Live Focus). Depending on the available light, the camera can automatically switch between a large f / 1.5 aperture that lets in a lot of light or a smaller f / 2.4 aperture that lets in less light. There is also a solid portrait mode, 2x optical zoom and Artificial Intelligence that can optimize scenes and detect faults.
It is a very versatile package, although the Note 10 Plus camera also excels in video recording with excellent stabilization, capture 4K at 60 frames per second and all kinds of fun extras that include sper-slow camera, Zoom-in Mic and Live Focus
On the front, the Note 10 Plus manages with a solitary 10 megapixel lens with an aperture f / 2.2. Fans of selfies may prefer the S10 Plus, which features a dual-lens front configuration that combines a 10 megapixel lens with an f / 1.9 aperture and an 8 megapixel lens with an f / 2.2 aperture to capture depth data . But the main camera on the S10 Plus lacks the flight time sensor, and also has a smaller telephoto aperture.
Inside the Note 10 Plus there is a Snapdragon 855 processor with 12 GB of RAM. You will find 256 GB or 512 GB of storage with the possibility of expansion through the MicroSD card. The AMOLED 6.8-inch screen is perfect and there is a fingerprint sensor in it. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus also comes with an IP68 rating, which means it can be submerged in water without being damaged. If you find it too big, then the Galaxy Note 10 is a bit cheaper and has the same main camera, that is, without the flight time sensor.
* Updated by Mara Teresa Lopes on October 28, 2019.