“Clickety-click…snap, it’s a good pic”
Over the past few years, smartphone cameras have come a long way in terms of picture quality. In fact, smartphones these days have cameras that can put most entry-level DSLRs to shame. With an ever-increasing pixel count and better sensors, smartphones are slowly gaining traction in clicking impressive pictures and videos across all situations, including low-light environments. With the ability to shoot 4k and slow-mo videos finally landing onto smartphones, it might just be the time to bid farewell to those bulky cameras. After all, it’s often said that the best camera is the one you have with you, and more often than not, it is going to be the snapper on your beloved smartphone. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the current top smartphones which come with impressive cameras.
Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ (Rs 57,990 onwards)
The all new flagship duo from Samsung – the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, have more to them than just their gorgeous infinity displays. Both devices come stacked with 12MP primary cameras, which on first glance might seem a bit too similar to their predecessors, but they actually uses a newer sensor. The primary camera comes with f/1.7 aperture, and is equipped with features like dual-pixel technology and dual LED flash. At the front, the 8MP snapper brings autofocus into the mix, taking the selfie craze to an all new level. Not to mention that the S8 and S8+ are two of the most powerful smartphones available in the market as of now.
Related read: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ first impressions
LG G6 (Rs 51,990)
With the G6, LG took a U-turn from its semi-modular G5 (review) smartphone. The modular friend accessories are no more, as they paved way for an eye-catching, almost bezel-less metallic design that plays host to a 5.7-inch QHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 2:1. On the camera side of things, the G6 now flaunts dual 13MP cameras at the back. One of them allows you to shoot in an extra wide angle mode, to capture more area without changing your position. The results? The cameras on the LG G6 perform as advertised. The picture quality is great, and the wide angle shots are just amazing.
Related read: LG G6 first impressions
Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 edge (Rs 42,500 onwards)
Given the gains in camera quality of the S8 duo over its predecessor are marginal at best, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge still retain their place in the list of the best camera phones in the market. In fact, the 12MP primary camera and the 5MP selfie camera of the S7 and S7 edge have been tried and tested, and deserve all the accolades they have managed to gather over the past year. The devices pack beautiful QHD displays, Exynos 8890 SoCs and 4GB of RAM, enough to satisfy most users.
OnePlus 3T (Rs 29,999 onwards)
Rocking a 16MP camera sensor with features like phase detection autofocus, OIS and a bigger pixel count for low-light photos, the OnePlus 3T is, by all means, one of the best camera phones out there. The hype around the smartphone is justified as the device rightfully earns its title of a flagship killer with its performance. Selfie lovers won’t be disappointed, as a 16MP front camera awaits their command to snap a crisp selfie.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus (Rs 59,999 onwards)
The latest and greatest from the Cupertino giant, the iPhone 7 Plus (review), brings in a slew of new features and updates. On one hand, the company has done away with the 3.5mm headphone interface while on the other, the phone has a dual camera setup at the back. The arrangement comprises a wide angle lens to capture more area, as well as a telephoto lens to help in offering up to 2x optical zoom. It also provides an enhanced depth of field, especially with the Portrait mode. And there’s something new for the selfie lovers as well, as the company has decided to bump the resolution of the front camera to 7MP.
Related read: Apple iPhone 7 Plus camera review
Google Pixel / Pixel XL (Rs 52,000 onwards)
If a stock Android experience is what you’re after, then the Pixel and Pixel XL from Google are what you should be looking at. Interestingly, the duo offers amazing camera performance, and Google didn’t wait to reveal the DxOMark rating of the two smartphones, which at 89, is one of the highest any smartphone has achieved till now. The optics are taken care of by a 12.3MP rear camera with 1.55 micron pixels, Electronic image stabilisation (EIS) and PDAF. While the hardware might be last-gen, the Pixel devices are still among the snappiest Android smartphones you can get your hands on.
Related read: Google Pixel XL review
Huawei P9 (Rs 39,999)
Huawei is a smartphone OEM that has seen unprecedented growth in the last few years. In 2016, the company launched something unique in the form of the P9. Sporting a dual-lens camera setup, the Huawei P9 (review) has 12MP sensors, which features a Leica SUMMARIT lens and a 1.25-micron pixel size for better low-light photography. The dual-camera mechanism promises impressive photos since the P9 combines the RGB shots from one sensor and greyscale photos from the other into one.
However, if you’re looking for a more affordable option with dual cameras, then you can look at the Honor 8 (review), which also comes with dual 12MP rear cameras, and is available at a price of Rs 29,999. On the other hand, the Honor 6X (review) brings dual cameras at an even lower price tag of Rs 12,999 with its dual 12MP + 2MP cameras.
Moto G5 Plus (Rs 14,999 onwards)
While on paper, the Moto G5 Plus may not look like the best camera phone out there, it certainly impresses us with the kind of picture quality it produces. In fact, in our review, we even went ahead and crowned it the title of having the best camera in its segment. At the back resides a 12MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture and dual pixel technology. There are tons of modes and features bundled along in the software, while basics like focussing and shutter speed are as fast as the blink of an eye. Given the commendable snaps the device is capable of shooting, the Moto G5 Plus deserves a spot among the other big guns in this list.
Related read: Moto G5 Plus review
Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Rs 36,000)
The Galaxy C9 Pro from Samsung is a very popular device in the Korean giant’s portfolio. And rightly so, given the device is the first smartphone from the brand to come equipped with 6GB of RAM, when even the latest S8 duo ship with just 4 gigs of RAM. Keeping that aside, the Galaxy C9 Pro offers a 16MP sensor each at the front and rear. In particular, the primary camera produces incredible depth of field, and captures impressive daylight shots with a good amount of details and clarity. So, if a 6-inch phablet with decent cameras is what you’re looking for, the Galaxy C9 Pro might be a compelling option.
Related read: Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro review
With so many smartphones focusing on camera quality, there are bound to be quite a few that stand out. One of these includes the F3 Plus (review) from OPPO, which brings the dual camera magic to the selfies, with its 16MP + 8MP dual front cameras. On top of that, the rear 16MP primary snapper is more than capable enough to take some crisp photos.
On the other hand, Micromax has revealed its ace in the form of the Dual 5 (review) smartphone. As expected, the phone comes with dual 13MP sensors at the rear, out of which one captures images in normal RGB mode, while the other takes them in monochrome. Other features like a metal unibody design and a fingerprint scanner make the Dual 5 an enticing pick.
That brings us to the end of the list. The current best camera phones are pretty much summed in the list above. Which is your favourite pick out of the lot? Or do you have one apart from these? Let us know in the comment section below.