Best Phone Camera
Cameras have gone from being bulky and heavy to light and quick, thanks to the introduction of smartphones and social media. The main social media apps we use, Instagram and Snapchat, involve the camera. So, it would make sense for consumers to want to have the best phone camera out.
Designed to improve image processing (including low light scenarios), the Pixel Visual Core was the turning point for photography with the Pixels.
When the first Pixel came out, the camera redeemed the phone and people praised it. It was first in line after Google decided to end the Nexus program and start a new line of smartphones. However, with the Pixel, came their exclusive photography chip. Designed to improve image processing (including low light scenarios), the Pixel Visual Core was the turning point for photography with the Pixels. Before the PVC, the common complaint on both Instagram and Snapchat was that after you’ve taken a picture, the picture comes out slightly pixelated and compressed. Thanks to the PVC (Pixel 2 and up), whenever you take pictures on those apps, it should turn out closer to what you expect when you take a picture with their own camera app.
Let’s not forget the Nexus 6P either, one of the last two Nexus phones to be released (Sept. 2015). Although it’s discontinued, many of its users still praise the camera, and how it can compete with today’s best phone cameras.
- Huawei Nexus 6P
- Google Pixel/XL
- Google Pixel 2/XL
- Google Pixel 3/XL
After the 6P was released, Samsung decided to switch up the design for their new S7 (Mar. 2016). The jump from the S6 Edge Plus (their last Galaxy S6 version) to the S7 was remarkable because they perfected everything that went wrong their S6 series, including a bigger battery, a better camera, and an SD card slot. Since then, Samsung has been focusing a lot on the camera (especially in low light). Not just Samsung, but everyone who’s trying to compete in the smartphone market.
* Personally knowing someone who’s owned the S8 and now the S9, there’s a weird difference in the quality between the S8 and S9. However, it could vary from phone to phone or could be fixed in upcoming camera fixes and updates.
Despite being under fire for their privacy concerns, you can’t deny that Huawei has been impressing consumers with their photography these past few years. I currently own a Mate 9 and it being a 2016 phone, it still holds up in the photography department, especially in low light as well.
- Mate 9/Pro
- Mate 10/Pro
- Mate 20/Pro/X
Finally entering the US market with their 6t, (and me owning a 6), their cameras can hold their own against the big three I mentioned, though it lacks any major bells and whistles aside from Nightscape.
- OnePlus 6
- OnePlus 6t
“The dark side” joins the list, and it is a healthy competition against the Pixel, Galaxy, and Mate/Pro. I’m all for Android and generally have a negative bias towards iPhones, but I have to admit, they take some really good pictures.
- iPhone 7/Plus
- iPhone 8/Plus
- iPhone X (discontinued, congrats if you have one)
- iPhone XS/XS Max/XR