Smartphone cameras are becoming a necessary crutch of the digital age. At the top end, they are now so good they can comfortably replace stand-alone digital cameras.
Journalists, vloggers, bloggers, and individuals who love to capture important moments in their lives always have their smartphones handy.
It is not easy to decide which smartphone camera is the best from the lot on offer. They are so good that the margins between them are paper thin in most cases.
However, in deciding the best, it is noteworthy that no single camera tops at everything. Some are awesome in low lights situation while been just average outdoors.
Others come with amazing sensors powerful enough to capture fast-moving objects in details.
The best smartphone cameras though combine a bit of everything while being really good at the most basic things like screen resolutions, lenses, sensors, and aperture size among others.
Below are the 10 ten smartphone cameras of the year so far.
Top Ten Smartphone cameras
1. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung’s flagship devices have always delivered the goods when it comes to breathtaking camera shots. The Galaxy S9 Plus released in March continues that tradition.
The S9 Plus features a dual camera technology, a first in the Galaxy range. The two rear cameras are rated at 12MP each. The front camera is rated 8MP.
Combined with an aperture sensor of f/1.5 and f/2.4 respectively, you get a camera that does brilliantly even in low-light conditions.
Other outstanding features include slow-motion capture in video mode, AR emoji, and bokeh mode for portrait snaps.
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The only reason the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 appears second on the list is that it is more a more expensive smartphone.
But, it is practically the same camera as the Galaxy S9 Plus with just a few minor tweaks.
So, if you want a more expensive gadget that offers the same camera power as the Galaxy S9 Plus, the Galaxy Note 9 is the phone for you.
3. Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei’s P20 Pro takes the third spot in our 10 top smartphone cameras. It is always nice to have an outsider challenging the Samsung Galaxy – iPhone duopoly.
Released in April this year, the P20 Pro features three rear cameras with a combined sensor of 68MP. That is huge by any standard.
The three camera sensors combine to significantly reduce the amount of noise in shots and it can zoom images up to three times without a loss in quality.
4. iPhone XS Max
Apple decided to go big with the iPhone XS Max with a massive 6.5 OLED HDR display. With the right combination of camera specs and technology, the best viewing from the screen is assured.
The iPhone XS Max doesn’t disappoint. It features dual 12MP wide-angle cameras combined with aperture sensors rated f/1.8 and f/2.4 respectively.
The bigger and deeper sensors let in more light giving improved shots in low-light conditions. The faster sensors and better configurations combine to render highlights and even shadows in greater details in pictures.
5. Google Pixel 2 XL
Though released last year, it is still good enough to place 4th. Some still consider the camera the best. Likely improvements in the soon-to-be-released Pixel 3 should change things for the Pixel positively.
The 12MP rear camera of the Pixel 2 XL is augmented by with 1.4um pixels laser and phase-detection autofocus. There is also an f/1.8 aperture for better low light shots.
The combination of the above specs gives a camera with excellent performance in low light and self-portraits shots.
The front 8MP camera produces matching quality. Selfie lovers simply love rocking it.
6. OnePlus 6
The latest flagship from OnePlus comes in a decent fifth in the top 10 smartphone cameras of 2018.
Released in May, the OnePlus 6 has dual rear cameras of 16MP and 20MP with sensor ratings of f/1.7 each.
The improved sensors of the latest OnePlus smartphone make it better in low-light shooting.
At 16MP, selfie lovers would have lots of spectacular shots in their photo gallery.
What is remarkable about OnePlus 6 is the amazing all round specs at a relatively low price. For a mid-range smartphone, it is punching far above its weight.
7. Moto G6 Plus
This is another mid-range phone with an impressive camera both in specs and performance.
The Moto G6 Plus was released in May. It features a dual rear camera of 12MP and 5MP. The aperture size stands at f/1.2 and f/2.2 respectively.
The 5MP lens is a depth sensor with the ability to render the bokeh effect in portrait mode.
Though a bit of quality is lost with zooming, the shots are excellent for a relatively cheap phone.
The front camera is rated at 8MP.
8. iPhone 8 Plus
Though released last year, the iPhone 8 Plus is still one of the best smartphone cameras of 2018.
As far as the camera goes, the iPhone XS Max at number 4 is only a slight improvement on it with a slightly better aperture (f/2.4 vs f/2.8) on the second rear camera.
The front camera is rated 7MP with f/2.2 aperture sensors. This should be great for selfies even in low-light surroundings.
You still get the bokeh effect on portrait shots and enhanced portrait lighting. This ensures you can darken the whole background and focus only on the face.
9. Huawei P20
Unlike the P20 Pro with three rear cameras, the Huawei P20 spots just two cameras which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
At the price, it could lay claim to being the best camera for low-light shots.
It comes with two 12MP and 20MP rear lenses with aperture light sensors of f/1.8 and f/1.6 respectively. It has an awesome 24MP camera for selfie lovers.
10. Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
The Xperia XZ2 Premium hit the shelves last month with dual cameras of 19MP and 12MP.
Touted as the best phone for video, it features impressive sensors of f/1.8 & f/1.6 for an amazing night or low-light shots.
The camera has the ability to slo-mo at 960 frames/s in full HD. This is twice the resolution you get for Galaxy S9 for a similar operation.
The front camera is a fairly decent 13MP. This is as good as the best cameras for selfies.