Cameras are one of the most important features on smartphones, as they enable you to take stunning photos and videos. Whether you are an expert photographer or simply want to capture some great holiday snaps, there are many different types of smartphone cameras available.
Some are designed for photo taking, while others are best suited for video. The best phones have excellent cameras that can capture high-quality photos and video with minimal fuss.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra is a top-tier phone with a huge camera. The 108-megapixel main camera produces highly detailed images and video, while the wide-angle lens can capture super-zoomed shots that are impressively clear and dynamic.
The phone is also the first in the S series to offer an S Pen stylus, which can be used to jot down notes, draw and more. It has a shorter writing latency than the Note 20 and a new AI-based coordinate prediction technology to anticipate where you’ll want to draw.
The phone also has improved night mode shooting, thanks to software that reduces image noise and boosts color pops. However, the results aren’t as good as those from the iPhone 13 Pro or Google Pixel 6 Pro.
OnePlus 10 Pro
The OnePlus 10 Pro packs a plethora of camera features that rival Google and Apple’s best phones. Those include the best main sensor and night mode OnePlus has ever put in a smartphone.
The main camera is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX789 that captures detailed images. It can shoot RAW Plus photos with 12-bit depth and has a variety of other tools to help you get the best shot possible.
The OnePlus 10 Pro also has a 50-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. That telephoto lens is a huge upgrade over the one on the OnePlus 9 Pro, and can punch in 3.3x.
Huawei P50 Pro
Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone features a stunning Leica camera that will impress even the most avid photogs. It has a 50MP main lens and a 64MP telephoto one, alongside a 40MP monochrome sensor for those classic dramatic B&W shots.
Its camera software is a mix of AI and manual modes that offer an incredible range of creative possibilities. It also boosts colors to deliver snaps that are more vibrant than those you’ll see from other Android devices.
However, the colors produced by this camera tend to look slightly too saturated when taking pictures in moderately dark scenes, and you should avoid using its night mode if possible as it’ll cause the photos to appear a bit unnatural. This isn’t a huge issue, but it’s something to bear in mind.
Apple iPhone 14
The Apple iPhone 14 doesn’t seem like a huge upgrade over last year’s model, but it does have a camera that is a bit better. The main camera has a bigger sensor and an f/1.5 aperture, while the Ultra Wide lens has been improved thanks to a new image-processing algorithm called Photonic Engine (a Deep Fusion upgrade).
This results in photos that are significantly better at low light, with brighter shadows and details. Plus, Night mode captures photos up to two times faster. Moreover, the Photonic Engine also improves JPEGs by adding color and brightness enhancements.
Google Pixel 6 Pro
The Google Pixel 6 Pro has a camera that’s as good as anything we’ve seen on a smartphone. That’s thanks to an upgraded sensor selection and the company’s computational photography algorithms.
As a bonus, it’s also one of the best Android phones to record videos with. It’s not perfect, but it does a better job of avoiding noise and denoising than some other Android cameras, especially in low-light situations. Google also gave the Pixel camera a couple of neat new software tricks for having fun with your photos. Magic Eraser is a tool that helps remove unwanted items from your images by either automatically erasing them or by you simply circling the object in question.