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The best phones for snap happy amateur photographers

08 Aug 2018


amaysim's tech geek

Smartphone cameras have come a long way in recent years. Gone are the the days where our trusty old flip-phones took photos so pixelated you could barely decipher them once you zoomed in - every miiscule (both good and bad) are now onshow!

But not all phone cameras are created equal. We’ve taken some of the best phone cameras to come out over the past year and put their features to the test in order to determine which are the best shooters on the market.

Google Pixel 2

Google has put an enormous amount of effort into its Pixel 2’s camera. The camera’s lightning-fast focus produces sharp, detailed photos in a wide range of circumstances.

Its HDR+ capabilities are where this camera phone really shines. Blending multiple images together this camera keeps the detail in both the bright and dark areas of the image while not slowing down or draining your battery.

It dual lens also allows for that soft bokeh effect we all love – perfect for any of those Valencia filter lovers out there.

You also have the options to tweak the camera’s settings so that you can finally get that perfect shot, just the way you imaged it. All you have to do is press the shutter. Oh, and did we mention that is has lightning-fast focus, so your images will be sharper and more detailed in a wide range of circumstances.

iPhone X

Loyal iPhone supporters will not be disappointed with this little beauty. The iPhone X houses the best camera ever created by Apple – and yes we know that’s a big claim.

One of the camera’s most impressive features is its powerful optical and digital zoom. Due to the phone’s dual cameras, you are now able to zoom-in on distant objects while still snapping a crystal-clear image.

The front-facing 7-megapixel camera is where all the real magic happens though. The phone’s True Depth camera (which is the key component of its face recognition), along with its Phase Detection Autofocus allows you to take the most seamless selfies. And lucky for us, both the front and back cameras have image stabilisation – so no more excuses for wonky panoramas.

For anyone who feels like a fish-out-of-water when it comes to photography, this phone takes the hard work out of snapping a great shot.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung S9

This nifty little piece of tech is packed full of features. Want to snap selfies that everyone wants to share? The phone’s Smart Auto Focus tracks faces so that everyone in the shot stays in focus. While its multi-image processing ensures your photos are crisp and detailed, regardless of lighting.

Samsung first introduced the Dual Pixel camera on the Galaxy S7 in 2016, and it was such a hit that it has remain largely untouched since. In 2018, however, the company decided it was time for an upgrade, and what an upgrade it is.

The new Super Speed Dual Pixel camera, as Samsung refers to it, is arguably the most impressive camera the world has ever seen on a smartphone.

It’s the first smartphone camera to include dual apertures, with one f/2.4 aperture for wonderfully crisp pictures of well-lit scenes, and a second f/1.5 aperture for extremely clear low-light photos – now just think of all the glorious Instagram content.

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