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Best Android Smartphone Cameras

Digital photography has evolved immensely.  Today, smartphone cameras have entirely replaced the point and shoot cameras. As a matter of fact, it won’t be a shock that one day they will also replace the DSLRs. Yes, I’m quite serious with that statement. All the major manufacturing giants are competing with each other for the throne of the best camera. We have seen the megapixel wars and now we are witnessing a number of camera sensors on a single device. Furthermore, with newer sensors on the market, the quality of the pictures are coming next to real world.

So are you looking to purchase an Android smartphone with top-notch camera sensor? Don’t look anywhere else, as we have shortlisted some of the best camera phones that money could buy. However, we have selected them on the basis of real world performance rather than raw specs.

  1. Google Pixel and Pixel XL: Coming from the house of Google, Both Pixel XL are pretty good performers when comes to camera and raw performance. In addition, they boast sufficient specs for a refined lag free experience. You are getting plenty of onboard storage and RAM along with long lasting batteries. Furthermore, the design language is quite unique and premium in both Pixel and Pixel XL. Experts say that Pixel series has got one of the best cameras in existence. Accordingly, images captured by them are very sharp and full of detail. You cannot notice any grain or distortion, the HDR+ mode gives the most stunning images. Thankfully, launching the camera is very easy in both of the devices, you just need to double tap on the power button and you are ready to shoot. Sadly, the app doesn’t offer any manual controls for more precision. But, you will be amazed by the low light performance of the cameras. The cameras do offer electronic image stabilization for better stability, however, OIS would have been more appropriate. Finally, if you put the camera aside then you get an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance.

Specs

Google Pixel

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/128 GB of onboard storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,770 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm, 143 g
Google Pixel XL
  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/128 GB of onboard storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,450 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm, 168 g

2.HTC U11: Although the Taiwanese giant failed to grab consumer’s attention through HTC10’s camera. HTC U11 is expected to bring back the faith of the consumers. As its design is really eye-catching along with smooth snappy software. The U11 is directly competing against Galaxy S8 and LG G6 when it comes to raw performance. In addition, U11 features a 12MP “UltraPixel 3” sensor under its casing. The hype is really high this time, but it’s really noteworthy this time. Every picture shows the proper detail with accurate color reproduction. You can expect some incredibly sharp and well-detailed pictures with U11’s shooter. Meanwhile, you are getting awesome low-light photography with low noise levels. The new sensor in the U11 is responsible for lens flares and floating light particles. In conclusion, we can say its a decent camera phone, however, it doesn’t offer any 3.5 mm headphone jack. Therefore, you have to consider buying a Bluetooth headphone or an adaptor. Finally, HTC’s custom UI might be annoying for users due to its gimmicky features.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 16 MP front camera
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm, 169 g

3.Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: It is globally acknowledged fact that when it comes to manufacturing Android smartphones, Samsung stands at the top of the throne. You must have seen their success through their S7 lineup. Accordingly, they are back with the launch of S8 and S8plus featuring top of line specs with the robust and futuristic design. This time Samsung has included their mighty curved screen on both S8 and S8 Plus. In addition to that, they have also removed their famous physical home button in order to attain better in hand feel. The camera sensors are pretty good when it comes to photography. As you can expect clear and vivid pictures with no noise at all. In addition, the camera is one of the best apps you can get it any smartphones. It offers hundreds of modes and filters along with manual controls. In conclusion, both the S8 and S8 Plus are tremendous value for money. You can choose from two variants of the S8 depending on your requirement.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g

4.LG G6: LG struggled throughout 2016 with its G5 against the giants like Samsung, HTC, and other flagships. But this year they back again with the hope to take them down with their G6. The phone is quite decent with its 5.7inch Quad HD display and plenty of RAM. In addition to that, you are also getting Hi-Fi Quad DAC for industrial grade sound and military grade reinforcement for structural rigidity. In the camera department, the G6 is rocking a solid 13MP dual camera setup. As a result, the dual setup enables a wide degree of view but sadly there no OIS. However, the shots taken from G6 are crisp and clear with proper color reproduction. Low light photography is quite average in my opinion as compared with other competitors on the list. In conclusion, G6 is a solid device with decent build quality with a good camera for shooting snaps.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2880 x 1440 resolution, 564 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm, 163 g

5.Huawei Mate 9: Arguably Huawei is the number 1 Chinese mobile phone manufacturer when it comes to sales. The company has done a really great job is the recent years. First with the Huawei P9 and now they are back with the Mate 9. The Mate 9 rocks a vivid 5.9-inch display with powerful processor along with Dual-Sim capabilities. Furthermore, Mate 9 is known to have one of the most powerful cameras in any smartphone. Recently, Huawei had a partnership with Leica which enabled them providing

Recently, Huawei had a partnership with Leica which enabled them providing phone with better dual camera setup. There are two sesors in the back of Mate 9, one with 20 MP monochrome sensor and another with a 12 MP RGB sensor. As a result, you can expect some stunning shots with its helpful OIS for better stabilization. The image quality stands upto company’s reputation in camera optics. Futhermore, the camera performance in low light has easily surpassed the legecy of Samsung S7. In conclusion, the Mate 9 is an awesome choice for users looking for decent camera and overall package with decent build quality.

Specs

  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 373 ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm, 190 g

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