Since before the dawn of history, human beings have sought to immortalise ourselves and our surroundings, via the use of images and, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, it’s never been easier for us to do so.
But, as we enter 2018, just what are the smartphones we should be buying in order to get the very best out of our photography?
PIXEL 2 XL.
The Pixel 2 XL may only possess a single 12-megapixel rear camera but it can still create high class Portrait Mode style pictures. That’s because Google’s latest doesn’t require dual cameras. It, instead, relies on computational intelligence to get the job done. And the addition of Google Lens, for the provision of object recognition, means you’ve got yourself the Einstein of camera phones.
Modest changes to the 8 Plus’s already excellent camera have massively benefited Apple’s iPhone X. Its rear telephoto lens’s wide, f/2.4 aperture enables it to capture detailed images, while both rear lenses provide optical image stabilization for steadier shooting. Not only that but its 7-MP front camera is potent enough to provide Portrait Mode effects.
Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom
The Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom’s dual 12-megapixel rear cameras boast a 2.3x optical zoom and a dedicated colour correction sensor, full-featured pro mode and 4-axis optical image stabilization. The front, meanwhile, houses a 13-MP selfie camera equipped with a whole range of beauty mode settings. Not only that but, with a fully charged battery lasting more than sixteen hours, you’ll have plenty of time in which to immortalise your subjects.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung smartphone to feature a dual-camera setup, producing an even better image than its predecessors did. The first 12-megapixel lens has an f/1.7 aperture, while the 12-MP telephoto lens provides an f/2.4 aperture. The Note 8’s dual cameras have a 2X optical zoom and optical image stabilization, while a Live Focus feature allows you to control how much blurring you apply to the photo’s background. This can be changed both before and after shooting. You can also take a close-up and wide-angle shot simultaneously.
Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ have just a single rear camera but that may prove to be all you’ll need, as both possess an excellent 12-MP sensor with multi-image processing and HDR-like feature, meaning they can produce pictures with better colours and contrast, as well as allowing you to shoot in poorer light. Elsewhere, the front camera possesses Smart Auto Focus, useful for facial tracking.
With its dual cameras possessing 13-MP sensors, the LG G6 can produce super-sharp photos from both its wide-angle and its standard lens. Its pro mode allows the manual adjustment of settings like shutter speed, white balance and ISO, and its Square mode allows you to take a picture while viewing another at the same time, enabling you to easily recreate scenes or compositions. On top of that, its landscape shots are especially impressive.
The newest of LG’s V series greatly enhances your repertoire, thanks to Cine Video effects whose sixteen filters mimic everything from Romantic Comedy to Thriller. Video shoots can be saved in the Cine Log format, while a Point Zoom feature enables you to close in on any part of the frame, not just its centre. The V30s’ dual rear cameras also stand out when it comes to producing wide-angle shots.