Best smartphones for stellar photography

If you are looking for an opportunity to showcase your photography skills to the world, a great camera phone helps. Here are the best mobile phones for stellar photography in 2019.

Since smartphones came into our lives, we all discovered our passion for photography. The onset of high-speed internet and Instagram made that passion spiral out of bounds since we all now have the opportunity to showcase our photography skills to the world.

Best mobile phones for Stellar Photography

Unlike digital cameras, smartphones are easily affordable, hence, ubiquitous. Their sleek and portable design makes it much more convenient to carry them anywhere. However, not all smartphones can capture a high-definition image. The ones that do come at unbelievably sky-scraping prices.

Generally, a smartphone has small sensors despite having a greater number of pixels than a DSLR. This greatly hampers you from spontaneously capturing beauteous images of yourself and your surroundings. The popular ones we have are of course Google Pixel, iPhone 11 and Samsung Note along with their siblings, but this popular and high-end clique is not included in our list.

We have scoured numerous, not-so-popular smartphones available, so we could present you with the list of best camera phones for your spontaneous photography endeavors at a reasonable price tag.

1) Huawei P30 Pro

Camera Specifications: 40MP + 20MP + 8MP rear + ToF / 32MP front

Price: $729.00

Huawei P30 Pro not even lived up to its predecessor’s P20 Pro legacy but managed to surpass it outstandingly because of its fabulously engineered camera. However, it is a bit pricier than the other items on our list. Like the previous P20 Pro, P30 is giving Apple and Samsung a run for their money. The amalgamation of 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP prompts even the most amateur photographer to start their own agency.

Its camera has one of a kind 10x lossless zoom feature that utilizes AI-integrated Kirin 980 chipset, which sharpens your pictures and erases blur due to shaky grip. It also has a ToF (time-of-flight) camera for depth control in portrait mode, which makes it a quadruple lens camera. Instead of employing the industry standard RGB (Red, Blue, Green) sensor, the P30 Pro uses RYYB (Red, Yellow, Yellow, Blue), which aids in capturing more light. Subsequently, delivering fantastic photos despite the low light.

2) Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

Camera Specifications: 48MP + 13MP + 8MP rear/ Motorized Pop-up 16MP front

Price: $570 to $750

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, with its incredibly sleek design and Pop-up camera, made a grand entrance into the Western markets. Though its user interface is a bit slow, the phone has an incredible processor and a bunch of desirable features that will exceed your expectations. It’s ‘pivot rising’ camera pops up at an 11-degree angle at the top and retracts immediately if it falls, so as to avoid damage.

Oppo Reno 2 was released along with its sibling, encompassing most of Reno 10x Zoom features but at a lower cost. Its 48MP main sensor, 13MP telephoto and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle snapper that comes closer to beating Huawei’s P30 Pro. And it does dish out much more natural and warmer pictures than the P30 Pro. However, the low light results aren’t that up to par as compared to P30 Pro.

3) Honor 20

Camera Specifications: 48MP + 16MP + 2MP depth + 2MP macro rear/ 32MP front

Price: $410

An affordable alternative to its elder sibling Honor 20 Pro, nonetheless, it possesses brilliant capacities. Honor 20 has a selection of quad cameras, including a 48MP main sensor and a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens. But the true zoom lens can only be found in Pro version; the Honor 20 lets you use 2x zoom, which is just the cropped impression of the main view.  The camera has a fixed focus that requires the subject to be around 4cm distance for the image to be sharp.

Honor 20 may not produce the stellar quality photos as compared to other high-end phones or a DSLR, but it’s quite good for the $400 price tag.

4) Moto G7 Plus

Camera Specifications: 16MP + 5MP rear/ 12MP front / 4K video

Price: $244

The G7 plus may sound high-end with its Snapdragon 636 chipset and the Android 9.0 (Pie) OS, plus it has an all-glass display and quite a powerful camera, but it actually comes at a surprisingly affordable price. The main camera has a 16MP lens with 1.22µm pixel pitch along with an f/1.7-aperture lens with Optical Image Stabilization. The camera produces detailed images and has quick and precise autofocus. Also, it comes with good news for video lovers as this phone captures 4K video.

5) Xiaomi Mi 9

Camera Specifications: 48MP + 12MP + 16MP rear/ 20MP front / 4k video at 60fps

Price: $445

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is another incredible premium-like featured phone at an affordable price point. The main camera set includes 1/2″ 48MP lens that produces a 12MP output image. That extra resolution ensures image stabilization and noise reduction, the 12MP telephoto for 2x lossless zoom, and a 16MP ultra wide-angle sensor.

Mi 9 works well for night photography. The auto flash usually works precisely for night portraits but triggers too often while capturing low-light landscapes. Its wide-angle camera underperforms a bit due to low detail and lack of sharpness.

6) OnePlus 7 Pro

Camera Specifications: 48MP + 16MP + 8MP rear/ 16 MP front

Price: $669

OnePlus 7 Pro is the first of the kind for its company with a triple-lens camera.  OnePlus 7 Pro has 48MP primary lens, which is accompanied by f/1.6 aperture, OIS, and a custom 7 element lens that aids with fringing and distortion at the frame’s edge. Just like its competitors, it produces a 12MP outcome image via pixel-binning tech.

It includes a 16MP ultra-wide angle with an f/2.2 aperture; and an 8MP telephoto with f/2.4 aperture with 3x lossless zoom. 1 score up than Xiaomi Mi 9 in this regard, the 7 pro does a better job in preserving details in an image when they are cropped. Its natural lights capture impressive images like any other premium phone.

7) iPhone XR

Camera Specifications: Dual 12MP rear/ 7MP front

Price: $555

This list would have been incomplete without the mention of an iPhone since the entire iPhone range has a history of producing amazing camera results. Although, our dream for stellar photography is dashed by iPhone 11’s seizure-inducing price tag, rest assured, iPhone XR comes in an affordable price range. The iPhone XR has been downgraded in a number of features to match the mid-range price; hence, the lack of a telephoto sensor. But the phone’s 12MP still camera does a marvelous job in photo-taking.

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