It has been an exciting year of amazing cameraphones and Google Pixel 3 was one of the most anticipated. Its predecessor stood atop the cameraphone hill last year and all eyes were on the Pixel 3 to see if it would become the best camera phone of 2018. It didn’t.
2018 is pretty much over and all smartphone brands have announced and released their flagship devices for the year. As you know, the best cameraphones are always from the flagships. That means that all the best cameraphones of the year are here already.
If we start with the topmost brands, our liat of contenders will include the Apple iPhone XS Max, XS, XR, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, Huawei P20 Pro, Google Pixel 3. Once upon a time, we would have had a Nokia model up here too.
Google’s single-lens camera technology has finally been left behind by multi-lens technology used by its competitors.
The Camera of the Google Pixel 3
The Pixel 3’s camera is a single-lens affair with 12 megapixels resolution, f/1.8 aperture, and dual LED flash. It also records 4K video @ 60fps.
This is the exact same camera specifications of the Pixel 3 XL, so a different set of results are not expected.
And Huawei P20 Pro is the Best Camera phone of 2018
The Chinese company pulled it off with a triple-lens camera. Even the dual-camera P20 scored higher than the Pixel 3. Here is what the top 10 list looks like:
- Huawei P20 Pro
- Apple iPhone XS Max
- HTC U12+ / Samsung Galaxy Note / Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
- Huawei P20
- Apple iPhone XR / Google Pixel 3
- Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus / Xiaomi Mi 8
- Google Pixel 2 / OnePlus 6T
- Apple iPhone X
Huawei P20 Pro is a superb cameraphone and is deserving of the title of the best camera phone of 2018. Its slightly less capable sibling, the P20, is at the number 4 spot just above the Pixel 3.
Make no mistake about it: Google Pixel 3 is the best Pixel yet. It just isn’t good enoigh to rule the roost this year. If 2018’s results are anything to go by, we should see a Pixel camera with multiple lens next year.
Technology has moved the cheese and found the champion of single-lens camera wanting. The best camera phone of 2018 has a triple-lens camera.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with HDML/WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.