The Best Phones for Photography 2019

Investing in a smartphone with a good camera is always a good thing, especially if you’re living in this digital age. However, with the leading brands now releasing several phones that have different specifications, it can be a quite daunting task to weigh your pros and cons and invest in the choice that’s best for you.

If you’re on the market for a new phone with a great camera, we’ve compiled a list of smartphones that launched this year that you may want to look into.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

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If you’re an avid Android user, perhaps you have heard about the recent release of the Galaxy S10 Plus. The S10 has a 6.4” display and a screen resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels, and paired with your ultra-sleek and high-definition phone screen is a high-quality phone camera to match. With a remarkable f/1.5 aperture that allows for low light shots, the option to tinker with aperture levels makes for incredible shots in bright daylight as well.

Iphone XS/XS Max

If you’ve gotten used to Apple’s user interface, the newest launch from Apple, the Iphone XS or the XS Max, has a pretty straightforward camera that’s been lauded for its excellent quality. Although you may not get a ton of shooting options and variations, if you’re looking for a phone you can whip out and take a good picture with, the iPhone is your way to go. Both the iPhone XS and XS Max have the newly integrated Portrait Mode in the camera app, with studio lighting options that almost come to par with professional camera settings.

Sony Xperia XZ3

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A phone camera that works exceptionally well for both photos and video is the pride of the Sony Xperia XZ3. Although it may not have plenty of features to boast like the other contenders on the list, it undoubtedly excels in capturing videos. Its single 19MP lens features high-tech digital stabilization, able to capture 960fps in full HD with a slow motion feature.

Huawei P30 Pro

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Catching up to the year’s frontrunners is the Huawei P30 Pro, which combines 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP shooter cameras in its quad-camera technology, giving the phone camera the ability to capture images at a 102,400 ISO sensitivity, at maximum. This smartphone’s camera offers versatility that photography enthusiasts may look for, such as a wide variety of image processing options, noise sensitivity, and super zoom features.

Google Pixel 3 / Google Pixel 3 XL

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The Google Pixel phones seem to be the recent talk of the town, with the Google Pixel 3 especially being heralded as having the best quality phone camera yet. Producing what looks to be the sharpest, brightest, most detailed images, the Pixel 3’s photo quality now seems to be at par with some of the most high-end DSLRs on the market. With an Ace OLED screen to view high-definition photography in, the Google Pixel 3 (or the Google Pixel 3 XL, for people who prefer bigger phones) seems to be the top choice for people who prefer only the clearest and most crisp phone photography option. It also boasts their new Night Sight technology, allowing the camera to bring out details and colors even in extra dim lighting without having to use the flash.

If you’re looking for a good camera to use for digital photography, check out Daydreaming in Paradise’s guide on picking the right mirrorless camera that suits you best. For more articles on technology and gadgets, check out the Tech category while you’re at it!

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