Taking the Pic: Clove Technology’s Best Smartphone Cameras
When looking to purchase a new smartphone device, one of the many features that catches the attention is the capabilities of the camera. Specs on display are upgraded year on year, leaving many to ditch their portable cameras in favour of their trusty phones. But which smartphone cameras currently on the market are the best and why?
Huawei P20 Pro
It would be nigh on impossible to discuss smartphone cameras without discussing the capabilities of the Huawei P20 Pro.
The first smartphone to have three rear cameras, the Leica triple lens measures in at 40MP, 20MP (mono) and 8MP (3x zoom), offering 5x hybrid zoom; the best zoom of any phone currently on the market. A 24MP front camera only adds to the splendour on show.
Artificial intelligence can distinguish between different scenes and subsequently choose the best camera mode automatically. For example, if you direct your camera in the direction of a person, the P20 Pro will switch to portrait mode, blurring the background of the image. There are even custom modes for ‘greenery’, ‘flowers’ and ‘blue skies’.
Further effects include night mode, – indeed the P20 is the first device that can keep it’s shutter open for six seconds and deliver a pronounced image – liquid eyes, recording 4K at 30fps and 960fps slow-mo.
Samsung S9 Plus
With the release of the S9 Plus, Samsung have redefined the capabilities of smartphone photography.
The dual-lens rear camera (12MP and 12MP (2x zoom)), features Samsung’s ground-breaking Dual Aperture technology, allowing it to switch easily between f/1.5 (for low light) and f/2.4 (for bright settings). Significantly, the main f/1.5 aperture is the first to feature on a smartphone.
Samsung have also improved on video recording with their new super slow-motion feature, which when activated, enables you to record an incredible 960fps. The effect is limited to 20 shots per video, which results in 6 seconds of real-time playback. To save you missing those all-important moments, the S9 Plus lets you set an action square on screen. When motion is spotted in that square, the 960fps will kick in.
Meanwhile, post-capture editing allows you to effortlessly convert these snapshots into GIFs for instant social sharing!
Google Pixel 2 XL
On the surface, a single-lens 12.2MP camera may not immediately catch your eye, however it’s the software that comes with the 2 XL that particularly impresses.
An f/1.8 aperture handles dynamic range exceedingly well, giving captured images a great amount of depth. There is support for phase detection and laser autofocus, whilst HDR and optical image stabilisation is also paramount. Bokeh effect blurs out any background for great portrait shots, whilst you can also tweak exposure, white balance and focus lock, amongst others.
A respectable 8MP front camera comes prepared for those selfies with Portrait Mode. Further, the device can record 4K video at 30fps, or full HD at 120fps.
Apple iPhone X
As you may anticipate, the iPhone X comes equipped with the best camera of any of it’s predecessors.
A dual camera set-up (12MP & 12MP) comes with f/1.8 and f/2.4 apertures that lend an impressive feeling of depth to it’s images. Indeed, Apple has significantly improved low-light performance, meaning that photos are more saturated than those of previous Apple devices with more vivid colours.
Optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus and support for HDR is also included, as well as 4K video recording at up to 60fps (or full HD at 240 fps). The front facing camera is a respectable 7Mp and comes equipped with Portrait Mode.