Point and shoot cameras, remember them? Smartphone cams have all but slayed them as manufacturers keep making huge leaps on the camera front. Zoom photography, lowlight photography and high-quality videos are among the many boxes that smartphones have ticked over the last few years. We round up the best mobile shooters from across the world that are fully-kitted to capture those picture perfect moments on your next holiday
Samsung Galaxy S10+
It’s a tough call between Samsung’s newer Galaxy Note 10+ and the brand’s other 2019 flagship — the S10+. The Note 10+ has a couple of key new additions that include a time-of-flight sensor and a clever audio zoom while you shoot videos. But the S10+ is lighter and slightly easier to lug around, especially when your cam is on overdrive during a holiday. The rear camera brings together a 12MP wide angle lens and a f/1.5 aperture (great for lowlight photography), a 12MP telephoto lens and a 16MP ultra-wide lens with a 123-degree field of view.
Samsung’s dedicated night mode option does a great job in dim lighting. The dedicated Food and Instagram modes ensure you snap images that are Instagrammable. The selfie cam incorporates an 8MP lens with a depth sensor and 10MP lens. Videos are a strong suit, especially when you can switch to 4K UHD. It comes in a choice of hardware variants that go all the way to 1TB plus support for Micro SD cards up to 512GB.
Google Pixel 4
Google might have given India a skip with its newest device — the showcase of everything Android, but that won’t deter Pixel fans who might get their Pixel 4 from the US or Singapore. The Pixel 3 was one of our favourite cameras, especially in lowlight and the Pixel 4 takes it to the next level with a cool new Astro Photography mode that allows you to capture images of stars that are a zillion miles away.
OPPO Reno 10x
If zoom photography is your thing, this device deserves your consideration. The Reno 10x comes with a clever hybrid digital-optical zoom of 10x. It’s just what you need if you’re landing into LaGuardia airport and need clear images of the Manhattan skyline. The device’s other cool trick is a 16MP swivel front cam that OPPO calls a shark fin rising selfie cam.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro
this is one of the best smartphone cameras that you can’t buy in India. The quad cam assembles a 40MP primary lens, an 8MP telephoto, 40MO ultra-wide lens plus a TOF (Time of flight) sensor. Huawei calls it a Cine camera, it allows you to record ultra-lowlight, ultra-slow motion and ultra-wide angle time-lapse videos.
Vivo V17 Pro
Vivo’s premier camera smartphone features six lenses. It’s the perfect accessory for selfie fiends with its dual selfie pop-up cam, a first according to Vivo. The selfie cam adds an 8MP wide-angle selfie lens to the formidable 32MP primary front lens making it easier to shoot ‘groupfies’ with a wide, 105-degree field of view. The quad rear camera is fully loaded too and includes a Super Macro mode.
iPhone 11 and the iPhone 11 Pro
Apple launched three iPhones this year including two Pro versions. The big story might actually be the entry-level iPhone 11 with its dual camera. The iPhone 11 brings three standout features from the pricey Pro twins. First, it’s stellar lowlight photography that places the Apple iPhones in the same league as Google’s Night Sight solution. The iPhone 11’s night mode is unsurprisingly intuitive — you don’t need to keep fiddling around for the night mode tab; the camera automatically switches to night mode when the light demands it. It also indicates how many seconds you need to hold the phone still to capture an image.
Apple’s earlier iPhones didn’t boast of the ultra-wide angle lens. That’s one of the key wins for the iPhone 11. You can shoot both images and videos with this lens (with a field of view of 120-degrees). And then there’s the slofie — the slow-mo selfie, that allows you to shoot slow-motion videos with the front camera, a unique feature across all iPhone 11 models. The iPhone 11 is one of the best smartphone cams at its sticker price while the 11 Pro and Pro Max also add a third telephoto lens to augment the camera.