The Need to Know Guide to 2018’s Smartphone Cameras

The advances in phone camera technology has made point and shoot cameras almost obsolete. Why carry around two devices when you can carry one. The one you are going to use to upload all your photos to your social media account.

A phones picture snapping ability has now become one of the key features consumers check before they purchase, so here’s the breakdown of what 2018 has to offer.

iPhone X

The iPhone X features two 12-megapixel cameras and has a couple of handy modes to shoot in. Portrait mode which creates sharp foreground images with blurred backgrounds, and portrait lighting filters to enhance your photos.

It also has a telephoto lens to go along with its image stabilised sensors and 10x digital zoom.

Samsung Galaxy S9

The S9, at an aperture of f/1.5 currently has the widest aperture available. This makes it an excellent camera for low light conditions. The S9 comes with a single 12-megapixel rear lens, whereas the S9 Plus has an additional wide-angle camera.

Also improved from its predecessor is the camera super slow-motion video quality and additional noise reduction.

Sony Xperia XZ2’s

The Sony’s rear camera allows full HDR video shooting at 4K res. Sony has always been a strong contender when it comes to the photography front, but have chosen to stick with a single sensor not to compete with Apple and Galaxy.

Sony says that it will release the dual sensor phones that they debuted as prototypes this year at a later stage, when they feel the tech is tested enough.

Asus Zen Phone

Asus has followed suit with the dual-lens camera at the rear (13 + 5MP) and an 8MP in front. It doesn’t take great pics especially in low light, but for a mid-range offer and at its price point it does a good enough job.

The pics are good enough for social media, which in truth is the market ASUS is aiming for.

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The LG V30S is expected to hit the shelves in March. It has 16 filters available which means if you are a less than stellar photographer you can filter the evidence away. Same as the other offerings for 2018 the V30S has dual cameras.

The main camera is a 16-MP and a second 13-MP wide angle lens to help it along.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The Mate Pro has secured its bragging rights with its new neural network processing unit which allows the camera to set it exposure based on what it sees. It has several different modes it can identify including portraits, macro, pet and plants.

The camera features a 12-MP main sensor and a 20-MP monochrome one to support it.

HTC U11 Eyes

This HTC has dual front facing cameras, which is a little different to its competitors. The Beauty mode claims to create the selfie to beat all selfies which explains the front facing sensors. It also offers the bokeh, or portrait effect of its rivals.

Planted firmly in the selfie market, it also has a 12-MP rear facing camera which can tell the difference between a real face and a video.