Thanks to recent smartphone releases, you don't need to own a DSLR camera to achieve professional-looking shots - if you own the right handset of course. Whether you're a budding photographer, aspiring movie-maker or simply an Instagram user looking to improve the quality of your feed, you're sure to be impressed by the smartphones featured below.
Huawei P30 Pro
The Huawei P30 Pro has an outstanding quad-lens camera system, alongside a 32MP front-facing camera that snaps amazing selfies. Created in partnership with photography experts Leica, you're looking at one seriously impressive camera offering from this Android device. In fact, the rear quad-lens camera system has been praised by DxOMark (the trusted industry standard for camera quality). Upon release, it was graded at 112 - the highest score ever to be awarded to a rear smartphone camera.
The quad-lens system is made up of a 40MP Super Sensing camera, a 20MP ultra-wide angle lens, an 8MP telephoto lens and a TOF (time of flight) sensor, designed to accurately measure objects in the background of your shot for an improved bokeh effect.
The 40MP Super Sensing camera has a wide aperture of f/1.6 too and this, combined with the system's offering of up to ISO 409,600, means shooting in low-light is easy. You can even shoot in darkness, and achieve supremely detailed, clear results. Additionally, there's a Superzoom Lens that works together with the periscope telephoto lens and built-in optical image stabilisation feature to produce high resolution photos. Snap objects far away with Huawei's 10x hybrid zoom, 50x digital zoom and 5x optical zoom, all without losing the important details.
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+
The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ will revolutionise the way you take photographs, with multiple lenses enabling you to really unleash your creativity.
On the rear of both phones, you'll find Samsung's triple-lens True Vision camera system. This includes a 12MP Telephoto camera to help you zoom in on the action, a wide-angle 12MP camera and a 16MP Ultra-Wide camera with a 123-degree field of view for panoramic shots. Features like multi-frame composition and dual-aperture ensure taking photos is always straightforward, even in low light.
The 10MP + 8MP front-facing camera on the Galaxy S10+ is well equipped for the selfie lover. Play around with the depth of field on your snaps with Live Focus, add effects to suit your mood, or record a video in 4K UHD. You can even have a go at recording in Super Slow Motion if you fancy.
As for the front-facing camera on the Samsung Galaxy S10, you'll find a single-lens 10MP camera. Whether you're big on group selfies or love video calls, this handset is equipped for it all.
Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 Pro offers one of the best smartphone cameras on the market. In fact, DxOMark (the official standard for image quality) gave the Huawei P20 Pro a score of 109 which puts the handset in a joint-first position with our next handset, the Huawei Mate 20.
What's so special about the Huawei P20 Pro? With Leica technology on board, and fuelled by AI features, the rear triple-lens camera can deliver unbelievably detailed shots whatever the environment. A 40MP RGB sensor, 20MP monochrome sensor and 8MP telephoto sensor all combine to deliver outstanding photos that are clear, defined, vibrant and simply stunning. You can capture even the finest details too, thanks to the 5x hybrid zoom.
As for the front-facing camera, it measures a whopping 24MP. Studio lighting effects make your selfies even better too, showing off your best features by selecting the most flattering settings.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Just like the Huawei P20 Pro, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is powered by a Lecia designed camera system. Three lenses - a 40MP RGB sensor, 8MP telephoto lens and 20MP ultra wide-angle lens - combine to produce amazing images. The ultra-wide lens in particular is fantastic for macro shots, as you can take a close-up photograph from as little as 2.5cm away without losing focus.
AI-powered image stabilisation keeps every photo blur-free, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro also uses AI to recognise over 1,500 different scenarios, automatically adjusting settings (such as brightness, contrast levels and colour) to your environment.
You'll find Night Mode as well, to help you take shots in conditions with low light levels, and a 24MP selfie camera to capture your best side in amazing quality.
Google Pixel 3
Interested in the Google Pixel 3? Its on-board camera offering won't let you down. The rear camera measures 12.2MP and uses machine learning to produce optimum results. Night Sight is a great example, which enhances images taken in low light conditions to make it easier than ever to take amazing evening shots. What's more, this handset arrives with free unlimited online storage in Google Photos.
The Pixel 3 also offers optical image stabilisation to ensure your photos are as defined as possible, a super high-resolution zoom and Top Shot, a handy feature that captures photos before and after you press the shutter button so you never miss a moment.
As for selfie lovers, you'll have a dual 8MP camera to make the most of. The f/2.2 wide-angle lens is amazing for squeezing everyone into a group shot.
Samsung Galaxy S9+
Looking for an Android device with an amazing camera? You'll find plenty from tech giant Samsung. Alongside an amazing design and loads of other fantastic tech specs, the Samsung Galaxy S9 has a seriously brilliant dual-lens rear camera.
Samsung claim that the dual 12MP rear camera intelligently adapts to varying light levels, much like the human eye. Changing its settings automatically, you'll always be able to take a professional-looking photo be it day or night. The 26mm wide-angle lens and 52mm telephoto lens work brilliantly together, particularly for landscape shots or for moments when you want to produce a bokeh effect.
There's an 8MP selfie camera on the Galaxy S9+ as well which makes AR Emoji (Samsung's playful augmented reality feature) possible.
Samsung Galaxy A9
Another breakthrough handset from Samsung that all keen photographers should consider is the Samsung Galaxy A9. You'll find the world's first quad camera on the Galaxy A9 and, as you might have guessed, you'll be able to take astounding snaps with all of this innovative tech.
Samsung's new, intelligent camera system utilises each lens depending on your environment. There's an 8MP lens with a wide, 120-angle reach, a 10MP telephoto camera that's perfect for creating a bokeh effect or for making the most of the A9's 2x optical zoom. The main camera, of course, that comes in at a huge 24MP and a special 5MP depth camera that works simultaneously with the main camera to let you manually adjust the depth of field on a photo.
Camera settings will also be automatically adjusted, depending on the conditions around you. When the moment strikes, all you'll have to do is open the camera app and hit the shutter button - there's no need to waste time changing your camera settings, the Galaxy A9 will do it all for you.
The front-facing camera is equally as impressive at 24MP and offers auto HDR and an intelligent portrait mode. You'll find other unique features, like flaw detection and scene optimiser, on the Samsung Galaxy A9 too.
If you're a big fan of Apple, and want an impressive smartphone camera, make sure you consider the iPhone Xs as your next handset. This device features a 12MP dual-lens camera and highlights how it's not just the number of megapixels on a phone that matters. Photos taken on the iPhone Xs are breathtakingly detailed, with the wide-angle lens and telephoto lens working in harmony to produce shots that are bright, vibrant and clear, whatever the environment.
Dual optical image stabilisation ensures your photos are always in focus too, and the rear camera offers a 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom to help you get closer to the action. Depth Control, meanwhile, gives you the freedom to edit the depth of field on a photo even after you've pressed the shutter button, and you can also shoot in 4K, at either 24, 30 or 60 fps.
In fact, Apple even produced a short film titled 'The Bucket' entirely on the iPhone Xs. Celebrating the Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, it features some of the most picturesque locations in China. The videography is stunning and showcases just how incredible the iPhone Xs can be.
The iPhone Xs has an amazing selfie camera too. The 7MP True Depth front-facing camera will always capture your good side, with Portrait Lighting and Portrait Mode helping you to look your best. Apple's True Depth camera system makes features such as Face ID and Memoji possible on the iPhone Xs too.
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