Today, smartphone cameras are now more advanced than a point-and-shoot camera. If you’re looking for the best smartphone with the best camera, this is the in-depth review written for you. In this review, I take a closer look at the best camera smartphones of 2017. Among these top 10 best camera smartphones, you’d be surprised that it’s not just the high-end, expensive smartphones like Huawei P10, Apple iPhone 8 Plus, and Google Pixel, cheaper or budget smartphones like Moto G5 Plus also offers the best for your money.
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
This is probably the world’s most premium smartphone. Just like iPhone 7 Plus, this 2017 iPhone from Apple is the best for most people. It’s a better edition of the iPhone 8 and cheaper than the iPhone X. The newest iPhone is bigger, better, more durable, more powerful. The new A11 Bionic chipset boasts an extra two power-efficient cores and, for the first time ever, an in-house GPU. The iPhone 8 Plus is fresh off the assembly lines. Camera: Dual 12MP camera: wide-angle F/1.8 + telephoto F/2.8, live bokeh effects (including Portrait mode and Portrait Lightning), optical image stabilization, 2x lossless zoom, quad-LED flash with slow sync, phase detection auto focus, wide color capture
Video recording: [email protected]/30fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps video recording
Selfie: 7MP F/2.2 front-facing camera with BSI sensor and HDR mode, [email protected] video
Motorola Moto G5 Plus
Motorola Mobility, a subsidiary of Lenovo Group, has just released its budget, popular smartphone Moto G5 Plus, an upgrade to its Moto G product line. While it’s one of the cheap smartphones you can buy, for as little as $229, its camera is probably one of the best on the market for its price this year, 2017.
The first Moto G came out in 2013. As always, the Moto G series has always been a great value, combining the good Android operating system with high-quality hardware. Already unlocked, Moto G Plus makes it easier to switch among all major U.S. networks, like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Consumer Cellular, Republic Wireless, and much more. You can do this by simply swapping SIM cards. Out of the box, you get Moto G5 Plus that run Android 7.0 or known as Nougat. The hardware that powers this G5? Of course, it’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 2.0 GHz octa-core CPU and 650 MHz Adreno 506 GPU, with 2 GB/4 GB. This phone is built with photography in mind as you can have up to 128 GB microSD card storage for extra photo and video shooting. Unbelievably, within this price range, you also get a smartphone with a full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080), 424 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
You may now want to know more about Moto G5 Plus’s camera capability. So here are the technical specs that can quickly impress you:
- 12 MP with Dual Autofocus Pixels
- ƒ/1.7 aperture
- Color balancing dual LED flash
- 8X digital zoom for photos, 4X for video
- Drag to focus & exposure
- Quick Capture
- Tap (anywhere) to capture
- Best Shot
- Professional Mode
- Burst mode
- Auto HDR
- Video stabilization
- 4K Ultra HD video capture (30 fps)
- Slow Motion video
- 5 MP
- Wide-angle lens
- ƒ/2.2 aperture
- Display flash
- Professional mode
- Beautification mode
- video capture
- 4K Ultra HD (30 fps)
So with Moto G5 Plus, you can take brilliant photos with the 12 MP HD camera. This 2017 model Moto G Plus is the first camera with Dual Autofocus Pixels. It utilizes 10 times more pixels on the sensor; its camera is able to lock onto your subject up to 60% faster than the previous generation Moto G Plus.
The flagship smartphone from Huawei this 2017 is the P10. This is a 5.1in LCD with a 1080p panel (Full HD) phone, which is bright, rather vivid, and still pretty crisp. One of the most outstanding features is the mobile HDR (high dynamic range) support. This means that you can also enjoy Netflix.
Now, let’s get into the camera capability of the Huawei P10. With this newest phone, you’ve got a 12-megapixel main camera and 20MP monochrome sensor right alongside it. For photographers, you must like the new Leica Dual Camera 2.0, which uses precise 3D facial detection, dynamic illumination, and natural portrait enhancements. P10 produces stunning pictures in Leica image style. Huawei compares this camera as having a studio in your pocket. P10’s Leica Dual Camera carries two SUMMARIT-H lenses with an F2.2 aperture. What you’ve got from this all-new camera is 4K shooting, 20MP+12MP sensors, Image Stabilization, low-light photography.
5.1 inch FHD
1920 x 1080
16M colors, 432 PPI
20 MP Monochrome + 12 MP RGB, F2.2
OIS (Optical Image Stabilization)
PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth Auto Focus
2x Hybrid Zoom
4K Video Recording
8 MP AF, F1.9
4GB of RAM; 64GB storage; microSD slot
Audio File Formats: mp3 / mp4 / 3gp / wma / ogg / amr / aac / flac / wav / midi / ra
Support 192 Khz / 24 bit
3gp / mp4 / wmv / rm / rmvb / asf
To sum it up, the best thing about Huawei P10 is that you buy a smartphone with a Leica camera.
The world’s best phone for HDR photography
One of the most interesting about Google Pixel is that this smartphone run pure Android OS. Currently, it runs Android 7.1 Nougat, the latest Android OS from Google. The Google smartphone gets 2 years of OS updates plus 3 years of security updates. Google Pixel is equipped with a 5.0″ AMOLED Full HD (1920×1080) 441ppi display. Since its first came out, Google Pixel has been compared with Apple iPhone 7 Plus for its camera. Can it beat the iPhone 7 Plus? You may ask.
- 12.3 MP camera produces exceptional image clarity
- f/2.0 with 1.55μm large pixels for clear low light pictures
- Fast autofocus in any light condition with Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and Laser Detection Autofocus (LDAF)
- 4K (30 fps) video capture to bring cinematic film quality to videos
- Capture every detail with HD 240 fps (8x) and Full HD 120 fps (4x) slow motion video
- Natural, broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual-LED flash
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Best zoom camera phone with the brightest, most colorful iPhone display ever.
New smartphones usually have to compare with the iPhone. So let’s take a look at Apple iPhone 7’s display and camera. For many years, Apple never competes with the Android smartphones or devices with tech specs. However, for many Apple fans, it’s the marriage of Apple’s hardware and software that makes the iDevices difficult to beat.
- Dual 12 MP, (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8), phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash
- Features 1/3″ sensor size @ 28mm, 1/3.6″ sensor size @ 56mm, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
- Video [email protected], [email protected]/60/120fps, [email protected]
- Secondary 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm, [email protected], [email protected], face detection, HDR, panorama
LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~67.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Protection Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
– Wide color gamut display
– 3D Touch display & home button
– Display Zoom
Sony Xperia XA Ultra
Sony released Xperia XA Ultra in May 2016. So this smartphone is about a year older than the Moto G5. However, its Xperia XA Ultra camera features a 21.5 MP, f/2.2, phase detection autofocus, and an LED flash. Amazing? Its memory slot allows you to load up to 256 GB microSD memory storage. What about screen resolution. Well, you’ve got 1080 x 1920 pixels (~367 ppi pixel density) with this Sony’s best camera phone. The superior thing about Sony is that the company is also largely known for its high-end cameras. So in term of photography, Sony also has a place in beating its competitors like Apple and Moto G.
Motorola Moto Z Droid Force
Another Motorola smartphone with a high-end camera that appeals to photographers. This Moto Z Droid Force has a 5.5-inch touch-screen display, a 21.4-megapixel camera, and a virtual QWERTY keyboard. This Motorola model was announced in June 2016.
The best smartphone for video
This high-end phone model by LG has 16MP + 8MP rear camera and Hi-Fi Quad DAC Audio. With this LG phone, you can capture crisp, clear content as you go. What about the display? This LG phone comes with a 5.7″ IPS LCD Touchscreen Display (QHD 2560 x 1440 resolution).
Samsung Galaxy S8
We decided to skip Galaxy S7 and look forward to the S8, which is the latest model for 2017. On technology website The Verge, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is comparable to LG G6 for the front of the phone. The Galaxy S8 offers an exceptional experience for any user. It is a truly premium phone with amazing, large display, huge power, and great camera you should buy.