10 Best Camera Smartphones For Photographers [2017 Edition]

Taking the ineradicable picture with a phone is actually very easy. Honestly speaking this is not important to have a DSLR for taking good photos. You can take fantastic photos through your phone camera. Nowadays all mobile phone companies launch most incredible camera features in their smartphones. So you can start learning photography through your smartphone.

Here I represent top 10 phone which is really outstanding for photography in 2017. Considering camera performance I summarize the list:

1. iPhone 8/8+/X

Apple just proclaimed its much anticipated iPhone 8,8+ & X. The best camera features Apple has been introducing through I phone 8 & X. Very popular icon button of iPhone has been removed. iPhone 8 is not so larger than iPhone 7 but it has 5.8’ display which is wider than iPhone 7.

Serious mobile photographers should choose this iPhone 8 without any confusion.  Because dual camera set up, portrait mode and new portrait lighting features can give a different level of images.

Back facing camera is Mel  Vertical which is a just small design change. It doesn’t really matter. But the matter is the sensor which is a 12-megapixel sensor. The most surprising thing is you can shoot 4k video at 60fps. The front camera is also same 4k Video with 60FPS. For low light photography, I phone introducing image stabilization in in the camera models So low light photography is much better on this device. F/1.8 in back camera give you the extreme depth of field which is as same as DSLR images.

 

Megapixel: 12 MP(back) & 9 MP (Front)
Aperture: f1.7 & f/2.2-f/2.4 (Back)
Aperture: f/1.8-f/1.7 (front)
Autofocus: Autofocus with phase detection & face detection
Image Stabilization: YES
HDR: Yes (Photo/Panorama)
Panorama: Yes
Video: 4k video with 60fps (both front and back camera)
Price: $799.99

 

2.Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

The Samsung S8 camera is one of the best cameras I have ever seen in a smartphone. The 12 MP camera on the rear and 8 MP on the front are both good enough for low light photography.  Multiple focusing points will help you to take a sharp image. But major difference you find when you take a picture in manual mode, it gives you a test of DSLR। here is some major specification of Samsung Galaxy s8:

Megapixel: 12MP (Dual)
Aperture: f/1.7 in 28mm & f/2.8 in 56mm
Autofocus: Autofocus phase detection
Sensor: 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size
HDR: Yes (Photo/Panorama)
Panorama: Yes
Video: 4k video
Price:  $677.00

Most of the smartphone camera works best in daylight but Samsung s8 and s8+ is insanely good in low light. so you can use its camera 24/7 undoubtedly. So if you have a Samsung s8/ s8+ in your pocket then you have something different from others.

3. iPhone 7/7S 

The iPhone 7/7s is one of the killer cameras that I have ever seen on the phone camera. Low light performance is outstanding both I phone 7/7s. A wider of 1/1.8 aperture is the main reason for good low light performance. The second telephoto lens in I phone 7 Plus gives you true optical zoom, which is good for birding photography.Here is some specification of I Phone 7/7S camera:

Megapixel: 12MP (Dual)
Aperture: f/1.8 in 28mm & f/2.8 in 56mm
Autofocus: Autofocus phase detection
Sensor: 1/3″ sensor size @ 28mm, 1/3.6″ sensor size @ 56mm
HDR: Yes (Photo/Panorama)
Panorama: Yes
Video: 2160p@30fps
Price:  $710.00

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4. Galaxy S7 Edge(Samsung)

It is one of the excellent camera phones in Samsung Smartphone series. Excellent sharpness in daylight photo and manual camera setting can give you a different test in low light photography. You can manually set the shutter speed and ISO in Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Here is some major camera specification of Galaxy S7 Edge:

Megapixel: 16 MP
Aperture: f/1.9,28mm
Auto-focus: Auto-focus with face detection
Sensor: 1/2,6” sensor size
HDR: YES
Panorama: YES
Video: 2160p@30fps
Price: $595.00
samsung-s7

5. Google Pixel/ Pixel XL

Say Hello to Google Pixel/Pixel XL smartphone for its camera performance. 12.3 Megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture will give you an excellent portrait. In price comparison, this one is a direct competitor of I Phone 7. Camera specification will influence you to buy it, so let’s see what’s new in this phone camera:

Megapixel: 12.3 MP
Aperture: f/2.0
Auto-focus: phase detection & laser autofocus
Sensor: 1/2,3″ sensor size
HDR: YES
Panorama: YES
Video: 2160p@30fps
Price: $729.90
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6. Oppo F1 Plus

Oppo basically is known as camera phone in this world. Oppo f1 is decent image quality.  Manual Shutte, ISO, and aperture setting give you a professional photography test on your handset. You can take the good photo in low light by using long shutter speed. This one is great to learn basic setting of DSLR camera. Here is some camera specification of Oppo f1 S:

Megapixel: 13MP
Aperture:
f/2.2
Auto-focus: 
phase detection autofocus
Sensor:
1/3″ Sensor Size
HDR:
YES
Panorama:   
YES
Video: 
1080p@30fps
Price: $250.00

 

7. LG V10

LG V10 is very popular for its color tune in photos. If you have LG V 10, then you have the most powerful smartphone camera in your pocket. You can able to change Shutter, ISO, White Balance and focus while you are recording Video. This setting gives you pro-video maker. Here is some specification of LG v10:

Megapixel: 16MP
Aperture:
f/1.8
Auto-focus: 
Laser autofocus
Sensor:
1/2, 6″ sensor size
HDR: 
Video HDR
Panorama: 
YES
Video: 2160p@30fps
Price: $400.96
lg-v10

8. Huawei p9

Huawei P9 have the specialized camera to work on it smartphone photography. Dual lens, one is monochrome sensor made exceptional features of Huawei p9. It is not the number 1 camera phone but its still awesome. There are a variety of professional features if you know how to use then it will be a great smartphone for you. Here is some specification:

Megapixel: 13MP
Aperture:
f/2.2, 27mm
Auto-focus: 
phase detection autofocus
Sensor: 
1/2, 5.2 sensor size
HDR: 
YES
Panorama: 
YES
Video: 
1080p@60fps
Price: $464.48
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9. Xiaomi Mi 5s

Xiaomi Mi5S is looking great and feels great. This one is extraordinary camera phone ever with  Excellent camera performance and details sharpness. Manual camera setting makes the nice picture in low light. Let’s see some specification of Xaiomi Mi5S:

Megapixel: 12 MP
Aperture:
f/2.0
Auto-focus: 
phase detection autofocus
Sensor: 
1/2.3″ sensor size
HDR: 
YES
Panorama:
YES
Video: 2160p@30fps
Price: $375.00
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10. Moto Z Play

Moto Z Play is a good looking smartphone with incredible camera performance. Moto Z Play combines laser autofocus and phase detection autofocus that translates into zero shutter lag. A total of 14 modes is provided, which is enough to keep you busy. The manual camera setting will give you an extra advantage. Some specifications are given below:

Megapixel: 16MP
Aperture: 
f/2.0
Auto-focus: 
phase detection autofocus
Sensor: 
1/2.3″ sensor size
HDR: 
YES
Panorama: 
YES
Video:
 2160p@30fps
Price: $414.97
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Over to You

So you can choose any one of these smartphones. If your budget is no problem then you can go with I phone 7/7 plus. In the case of a budget problem, you can go with Xiaomi Mi 5s smartphone.

It is not much important that you have DSLR or not. The most important thing is to keep taking photos and have fun. So you can start mobile photography through these smartphones. Follow some basic rules of photography and start clicking on your phone.

Sharif Mishu
 

Hi, I am Sharif Mishu from Bangladesh. I am a freelancer photographer. I've been in photography since 2010. I got my first DSLR in 2013. Since then I learned many things about photography from my friends, senior, and junior. But the internet was the place that taught me the basics of photography. Here at PicFact.com, I'll be sharing useful photography tips.

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Rashed - June 24, 2017

Have you ever heard the name of LG G4 or G5? Have you ever tried it’s camera? Totally biased review.

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    Sharif Mishu - July 1, 2017

    Thak you for your constructive comment. LG V10 is in no.6 position. And I tried the camera of LG G4.

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    feeformedits.com - September 15, 2017

    The front-facing selfie camera generates good enough image quality for social media sharing or 4 prints, but when viewed any larger, the lack of fine detail is clear to see.

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