The Best Smartphones for Photography 2019

Updated: Mar 27, 2021

Whilst it is believed that smartphone photography is the least professional way of taking photographs, it is the most preferred in the 21st century. From its convenience to its pocket-sized casing, which smartphone is best when it comes to photography?


5. Motorola Moto G6 - Undoubtedly, the best camera phone on a budget is the Motorola Moto G6. This phone offers the best smartphone camera for around £200 with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 lens and 5-megapixel f/2.2 depth sensor that can capture an abundance of detail, with stunningly sharp image definition and beautifully accurate colour detail.


4. One Plus 6T - For £499, the best mid-range camera is the One Plus 6T. It has a rear snapper that incorporates one 16-megapixel, f/1.7 main camera and another 20-megapixel f/1.7 camera right beside it. Both work hand in hand to produce amazing-quality snaps and some of the best we’ve seen on a device at this price.


3. Google Pixel 3 - If portraiture is your preferred area of photography, the Google Pixel 3 is the perfect match, if you can afford a £739 phone. Almost identical to the previous Google phone, the Google Pixel 3 features a 12-megapixel rear snapper, a wide f/1.8 aperture sensor that features both optical and electronic image stabilisation that is great for seriously stable shots.

Whether using the front or rear-facing camera, the Google Pixel 3 captures every portrait shot beautifully from it’s nicely-blurred backgrounds to it’s crisp, defining edges around the subject. It truly is the perfect camera for your vanity Instagram shots.


2. Huawei Mate P20 Pro - With its rather unusual triple-camera arrangement, the Huawei Mate P20 Pro’s aim is to capture better-looking shots in low-lighting conditions and is perfectly capable of capturing intricate details such as wispy cloud layers, far-away brickwork, and puddle reflections with ease. Despite the high price of £899, this Huawei phone has a wonderfully versatile smartphone camera setup.


1. Samsung Galaxy S9 - The best camera phone as of 2019 is undoubtedly the Samsung Galaxy S9. Whilst superficially, the camera hasn’t changed much from its predecessors with the same old single 12-megapixel sensor with dual-pixel phase-detection and autofocus and optical image stabilisation. However, what it does have that it’s predecessors lack, is its super-wide f/1.5 aperture. Now, that is a complete game changer.

The biggest issues with using phones for photography is their tiny little sensors but with the S9’s amazing aperture size, the camera is allowed to let much more light in, brightening up shots and capturing much crisper details with very little effort on your part. The camera very cleverly widens the aperture automatically once light levels reach below 100 lux.


The clear winner here is the Samsung Galaxy S9. There is just no other valid argument to be made. The phone is just excellent for low-light shots and capturing heaps of details in camera-friendly lighting conditions.

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