Choose the best camera phone with Vodafone
Compare the best smartphone cameras and get snap-happy
Whether you’re a serious photography enthusiast or you just love to share pictures and videos on social media, one thing’s for sure – you’ll want the best quality images you can get. But with so many quality phones available, choosing the best camera phone for your needs can be tricky. That’s why we’re here to help you pick.
Which smartphone has the best camera?
So what’s the best camera phone? Well that depends on what you want from your lens. But whatever your passion – from taking selfies to shooting your own tutorial videos – we’ve a great selection of the world’s best camera phones for you to choose from.
Good to know
Whether you’re new to camera phones and digital photography, just getting to know the basics or already an expert – there are plenty of hints and tips here to help.
Don’t fear the camera
While phone cameras are continually making amazing technical breakthroughs to create even better photos and videos, the photographic basics remain largely unchanged. Getting into phone photography doesn’t need to be complex – read on for some vital info.
Basic build and extras
All cameras have a lens to let in light. A sensor inside will convert that light into digital data, and the phone’s software turns that into an image file. To delve a little deeper, search online for aperture, ISO and shutter speed.
As for megapixels, it’s not as simple as ‘more megapixels = better quality photos’. A lot of it depends on the size of your phone camera’s sensor and having the right amount of pixels squeezed onto it. The images you take with a 12-megapixel smartphone camera could be just as good as 42-megapixel photos. More megapixels can help with zoom viewing, however.
Ultimately, we recommend you try before you buy at your nearest Vodafone store, and read user reviews. That will give you a sense of the overall photo quality that the technical stats can’t.
Snap up the right camera
As our list shows, there’s real variety on offer when choosing the best phone camera for you. Think carefully about why you want a good phone camera.
Are you looking for a good all-rounder that can capture life’s fun moments? Or something more specific, like a rugged phone you can take on travels and adventures, a big buttoned mobile phone with a camera, or an easy-to-use mobile phone? Or just a stylish model that looks great in the hand and makes you and your mates look even better in selfies?
Better photographer, better photos
Ultimately, you want better photos and videos – but unfortunately, a phone with the best-quality megapixel camera won’t automatically make you a better photographer.
However, you can develop your skills by starting with a smartphone with a good camera that suits your budget, reading articles, watching a few videos and practising.
For visual designer Hugo Miguel Sousa, the secret to great digital photography is composition. Read his tips for top urban photography on our official Vodafone blog.
For professional food photographer and iPhone fanatic Ben Carpenter, lighting is key. So if you want to take better snaps of your culinary masterpieces to share on Instagram, check out these iPhone and Instagram food photo tips from an expert.
Or maybe you want to get great pics of the night sky? Don’t have a DSLR to hand? You can still get great pictures of the stars and planets with our guide to taking stellar shots from astrophotographer Tim Burgess.
Listen, learn, do – and watch your photos rocket in quality.
Get a creative boost
There’s an amazing spectrum of digital filters, effects and shooting modes available with today’s camera phones.
But to get the best images from your camera phones, its always better to apply filters after you’ve taken an image, not before. You can make a colour image black and white, but not the other way around!
Travel blogger and professional photographer Laurence Noah gives some great advice on how to edit your photos, and what tools to use, on our official Vodafone blog.