Choose the best camera phone with Vodafone

Cameras are standard on most phones today, so it's never been easier to get snap happy.

Whether you're a photography enthusiast with an eye for the technical, or you just want to capture your adventures quickly and simply, there's a camera phone to suit you.

We're here to help you pick the best one to meet your needs, while our 'Good to know' section will give you a starter guide to megapixels, apps, accessories and more.

Two cameras that shoot as one

As you’d expect, it’s high-end all the way when it comes to photography with an iPhone. Apple’s first dual-lens camera phone, the iPhone 7 Plus, has a 12-megapixel dual lens that gives better zoom than single-lens equivalents, and enables some stunning new features such as depth of field effects. Its outstanding colour, tonality and range are backed up by a 5.5-inch Retina display that’s 25% brighter than other iPhone models.

Fun to use and packed with features for customisation, the iPhone 7 Plus makes it easy to take amazing photos and 4K videos. The 7-megapixel front camera is great for FaceTime and selfies, and the phone is also water and dust-resistant.

 

From beginner to pro …

Whatever your ability, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will take your photography to the next level.

The 8-megapixel front-facing camera uses Smart Auto Focus to track faces, so everyone in the shot is crystal clear – and your selfies will look superb on the 5.8-inch Infinity Display.

The 12-megapixel rear-facing camera is even more impressive – with a wide aperture lens and large pixels, it performs brilliantly in low-light. And it’s great for action shots, too. The Dual Pixel sensor focuses as quickly as your eyes, so if you’re fast enough to capture the moment, the Samsung Galaxy S8 won’t let you down.   

Want more control? Turn on Pro Mode and you can adjust ISO, shutter speed, exposure, colour tone, manual focus, and WB (White Balance) to create your own masterpieces.

For outdoors and action people

Create stunning images with the Sony XZ Premium's Motion Eye camera, Super slow motion and Predictive Capture.

The Predictive Capture feature starts buffering images before you even press the button – giving you up to four shots to choose from, so you never miss the moment. And Predictive Hybrid Autofocus anticipates movement, so blurred action shots are a thing of the past. And if that’s not impressive enough…it can record in Super slow motion at a speed no phone has achieved before.

The 5.5-inch 4K screen is four times sharper than an HDTV, perfect for showing off your images, and it’s waterproof and dust resistant, too. So it’s the perfect choice for snapping sports, parties, the great outdoors and just about anything else that gets your heart pounding.

 

A portrait studio in your pocket

The P10 sees HUAWEI take their collaboration with iconic German camera maker Leica to the next level. The front-facing camera now captures two times more light and automatically senses ‘groufies’ – switching to wide-angle mode to fit your friends in the picture.

The rear-facing Leica Dual Camera 2.0 features a 12-megapixel RGB camera working in tandem with a 20-megapixel monochrome camera.
With intelligent algorithms built in, stunning images are just a click away.

The imaging algorithm adds studio-like enhancements to your portraits. A light sensor automatically adjusts shutter speed and more. And dynamic illumination gives professional results every time.

Think you can do better? Switch to full manual mode and get experimental with one of the best camera phones on the market.

Good to know

  • 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

    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.

  • Mapping megapixels

    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.

Image ingredients

Photography is a hugely popular hobby and profession, and a massive amount has been written about how to take good photos.

If you’re looking to make photos a key focus of your phone use, we recommend you have a solid grasp of the ingredients that make up a memorable image. There are loads of good beginner’s guides online to build your knowledge and confidence. Use them, and get practising.

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 phone with a good camera.

Are you after 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, with the photo power to record and share your incredible discoveries? Or indeed, 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 better phone camera won’t automatically make you a better photographer. However, you can develop your skills by reading articles, watching a few videos and practising. Listen, learn, do – and watch your photos rocket in quality.

Get a creative boost

There’s an amazing spectrum of digital filters, effects, modes and accessories just crying out to be explored. Don’t be shy. Often the photos that make the biggest impression are the ones that try something different.

So ditch the selfie stick, and try taking your photos from interesting angles and positions. Experiment with filters and judge whether they make a photo better or worse. And try out brilliant accessories such as the Samsung Gear 360 camera or Samsung Gear VR headset to take your photos and videos to a whole new level.