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.

Stunning portraits and optical zoom

As you’d expect, it’s high-end all the way when it comes to photography with iPhone. Equipped with two rear-facing 12-megapixel cameras, iPhone 8 offers 2X optical zoom, as well as some stunning new features such as depth of field effects and a new Portrait Lighting mode – letting you create a range of lighting effects that will really make your selfies stand out from the crowd.

Fun to use and packed with features for customisation, the iPhone 8 Plus makes it easy to take amazing photos and 4K videos.

 

The camera re-imagined

With the S9+ Samsung have re-imagined what a phone camera can do. Its Dual Aperture lens adjusts automatically to light levels, giving perfect shots whatever the conditions. Super Slo-mo video mode captures every moment of the action, while optical image stabilisation keeps your creations blur-free. Equipped with a second lens for 2x optical zoom, too, the S9+ is a top choice for photography fans.

For outdoors and action people

Create stunning images with the Sony XZ Premium's 19-megapixel 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.

With these dazzling camera specs (there’s also a 13-megapixel front-facing camera and even a dedicated photo button) it’s clear that Sony take digital photography seriously.

Plus, the 5.5-inch 4K screen is four times sharper than an HDTV, so the XZ Premium is perfect for showing off your high-quality images. 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.

 

Shine bright in low light

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.

And take a look at the rest of the specs. The rear-facing Leica Dual Camera 2.0 features a 12-megapixel RGB camera working in tandem with a 20-megapixel monochrome camera. As a result, the P9 excels at low-light shooting and high contrast scenes. With intelligent algorithms built in, stunning images are just a click away.

The imaging algorithm adds studio-like enhancements to your portraits, too. 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.

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

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    And don’t forget to 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.