It’s tough to work out the best camera phone on the market – there are so many smartphones to try out, so how on earth will you be able to work out which has the best snapper on the back?
The good news for you is that TechRadar tests them all thoroughly, putting them through their photography paces in all manner of lighting conditions and scenarios to help you work out which phone will give the right pictures for you.
Before choosing, it’s worth thinking about what you want from a camera phone. Do you want something that’s great at taking outdoor snaps and aren’t bothered if it’s good in low light? Is a great quick pic with friends more important than a really powerful sensor that takes amazing shots when you put the effort in?
It’s also worth thinking about battery size and screen quality – if you’re going to be heading out all day and doing longer photography sessions, you’ll need a battery that can keep up.
And if you’re mostly going to look at your photos on the phone, then a phone with OLED screen technology can really make your snaps pop – but if it’s social media, or even printing out your photos, that’s your plan then you’ve got a wider array of options.
The ability to quickly capture and share precious memories is important. The smartphone is usually the camera we have on hand, so it has to perform well. If you’re wondering what the best camera phones are, then wonder no longer, because here are our top picks.
Below are lists of Top Best Camera Phones 2018
1 Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
Why should you buy this: It’s the best smartphone camera we’ve used, and the best Android phone on the market.
Why we picked the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL:
Google put enormous effort into rebuilding the camera experience for its Pixel smartphones and it shows. The main camera is lightning fast to focus and it produces sharp, detailed photos in a wide range of circumstances. The HDR+ captures multiple shots and combines them to cut out the noise and produce the best possible image. Point and shoot with the automatic settings and you’ll enjoy great results most of the time.
2: iPhone X
Why should you buy this: It’s the best smartphone of the year, with an impressive main camera.
Why we picked the iPhone X:
Apple’s iPhone X sports the best camera performance we’ve ever seen in an iPhone. It’s a great all-rounder that you can just point and shoot with, but it also boasts powerful optical and digital zoom, thanks to that dual camera. If you find yourself wishing you could zoom in on distant subjects and still get a decent shot, then this is the phone for you.
3: Honor 7X
Who’s it for: The budget-conscious.
How much will it cost: $200
Why we picked the Honor 7X:
Trying to find a decent camera at the budget end of the smartphone market is a bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack, so the Honor 7X is worthy of praise. Although it’s not as fast as some of the top-range camera phones, the camera app in the Honor 7X could not be easier to use and in decent lighting, the automatic settings get good results most of the time.