Smartphones are getting better every day. From hardware to software optimizations, today’s smartphones are more capable and functional than ever. One of the significant improvements we have seen is in the camera quality of the phones. It even makes us wonder if a DSLR camera is still better than a smartphone camera.
If you are a photographer at heart but do not like carrying bulky DSLRs, your best bet is a smartphone with an exceptional camera. And here are the top 7 smartphones with the best cameras in Pakistan in 2022.
1. iPhone 13 Pro Max
The iPhone 13 series should be 1st on your list if you look for the best all-rounder camera. Every year we see AI optimizations further narrowing the gap between DSLR and mobile phone cameras when it comes to capturing real life, all-natural colors. Apple is known for computational photography, and it’s even more advanced in the iPhone 13 series. With iPhone 13 series Apple has improved the hardware and boosted the AI capabilities with an advanced 5nm A15 Bionic processor.
Increased sensor size and active sensor-shift technology help achieve stellar pictures. The ultra-wide camera can also be used as a macro sensor, taking images of subjects placed up to 2 cm away. The telephoto lens on the pro series is now a 3x zoom lens. There is still no professional mode for the camera and no crazy zoom and megapixels. It’s incredible to see the iPhone 13 stack up against the spectacular on-paper specs of phones like the S22 and Mi 11 Ultra.
|Primary Sensor||12MP, f/1.5-aperture lens, sensor-shift OIS, Dual Pixel AF|
|Ultra-wide Sensor||12MP, f/1.8-aperture lens, PDAF, 2cm macro|
|Telephoto Sensor||12MP, f/2.8-aperture lens, OIS|
|Video recording||4K at 24/25/30/60 fps, 1080p at 25/30/60 fps, HDR video recording with Dolby Vision|
|Special features||Cinematography mode|
It’s the best all-rounder camera phone considering its compatibility with most social applications like Instagram and Snapchat. This is not the case with some Android phones, where the quality deteriorates upon exporting the file.
Apple iPhone 13 pro max ranks 4th in the global ranking with a DXOMARK score of 137. You can find new and used iPhone 13 pro max in the OLX Classifieds.
2. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung didn’t change what was already good but improved the areas it lacked last year. Samsung S22 ultra packs an impressive 108 MP camera with a higher aperture to let in more light. This is something Samsung is known for, the superior dynamic range in well-lit shots.
Samsung takes pixel binning technology to a new level with adaptive pixel technology. It bins 9 pixels into one for extra resolution and image quality. The processing speed of the S22 Ultra is significantly faster than the previous generations. The AI, Stereo depth function, maps the actual subject from the background for an added layer of depth in Portrait shots. And this is where Samsung has shown significant improvements over the past few years.
|Primary Sensor||108MP, f/1.8-aperture lens, OIS, PDAF|
|Ultra-wide Sensor||12MP, f/2.2-aperture lens, PDAF|
|Telephoto Sensor||10MP, f/2.4-aperture lens, 3x optical zoom|
|Video recording||8K up to 24fps, 4K up to 60fps, 1080p at 60fps, HDR10+ video|
|Special Features||Laser AF and 30x space zoom|
Videos are great with the auto framing feature, which recognizes up to 10 people and locks them for ultra-focused video. The OIS and EIS work perfectly, and the output is as smooth as it gets. However, video is where this smartphone comes second to the iPhone 13 video calibration and color effects.
Samsung S22 Ultra ranks 13th in the global ranking and scores a DXOMARK test of 131. You can find new and used Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in the OLX Classifieds. Since it’s only been a few weeks since the S22 was launched, there might not be any available devices this soon.
3. Google Pixel 6 pro
If you are looking for Apple in the Android world, your best option is Google Pixel. This android phone has been making the iPhone look like an overpriced machine. Pixel has been killing it lately with its AI capability. Till the Pixel 4, this smartphone series was doing everything you can expect from a Samsung or Apple Flagship – even better in some cases. All thanks to the superior calibration and AI magic Google is known for.
With the Pixel 6 series, Google uses its Tensor processor rather than snapdragon. This means just like Apple; it’s now in charge of everything from hardware to software. This further enhances the AI-based features like landscape shots, portraits, and Magic Eraser.
|Primary Sensor||50MP, f/1.85-aperture lens, OIS, Dual PDAF|
|Ultra-wide Sensor||12.5MP, f/2.2-aperture lens|
|Telephoto Sensor||48MP, f/3.5-aperture lens, OIS, PDAF|
|Video recording||4K at 30/60fps|
|Special Features||Laser detection autofocus|
However, Pixel 6 pro lacks the telephoto lens, but the primary 50MP sensor and a 12 MP ultra-wide camera won’t feel like lacking it. Pixel 6 Pro ranks 7th globally, and it scores an overall DXOMARK score of 135. You can find new and used Google Pixel 6 pro in the OLX Classifieds.
4. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi has a reputation for making great budget smartphones. But did you know they have a massively underrated flagship series as well? Mi 11 Ultra packs in one of the best cameras in android smartphones. Thanks to the HDR mode, Mi 11 ultra camera delivers some of its league’s crispest and most contrasty pics.
Time-of-flight sensor and AF combine to enable this device to focus even in extreme scenarios. The low-light mode in this smartphone allows it to capture shots in light conditions below 1 lux. 100x zoom is again one feature that makes mi 11 ultra shine among the rest of the competition.
|Primary Sensor||50MP, f/1.95-aperture lens, OIS, Dual Pixel Pro AF|
|Ultra-wide Sensor||48MP, f/2.2-aperture lens|
|Telephoto Sensor||48MP, f/4.1-aperture lens, OIS|
|Video recording||8K 4320p at 24 fps, 4K 2160p at 30/60 fps|
|Special Features||Multispectral color temperature sensor, ToF sensor|
Mi uses a multispectral color temperature sensor to balance the colors and adjust the white balance for more realistic and lifeful images. If you want a versatile smartphone that’s full of immersive camera features, then think no more; this is it.
Mi 11 ultra ranks 2nd in the global best camera smartphone ranking, and it scores a DXOMARK score of 143. You can find new and used Mi 11 Ultra in the OLX Classifieds.
5. OnePlus 9 pro
What started as a flagship killer is now a full-fledged flagship device. OnePlus phones have come to be known for their flagship performance, battery, displays, and screen for the past few generations. But it unlocked the flagship-level camera with Oneplus 8, and the current generation of Oneplus makes it even closer to perfection in terms of camera.
|Primary Sensor||48MP, f/1.8-aperture lens, OIS, Dual Pixel Pro AF|
|Ultra-wide Sensor||50MP, f/2.2-aperture lens|
|Telephoto Sensor||8MP, f/2.4-aperture lens, OIS|
|Video recording||8K 30/60 fps, 4K/120fps|
|Special Features||Monochrome camera, Laser AF|
Hasselblad written on the rear camera block indicates excellent dynamic range, sharpness, and detail. This smartphone camera has impressive portrait shots, excellent videography modes, and good low-light performance. However, be mindful that it is not at par with other flagship cameras in low-light performance.
Oneplus 9 Pro receives a camera score of 124 and ranks 25th in the global best camera smartphone ranking. You can find new and used OnePlus 9 pro in the OLX Classifieds.
6. Vivo X70 Pro
Vivo X70 Pro, like Vivo, says it is Photography redefined. ZEISS optics used in the camera of this device reduce lens flare, stray lights, and ghosting. The ZEISS coating helps it achieve superb quality in low light conditions. These are the issues many flagship smartphone cameras face. Also, this is the first mobile camera with an active gimbal module built-in in the camera itself. The videos are super smooth and balanced. No current device meets the image stabilization of this ultra-sensing gimbal camera.
|Primary Sensor||50MP, f/1.75-aperture lens, gimbal-OIS|
|Ultra-wide Sensor||12MP, f/2.2-aperture lens|
|Telephoto Sensor||8MP, f/3.4-aperture 5x lens, 12MP, f/1.98 3x lens|
|Video recording||4K/1080p/720p at 60/30/24 fps|
|Special Features||Excellent AF and extreme stabilization with inbuilt gimbal in camera module|
Just like the iPhone, Vivo has all the fun features like separate Bokeh mode, if you want to go funky. The 60x zoom feature is decent enough coupled with 5x optical zoom. However, don’t expect usable images after more than 20x zoom on this device.
This smartphone receives a DXOMARK camera score of 131, and it ranks 13th in the global ranking. You can find new and used Vivo X70 Pro in the OLX Classifieds.
7. Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Despite abandoning the Google software, Huawei can still be a great option if you can live with the non-Google ecosystem. Huawei Mate 40 Pro offers a versatile array of cameras at the rear for every occasion. The cameras are aided by the 3D ToF sensor and multispectral color temperature for higher color accuracy.
|Primary Sensor||50MP, f/1.9-aperture lens, full-pixel Octa-PD, OIS|
|Ultra-wide Sensor||20MP, f/2.4-aperture lens, PDAF|
|Telephoto Sensor||8MP, f/4.4-aperture and a 12MP, f/2.4 lens|
|Video recording||4K video, 2160p/60 fps|
|Special Features||Multispectral color temperature sensor, ToF 3D sensor|
One of the benefits of a versatile set of cameras is the ability to shoot in versatile environments. And that’s the reason why Huawei Mate 40 Pro achieves excellent dynamic range, white balance, and ISO in almost every situation. However, it lacks focus on very close subjects. Lens flare, ghosting, and aliasing are the issues this camera faces.
Huawei Mate 40 pro ranks 6th globally with a DXOMARK score of 136. Huawei P40 Pro also follows up with similar features but is even more polished. This camera receives a DXOMARK camera score of 140 and ranks 1st globally in camera quality. However, Mate 40 pro is so much more practical for day to day tasks than the Huawei P40 pro. You can find new and used Huawei P40 Pro in the OLX Classifieds.
Smartphone cameras are getting better to the point where an ordinary observer cannot differentiate them from a professional DSLR camera. The advancements in the processor and hardware of the camera lay down the basis for excellent image quality, landscape, portrait shots, spectacular dynamic range, white balance, and complementary features like massive zoom and cinematography modes.
Let us know what you look for when selecting a camera phone. And if you were to select one from this list, which one would it be and why?
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