For many, the photographic part is very important when it comes to choosing a new phone. Samsung Galaxy S or Note, Huawei P or Mate, Google Pixel … there is a wide range of smartphones with a very good camera to consider for purchase. Here is our selection of the best photophones of the market in 2019.
This is often mathematical: the more expensive your phone is and the better its performance in photography. If you are not limited by a budget, you can go directly to the flagship side.
Huawei P30 Pro: the best mode Portrait of the moment
The Huawei P30 Pro is the ultimate version of the new flagship. With its triple sensor module 40 + 20 + 8 megapixels, accompanied by a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor to assess the depth and distance, the new flagship of the Chinese manufacturer is able to perfect the already very good solution of its predecessor. Whatever the context (day / night / indoor / outdoor), the pictures are always very pretty with beautiful bright colors. It also offers a very effective ultra-wide angle mode, an impressive x10 zoom and the best portrait mode of the moment.
Regarding its front sensor 32 megapixels, the result is very convincing with a level of detail very significant for a selfie camera.
Of its rank of premium smartphone, it obviously has other assets under its hull, including its 6.47-inch AMOLED display, its high performance with the Kirin 980 chip and its extraordinary autonomy with its battery of 4,200 mAh (compatible fast charge, wireless and reverse wireless).
Why move towards the Huawei P30 Pro?
- Its photo quality always improved (zoom x10, ultra-wide angle, etc.)
- High performance thanks to Kirin 980
- Its autonomy clearly above the lot
Samsung Galaxy S10/10 Plus: the versatile triple sensor
With the Galaxy S10, Samsung has also made the choice to integrate a triple sensor module for its new flagship. It includes a 12-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel x2 zoom, and a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera. Very versatile, this configuration can adapt to all situations, thanks to its main sensor excellent in all conditions (indoor, outdoor, low light, against the light, on a moving target, etc.). Its ultra wide-angle mode is also very significant, even if the few distortions and cliches at night spoil the experience a little.
For selfies, he can count on a 10-megapixel front camera hidden at the bubble in the screen. With the right light conditions or the flash, the result is correct, but the low light affects strongly the loss of depth, with textures smoothing too obvious.
Regarding the rest of its features, it includes a 6.1-inch Super AMOLED screen that displays a definition of HD Quad + 3040 x 1440 pixels, the new SoC Exynos 9820 supported by 8 GB of RAM, a battery of 3400 mAh and runs Android 9.0 Pie with the One UI interface.
Why we recommend the Samsung Galaxy S10/S10 Plus?
- Its very versatile photo module
- Its beautiful Super AMOLED screen
- Excellent performance
For a few more dollars, you can consider the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus which takes the same main module of the Galaxy 10, adding however a second sensor at the front to use the portrait mode during selfies. It also embeds a larger screen (6.4 inches) and a battery with a revised capacity upward (4,100 mAh).
The alternative: the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus includes a 12 megapixel dual sensor module, one of whose cameras has the particularity of being able to pass physically from an opening in f / 1.5 to an opening in f / 2.4. Overall, the camera is quite impressive: it performs with precision in all conditions, including effective HDR processing. Its 8 megapixel front sensor allows you to take detailed shots and offers a portrait mode with bokeh effect.
The old flagship Korean has no blush of its other features, namely a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED screen, an Exynos 9810 SoC, 6 GB of RAM and a 3500 mAh battery.
Why choose the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus?
- Its photo sensors (dorsal / frontal) are very good
- Image processing revised upwards
- Its AMOLED screen is excellent
- His performances are doing very well in 2019
Google Pixel 3: the AI at the service of photography
Among all his good points collected, it is the photography that deserves the most to be put forward. Google has been content with a 12-megapixel mono sensor (f / 1.8) on its Pixel 3 rear, with optical stabilization and Dual Pixel autofocus. False problem, because artificial intelligence is wreaking havoc, to the point of equaling or even surpassing the competition.
Google has put all its know-how to work on the photo part. The single sensor is constantly supported by a computerized assistance. The pictures are detailed, even in low light. Special mention in portrait mode very well detaching the hair of our editors. All explanations on the operation of the mono sensor.
The dual front module is composed of an 8 megapixel sensor coupled to a normal field of view (f / 1.8 and 75 ° field of view) and a second 8 megapixel lens with a wide-angle lens (f / 2.2 and 97 ° field of view). It will delight users who often change their profile picture. With a 5.5 inch screen (no notch) and a charming design, the Pixel 3 has a real sympathy in a market where the devices are always larger and sometimes true copies.
Why choose Google Pixel 3?
- The photo, for sure!
- Android Stock, the base
- A design that does not leave you indifferent
The alternative: the Google Pixel 3 XL
The alternative to Pixel 3 is naturally its big brother in XL version. Once again we find the 12 megapixel (1.4 μm and f / 1.8) mono sensor module at the rear and a dual 8 megapixel sensor at the front: one with a normal f / 1.8 lens of 75 ° and one with f / 2.2 wide angle of 97 °.
Let’s not dwell too much on the repetitions: the Pixel 3 XL enjoys the same quality in terms of photo as the Pixel 3. It should be ready for all situations and allows to make beautiful selfies. We also note the presence of Google Lens and the Playground mode. If our sympathy capital is given priority to Pixel 3, the big model is just as well drawn. It nevertheless accuses a big black point in terms of its autonomy.
Why choose the Google Pixel 3 XL?
- The camera, as for the “normal” model
- Ready for selfies
- The Android experience
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: the trio in the square shape
After the P20 Pro, it is the turn of the Mate 20 Pro to integrate a triple photo sensor on the back side of Huawei. And like his elder, we find the same precision in the details of the photos and a good dive, whether on subjects near or far from you. A pleasure to use every day. Artificial intelligence is once again in the limelight (just see our pictures taken in portrait mode in the test) thanks to the Dual NPU. Other modes, less common, are also part as the filter “Sin City” that leaves the subject in color and passes his environment in black and white.
But what are these three sensors? Well to a 40 megapixel main sensor with lens opening in f / 1.8, a 20-megapixel sensor with ultra-wide-angle lens opening in f / 2.2, and finally there an 8 megapixel telephoto sensor with lens opening in f / 2.4 . At the front, we find a sensor 24 megapixels (f / 2.0) to make detailed photos and full of color (beware of noise in the middle of the night).
Why choose the Huawei Mate 20 Pro?
- Presence of a triple photo sensor
- Perfect for all situations
- A powerful smartphone
The alternative: Huawei Mate 20
This model is more modest than the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but does not demerit. Three photo sensors are positioned at the rear (12 megapixel main lens with f / 1.8 lens, 16 megapixel f / 2.2 wide-angle lens, and 8-megapixel x2 zoom lens with f / 2.4 lens).
Artificial Intelligence tends to beautify photos when activated. A choice that allows Huawei to differentiate itself from other manufacturers. The selfies will be successful in perfect conditions, provided you do not dwell too much on the sharpness of the results.
The Huawei Mate 20 has a drop-shaped notch making its screen even more borderless. A bias that avoids blow facial recognition in 3D, present in the Pro version. For the rest, it is a smartphone with high-end features. Big up to its autonomy around 2 days.
Why choose the Huawei Mate 20?
- For its triple photo sensor
- A great autonomy
- A design with a minimalist notch
The Second alternative: Huawei P20 Pro
Now, the Huawei P20 Pro is another alternative to the Mate 20 Pro. He has upset the established standards for photography by integrating 3 backbone sensors that work wonders. These 3 sensors of 20, 40 and 8 megapixels with lenses opening respectively to f / 1.6, f / 1.8 and f / 2.4 merge to take the best shot possible, all with a HDR treatment in premium. Its 24 megapixel front sensor with a lens opening at f / 2.0 is not left behind and offers good shots.
As for its other features, the smartphone is equipped with a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a definition of 2240 x 1080 pixels, a SoC Kirin 970 clocked at 2.36 GHz supported by 6 GB of memory bright, 128 GB of storage and a 4000 mAh battery.
Why choose the Huawei P20 Pro?
- The integration of a triple photo sensor
- HDR treatment
- Its OLED screen is excellent
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: The S Pen to take pictures from afar
For the photo, the Galaxy Note 9 takes the same module as the Galaxy S9 +. We are therefore in the presence of a dual 12 megapixel sensor coupled to a lens with variable aperture on the one hand (f / 1.5-2.4) and fixed aperture on the other (f / 2.4). However, all the software part of image processing has been improved and the gain is felt for a result of better quality with beautiful colors. Its 8-megapixel front camera for selfies is correct, although it struggles to handle high brightness.
As for its features, the Galaxy Note 9 comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, a 2.7 GHz Exynos 9810 SoC, 6 GB of RAM and a 4000 mAh battery.
Why opt for the Galaxy Note 9?
- The same double sensor as the S9 +
- But with better image processing than the S9 +
- Design without notch
- A beautiful Super AMOLED screen
- The S Pen, obviously
The alternative: the Samsung Galaxy Note 8
With this former flagship, Samsung integrated for the first time two sensors on a smartphone. It therefore embeds two 12-megapixel sensors coupled to 26 mm aperture lenses opening at f / 1.7 and 52 mm aperture at f / 2.4. The whole is optically stabilized to avoid too much motion blur. The Galaxy Note 8 offers shots with beautiful contrasts and faithful colors. As for the selfies part, the front camera of 8 megapixels is not to be neglected. It offers good image quality even in dimly lit environments.
Note 8 also features a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display, an Exynos 8895 2.3GHz SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3300 mAh battery.
Why opt for the Galaxy Note 8?
- Its very good photo sensors
- The quality of selfies, even in low light
- Its screen is excellent
- The S Pen, always …