Smartphones these days have cameras that can put most entry-level DSLRs to shame. With an ever-increasing pixel count and better sensors, smartphones are slowly gaining traction in clicking impressive pictures and videos across all situations, including low-light environments. With the ability to shoot 4k and slow-mo videos finally landing onto smartphones, it might just be the time to bid farewell to those bulky cameras. Here we list the top smartphones with the best cameras currently in the market.
A list of the best camera phones wouldn’t be complete without the mention of a Samsung flagship. Off late, Samsung’s flagship smartphones have been the benchmark for superior smartphone photography. From upgrading battery capacity to using the new 12MP Dual Pixel camera sensor, the Samsung Galaxy S7 (review) and S7 edge (review) have all the right features for being called the best camera phones in the world.
The phones are also waterproof and dustproof, as they come with IP68 rating. With 4GB of RAM and Exynos processors, the S7 duo is a beast in terms of performance. With the upgrade, Samsung has made all the right changes for the customers. Even though the pair borrows design elements from its predecessors, the S6 and S6 edge (review), the devices sport much more refined glass and metal bodies with newer colour variants including black and blue. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is priced around Rs 44,000, whereas its bigger sibling is available at a price of around Rs 55,000 from most retailers.
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The latest and greatest from the Cupertino giant, the iPhone 7 Plus (first impressions), brings in a slew of new features and updates. On one hand, the company has done away with the 3.5mm headphone interface while on the other, it has a dual camera setup at the back. The arrangement comprise a wide angle lens to capture more area, as well as a telephoto lens to help in offering up to 2x optical zoom. It also provides an enhanced depth of field, especially with the Portrait mode that is currently in beta. And there's something new for the selfie lovers as well, as the company has decided to bump the resolution of the front camera to 7MP.
As expected, the iPhone 7 Plus is powered by some of the most powerful hardware from Apple - a quad-core A10 fusion chip, 3GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage and what not. The brand has bid adieu to the Space Grey hue, and has replaced it two new colour options... a glossy Jet Black, and a matte black hue. Its smaller sibling, the iPhone 7 comes with a single rear camera, yet ranks as one of the best smartphone cameras.
The iPhone 7 Plus has been launched in India starting at a price tag of Rs 72,000, while you can pick up an iPhone 7 starting at Rs 60,000.
The iPhone 6s Plus (review) is Apple’s previous-gen iPhone, which seems like an even sweeter deal after its recent share of price cuts. Sporting a 12MP camera sensor, the iPhone 6s Plus has loads of features like OIS and 4k recording to make it one of the best smartphone cameras that the market can currently offer. While the design and feel of the device are extremely similar to the previous iPhone 6 Plus (apart from weight and thickness), the biggest difference is the new camera.
Putting the long list of leaks and rumours to rest, Google recently released the much-awaited Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones (first impressions). The new devices depict a change in tactics for the search giant, which is now looking to compete head on with the likes of Apple and Samsung. The Pixel and Pixel XL reportedly offer amazing camera performance, and Google didn't wait to reveal the DxOMark rating of the two smartphones, which at 89, is the highest any smartphone has achieved till now. The optics are taken care of by a 12.3MP rear camera with 1.55 micron pixels, Electronic image stabilisation (EIS) and PDAF.
When it comes to hardware, the new handsets are second to none. Qualcomm's all-powerful Snapdragon 821 SoCs, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage and AMOLED displays... you name it, and the Pixel devices have it. That said, the key highlight of the devices is the Google Assistant integration in Android 7.1 Nougat.
Google has priced the smartphones in India starting at Rs 57,000, going all the way up to Rs 76,000. They are available for pre-orders across most e-tailers.
Sony is the company that makes camera sensors which most smartphone OEMs use in their products. So, it is but natural to include an offering from the Japanese brand in this list.
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