It has become quite difficult today to select the best smartphone according to the quality of its camera as a broad range of smartphones has been launched by top brands like Apple, Google, Samsung and Huawei. The year 2017 has witnessed the launch of Google Pixel 2 XL, iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 8. We eagerly wait for the arrival of Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus at the end of February 2018. Among the latest models of smartphones launched by the top brands, their USP had been the camera and picture quality.

Google Pixel 2 XL

  • Rear Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • OIS: Yes
  • Rear Camera Aperture: f/1.8
  • Autofocus type: Phase detection and laser
  • Weight: 143g / 175g
  • Dimensions: 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm / 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm
  • Battery size: 2,700mAh / 3,520mAh
  • Storage: 64GB / 128GB

Both the cameras in Google Pixel 2 XL are identical and the device has sound sensors on the back. The picture captured at first may seem to be just an average one but it instantly improves as the device stitches multiple images together. This results in clarity and an enhanced picture quality. When it comes to the colour of the picture, Google Pixel 2 XL is clearly the hands-down winner. It produces the most accurate colour compared to the iPhone 8 and does not require any editing. However, the picture captured lacks a little bit of sharpness. The zoom feature of Google Pixel 2 XL is not on par with the other devices mentioned here. This is because it does not feature a zoom lens. Therefore, if you want to use the zoom option then, the pixel size only will increase on the screen at least. If you are looking at this phone then, the numero uno feature is optical image stabilisation.

iPhone 8 Plus

  • Rear Camera: Dual 12MP
  • Front Camera: 7MP
  • OIS: Yes
  • Rear Camera Aperture: f/1.8 and f/2.4
  • Autofocus Type: Phase detection
  • Weight: 174g
  • Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm
  • Battery size: 2,716mAh
  • Storage: 64GB / 256GB

Compared to all the Apple devices manufactured till date, iPhone X has the best camera. There is a double sensor in the rear and is capable of capturing amazing pictures in low light. It works extremely well in bright light too. The device also features an OLED screen that enhances the quality of the picture snapped. The drawback of iPhone 8 was that the colour of the pictures was somewhat bleak.  The latest smartphone of Apple has managed to overcome it due to the combination of two 12MP sensors. The speed of snapping is recommendable in iPhone X. The front camera captures perfect selfies and you can even incorporate the background. A second sensor is not required in this case. Dynamic range is an important feature of the smartphones and iPhone X excels in it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  • Rear Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • OIS: Yes
  • Rear Camera Aperture: f/1.7
  • Autofocus Type: Phase detection
  • Weight: 155g / 173g
  • Dimensions: 48.9 x 68.1 x 8mm / 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm
  • Battery size: 3,000mAh / 3,500mAh
  • Storage: 64GB

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 undoubtedly has one of the best cameras among all the smartphones. It features powerful dual sensors and has a telephoto lens. The speed of snapping of Galaxy Note 8 is remarkable. The pictures taken show vivid colours. It is also capable of taking good pictures (with greater clarity) even in low light. The brand is after all known for finer quality pictures. The zoom features are also worth buying the phone. The settings of camera feature different modes but other than these the automatic settings are capable of capturing breathtaking shots. The time taken for focus is much less compared to other models of Samsung smartphones. Galaxy Note 8 also features a great “Portrait Mode”.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

  • Rear Camera: Dual 12MP and 20MP
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • OIS: Yes (on 12MP)
  • Rear Camera Aperture: f/1.6 and f/1.6
  • Autofocus Type: Phase detection and laser
  • Weight: 178g
  • Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm
  • Battery size: 4,000mAh
  • Storage: 128GB

If you are purchasing a smartphone by looking at its camera then, Huawei Mate 10 Pro is another model that you should consider. The camera has been developed by keeping the professionals in mind. You can capture some fascinating shots with Huawei Mate 10 Pro, especially in low light. Adjustments can be made by combining colour sensors with monochrome. An amazing mix of low-light and rich images will be produced. By using the Aperture Mode you can incorporate far more into the frame. Although the snapping speed is not as great as the other three, it makes for really great captures if you show a little patience.

All the four smartphones mentioned above are worth investing your money. With so many distinguished features, it is difficult to say which one is the best.