The camera, like everything else on the S21 Ultra, is top-of-the-line, with a 108MP f/1.8 primary sensor, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor, and two telephoto cameras, which is almost unheard of on phones. Both cameras are 10 megapixels, but one has an f/2.4 aperture and 3x optical zoom, while the other has an f/4.9 aperture and a whopping 10x optical zoom.
Non-zoomed photos are also impressive, though not always on par with the best competitors. However, when you combine a plethora of camera modes, including new ones like Director's View (which allows you to capture video with both the front and rear cameras at the same time), with a highly powerful 40MP front-facing camera, you have a smartphone photographer's dream.
What We Love:
Amazing Camera Zoom
With two telephoto lenses, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is a rockstar
Lets you shoot video with both the front and rear cameras simultaneously.
A striking change from last year's iPhone 12 Pro Max to the latest baseline iPhone 13 is its increased sensor size to 47% larger, allowing it to capture more light in low-light conditions and less noise. The Wide sensor comes in at 12-megapixels with an f/1.6 aperture, while the new 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera features a more fast f/2.4 lens with a 120-degree field of view. iPhone 13 additionally boasts a sensor-shift stabilization technology featured in the 12 Pro Max to reduce unwanted vibrations within the sensor.
Overall, this is the most advanced pro camera system ever on an iPhone, boasting a Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion; a massive leap in battery life; A15 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone; an advanced 5G experience; and so much more.
The latest Ultra-Wide camera features a stellar new f/1.8 aperture and improved autofocus to produce cleaner, brighter images in darker environments. Additionally, and with great excitement, Apple now offers a macro-photography feature using advanced software to magnify objects to appear larger than life. Macro also expands to video mode, including Slo-mo and Timelapse.
What We Love
Long Battery Life
Best battery performance we’ve seen on any iPhone lineup.
Fresh Colors, more Clarity
(Exceeding quality in any smartphone camera we've seen.
Rockstar LiDAR Sensor
It has a large sensor capable of capturing a lot of light. Night Mode works with both the main and ultra-wide sensors, without restrictions.
The OnePlus 9 Pro is probably a first-timer on this list, but it definitely called our attention. It has a 48MP f/1.8 main camera, an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto camera (with 3.3x optical zoom), a 50MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, and a 2MP monochrome camera for enhancing black and white images. The ultra-wide is perhaps the most notable of these, as it features a freeform lens design that eliminates the "barrel" distortion commonly seen at the edges of ultra-wide shots. The OnePlus 9 Pro's cameras were also developed in collaboration with Hasselblad, though the collaboration was mostly limited to color calibration and the design of the camera app. We expect more from this partnership on future OnePlus phones, but the results are already visible in photos, with accurate colors. While the OnePlus 9 Pro has powerful manual controls, it also performs admirably in auto mode, making it an excellent point-and-shoot option. The OnePlus 9 Pro is a good all-rounder in terms of photography – and most other ways – with video recording at up to 8K quality and a capable 16MP front-facing camera.
What We Love:
Great Smartphone Power
8K video quality, and a capable 16MP front-facing camera, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a good all-rounder as far as photography goes.
Excellent Color Calibration
The colors you see are reproduced as accurately as possible
Great Manual Camera Controls
It takes fantastic images, with great-looking colors and masses of detail.
The iPhone 12 Pro is one of the most feature-packed iPhones available today, even when a bit dated. It has the best of Apple's features on the inside, and it's the model to consider if you're not sure if the iPhone 12 has enough raw power for you. The iPhone 12 Pro's design is both futuristic and retro: the 6.1-inch OLED display is clear, bright, and extends further to the phone's edges, making the 12 Pro feel smaller in the hand than the iPhone 11 Pro. Still a wonderful option for those iffy on upgrading to the latest Apple models.
What We Love:
Allows you to take bright and super detailed shots where other phones would struggle.
12 MP Selfie Camera
Excellent quality, including for Dolby Vision for video, and Smart HDR 3 for improved image processing
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Google Pixel 6 manages to capture true colors and is everyone's latest go-to that abide outside the Apple ecosystem.
The Google Pixel 6's ultra-wide lens produces less distortion at the edges of photographs than many other ultra-wide lenses, and it comes with a nice set of photo editing capabilities. Portrait Light is a software function that helps the phone by convincingly brightening faces and other subjects. Featuring a 50MP f/1.9 main sensor with 1.2µm pixels, and many find this smartphone capable of capturing stunning photos with crispy detail, and colors so real it requires a double take.
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