Best smartphones with good camera in 2019: TOP 5

Choosing a smartphone with the best camera at start of 2019, it is very likely that we will have to consider models of 2018. However, the choice is extensive and complex, as most manufacturers rely on the camera. Next – the TOP of best phones for shooting, which is relevant in the first quarter of 2019.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

huawei mate 20 pro
  • Released: november, 2018
  • Android 9.0
  • Body: glass + aluminum, 172 g, 7.6 mm
  • Display: Amoled, 6.4", Full HD+, HDR10, Gorilla Glass
  • SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Memory: 6/8 Gb RAM, drive 128/256 Gb
  • Battery: 4200 mAh
  • Main camera: 40/20/8 Mp, f/1.8, f/2.2, f/2.4
  • Selfie camera: 24 Mp, f/2.0
  • Comms: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G, Infrared port
  • Features: NFC, Wireless charging, fast charging, IP68 water protect, face ID, fingerprint under display

The best cameraphone on the in early 2019 was created by Huawei. In terms of photography, it has no equal, not only among Chinese models, but in general. The device received a new hardware of its own brand HiSilicon, Amoled display by Samsung with support for HDR10 and DCI-P3  coverage.

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.002 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 508cd / m2 (Max Auto 657 cd/m2)
  • Contrast: 254000
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 4.7

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 28:43 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 13:57 h
  • Video playback: 15:22 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 9172
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 3291
  • AnTuTu 7 – 217913

Camera samples

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Selfies

Pros and cons

  • Cool Amoled display with high brightness and contrast.
  • The best processor for Android in the beginning of 2019.
  • Fast and accurate fingerprint scanner + unlock on face.
  • Quick charge due to adapter 40 W + wireless charging support .
  • Reliable battery.
  • The triple camera is the best in the world in photo quality at the beginning of 2019.
  • No headphone output.
  • Bad stereo speakers, one hidden in the USB-port, and when you turn on charging, it is not audible.
  • Support only branded memory card with a Nano Memory format, which can not be found on sale.

iPhone XS Max

iPhone XS Max
  • Released: September, 2018
  • iOS 12
  • Body: glass + aluminum, 208 g, 7.7 mm
  • Display: Super AMOLED, 6.5", 1242 x 2688, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 120 Hz, 3D Touch
  • SoC: Apple A12 Bionic
  • Memory: 4 Gb RAM, drive 64/256/512 Gb
  • Battery: 3174 mAh
  • Main camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4 µm, OIS + telephoto 12 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.4", 1.0 µm, OIS, 2x-zoom
  • Selfie camera: 7 MP, f/2.2
  • Comms: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, Lightning, 4G, 3D camera for Face ID
  • Features: NFC, Wireless charging, fast charging, IP68 water protect, Face ID,

iPhone XS Max is the most powerful smartphone with a margin of 5 years ahead, but at the same time it demonstrates high quality photos, plus it can shoot 4K video at 60 FPS, that the Huawei flagship cannot do.

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.0 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 653 cd / m2
  • Contrast: ∞
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 1.9

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 16:08 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 11:06 h
  • Video playback: 13:43 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 4777
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 11432
  • AnTuTu 7 – 353210

Camera samples

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Bad light (night mode):
Bokeh:

Selfies

Pros and cons

  • The best processor on the market.
  • The screen with a huge margin of brightness and minimal color accuracy.
  • Photo quality and the ability to shoot in 4K 60 FPS
  • Fast and accurate face recognition.
  • No quick charge adapter in the kit.
  • High price.

HTC U12+

HTC U12+
  • Released: June, 2018
  • Android 8.0 up to 9 Pie
  • Body: glass + aluminum, 188 g, 8.7 mm
  • Display: Super LCD6, 6", 1440x2880, HDR10, Gorilla Glass 3
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6 Gb RAM, drive 64/128 Gb
  • Battery: 3500 mAh
  • Main camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4 µm, OIS + telephoto 16 MP f/2.6, 1.0 µm, 2x zoom
  • Selfie camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4", 1.12µm + 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4", 1.12µm
  • Comms: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC, fast charging, IP68 water protect

Taiwan’s HTC brand is known not only for its own smartphones. HTC is also the developer of the successful flagships of Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL, but it’s own HTC U12 + got ahead both Pixels. According to the DxOMark studio, the HTC phone is immediately behind the iPhone XS Max for photo and video quality.

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.214 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 389cd / m2
  • Contrast: 1818

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 21:15 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 7:48 h
  • Video playback: 8:32 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 2456
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 9001
  • AnTuTu 7 – 263696

Camera samples

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Bad light (night mode):
Bokeh:

Selfies

Pros and cons

  • Shooting 4K at 60 FPS.
  • Cool sound from headphones and speaker.
  • Durable case with water protection.
  • One of the best cameras.
  • Edge Sense panels.
  • High price.
  • Bokeh mode needs to be improved.
  • No 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy Note9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Released: August, 2018
  • Android 8.1 up to 9 Pie
  • Body: Gorilla Glass 5 + aluminum frame, 201 g, 8.8 mm
  • Display: Super AMOLED, 6.4", 1440x2960, HDR10, Always-on display
  • SoC: Exynos 9810 Octa or Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6/8 Gb RAM, drive 128/512 Gb
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Main camera: 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, OIS + telephoto 12 MP, f/2.4
  • Selfie camera: 8 MP, f/1.7, 1/3.6"
  • Comms: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC, fast charging, wireless charging, IP68 water protect, Iris scanner

The phone scores the same points as the HTC U12 +, but is slightly inferior to it in terms of video quality and color reproduction. But Samsung copes better when shooting with defocused background and optical zoom (Zoom).

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.0 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 658cd / m2
  • Contrast: 

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 28:13 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 12:36 h
  • Video playback: 16:45 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 3642
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 9026
  • AnTuTu 7 – 248823

Camera samples

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Bad light (night mode):
Bokeh:

Selfies

Pros and cons

  • Flawless build
  • World’s best amold display
  • High autonomy
  • Cool camera + 4K recording
  • Stylus S-pen
  • Stereo speakers, headphone jack 3.5 mm, slot for flash drive
  • High price
  • Not original design and especially unattractive back.
  • Heavy – above 200 g
  • No cases for the device

Google Pixel 3

google pixel 3
  • Released: November, 2018
  • Android 9.0
  • Body: Gorilla Glass 5 + aluminum, 148 g, 7.9 mm
  • Display: P-OLED, 5.5", 1080x2160 pixels, HDR10, DCI-P3, Always-on display, Gorilla Glass 5
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 4 Gb RAM, drive 64/128 Gb
  • Battery: 2915 mAh
  • Main camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4 µm, OIS
  • Selfie camera: 8 MP, f/1.8 + ultrawide 8 MP, f/2.2
  • Comms: Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC, fast + wireles charging, IP68 water protect

Pixel 3 is a cool camera phone with IP68 water protection and a 5.5-inch P-OLED screen. Therefore, this smartphone does not belong to the category of “shovels” and it is a compact solution for photography. True, the phone did not meet expectations, and in terms of shooting it is worse than all the above-listed smartphones.

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.0 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 426 cd / m2
  • Contrast: 

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 23:08 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 10:16h
  • Video playback: 11:01 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 2377
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 8146
  • AnTuTu 7 – 285044

Camera samples

Good light:
Bad light (night mode):
Bokeh:

Selfies

Pros and cons

  • Сompact – comfortable in the hand
  • Сool camera
  • Good display and solid autonomy
  • Very slippery body
  • Just one camera at the back – no wide-angle lens or telephoto
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • Faint sound
  • No shooting 4K 60 FPS

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