How to choose the best smartphone for perfect photos between Android and iPhone

How to choose the best smartphone for perfect photos between Android and iPhone
How to choose the best smartphone for perfect photos between Android and iPhone

Having the smartphone with the best camera is now everyone's wish. Photography and self-portraits are now an integral part of the everyday life of most of us. There are many models on the market that boast more or less advanced photographic capabilities and choosing is not easy. Here is a simple guide to understand which smartphone for photography to buy, based on your budget and with the best possible performance.

How to choose the best smartphone for perfect photos between Android and iPhone
Photography is one of the main reasons why manufacturers are constantly improving their phone's camera efficiency. Why? A smartphone with a good camera sells more. Point. Smartphones and photography represent a decisive union for many users of mobile devices and now that the specifications of the cameras of these devices have been significantly improved, more and more people want to know which model of smartphone camera is able to acquire better images.

We understand then how to choose a smartphone for photography, but first, to make the right choice, it is necessary to make an important premise: what is mobile photography and what needs does it carry?

What is mobile photography?

Mobile photography means capturing photos using a mobile phone. The technology in smartphone cameras can offer users the privilege of taking high quality photos that can be uploaded and shared on the Internet or edit images with a thousand creative possibilities.

However advanced it may be, mobile photography is still not able to match the quality of Reflex or modern high-end mirrorless cameras. The photos taken with these machines, in fact, remain significantly higher than those taken with a smartphone.

A DSLR therefore remains the best choice to create high quality photos, on the other hand, it is not an expense that everyone is willing to face, or simply, it is not an object that everyone is interested in having. The greater accessibility of smartphones and the ever increasing attention that the brands pay to the photographic sector of their phones, therefore makes them a more valid and attractive alternative.

Which phone has the best camera

Comparing the various smartphone charts with the best camera published by the most important specialized portals in the telephony and photography sectors, this is the list of the best reputed models.

    Apple. iPhone 8 Plus and later are popular for their superior quality zoom function
    Google. The Google Pixel XL series models are considered the best for overall camera quality.
    Asus. Zenfones 3 and 4 are popular for those looking for an inexpensive cameraphone.
    Samsung. The Galaxy S8 series is the best for selfies and the new Galaxy Note 8 is one of the best.
    LG. The G6 is the most appreciated for landscape photography
    Huawei. The P10 and later versions are also among the best
    Sony. The Xperia XZ series is reported as one of the most successful for photo quality

Currently, these are the smartphones with the best cameras. For more details, see the ranking of with a detailed comparison between objectives, type of cameras, resolutions and types of autofocus of the individual models.

How to choose the best smartphone for photography

To choose correctly which one to buy, there are some important features to consider. Two in particular are decisive and are the technical aspect and the budget, or how much we are willing to spend.

Technical aspect

Technically speaking, these are the priority and most important parameters to consider when purchasing a smartphone for photography.


The processor is the first thing to look at. How powerful is it? How efficiently is it able to process images? In fact, no matter how 

powerful the camera is, if the processor is not able to process in a truly performing way, the overall quality will still be poor.

These are some of the best popular processors mounted on top of the range camera phones.
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 - Supports 32MP cameras or 16MP dual cameras and is the most capable processor built for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the Asus Zenfone 4 Pro.

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 - Cheaper than 835, it is still very powerful and more affordable (economically speaking). The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe and the Google Pixels and Pixel XL are among the models that mount this processor. The processors under this one are already old, so choose a smartphone that has a processor at least 820 and up.

    Samsung Exynos 8895 - Before the Snapdragon 835, the Samsung Exynos 8895 is a very fast and capable processor that supports cameras up to 28MP.
    Apple A10 and A11 Bionic - They are the Apple Apple processors. iPhone X, for example, is powered by a 6-core A11 Bionic processor, as are the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The processor has 6 cores: 2 high performance and 4 more energy efficient. The A11 is much faster than the A10, which however remains quite fast and still used.


Memory capacity is important and affects the amount of files we can save and store. Images and videos, if produced regularly, can become, on their own, large enough to use the entire memory space (if you like downloading apps, memory plays an even more decisive role).

It then checks the capacity of the ROM memory and RAM. The first refers to the internal storage capacity, while the second is where the processes are stored when an application is run. For an excellent RAM we will try a 6 GB, while the high capacity ROMs range from 64 to 256 GB. However, the storage capacity also affects the price. So look for a valid compromise that is consistent with your budget but takes this into account.

The camera and its functions are the second technical aspect to look at. Many brands show ever larger numbers of megapixels and promise high quality shots, but in reality it is not quite so.

A good quality image is not given only by the number of megapixels. Here are the specifications to be evaluated.

Sensor - The sensor represents the heart of the camera and has the task of perceiving light, the most important element for creating a photo. If the sensor captures more light, produces better images and if it works well during the acquisition, we will be able to get the results of the desired quality.

Larger sensors capture more light than smaller ones. That's why a 13 MP camera with a smaller sensor can make images worse than an 8MP one but with a larger sensor.

Megapixel (MP) - Indicates the number of pixels and the level of resolution and detail. The more pixels a camera has, the more detailed the image will be and the greater the resolution. A 12MP for example is able to print perfect images up to 11 × 24 ", beyond this size, the quality decreases and the photo begins to show the so-called pixel effect.

Objective - mainly determines the opening and the zoom function. Each smartphone differs in objective and in other additional technologies. The choice will depend on where we are most likely to take photos.

Aperture (f value) - Indicates the aperture in the lens that controls how much light passes through it. The number indicates the size of the diaphragm (stop). The smaller the value of f, the wider the aperture, which results in a reduced depth of field. f / 8 for example is smaller than f / 1.4. A camera with f / 1.7 aperture, will have a wider lens aperture, ergo, it can receive more light than a f / 2.2 value. If you like bokeh effects, for example, look at the size of the aperture.

Zoom - In cameras on smartphones there are two types of zoom, digital and optical. The first is basically a piece of software that crops up an area of an image and enlarges it sometimes resulting in a pixelated image. The second refers to the actual optical lens (hardware) of the camera that performs the actual physical zoom.
The lens with optical zoom is therefore in a better image and is a preferable choice when purchasing.

Budget, choose what you really need

It is normal to always look first at the latest models and top of the range, but it is equally true that the best cameras are not exclusively on the most expensive models.

If you don't have budget problems you don't need to hold back, but if you are equally sure that a particular model is good enough for what you need (even if it is not the latest model), that is the best choice. The technology used to produce the different models affects the price, but the smartest choice is to buy only what you really need. Spending more on something we don't need is simply a useless waste.

Furthermore, prices (especially on electronics) are constantly changing. The most expensive cameraphone today could be cheaper next month or in a year. So, plan your budget. There are actually smartphones with excellent cameras suitable for every budget. Each brand has top of the range models and others are cheaper with equally interesting features.

The best cameraphone does not have to be the most expensive and not all expensive models, they are necessarily smartphones with the best camera.