The best smartphone camera for perfect travel photos

For travelers all over the world taking good pictures is now a priority. If you too like traveling and taking unforgettable pictures, you should know that it is important to choose the smartphone with the best camera and the right features.

You don't know how many times we have taken our mobile phone out of our pocket to take a myriad of photos.
Indeed we say more to you, if you are not a professional photographer, now it almost makes no sense to travel with the reflex.

This is because the quality of high-end smartphone cameras can achieve amazing results, so much so that today the term "smartphone-camera" is often heard to indicate telephones that have made the camera their workhorse.
So if you want to travel light and get excellent photographic results, maybe not particularly professional but aesthetically excellent, the smartphone is a fantastic tool and certainly the most suitable if you want to get a good result.

Certainly, camera smartphones cannot completely replace a camera with manual adjustment, which, however, requires the use of advanced photographic technique to be used to the full.
For all those who are not photography professionals but want to take beautiful souvenir photos or record videos, the smartphone camera is the perfect accessory.

Of course it is not always easy to find the smartphone that has the camera with the right features, and in most cases they are very expensive.
Don't worry, we have thought about working hard ... in this post we will give you some suggestions to identify the best smartphone camera, dividing the models by price range.
What elements need to be considered to choose the best smartphone camera?

First tip: you don't have to evaluate just the number of megapixels.
It is often thought that a camera with a large number of megapixels shoots better than the others.


Certainly it is a very important element, since the resolution of the image depends on them: this is because digital photographs are composed of a number of pixels that resemble small squares, and placed close to each other compose the image, as in a mosaic.

Therefore, the greater number of pixels involves a greater number of captured details, but it is not the only element to be considered, indeed: it is often the least relevant.

Second advice is to check the following factors:

    Aperture: it is a very important parameter for the quality of photos; serves to adjust both the luminous flux passing inside the lens and to manage the depth of field. It is indicated with the letter "f /", the lower the number indicated and the greater the aperture, which is essential for obtaining sharp photos;
    The presence of the flash LED, very useful to compensate for the lack of light, is efficient and suitable for short distances. We have different types: the Dual flash to have more natural tones; the Quad LED for better color rendering; Slow Sync, present in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, to obtain clear and natural colors; front flash, very useful for taking selfies.

    The presence of optical stabilization, also called with the acronym OIS, is very important to avoid taking pictures full of noise, very blurred and with a blur effect. In practice it serves to counterbalance the movements and the trembling of our hand, works both on photos and on video. The stabilization also helps us in moments of low light, where the shutter speed is longer and therefore without the stabilizer we should have a very firm hand, while with the stabilizer we can allow ourselves some vibrations or small movements without the quality of the photo. affected.

    The presence of a suitable photographic software, which really makes the difference. Every time we take a photo, it is processed automatically to optimize the colors, the brightness, the exposure ... that's why it is very important to have a software interface that makes all this very simple and fast.

Don't forget the other hardware features like RAM, screen and build quality, all of which can make your smartphone faster and more pleasant.

The best "smartphone camera" we found

Today the photographic sector is very popular and every year there are many smartphone camera sales.

There are so many models and for every price range, even if you have to consider that to have a good camera on a smartphone the price can only be on average high.
We start our list from the most expensive ones, that is those that fall within the High Price Range.
Iphone Xr

iPhone Xr as the best camera smartphone ever.

The DxOMark agency carries out rigorous and technically flawless tests to translate the quality of the photos and videos into numbers, drawing up an up-to-date ranking of the new products.

His verdict was clear: iPhone Xr is a very high quality product with the best single sensor camera, so much so that it has achieved the highest scores ever achieved by a smartphone so far.

The single lens camera, combined with a powerful machine learning software, create portraits with the subject in the foreground very sharp, with an artfully blurred background, plus you can adjust the depth of field even after taking the photo.

The camera manages to capture vivid and pleasant colors in all conditions of use, has a faster sensor and the powerful A12 Bionic chip can give more prominence to light and shadow in the photos.

Another high quality product: Huawei p20 Pro

The data sheet of the camera of this smartphone is really impressive, in fact it speaks of:
✔️ 40 Megapixel f / 1.8 color main camera
Secondaria 20 Megapixel f / 1.6 black and white secondary camera
Zo Third 3xf / 2.4 zoom sensor with 8 megapixels optically stabilized

Thanks to the integrated use of these three cameras and a super resolution, we can capture an enormous amount of detail and more light, which enriches the main shot.
The software automatically recognizes some scenes, such as landscapes, portraits, food or animals, and automatically sets the most appropriate setting.

You can also take photos in the dark or in low light, thanks to the night function, capturing many details, thanks to artificial intelligence.
This product is sold on Amazon at Eur 619.99 (click here to see the purchase card).

Average price range:

In camera smartphones, admittedly, the price usually makes the difference. Difficult to find a great product with less than 400/500 €. Some, however, shine with excellent value for money, as we have tested on our skin:

Huawei p20

Among the mid-range phones with excellent photographic performance there is certainly the Huawei p20, the smaller and cheaper brother of the super smartphone camera of which we have just spoken. This was Ilaria's choice, and she is very satisfied with the performance.

It has a dual camera featuring a 12 MPx RGB sensor with a f / 1.8 focal length and a second 20 MPx monochrome sensor, with a f / 1.6 focal length.
Thanks to the presence of these sensors, it is possible to apply a depth of portraits, but also to take pictures in black and white full of details.

The images, as in the older brother of which we have written above, can be parameterized automatically: in fact the smartphone, thanks to artificial intelligence, automatically recognizes the predefined category among the 19 present, modifying ad hoc the various parameters of the shot.

With maximum brightness and in daylight the shots are very good: we can safely say that this camera smartphone makes excellent photographic results possible.
Here are some examples directly from Ilaria's Huawei P20 (with no retouching or post-production, only with scene recognition and automatic optimization!):

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Only flaw, tested directly by us? The front camera. Compared to the Pro version, which actually has crazy features even on this front like the double camera for selfies, in the younger brother this is not particularly powerful.

Asus ZenFone 5

Asus has produced several smartphones but the ZenFone 5 is certainly one of the best.
This smartphone does not shine much in the technical sector, but its strength is precisely the camera.

It is equipped with a dual rear camera, one 12MP with a f / 1.8 aperture and 4-axis optical stabilizer to ensure even super stabilized and high quality video, while the second camera is 8MP but without autofocus.