3 Smartphones That You Can Use Instead of Camera.

The world is constantly evolving and thanks to technology, we do not have to carry a camera on us all the time or even own one at all because smartphones are now best of camera.

From more lenses to more megapixels, improved software, better zoom, greater low light performance and more, it seems as if almost every high-profile phone has something camera related to shouting about.

What’s more? Smart phone manufactures are doing their best to outdo each other –to the advantage of consumers like me and you, of course- when it comes to camera quality and features.

They are aware that photography has taken a new shape and no one wants to be left in the corner.

It’s also no news that you do not have to visit a photo studio to get amazing pictures. With the right phone and a click, you can make beautiful photos right in your bedroom. Cool right? However, before achieving this, it is essential to pick a phone with features that align with your taste and desire.

Some smartphones are a lot better for photography than others, and some are also a lot better or worse than their specs list might suggest. That’s where this post comes in.

After extensive research, taking pictures in the various modes and from the different lenses and sensors of several devices, we came up with this list.

From best to least, here are three smartphones that you can use in place of a camera.

1.     Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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Specs and features

  • Release date: January 2021
  • Weight: 227g
  • Dimensions: 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9Mm
  •  OS: Android 11
  • Screen size: 6.8-inch
  • Resolution: 1440 x 3200
  • CPU: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 12GB / 16GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Rear camera: 108MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP
  • Front camera: 40MP

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra definitely delivers on its promise. The camera is top-end, with a 108MP f/1.8 main snapper, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide one, and – in a move that’s unheard of on phones – two telephoto cameras.

These are both 10MP, but one has an f/2.4 aperture and allows for 3x optical zoom, while the other has an f/4.9 aperture and allows for a massive 10x optical zoom.

What’s better? The results are as impressive as the numbers – so much so that this was labelled the best camera zoom on a phone in our Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review.

Non-zoomed shots also look amazing, although not as good as the best rivals in some cases.

But coupled with a wealth of camera modes, including new inclusions like Director’s View (which lets you shoot video with both the front and rear cameras at the same time).

Along with a highly capable 40MP front-facing camera, this makes for a smartphone photographer’s dream.

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2.     Huawei Mate 40 Pro

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Specs and features

  • Release date: November 2020
  • Weight: 212g
  • Dimensions: 162.9 x 75.5 x 9.1 mm
  • OS: Android 10
  • Screen size: 6.76-inch
  • CPU: Kirin 9000 5G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Battery: 4,400mAh
  • Rear camera: 50MP + 12MP + 20MP
  • Front camera: 13MP

You might be surprised to see the Huawei Mate 40 Pro here – after all, it’s a phone that we only gave 3.5 stars to, and it’s nowhere near our best smartphone list.

But the reason we can’t rank it higher, in general, is everything to do with its limited app situation (due to not having access to the Google Play Store) and nothing to do with its cameras.

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro cameras are exceptional, with a 50MP f/1.9 main camera, a 12MP f/3.4 periscope one (with 5x optical zoom), and a 20MP f/1.8 ultra-wide one, this smartphone is bliss.

Though it doesn’t possess as many lenses as some of its rivals, it’s got all the most important kinds accounted for, and they all perform very well.

From portrait shots to wide landscapes, zoomed photos, and close up subjects, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro could cope brilliantly with just about every kind of photo.

It even does a great job in low-light conditions. And while our focus is the rear snappers, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro also has a decent setup on the front, with a 13MP f/2.4 camera joined by a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for sensing depth.

There are also lots of photography modes and tools available on the Huawei Mate 40 Pro as well, from a light painting feature to dedicated moon photography.

While its camera features makes it exceptional, it also has a setback which makes it rank a 3.5 star on the best smartphone list.

This setback is based on its limited app situation -due to its non-access to the Google Play Store) and nothing to do with its cameras.

However, If you need a phone solely because of its camera quality, Huawei Mate 40 Pro should be your deal.

You can get other awesome Huawei Phones HERE

3.     iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Specs and features

  • Weight: 228g
  • Dimensions: 160.8mm x 78.1mm x 7.4mm
  • OS: iOS 14
  • Screen size: 6.7-inch
  • Resolution: 1284 x 2778
  • CPU: A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
  • Battery: Unknown
  • Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP

The iPhone 12 Pro Max isn’t the best smartphone, but it is very close to being the best camera phone.

It includes

  • A 12MP f/1.6 main snapper,
  • and 12MP f/2.2 telephoto one (with 2.5x optical zoom),
  • with 12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide one,
  • even a LiDAR scanner, which enables Night Mode portraits.

Night Mode is also usable with both the main and ultra-wide sensor, so you’re not limited in the types of photos you can take at night.

Smart HDR 3 meanwhile is a new feature which combines multiple exposures to create the best picture possible – which is something that can benefit your shots no matter what the light is like.

The onboard editing options are great too, and with Dolby Vision support for videos, it’s not just pictures that the iPhone 12 Pro Max excels at.

Generally, it’s an excellent setup, with every lens performing great.  It differs from the iPhone 12 Pro only by a bit, but still has the edge, making it the best iPhone for photography.

The iPhone 12 Pro can be gotten here too.