The best camera phones in 2021

The best camera phones in 2021

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Finding the best smartphone camera is no easy feat. In addition to software, hardware performance helps improve technology. Each brand introduces products that utilize its unique features. It is difficult to differentiate between superiority and inferiority so that it is impossible to determine which one is superior.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max – GetPcWorld

DISPLAY      –    6.7″, 109.8 cm2
OS                –    iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.7
Chipset        –    Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
CPU              –    Hexa-core (2×3.1 GHz Firestorm + 4×1.8 GHz Icestorm)
GPU              –     Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
MEMORY      –    128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, 512GB 6GB RAM NVMe
BACK            –    12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), 1.7µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift stabilization (IBIS)
CAMERA       –    12 MP, f/2.2, 65mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2.5x optical zoom
                       –    12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6″
                       –    TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth)
Video             –     4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 10‑bit HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), stereo sound rec.
FRONT CAMERA 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6″ SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Video             –      4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max GetPcWorld

Apple has fitted the three-camera iPhone 12 Pro Max with a larger main sensor and a slightly improved zoom camera than the previous model to provide extra space inside. There is a night mode, so even ultra-wide-angle photos can achieve great photos in low light (low amount of light per unit area). The video recording function has also been greatly improved. It doesn’t support 8K video, but it provides great picture quality even in 4K. It is noteworthy that many of those who have used iPhones have a strong tendency to continue using them. If you’re looking for the best iPhone camera, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is for you

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra - GetPcWorld
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – GetPcWorld

DISPLAY               6.8″, 112.1 cm2 (~89.8% screen-to-body ratio)
                               1440 x 3200 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~515 ppi density)
OS                           Android 11, One UI 3.1
Chipset                   Exynos 2100 (5 nm) – International
Qualcomm             SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) – USA/China
CPU                        Octa-core (1×2.9 GHz Cortex-X1 & 3×2.80 GHz Cortex-A78 & 4×2.2 GHz Cortex- A55) – International
Octa-core               (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680) – USA/China
GPU                         Mali-G78 MP14 – International
MEMORY                 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM UFS 3.1
BACK CAMERA      108 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
                                 10 MP, f/4.9, 240mm (periscope telephoto), 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
                                 10 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto), 1/3.24″, 1.22µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
                                 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, Super Steady video
Video                        8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS
FRONT CAMERA     40 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.7µm, PDAF
Video                        4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra - GetPcWorld
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – GetPcWorld

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the most popular smartphone sold worldwide. It has a 6.8-inch, 3200 x 1440 pixel display and a 108MP main sensor. The main camera is capable of shooting 3x and 10x with optical zoom. The fact that it can magnify up to 100x with the digital zoom drew a lot of attention. The video supports UHD 8K. With the Snapdragon 888 chip, you can use all sensors to take a picture at once, or switch between each sensor right away while recording video.

Google Pixel 5

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Google Pixel 5 – GetPcWorld

DISPLAY                 6.0″, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~432 ppi density)
OS                           Android 11
Chipset                   Qualcomm SM7250 Snapdragon 765G 5G (7 nm)
CPU                         Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
GPU                         Adreno 620
MEMORY                128GB 8GB RAM
BACK CAMERA      12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
                                 16 MP, f/2.2, 107˚ (ultrawide), 1.0µm
Video                       4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS
FRONT CAMERA    8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
Video                       1080p@30fps

Google Pixel 5 - GetPcWorld
Google Pixel 5 – GetPcWorld

The Pixel 5 camera isn’t that impressive in terms of hardware compared to the aforementioned smartphones. The Pixel 5 mobile phone is powered by a 12MP main sensor and a 12MP ultra-wide camera. It provides various camera features such as Super Res Zoom, Live HDR+ and Dual Exposure control for night shooting. It can be purchased for less than 1 million won with a 10x zoom function, and is suitable for shooting everyday life from time to time.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – GetPcWorld

DISPLAY                  6.9″, 1440 x 3088 pixels (~496 ppi density)
OS Android             10, upgradable to Android 11, One UI 3.0
Chipset                    Exynos 990 (7 nm+) – Global
Qualcomm              SM8250 Snapdragon 865 5G+ (7 nm+) – USA
CPU                         Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55) – Global
                                 Octa-core (1×3.0 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585) – USA
GPU                          Mali-G77 MP11 – Global
Adreno                     650 – USA
MEMORY                 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM
BACK CAMERA       108 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.33″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
                                  12 MP, f/3.0, 120mm (periscope telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom, 50x hybrid zoom
                                  12 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm
Video                         8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+, stereo sound rec., gyro-EIS & OIS
FRONT CAMERA     10 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2″, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF
Video                         4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30fps

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra - GetPcWorld
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – GetPcWorld

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra may fall short of the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s super zoom capability, but the camera system is great. It is the easiest camera to use in everyday life. The picture quality is excellent. If you like to spend a lot of time decorating photos taken with your phone, the S Pen can help. The remote control of the camera shutter is also attractive.

OnePlus 9 Pro

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OnePlus 9 Pro – GetPcWorld

DISPLAY                    6.7″, 1440 x 3216 pixels
OS                              Android 11, OxygenOS 11.2.7.7
Chipset                      Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
CPU                            Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680
GPU                             Adreno 660
MEMORY                    128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
BACK CAMERA         48 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide), 1/1.43″, 1.12µm, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
                                    8 MP, f/2.4, 77mm (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 3.3x optical zoom
                                    50 MP, f/2.2, 14mm (ultrawide), 1/1.56″, 1.0µm, AF
                                    Video 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, Auto HDR, gyro-EIS
FRONT CAMERA       16 MP, f/2.4, (wide), 1/3.06″, 1.0µm
Video                          1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS

OnePlus 9 Pro - GetPcWorld
OnePlus 9 Pro – GetPcWorld

The OnePlus 9 Pro comes with triple cameras, including a new 50MP ultra-wide-angle, wide-angle and telephoto camera. This ultra-wide-angle camera uses a Sony IMX766 sensor that is quiet and produces virtually no distortion at the edges of the frame. The ultra-wide-angle camera is especially useful when shooting video. It can also be used as a versatile macro camera, great for shooting very close objects. It consists of a 48MP main camera and a custom Sony IMX789, which provides fast focusing and rich color information. It has been improved to reduce noise in day and night shooting, and to reduce motion blur in videos.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

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Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra – GetPcWorld

DISPLAY                       6.81″, 1440 x 3200 pixels
OS                                 Android 11, MIUI 12.5
Chipset                         Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
CPU                               Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
GPU                               Adreno 660
MEMORY                       256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 12GB RAM
BACK CAMERA            50 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/1.12″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
                                       48 MP, f/4.1, 120mm (periscope telephoto), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS, 5x optical zoom
                                       48 MP, f/2.2, 12mm, 128˚ (ultrawide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
Video                             8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240/960/1920fps, gyro-EIS, HDR10+ rec.
FRONT CAMERA         20 MP, f/2.2, 27mm (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm
Video                            1080p@30/60fps, 720p@120fps, gyro-EIS

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra - GetPcWorld
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra – GetPcWorld

A new flagship smartphone is on the way, but if you don’t want to buy a smartphone from Apple and Samsung, which dominate the market, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra might be worth considering. Although Xiaomi still has some areas for improvement, it is steadily improving in a good direction. The 50MP optical main camera of Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is equipped with a large 1/1.12-inch quad-bias sensor. This sensor is one of the most installed sensors in recent smartphones. Both the secondary ultra-wide and 5x telephoto run at 48MP and feature a 1/2-inch smaller sensor.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus

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Huawei P40 Pro Plus – GetPcWorld

DISPLAY                       6.58″, 1200 x 2640 pixels
OS                                  Android 10, EMUI 10.1, no Google Play Services
Chipset                          Kirin 990 5G (7 nm+)
CPU                                Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU                                Mali-G76 MP16
MEMORY                        256GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 8GB RAM
BACK CAMERA             50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, omnidirectional PDAF, OIS
                                        8 MP, f/4.4, 240mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
                                        8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
                                        40 MP, f/1.8, 18mm (ultrawide), 1/1.54″, PDAF
Video                              4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720@7680fps, 1080p@960fps, HDR; gyro-EIS
FRONT CAMERA           32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm, AF
                                        IR TOF 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Video                               4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps

Huawei P40 Pro Plus - GetPcWorld
Huawei P40 Pro Plus – GetPcWorld

The Huawei P40 Pro Plus is a technological masterpiece. The world’s first 10x native zoom lens, periscope, provides excellent quality when zooming. In addition, the 3x telephoto zoom lens supports excellent sharpness. The zoom feature is comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, but the sensor approach is very different. For the price, considering that it’s been over a year since the P40 Pro Plus was released, it’s a decent choice.

Sony Xperia 1 II

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Sony Xperia 1 II – GetPcWorld

DISPLAY                           6.5″, 1644 x 3840 pixels
OS                                     Android 10, upgradable to Android 11
Chipset                             Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 5G (7 nm+)
CPU                                   Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
GPU                                   Adreno 650
MEMORY                          256GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
BACK CAMERA               12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide), 1/1.7″, 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
                                          12 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, PDAF, 3x optical zoom, OIS
                                          12 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.55″, Dual Pixel PDAF
                                          0.3 MP, TOF 3D, (depth)
VIDEO                               4K@24/25/30/60fps HDR, 1080p@30/60/120fps; 5-axis gyro-EIS, OIS
FRONT CAMERA             8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4″, 1.12µm
Video                                1080p@30fps (5-axis gyro-EIS)

Sony Xperia 1 II - GetPcWorld
Sony Xperia 1 II – GetPcWorld

Sony’s phones haven’t attracted much attention in the past few years. However, this product attracts attention as it is equipped with a high-performance camera. Sony applied the impressive object tracking technology of professional Sony Alpha series cameras to this product. When you touch an object on the screen, the focus is on that subject.can be fixed. Even if you shoot a lot of videos of sports activities like skating, you can get great results. The main camera here is a 12-megapixel camera, and the excellence is believable given that Sony is making sensors for many mobile phones. The Xperia 1 II provides sharp images and balanced colors.

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