5 Best phones for striking photographs

5 Best phones for striking photographs  on Freepps Top Blog

Do you still think that megapixels matter? Hope, you don’t. Because there are lots of other factors that can affect the quality of pictures made by your mobile camera.

Brightness, sensitivity, contrast, color reproduction and way more features should be set promptly to get picturesque photos on your phone. But how do you know what phone has the best camera and which one you should get to satisfy your aesthetic tastes? Do you like taking regular photos? Selfies? Video recording? Let’s find out together the top smartphones to take best pictures. It’s time to meet competitors.  

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

  • dual-camera: 12MP 1/3-inch, 28 mm, f/1.8 and 12MP 1/3.6-inch, 56 mm, f/2.8;
  • front camera: 7MP, f/2.2;
  • image stabilization: optical;
  • phase detection autofocus;
  • quad-LED dual-tone flash;

No wonder why would I start this list with the iPhone. Apple Inc. attracts a lot of attention to its products, and it’s quite deservedly. Each launched model of iPhone surprised us with some new features, and iPhone 7 Plus is not an exclusion: it’s the first phone from Apple with dual cameras providing a 2x optical zoom.

This phone also has a wider field of view than regular iPhone 7 and a fancy portrait mode that keeps the subject in focus and blurs the background simultaneously.

Moreover, iPhone 7 Plus differs from previous models with its new brighter lens, improved image processing, four-element flash and refined optical image stabilization. But iPhones has one significant flaw - the lack of manual controlling. The built-in camera app does give you some options for filters and effects, as well as HDR mode, but if you want something more, you might need to use third-party apps.

Anyways, even using the standard settings, you will get beautiful pictures that will please your eyes. So if you don’t want to get deep into the features and you're looking to start making photos right after the phone purchasing - get iPhone 7 Plus and simply enjoy one of the best smartphone cameras.

Google Pixel

  • main camera: 12.3MP 1/2.3-inch, f/2.0;
  • front camera: 8MP, f/2.4;
  • image stabilization: electronic;
  • phase detection and laser autofocus;
  • dual-LED dual-tone flash;

Holding Google Pixel in the hands and taking pictures with it feels like Google has put all efforts into the Pixel's camera. It’s just striking and here is why: the camera is high-powered; all images are sharp and well detailed; autofocus is fast; colors look vibrant. The depth of landscape images is outstanding and even those objects that far away look nice and clear.

However, Google Pixel doesn’t offer you a lot of features for its camera. All it has to play with is HDR, flash, white balance and exposure compensation. Also, the native app can oversaturate images sometimes. Therefore, they can look not as realistic as on iPhone 7 Plus or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

But Google Pixel still will be a nice choice for every kind of photography because it makes great pictures almost in any conditions. No matter do you prefer indoor or outdoor photography, have enough light or not - Google Pixels will pleasantly surprise you with the results.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • main camera: 12MP 1/2.5-inch, 26 mm, f/1.7;
  • front camera: 5MP, 22 mm, f/1.7;
  • image stabilization: optical;
  • phase detection autofocus;
  • LED flash;

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge can be simply named the best camera phone, and there are two reasons for this: the fastest autofocus I have ever use and a new Dual Pixels technology. Implementing Dual Pixels, Samsung has significantly improved the S7 Edge camera because instead of one, each sensor's pixel has two photodiodes that are working together to focus on your subject. Therefore, the autofocus in S7 Edge works extremely quickly. But in the case your subject is moving fast, you might get a light blur on the photos as a result.

This phone has a built-in auto HDR feature that captures great exposures and makes S7 Edge a perfect choice for landscape or backlit photography. It’s also good in working with noise and details. In addition, taking instant photos with this phone is super easy because the camera starts working right at that moment when you tap the shutter button, so there's almost no delay between tapping and the photo being taken. But if you’re still not sure about which phone to pick, I've got a few more options for you to check out.

HTC 10

  • main camera: 12MP 1/2.3-inch, 26mm, f/1.8;
  • front camera: 5MP, 23mm, f/1.8, OIS;
  • image stabilization: optical;
  • laser autofocus;
  • dual-LED dual-tone flash;

HTC 10 makes excellent photos if you’re in a bright lightning, but pictures that are taken in dimmed light will impress you way more. The phone has a good dual-tone flash and useful HDR settings that are set automatically and allow you to get beautiful images even in the dim conditions. Also, HTC 10 has a pro mode which opens you an entirely new menu of adjustable camera functions including white balance, exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, a manual focus feature and a couple of more.

The HTC 10 camera is fast and starts up quickly. It also has a large enough image sensor that makes some blurring of backgrounds when a subject is close enough to the lens. The autofocus works good and is extremely quick to lock on in bright light conditions, and a bit slows down in dimmer conditions. It might sometimes need a couple of refocusing-cycles when things are too dark, but in overall for its price, this smartphone won’t disappoint you.


  • dual-camera: 16MP, 29mm, f/1.8 and 8MP, 12mm, f/2.4;
  • front camera: 8MP, f/2.0;
  • image stabilization: optical;
  • laser autofocus;
  • LED flash;

LG G5 is another dual-snapper phone with the main 16MP camera and a wide-angled 8MP one. Moreover, you can put them together for a zoom effect as in iPhone 7 Plus. Also, LG5 gives an even larger field of view than other alike smartphones because of its ultra-wide lens. It's also cheaper than HTC 10 but lacks the polish interface and the camera’s power.

There are also three modes for shooting: simple, auto and manual. As you might guess, the simple mode doesn’t have any options at all, while the auto mode lets you adjust aspect ratio, HDR, image stabilization, change the shutter speed, add color effects and the manual one gives you full control. But there is one flaw with the flash: it can be controlled only in the manual mode which might be inconvenient if you need to capture something momentarily.

In overall, G5 is a perfect choice for people who are interested in the street photography, landscape images or architecture because of its wide-angle lens and a high-resolution chip that captures excellent levels of texture and detail. So, if small details are important for you and you don't like the HTC 10's price, then LG G5 is the right option to consider.

Finally, you might know which phone will satisfy all your needs and should be already on the halfway for buying it. So, next time you want to capture a beautiful cloud or a harmonious flower, just get your gadget out of the pocket and start the photo hunting right away.

Ashley Carter


Wordlover, sketch artist and aesthetics admirer @freepps_top


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