Cameras and pictures have evolved from luxury to necessity in a matter of decades. And the technology just keeps on shrinking. From bulky mechanical devices on stands with a handheld flash to a tiny sensor on a device on the palm of our hands, the camera has come a long way. And in 2018, it has reached a point where a smartphone seems more convenient than a DSLR. Here are our picks for the best smartphones with excellent camera performance from 2018.
The jack of all trades: Apple iPhone X
The iPhone X is the most expensive smartphone in this list, and for good reason. The rear camera? Vloggers are ditching their portable camera rig and instead are opting for an iPhone X with aftermarket lens that works perfectly with the device. Don't trust us? Get your hands an X and see for yourself.
Price: Tk. 100,000/- and onwards
A benchmark in performance: Nokia 7 Plus
Powered by Carl Zeiss lenses, the Nokia 7 Plus offers a pair of rear camera that can compete with the top dogs. The main camera sensor is a 12MP dual 1.4 micro pixel sensor with a f/1.75 lens. The secondary camera comes with a telephoto lens of 2X optical zoom. It has a 13MP 1.0 micro pixel sensor. The result: high-quality image in broad daylight even when you are taking photos from a distance.
Price: Tk. 40,000/-
Best bang-for-buck: Google Pixel 2
The Pixel 2's camera stands as among the only smartphone from 2017 to do portrait mode better than Apple's iPhone. Granted, the AI processing takes a little bit of time, but the results are indeed stunning. Low-light performance is great as well, and HDR looks amazing.
Price: Tk. 55-60,000/-
Best budget pick: OPPO F7
The fabled selfie queen is back with yet another smartphone this year: OPPO F7. It's powered by a 25 MP front camera and takes outstanding selfies, thanks to the HDR effect applied in real-time. The details come great and the colours are not overexposed. The front camera of the phone remains the same as F5. This is the most budget-friend camera phone on our list.
Tk. 29,990/- and onwards
The king of the hill: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
The Galaxy S9 Plus is the most advanced smartphone camera on the market right now. The main camera module is already brilliant enough, snapping great pictures with abundant details and great colours. The wider aperture, f/2.4, helps create better pictures by letting in more light from the background while the f/1.5 aperture helps immensely in low light conditions, resulting in amazing pictures.
Price: Tk. 105,900/-