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The Top 3 Mobile Camera Phones

The Top 3 Mobile Camera Phones

Camera phones have come a long way since their first-ever release in 1999.

The rise of the modern-day camera phone, or smartphone as we now call them, has seen some of the most impressive photography known in modern-day times.

Most smartphone cameras cannot hold a candle to a high tech DSLR or Macro cameras, but that hasn’t stopped millions of people from setting up galleries with images taken from their phones.

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Take a look at the rise of Instagram and how amazing some of the images are on that platform.

With the ability to film movies, tv shows, podcasts, and so much more, the cameras attached to our phones will only get better and better.

Below are the top three mobile camera phones I recommend, so you always have a backup to your day of photography (you know, in case you forget to pack those extra batteries!).

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

The latest Samsung phone’s four-camera system is top-notch, featuring wide, ultra-wide, telephoto and super-zoom sensors across all five of its camera arsenal.

Technically speaking, this phone boasts a 108MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, Dual Pixel AF, and an 85-degree field of view. The 12MP ultra-wide camera features an f/2.2 aperture and a 120-degree field of view. There’s also a 10MP telephoto with an equivalent three times zoom and another 10MP telephoto with ten times zoom.

In basic terms, this small yet powerful smartphone teams smooth motion, with vivid colours and a 500 pixels per inch resolution, not to mention the benefit of the S pen stylus, which is perfect for editing your post photoshoot camera reel.

Camera Specifications

  • Rear cameras: 108MP f/1.8, 10MP f/2.4, 10MP f/4.9, 12MP f/2.2

  • Ultrawide Front camera: 40-MPOIS


  • Superior rear cameras

  • Sophisticated digital zoom

  • 40MP selfie camera

  • Stylus control


  • Pricey

  • No microSD card slot

Apple iPhone 13 pro max

The improvements from the iPhone 12 to the 13 are not that dramatic. However, the 13 provides much-needed improvements to its predecessor.

The new macro mode and low light shooting improvements are genuinely beneficial for close up and darker image taking moments.

Apple has gone for a triple-lens set-up giving us a standard, ultra-wide and telephoto lens. We have the same focal lengths for the 26mm standard lens and 13mm (0.5x) ultra-wide optic, but the telephoto lens has been extended to a 3x (78mm), allowing for better zoom.

This is a welcome upgrade from the iPhone 12, but if you’re looking for a better image taking over recording quality, the S22 is the better option.

Camera Specifications

  • Rear cameras: 12MP f/1.5, 12MP f/1.8 ultrawide, 12MP f/2.8

  • Front camera: 12MPOIS


  • Extensively upgraded cameras

  • 120Hz screen refresh rate


  • Only 3x optical zoom

​Google Pixel 6 Pro

Google has spent a lot of time and money to improve their Pixel phone; the first iterations were terrible in competition to Apple or Samsung.

However, the Pixel 6 is changing the game at a fraction of the cost.

Its triple rear-facing camera system has had a full hardware refresh: the primary (26mm wide-angle) camera features a 50MP 1/1.31 sensor with 1.2-micron pixels, omnidirectional phase-detection autofocus, laser autofocus, and OIS. There’s also a 12MP 17mm ultrawide camera module for a broader perspective.

But the most impressive upgrade is its new periscope zoom camera. Utilising a 48MP sensor with an f/3.5 aperture, a 104mm lens, the telephoto module gives you roughly 4x zoom.

The Google Pixel 6 is a clear winner for those on a budget but still looking to take stunning pictures on the go.

Camera specifications

  • Rear cameras: 50MP f/1.9, 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide, 48MP f/3.5

  • Front camera: 11.1MPOIS:


  • Natural, reliable photo processing

  • Big, bold, punchy screen

  • Uncluttered Android experience


  • Can get warm with heavy use

  • The battery is weak at first but improves over time.

  • Ultra-wide lens is fixed-focus.

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Have you got any on these mobile camera phones? If so, let me know if you enjoy taking photos with it and that you are happy with the photo.

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