These are the best smartphones for photography right now

In the words of Chase Jarvis, the best camera is the one you have with you

Smartphone cameras these days are far superior than their point and shoot counterparts, with results that rival typical DSLRs.

So much new tech have been squeezed into smartphone cameras that have improved the quality of images – from improved sensors with larger apertures, to optical image stabilisation (OIS), optical zoom, two cameras working in tandem and better image processing software, that smartphones can even shoot in RAW for complete control over post processing.

If taking pictures is your passion or it’s something you’re interested to dip your feet in, we’ve highlighted the best smartphones for photography and what truly makes them stand out from the pack so you know which you should spend your hard earned cash on. 

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

The Samsung Galaxy S7’s dual-pixel tech shooter proved to be one of the better smartphone cameras in the past year. The company’s sticking with an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it philosophy, bringing the f/1.7 OIS camera back for the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

This time, there’s a new multi-frame image processing. It works like HDR, stitching three photos together for better contrast, richer colors and better details. Even subjects under backlit or in poor lighting look impressive. There’s a pro mode if you want to customise settings further, and an improved 8MP front facing camera as well. 

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

The Huawei P9 showed its twin-camera setup paired with Leica glass was right on the money. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus goes one step further, its 12MP colour sensor and 20MP monochrome one working hand-in-hand to produce stunning images in true black and white or rich colours. The monochrome sensor also does double duty for zoom - you can zoom to any point between 1x and 2x and still get clear photos. While not true optical zoom, it’s better than any smartphone camera digital zoom can muster.

The improved f/1.8 Leica glass helps under poor light, and under wide-angle mode you can adjust the aperture (down to the legendary Leica f/0.95) for aesthetically pleasing ‘bokeh’ blurry backgrounds – helping your subjects really stand out. Or shoot in monochrome for that truly Leica look. And yes, even the front camera’s fitted with f/1.9 Leica glass too.