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Call it an overrated smartphone feature all you want. But nobody can dismiss the fact that camera phones serve as a convenient gateway for beginner photographers and aspiring content creators to explore different photo and video techniques—propelling mobile photography to a widely accepted subculture. Ultimately, it paved the way for this revolutionary photography style called “selfies” in our zeitgeist. 

As a result, all smartphones of today boast an assortment of camera features that are targeted to professional photographers, camera beginners, and everyone else in between. Each camera phone highlights its own unique strengths to offer. That’s why we’ve cherrypicked the ones that truly stand out from the rest of the pack. 

That said, let’s check out six of the best smartphones for photography that are available in the market right now.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra camera phone mobile photography

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Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S22 Ultra, holds nothing back in terms of full mobile photography experience. Armed with a quad-lens setup, the rear cameras in the S22 Ultra feature a 108MP main snapper with an f/1.8 aperture, Dual Pixel AF, and a field view of 85 degrees which is perfect for all-around shooting. If you want to go wider, its 12MP ultra-wide camera goes up to f/2.2 aperture with a 120-degree view to capture breathtaking landscapes. 

The device also has a very sophisticated zoom sensor, with one telephoto shooting at 10MP with three times the zoom, and a 10MP telephoto with a 10x super-zoom, perfect for snapping action-packed shots taken from a distance. The Ultra’s front camera is no slouch either. The 40MP camera boasts sharp and crisp selfies, plus 8K video recording capabilities at 24fps. The addition of the S Pen adds up to the panache of this smartphone—giving users plenty of reasons to stay productive while still enjoying a few snaps here and there. 


vivo X70 Pro+

vivo X70 Pro+ camera phone mobile photography

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VIVO has been climbing up the ranks in recent years, as evident in its number of past releases. Its latest flagship, the X70 Pro+, steps up its mobile photography game with its camera features—creating a well-received buzz since its release last December.

A clear improvement on its predecessor the X60 from 2020, this device’s rear camera features Zeiss-certified optics and is built around a 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor behind a fast f/1.57 lens. The 48MP ultra-wide uses a gimbal-style stabilization system to maintain sharpness even when shooting on the move. The telephoto is divided between 2 modules that feature 2x and 5x zoom to capture moving subjects from afar perfectly.


Google Pixel 6 Pro

Google Pixel 6 Pro camera phone mobile photography

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Google is no stranger to mobile photography prowess, and it shows from its past releases, the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4. This time, the tech giant’s flagship offering, the Pixel 6 Pro is finally hitting the right notes. Alongside its bumped-up camera features, Google put major improvements to address its past issues.

It showcases a tri-lens rear camera setup that boasts a superb 50MP Octa PD Quad Bayer wide camera, a 48MP telephoto, and a 12MP ultra-wide cam. Its front cam meanwhile shoots a crisp 11MP with a fixed 94-degree ultrawide field of view to provide ample adjustments to your dramatic selfies. The kicker is that Google also utilizes a more stable and uncluttered Android experience, all thanks to its pre-installed Android 12. 


Google Pixel 5a

Google Pixel 5a camera phone mobile photography

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The Google Pixel 5a is one of Android’s gems worth the spotlight – proving that the latest flagships don’t have to always run the show. 

Considered oldie but goodie, this three-year-old phone has still got what it takes to be in this very list. It sports a dual-lens setup that comprises a 12.2MP primary camera, accompanied by a 16MP ultra-wide and an 8MP front cam. Google ditches the trendy tri-lens and even quad-lens camera to focus on the quality of its snappers rather than adding remotely low-quality macro and depth sensors. 

What makes this gem a steal is its IP67 rating which allows users to snap artsy underwater photos and videos for up to 30 mins without a hitch. This makes the Pixel 5a the perfect companion during beach and pool parties. 


iPhone 13 Mini

iPhone 13 Mini camera phone mobile photography

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Some might ask, “why go for iPhone 13 Mini when you can have the 13 for a few bucks more?”  If anything, this miniature version of Apple’s flagship has its own merits. 

It features a uniform 12MP TrueDepth camera in wide, ultra-wide, and front setup. What’s new about Apple’s latest offering in terms of camera capabilities is its sensor-shift optical image stabilization to maintain steady shots even while on the move. Apple also added a bunch of photographic styles and modes to make room for more photography experiments and explorations. 


iPhone 13 Pro

iPhone 13 Pro camera phone mobile photography

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The iPhone 13 Pro takes the word “pro” seriously by integrating next-level hardware combined with Apple’s premium software to render rich, close-to-life imagery. The uniform 12MP TrueDepth tri-camera setup comprises a telephoto, wide, and ultra-wide lens, plus another wide for the front-facing camera. 

13 Pro’s macro mode is a revelation. While other smartphones tend to “oversell” this feature, Apple made it a mission to underscore the capabilities of its own macro capabilities—utilizing both its redesigned lens and its latest auto-focus system. This allows users to shoot as close as 2cm from the subject. On top of this, users now have the power to shoot videos in macro mode as well. 

While it is still a bit pricey, it is also without a doubt the best iPhone for budding photographers out there.

#FeelTheCyberThrill in every snap! Test out these amazing camera phones when you visit your nearest SM Cyberzone. Make sure to #CheckCyberzone for the latest #TechAssured gadget releases, as well as useful tips that you can use for your mobile photography needs!


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