I get asked a lot about which mobile phone camera is better based on price, brand, and overall popularity of a model. While there are some aspects of a camera in a phone that make it slightly better over another this doesn’t stand true in most cases.
What manufacturers are not telling you.
Most of the cameras placed in the phones are made by one company – Sony. Which means, with a little bit of digging, you would notice almost all flagship phones carry the same model number when it comes to the sensor at the back of the camera.
What this means is that all cameras will take the same image the same way with the same color treatment as all the rest with the same sensors. Here’s a sample from a range of devices:
The slight differences between the images produced come in post-processing. Where, for example, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ comes out slightly saturated compared to a shot from the Huawei P10 Plus, for example but the difference on quality is minute. Yes, there will be differences in terms of aspect ratio since all of these want to take a photo differently based on maximum lens capabilities.
What makes a phone’s camera better depends entirely on what you need it for.
There’s a reason that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) focus on specific capabilities that are usually not present in the competition.
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