Top 3 smartphone cameras on the market in 2020

Last week, pop star Lady Gaga released her latest futuristic music video for her single ‘Stupid Love’ shot on the iPhone 11 Pro. Find out which other phones have the best cameras on the market.

When Apple revealed that Gaga’s vibrant video was shot on its flagship handset, it was hard to believe the camera quality. Aussie filmmaker Daniel Askill directed the video with cinematography by Sebastian Wintero and editing by Lorin Askill.

According to PCMag, Stupid Love was shot using the Filmic Pro app, which provides a more cinematic framerate and overall appearance to smartphone videos. The team used “additional hardware”, such as professional lighting equipment and stabilizers to give its high glossy feel.

If you are a budding photographer, blogger or videographer, you might want to consider a smartphone with at least a 12MP or higher main rear camera with ultra-wide shooting, multiple lenses, good speed, battery life and storage. Here are the top three camera phones for photography and videography currently:

1. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are Apple’s finest camera phones on the market today. They boast a dedicated night mode and an ultra-wide-angle camera as well as 4K video that captures great images when the light is right. The three models all have a triple-camera system with the same 12MegaPixel (MP), f/2.2 aperture camera. The Pro Max can go even wider with its shots, but all three phones have Apple’s brand new feature called “slofies”, which records your selfie vids at 120fps. The three phones don’t come cheap retailing at R15 000 (iPhone 11), R17 000 (iPhone 11 Pro) and R23 999 (iPhone Pro Max).

2. Huawei P30 pro

Huawei might have a complicated relationship in the USA, but it is a very popular brand in South Africa. They’ve certainly matched the competition with their P30 Pro that boasts a 5-camera system with a 40MP main lens, an 8MP telephoto lens, a 20MP ultra-wide lens, and then a ToF (time-of-flight) camera to sense depth for portrait photos, as well as front camera at 32 MP. It also has 4K shooting with reasonable storage (up to 512GB) and decent battery life (4,200mAh). The phone retails at R11 800 to R15 000 depending on the retailer.

3. Xiaomi Mi Note 10/CC9

This lesser-known smartphone, manufactured in China, has hit the market by storm as the world’s first commercially available phone with a 108 MP Penta-camera Mi Note 10. Samsung made its 108MP sensor that tops resolution records and packs more pixels than virtually any DSLR or mirrorless cameras. It has a 5-camera system with the main camera at 108MP (f/1.7), the telephoto at 12MP (f/2.0) + 5MP (f/2.0), the ultra-wide at 20MP (f/2.2), the 2MP macro (f/2.4) and a front camera at 32MP. It also an optical 2x zoom, 5x zoom and an ultra-wide angle, as well as a dedicated macro camera. The Mi Note 10 uses quad-pixel technology, which combines four pixels into one, so a 48MP sensor would create a 12MP image, and the 108MP sensor on the Mi Note 10 produces a 27MP image. The best thing about this smartphone is the price. With all its amazing features, it retails at R9000 to R11 000 in South Africa. This is a huge price cut from the iPhone and Huawei.

Honourable mention:

The Google Pixel 4 also boasts a 12.2MP camera, similar to the iPhone 11 Pro but it loses points in the ultra-wide camera section. As a photographer or videographer, you won’t be able to capture GoPro style shot on this phone. It also has poor battery life (2,800mAH) and storage options (up to 128GB). It retails at R13 800 to R16 000.