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This is the best smartphone camera of 2017
By Alvin Soon - 4 Feb 2018,12:05pm

How we score

Note: This article was first published on 28th December 2017.

The camera in your smartphone is likely the most important one in your life, so it’s vital to find a good one. I put seven of this year’s flagship smartphones to find out which has the best camera, and this is what I discovered.

How we chose the lucky 7 contenders

There were a lot of smartphones that came out this year, so we narrowed our selection to flagships that cost approximately S$1,000 and above. You’ll notice that one flagship is conspicuously missing from our list, the Razer Phone, and that’s because early impressions of the camera were disappointing.

How we score

The tests are broken down into basics, like color rendition, detail retention, low light performance, and so on. I also test key features like HDR, flash and panoramas. The sample images you see have been saved for web to reduce loading time, but are otherwise unedited. Each section has a winner, and on the last page, the scores are tallied to pick our final winner (this year’s result may surprise you).

Here are our contenders’ key specs related to their camera systems:

  Apple iPhone X Google Pixel 2 XL HTC U11 Huawei Mate Pro 10 LG V30+ Samsung Galaxy Note8 Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Rear camera
system
Dual Single Single Dual Dual Dual Single
Lenses
  • Wide-angle, f/1.8
  • Telephoto, f/2.4
  • Wide-angle, f/1.8
  • Wide-angle, f/1.7
  • Wide-angle, f/1.6
  • Wide-angle, f/1.6
  • Wide-angle, f1.6
  • Super-wide angle, f/1.9
  • Wide-angle, f/1.7
  • Telephoto, f/2.4
  • Wide-angle, f/2.0
Resolutions
  • Wide-angle, 12MP
  • Telephoto, 12MP
  • 12MP
  • 12MP
  • Wide-angle, 12MP (RGB)
  • Wide-angle, 20MP (mono)
  • Wide-angle, 16MP
  • Super-wide angle, 13MP
  • Wide-angle, 12MP
  • Telephoto, 12MP
  • 19MP
Image stabilization Dual OIS OIS OIS RGB camera OIS Wide-angle camera OIS Dual OIS EIS
Video
  • 4K at 24/30/60p
  • 1080p at 30/60
  • 720p at 30fps
  • 4K at 30fps
  • 1080p at 30/60
  • 720p at 30/60
  • 4K
  • 4K
  • 4K at 30fps
  • 4K at 30fps
  • 1080p at 30/60
  • 720 at 30fps
  • 4K
  • Motion Eye (720p at 960fps)
Front camera 7MP 8MP 16MP 8MP 5MP 8MP 13MP
Front lens f/2.2 f/2.4 f/2.0 f/2.0 f/2.2 f/1.7 f/2.0
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