Best Camera Phones of 2019Best Camera Phones of 2019

In the past year, all the major smartphone manufacturers have made every effort, and with the steady and gentle progress towards the end of 2019, it seems that it is a good time to look back. Let us take a closer look at this year again. Published multiple smartphone camera evaluation reports and select our favorite phones for you.

As of this writing, we have tested the main camera of 31 smartphones this year, covering all the phones of all major brands, including affordable and affordable models to flagship models. At mobile phone conferences in the past twelve months, we have seen important innovations in hardware. Some models claim to have up to five groups of cameras (for example, Nokia 9 PureView, Xiaomi Mi 9 CC Pro Exclusive Edition) At the same time, the calculation method in software has also been improved.

As expected, these technologies have improved significantly compared to the past few years, and the overall score of the DXOMARK Camera evaluation in 2019 and the scores of most items have reached new highs. From the results of the overall score, you can fully understand all the performance of the smartphone camera. However, if you have more specific requirements for image effects, you can study the scores of each item in more depth, and we have compiled the following list. Without further ado, here are our favorite smartphone cameras for 2019:

Perfectly outstanding: Huawei Mate 30 Pro / Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Exclusive Edition

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

  • Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Exclusive Edition
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi CC9 Pro Exclusive Edition are tied for the top of the current list of
  • DXOMARK Camera evaluations. They are also the perfect choice for mobile phone cameramen who need top-level effects to take any photo or video with a mobile phone.

Although both phones are equipped with state-of-the-art camera hardware, there are some differences. Huawei’s main camera is equipped with a 40-megapixel Quad-Bayer sensor and f / 1.7 aperture lens; it is equipped with a 3x telephoto module and an ultra-wide-angle lens with an ultra-large 1 / 1.54-inch sensor and an 18mm equivalent field of view.

Xiaomi has configured five groups of camera modules to surpass Huawei. The main camera is equipped with a 180-megapixel Quad-Bayer sensor, which can produce 27-megapixel image output; there is also a set of 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with 16mm equivalent field of view, and two sets of telephoto lenses. A telephoto lens with a short focal length can provide a 2x zoom factor (50mm equivalent), and another set of telephoto lenses with a longer focal length can increase the equivalent focal length of the main camera to a maximum of 3.5x (94mm equivalent). There is also a set of dedicated macro cameras, but they are not in the scope of DXOMARK Camera evaluation.

The Mate 30 Pro’s images exhibit good exposure, color, and noise even in low light.

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Exclusive Edition can show good exposure, white balance and color rendering.
In general, the test results of the two mobile phone cameras performed very well in all aspects, and the difference in scores for most of the detailed items was quite small. However, if you have very specific needs, you can carefully study the differences between these two champion models, and then choose the model that suits you.

Huawei’s score in the photo project is slightly higher, mainly because the image noise and artifacts are handled well. Xiaomi is equipped with a dual telephoto lens, so the performance is better when zooming, it can show excellent image quality in all zoom ranges, and the field of view of the ultra wide-angle camera is also slightly wider than Huawei. In terms of video, Xiaomi is slightly better than Mate 30 Pro. Most of it is due to Xiaomi’s better color rendering, lower noise level and more accurate video autofocus. No matter which of the two phones you choose to capture images and videos, you are using the best smartphone camera available. It should be noted that the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition is currently limited to certain Asian markets.

For more information, detailed test data, and images and video samples, please see our complete evaluation report:

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Exclusive Edition

See also: Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

If you have already invested in the iOS ecosystem, iPhone 11 Pro Max will be a good choice for mobile phone photographers. In the photo project, they lost the first place with 124 points, but in most cases the performance was still remarkable, and they also won the championship in our video project.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Best Video Performance: Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Modern smartphones can record high-quality video movies at high resolutions, and Apple’s latest flagship, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, has become a leader with a video score of 102 points.

iPhone 11 Pro Max is one of the few smartphones capable of recording HDR movies. It exhibits a very wide dynamic range. Even in contrasty and difficult scenes, video clips recorded by Apple phones can still show highlights and shadows. Details. Other than that, exposure is usually good in most cases. The color rendering of iPhone videos is also quite pleasing. Only when recording indoors, there will be some white balance instability.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, outdoor video

Apple iPhone11 Pro Max, outdoor walking video
The details are also excellent, especially when recording in 4K resolution mode, and the image noise under bright light is also quite well controlled. Noise in images recorded in dim light may become slightly more noticeable. In addition, the iPhone’s autofocus system also performs perfectly in video mode. It can switch smoothly and has good tracking. In most cases, the anti-shake function is good and it can play a good stabilization effect. Only when recording walking videos, iPhone’s movies will frequently appear jitter effect.

Apple has always attached great importance to the video performance of the device. This has also made the iPhone very popular in the mobile video community, and also offers a large number of options for mobile video accessories, such as external microphones, video handles, lighting equipment, and video editing applications. Combined with excellent video output quality, the latest high-end iPhone is the ideal choice for those who want to shoot high-quality video (such as mobile video recorders, journalists, video bloggers and web creators) with ultra-lightweight devices .

For more information, detailed test data, and images and video samples, please see our complete evaluation report:

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

See also: Xiaomi CC9 Pro Exclusive Edition

Xiaomi Mi CC 9 Pro Exclusive Edition has achieved the same high video score as iPhone 11 Pro Max in our review, and the difference between the two is very small. Because the HDR recording and mobile video ecosystem give the iPhone an advantage, Xiaomi is undoubtedly the best choice for video recorders who like the Android operating system; however, you must first confirm whether you can actually get this phone because not all markets are currently available There is supply.

Xiaomi CC 9 Pro Exclusive Edition

Best zoom function: Xiaomi CC 9 Pro Exclusive Edition

Xiaomi Mi CC 9 Pro Exclusive Edition
Zoom is one of the few traditional small cameras that still has advantages over smartphones. However, due to the use of dedicated optical telephoto lenses, smartphones have narrowed the gap between the two in the past two years, and the Xiaomi Mi CC 9 Pro Premium Edition is the closest to zoom performance. Real Camera “phone.

In our tests, the incomparable zoom system was both complex and innovative, allowing the Mi CC 9 Pro Exclusive Edition to defeat opponents and set a new high score of 109 on the zoom project. It uses two sets of telephoto cameras with different focal lengths, and an imaging process that optimizes this unique setting to provide high-quality telephoto images across all of our test focal lengths. This camera offers true 2x and approximately 4x optical zoom at the focal length of a standard smartphone. Compared with most of the phones we have tested with a dedicated telephoto camera, Xiaomi’s telephoto image performance in the original focal length and other test focal lengths is particularly outstanding.

Xiaomi CC 9 Pro Privilege Edition captures great details even at long distance zoom

Xiaomi CC 9 Pro Exclusive Edition, crop
In our tests, the Mi CC 9 Pro Premium Edition clearly retains fine details at mid-range, and even long-distance, better than the strongest competitors. There will be some artifacts in the zoom image, especially ringing. However, although there is still room for improvement, for those who require a smartphone camera with zoom function, this latest flagship opportunity of Xiaomi is currently the first choice. Model.

For more information, detailed test data, and images and video samples, please see our complete evaluation report:

Xiaomi Mi CC 9 Pro Exclusive Edition

See also: Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro cannot keep up with Xiaomi in terms of image details, especially in long-distance zoom and zoom between the original focal length of the main camera and the dedicated telephoto camera. However, thanks to the folding lens with 5x telephoto module and image merge technology, the P30 Pro is not far behind, and compared to Xiaomi, which is currently reserved for certain Asian markets, the Huawei P30 Pro The country is more accessible.

Huawei P30 Pro

Best Ultra Wide Angle Effect: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
If indoor, landscape, and group photos make up a significant percentage of your photography, you’ll love ultra-wide-angle cameras. In the past few years, ultra-wide-angle cameras have become standard equipment for high-end smartphones. However, not all ultra-wide-angle cameras are the same. When we tested, we found that the effective field of view and the general image quality are very different.

If you want to ensure that the ultra-wide-angle images taken in various situations can present a very wide field of view and good image quality, then the preferred smartphone for 2019 is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. Scored 42 points in the wide-angle project, which is currently the best performing model in our evaluation rankings. This can be attributed to one of the widest fields of view in the 12mm equivalent, while having very good image quality in bright outdoor environments and typical indoor lighting.

Note 10+ 5G provides one of the broadest horizons in the industry.
Although Samsung’s lens is very wide, it can maintain good image quality in all focal length tests (equivalent to 12 to 20mm). Although some artifacts may appear, such as the face in the corner of the screen may be deformed (distorted) or the chromatic aberration is very obvious, but most ultra-wide-angle cameras will have these conditions, and the distortion is usually well controlled. See it only slightly in the corner of the screen.

The target exposure has always been accurate, and the image shows a wide dynamic range, and only some of the overflow phenomenon is seen in the indoor image. The color presentation is also good, both vivid and beautiful, and the effect of automatic white balance is excellent even under artificial lighting. As for the details, Samsung performs well in outdoor environments, but in typical indoor light, some details are lost. Noise is obvious in the blue sky. Even when shooting in bright light, the noise level in the room is higher than that of similar models.

Like all current ultra-wide-angle cameras, the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G still has some room for improvement, but overall, if the ultra-wide-angle camera is among your preferences, then it is the model that is currently best for you.

For more information, detailed test data, and images and video samples, please see our complete evaluation report:

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G

See also: Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

In our tests, the iPhone 11 Pro Max’s ultra-wide-angle camera performance was almost the same as that of the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, however, the field of view was slightly narrower, and in all cases, more image noise usually appeared. On the plus side, the iPhone’s details and textures are better.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

Best Night Photography: Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Until recently, smartphone cameras have been able to take good pictures in bright light, but images taken in low light or at night rely on DSLRs or small cameras with large sensors. But now it ’s different. Thanks to new sensor technology and innovative computational imaging methods, many of the latest generation of high-end smartphones can still perform well in dim environments, and Huawei Mate, which scored 61 points on night photography projects The 30 Pro is the best.

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