National Camera Day 29 June 2021

National Camera Day

To celebrate National Camera Day, we would like to share a recent review posted by TechRadar (www.techradar.com/uk/news/best-cameraphone) about mobile phone cameras. We picked out two mobile phones and here is what they had to say:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

A top tier smartphone, and it takes our best crown

Samsng Galaxy S21 Ultra mobile phone

SPECIFICATIONS

Releasedate: January2021

Weight: 227g

Dimensions: 165.1×75.6×8.9mm

OS: Android11

Screensize: 6.8inch

Resolution: 1440×3200

CPU: Snapdragon888/Exynos2100

RAM: 12GB/16GB

Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB

Battery: 5,000mAh

Rearcamera: 108MP+10MP+10MP+12MP

Frontcamera: 40MP

REASONS TO BUY

  • The best camera zoom
  • Mesmerizing design

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Expensive at any level
  •  No micro SD card slot

While theSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s camera didn’t quite deliver on its promise, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra’s very much does. As with everything in the S21 Ultra, the camera is top-end, with a 108MP f/1.8 main snapper, a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide one, and –in a move that’s pretty much unheard of on phones –two telephoto cameras. These are both 10MP, but one has an f/2.4 aperture and allows for 3x optical zoom, while the other has an f/4.9 aperture and allows for a massive 10x optical zoom.

And the results are as impressive as the numbers –so much so that we labelled this the best camera zoom on a phone in our Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review. Non-zoomed shots look great too, though sometimes not as good as the best rivals. But coupled with a wealth of camera modes, including new additions like Director’s View (which lets you shoot video with both the front and rear cameras at the same time), along with a highly capable 40MP front-facing camera, this makes for a smartphone photographer’s dream.

 

iPhone 12 Pro Max

The best iPhone camera around

iPhone 12 Pro Max mobile phone

SPECIFICATIONS

Weight: 228g

Dimensions: 160.8mmx78.1mmx7.4mm

OS: iOS14

Screensize: 6.7-inch

Resolution: 1284×2778

CPU: A14BionicRAM:6GB

Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB

Battery: Unknown

Rearcamera: 12MP+12MP+12MP

Frontcamera: 12MP

REASONS TO BUY

  • Long battery life
  • Powerful rearcamera

REASONS TO AVOID

  • Feels too large
  • Very, very expensive

The iPhone 12 Pro Max isn’t the best smartphone, but it is very close to being the best camera phone. It includes a 12MP f/1.6 main snapper, a 12MP f/2.2 telephoto one (with 2.5x optical zoom), a 12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide one, and even a LiDAR scanner, which enables Night Mode portraits. In fact, night –and low light in general –is something the iPhone 12 Pro Max has far less issue with than most smartphones, thanks in part to a large sensor that can take in a lot of light. Night Mode is also usable with both the main and ultra-wide sensor, so you’re not limited in the types of photos you can take at night. Smart HDR 3 meanwhile is a new feature for the range which combines multiple exposures to create the best picture possible –which is something that can benefit your shots no matter what the light is like.

The onboard editing options are great too, and with Dolby Vision supported for videos it’s not just stills that the iPhone 12 Pro Max excels at. All in all, it’s an excellent setup, with every lens performing well. This is only a slightly better camera phone than the iPhone 12 Pro, but it still has the edge, making it the best iPhone for photography.