What Camera Does My Phone Have

We take a look at what camera your mobile phone has. We will look at all the latest phones, with advice from the local phone repair shop.

Samsung Galaxy S10

The main camera in the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus is a triple-lens shooter that comprises a standard 12-megapixel lens with a variable f/1.5 to f/2.4 aperture, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture. The Samsung Galaxy S10e makes do with a dual-lens setup, dropping the 12-megapixel telephoto lens. You’ll also find support for HDR and optical image stabilization (OIS). The OIS is present in each of the 12-megapixel lenses, and the telephoto lens in the S10 and S10 Plus allows for 2x optical zoom.

All three can record 4K UHD video at up to 60 frames-per-second (fps), 1080p at up to 240 fps, and 720p at up to 960 fps, which Samsung calls Super Slow-mo. You’ll also find support for HDR10+.

Moving around front, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has an edge with a dual-lens setup that pairs a 10-megapixel lens with an f/1.9 aperture and an 8-megapixel lens with an f/2.2 aperture to capture better depth data. The S10 and S10e have the solitary 10-megapixel lens. The front-facing cameras can also record 4K video up to 30 fps.

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Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are Samsung's flagship mobile phones, announced in March 2017. They both feature a new curved edge Infinity Display which is designed to give maximum screen size, whilst maintaining a small phone size, with a 5.8inch screen on the S8 and a 6.2inch on the S8+. Both smartphones feature a 12 megapixel rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture, and optical image stabilisation (OIS). The front camera has been updated to an 8 megapixel camera, with a bright f/1.7 aperture. A second front camera has been added for face recognition which can be used to unlock the phone.  

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Galaxy s8 plus

Samsung's tried and tested 12MP Dual Pixel shooter is present and accounted for on the Galaxy S8+, ready to power another generation of flagships. The Korean giant deemed it worthy and held off on any fancy dual-sensor setup for yet another year. Perhaps, the Note8 will be the first Galaxy to see double in a few months.

That is still solely in the realm of speculation. As for the S8 and S8+, honestly, after spending some time shooting around, we can safely say that Samsung has no reason to regret its decision to build upon the already excellent camera experience of the Galaxy S7 generation. That's the thing, on paper, it does look like practically nothing has changed. This is likely true from a pure hardware standpoint. You get the same f/1.7 aperture, 26mm equivalent lens, phase detection autofocus, OIS and a single LED flash.

Ryan from FMPN says this 12mp dual pixel is a real piece of work!

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Galaxy Note 8

The great camera from the S8 series has been carried over and it has been improved by adding a secondary zoom lens. It's really nice to have a zoom camera on board. It allows for snapshots which have a very unusual perspective. Some of us wish the camera on the Note8 provided an even bigger zoom factor.

 While the Samsung Galaxy Note8 features what is definitely among the best camera hardware packages on the market - 12 MP resolution with a large sensor and bright f/1.7 aperture and the 12MP 2x zoom camera with optical stabilization - we can't help but feel that in some ways Samsung's software holds it back.

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IPhone 8

The larger iPhone 8 Plus continues to offer a dual-lens camera setup with both an f/2.8 telephoto lens and a f/1.8 wide-angle lens, both of which have upgraded sensors. Optical image stabilization continues to be available for the iPhone 8 and the wide-angle lens in the iPhone 8 Plus.

Apple's Portrait Mode, limited to the iPhone 8 Plus's dual-lens camera system, has been updated with a Portrait Lighting effect to dynamically change the lighting in an image to mimic studio lighting techniques.

With the upgraded image signal processor and an Apple-designed video encoder that enables faster video frame rates and real-time image and motion analysis, video capture on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is better than ever. 4K video at 60 frames per second is supported, as is 1080p slow motion video.

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IPhone 7

The iPhone 7 represents another upgrade over the iPhone 6S: there’s a new, faster f/1.8 lens, the addition of optical image stabilization, a new four-color True Tone flash, and wider color capture. This all adds up to a decent improvement, but the iPhone 6S was already operating at the top of the scale, bested only recently by the latest cameras in the Galaxy S7 and Note 7. In low light, that faster lens and optical image stabilization means that the 7 significantly outperforms the 6S. But compared to the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 7 is a step improvement, not a major leap.

The attempt at a major leap is on the iPhone 7 Plus. Instead of a single lens and sensor, the 7 Plus has two: the same f/1.8 28mm wide-angle lens as the iPhone 7, and an f/2.8 56mm telephoto lens. These cameras operate simultaneously; they’re always working together. Right now, what this means is that you can switch to a true 2x zoom by tapping on a button, which is very nice. You can also digitally zoom the 1x lens to 2x, where the telephoto takes over, and then digitally zoom the 2x lens to 10x. Digital zoom

is still digital zoom; anything past 4x definitely looks like what you’d expect from grainy digital zoom.

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Galaxy S10 Plus

One of the more noticeable changes over last year’s S9 Plus is the addition of a third camera in the S10 Plus. The other two cameras are the same — a standard 12-megapixel lens with a variable f/1.5 to f/2.4 aperture (which Samsung first debuted last year) is paired with a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with a f/2.4 aperture. The extra camera is a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a f/2.2 aperture.

This makes the camera versatile. Want a close-up? Use the telephoto lens for 2x optical zoom. Need to capture a group picture or a landscape? Swap to the ultra-wide-angle lens. Transitioning between these is fast and fluid — either tap on the respective lens icons or just pinch in or out within the camera viewfinder and the phone will automatically swap to the relevant lens. The S10 Plus joins the ranks of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the LG V40 ThinQ with triple camera lenses in the same type of setup.

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iPhone X

The new 7-megapixel TrueDepth camera that enables Face ID features wide color capture, auto image stabilization and precise exposure control, and brings Portrait mode to the front camera for stunning selfies with a depth-of-field effect.

iPhone X also features a redesigned dual 12-megapixel rear camera system with dual optical image stabilization. The ƒ/1.8 aperture on the wide-angle camera joins an improved ƒ/2.4 aperture on the telephoto camera for better photos and videos. A new color filter, deeper pixels and an improved Apple-designed image signal processor delivers advanced pixel processing, wide color capture, faster autofocus in low light and better HDR photos. A new quad LED True Tone Flash offers twice the uniformity of light and includes Slow Sync, resulting in more uniformly lit backgrounds and foregrounds.

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IPhone 7 Plus

First of all, it is important to point out that the iPhone 7 Plus actually has two cameras with two lenses. While both cameras have the same 12 MP resolution sensors, there is actually a difference in sensor size and maximum aperture between the two. The first wide-angle camera has a 1/3″ sensor with a 28mm equivalent f/1.8 lens (a total of 6 lens elements), whereas the second telephoto camera has a smaller 1/3.6″ sensor with a 56mm equivalent f/2.8 lens (a total of 5 lens elements). This in itself reveals that the cameras are made for different purposes and it highlights the disadvantage of the telephoto lens compared to the wide-angle lens. Not only does the telephoto camera have a smaller sensor, but it also has a lens that is over a stop slower in comparison, making it only practical to use in bright daylight conditions.

This model is one we commonly see in the phone repair store.

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Galaxy S7

Samsung used completely new hardware for the Galaxy S7 edge camera though. The sensor packs fairly large 1.4µm pixels and it sits behind the brightest aperture on a phone yet - f/1.7. All this is designed to collect more light and coupled with OIS it makes for great low-light shots.

The image sensor features Dual Pixel focusing - it's a Phase Detection autofocus, but Samsung claims it's four times faster. And it is, we tested that too and it ran circles around the iPhone 6s. The S7 edge does great whatever the scene, focuses instantly, and gets it always right. It's a real pleasure to observe the AF in action.

The one thing the 'S' series is still handing on is the single-LED flash. It's powerful, but maybe a dual-tone flash may turn for the better in a few scenarios. Still, with the big pixels, wide aperture, and OIS you'll hardly need to use the flash anyways.

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Galaxy S9

Galaxy S9 features camera technology. This is in line with Samsung's focus on camera innovation. Galaxy S9 has a 12MP main camera. And for the first time, the Samsung S series smartphone, the Galaxy S9 + has a 12MP dual camera.

Both Galaxy S9 + lenses are telephoto and wide-angle, so they can produce bokeh backgrounds or depth live focus.

There are several advantages of Samsung Galaxy S9 cameras, such as the Samsung uploaded clue in the video on Samsung's official channel on YouTube some time ago.

This smartphone camera is equipped with a dual aperture capability camera that can adapt to various light conditions when photographing. The Galaxy S9's dual aperture is F1.5, which is a large aperture to accommodate low-light conditions.

The presence of a large aperture (F1.5) on the Galaxy S9 is the first time present on a smartphone. The aim is to bring better low light photography.

Because the Galaxy S9 camera is not only present to accommodate photography in low light conditions, Samsung presents a second aperture of F2.4 on the camera so that it can still shoot in normal light conditions.

The second advantage on the Samsung Galaxy S9 camera is the super slow-motion recording feature which produces 960 frames per second (fps) video with a resolution of 1,080 pixels. With this super slow-motion recording feature, Galaxy S9 users can accommodate users recording moments that happen quickly to be enjoyed and displayed with dramatic effects.

With this super slow-motion effect, recording a fast moment of 0.2 seconds can be 6 seconds.

In addition, recording with super slow-motion effects on the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 + can be done in multi-capture up to 20 times.

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Galaxy Note 9

The camera has become a main feature in a mobile phone. And on the Samsung Galaxy Note9, the quality is increasing. On paper, the Galaxy Note9's rear camera is equipped with Dual Aperture F1.5 / F2.4, Super Speed ​​Dual Pixels, HDR, Live Focus and Super Slow-mo.

This camera has been updated with the ability to choose the desired part in the super slow-mo video and choose a duration of 2 or 4 seconds. The advantage of recording images in low light conditions is also owned by the front camera Galaxy Note9 with F1.7 aperture. As for the front camera, it has an 8 MP sensor with a F / 1.7 aperture.

The hardware in this phone is generally similar to the one in the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. But Samsung added deep-learning technology that took the role of producing better images. Intelligent Camera technology, which has maximized AI (artificial intelligence) to take photos like a pro. In the smartphone industry itself, the application of AI to cameras is not new ...

IPhone 6S

Not only is the rear camera better, the FaceTime HD (front) camera has received the biggest update, jumping from a 1.2 megapixel camera to 5 megapixels.

To help capture better selfies, Apple is combining a new software function called Retina Flash. Basically, right before the front camera locks the shot, the screen will quickly display a white screen to help light up your face. Apple said selfies would have really vibrant colors and more natural-looking skin tones.

And finally, for the first time on the iPhone, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus can record 4K resolution video at 3,840 x 2,160 at 30 frames per second - four times the full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080. This makes the iPhone the equivalent of an Android phone that has been able to record 4K videos.

Two iPhone 6 / 6s cameras maintain slow-motion video recording at 1,080p resolution at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps. Users will not find optical image stabilization (OIS) on the iPhone 6S. OIS is exclusive to the larger iPhone 6S Plus.

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IPhone 8 Plus

The Apple iPhone 8 Plus has a main camera system truly worthy of a flagship phone. Similar to the iPhone 7 Plus, it features two cameras — a wide-angle 12MP main camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera with a slower lens for zooming in on subjects and for special effects such as Portrait mode. Comparing the camera datasheets of the older iPhone 7 Plus and the new iPhone 8 Plus make the two look almost identical; however, under-the-hood upgrades have given the 8 Plus an image quality and camera performance boost in almost every one of our tested categories.

Key camera specifications:

12MP main (wide-angle) camera with BSI sensor, f/1.8 lens

12MP telephoto camera, f/2.8 lens

Optical zoom, with digital zoom up to 10x

Portrait mode

Portrait Lighting (beta)

Optical image stabilization (main camera only)

Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow sync

Autofocus with focus pixels

Wide-gamut color capture

Body and face detection


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IPhone 6s Plus

The iPhone 6s Plus brought the long overdue camera resolution upgrade. After sticking to an 8MP sensor for four generations, Apple finally upgraded the iPhone's main camera to a 12MP imager. The front camera has received an upgrade to 5MP as well. Both cameras are paired with a lens with the same F/2.2 aperture.

The more powerful chipset and the new 12MP sensor allow the iPhone 6s Plus to capture 4K video recording among other new modes, plus it enables the so-called Live Photos. This is a familiar feature from the first HTC One - the camera captures 1.5s video either side of the moment you hit the shutter and saves it as an animated photo. Older phones like the 6s plus have ample parts if you need a replacement, just head down to your local phone repair shop.

There is no magic here, this is actually a 3s 1,440x1,080px (1,280x960px from the front camera) video with sound, captured at 14fps. We are clarifying this in case you've expected gifs or similar formats. Those small files are usually 3 to 4MB of size and if you own a 16GB iPhone 6s Plus, this may turn a problem for you rather quickly. The good news is this new format is compatible with the Mac OS X El Capitan and all Force-enabled Apple devices will support the Live Photos (for now those are the MacBook Pro 2015 models, the new MacBook 12 and the iPhone 6s duo).

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Galaxy note 7

A whole other reason to look at that area above the display is when taking a selfie, and in the camera department, Samsung seems to be confident enough in what they’ve achieved with the Galaxy S7 that the same package makes an encore in the Note 7. Once again, unification of the line takes on a tangible quality.

So, the 12 megapixel f/1.7 dual-pixel shooter of the Note 7 is the same as before – that might not be a very bad thing, honestly, as the S7 was one of the top performing cameras of the year. That large, dual-pixel technology is supposed to help with fast autofocus and better low light performance, which we agreed did the job fairly well in the S7 . And finally, the front facing camera is 5MP still, at f/1.7 and wide angle.

IPhone XS 

The two rear cameras on the iPhone XS and XS Max each use a 12 megapixel sensor and are equipped with optical image stabilization. On cameras with wide lenses, the sensor has a pixel size of 1.4 microns, aperture of f / 1.8 and has 6 lens elements.

While the camera with its telephoto lens has f / 2,4 aperture, six lens elements, and 2x optical zoom. To complement these two cameras, Apple buried True Tone flash which is said to have a blink detection system.

The camera on the iPhone XS has been a tough one to review when comparing it to last year’s iPhone X, as the two seem very similar indeed. Both offer a dual 12MP sensor on the rear, with one a telephoto lens for lossless zooming and the other a ‘standard’ wide-angle affair.

There’s optical image stabilization on both for improved video, so the top-line specs feel fairly similar.

Below that is where the changes lie, though. For instance, the size of the pixels has been increased to allow greater sensitivity to light, for better low-light photography. The sensors are still f/1.8 and f/2.4 (wide angle and telephoto, respectively) so you won’t be able to zoom in as well in darker scenes, but those numbers are pretty acceptable for a top-end smartphone, if not mind-blowing.

Smart HDR has also been added to the mix, which is a bit of a tricky extra to explain as it’s drawing in from faster autofocus, a stronger image processor in the A12 Bionic chip and some algorithmic enhancements from Apple.

The effect the brand is pushing is something that can bring out the detail in the whole shot and do it really sharply, without over-exposing or blurring. In reality, this is Apple’s play against the intelligent shot processing seen on the Google Pixel 2, the Huawei P20 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S9, and it largely works.

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Galaxy S7 Edge

Dual Pixel 12MP

Unlike other smartphone cameras, each pixel on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge camera sensors not only has one, but two photodiodes. That is, the Dual Pixel sensor is able to find focus quickly and precisely like the human eye.



All the pixels on the Dual Pixel sensor are used for phase detection, so focusing can be done very quickly and precisely. Even sudden movements can be caught right away, even in low light.


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IPhone XR

2018 was a big year for the iPhone, as Apple launched not one, but three new devices. The iPhone XR is perhaps the most interesting of the three, as it’s available at the lowest cost, without sacrificing too many features. 

For photography, the iPhone XR offers a single-cam solution, as opposed to the dual-cam setup of the XS models. In terms of specs, the iPhone XR’s camera is broadly what you expect from a high-end single-cam device, featuring a 12Mp 1/2.55″ sensor with 1.4µm pixel pitch, a 26mm f/1.8 aperture lens with optical image stabilization, phase-detection autofocus, and a dual-tone LED flash.

Despite the different camera hardware, on the software and image processing side of things, the XR comes with the same innovative feature as the XS models — for example, when shooting stills, the camera continuously captures a multi-frame buffer at different exposures, allowing for simultaneous zero shutter lag and HDR processing. Thanks to this technology, the latest iPhones can display HDR images in real time, making for a true what you see is what you get preview image.

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Galaxy S9 Plus

Much of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus’ success revolves around its camera. It’s the only aspect of the phone that really feels like it’s seen a significant update, and if you’re someone who has an S8 then it’s likely the only feature to make you consider updating your device.

The S9 Plus’ new 12-megapixel camera now has some dedicated RAM inside the sensor to speed things up. The pixels have the same 1.4 µm size as before, plus dual-pixel autofocus and optical image stabilisation.

The big change is in the aperture of the lens. Instead of being fixed, as is true of the majority of cameras on other phones, it can move between f/1.5 and f/2.4. This means that, in theory, the phone should use the wider f/1.5 aperture when there isn’t much light and switch to the f/2.4 for everything else.

Galaxy S10e

Rear cameras:

12MP wide-angle sensor, Super Speed Dual Pixel autofocus, OIS, 1.4μm pixels, 77-degree field-of-view, dual aperture ƒ/1.5 and ƒ/2.4 apertures

16MP ultra-wide sensor, 1.0μm pixels, 123-degree field-of-view, ƒ/2.2 aperture

Front camera:

10MP sensor, Dual Pixel autofocus, 1.22μm pixels, 80-degree field-of-view, ƒ/1.9 aperture

Here’s where things start to differ even more with the Galaxy S10 line. With the Galaxy S10e, you get a dual-camera setup on the rear, complete with a 12MP wide-angle sensor and a 16MP ultra-wide sensor. The S10 and S10 Plus both have an extra 12MP telephoto lens around back. Be sure to check out our Galaxy S10 Plus review for details on that.

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Galaxy S8 Active

12MP rear camera, video up to [email protected]; 8MP front camera, video up to Quad HD

Crisp and vibrant photos in high to medium light, but noisy images in the dark

Handy movable shutter button

4K video recording stuttered and had glaring compression

The Galaxy S8 Active camera is the same shooter you’ll find on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, making it one of the best mobile phone cameras on the market. Pair that with the long-lasting battery of the S8 Active, and you’ve got a great photography experience. 

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IPhone XS Max

There are three cameras on the iPhone XS Max. Two sit on the rear of the device and there’s one on the front. Each of these features noticeable upgrades over previous iPhone cameras.

The dual rear cameras remain at 12 megapixels, and they’re still f/1.8 for the wide-angle and f/2.4 for the telephoto. However, these pixels are much larger and deeper, allowing more light into the sensor. Both rear sensors still feature OIS.

Apple has also upgraded the way in which cameras actually snap the picture. Taking a leaf out of Google’s, the iPhone XS uses computational photography and a new feature called ‘Smart HDR’ to improve highlights and shadows. The phone will begin capturing as soon as you open the app (this is how it manages to avoid any sort of shutter lag), combining multiple shots to try to avoid overexposure

Google Pixel XL

The Google Pixel XL comes with what the numbers indicate is the same primary camera setup as the Nexus 6P and 5X of last year. That means a 1/2.3 Sony IMX377 12.3MP sensor behind a 26mm-equiv. lens with an f/2.0 aperture. While the aperture is rather modest in a world dominated by f/1.8 lenses and Samsung's Galaxy S7 even brighter at f/1.7, the Pixel XL's strength lies in its, um, XL pixels - 1.55µm. It relies on a combination of phase and laser autofocus, but lacks optical stabilization.


The camera is shaping up as a major selling point for the LG G5, just like it was for the G4. It has inherited all the camera goodies of its predecessor such as the Laser Auto Focus, the Advanced OIS and the Color Spectrum sensor from its predecessor.

That aside, the new flagship now comes with a dual shooter setup on the back. You can capture the scene with either a 135-degree Ultra-Wide Angle camera or with a more conventional 75-degree field of view camera.

The extra spatial awareness comes courtesy of an additional 8MP shooter on the back. It sits alongside the 16MP F/1.8 camera, which looks to be identical to the one on the LG V10 back.

On the software side, the phone is not only smart enough to quickly let you choose between shooters depending on how wide a view you want to fit inside the frame, but it can also leverage the two cameras to produce various shot effects.

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The G6 is LG's latest flagship smartphone. For the new model, LG has abandoned the G5's modular concept and has instead designed a device that offers a water- and dust-proof body and a 5.7 QHD+ display with an unusual 18:9 aspect ratio.

In the camera department, LG sticks with the G5's dual-camera concept but both sensors now offer the same 13MP resolution. The wide-angle lens comes with a 71 degree angle of view and F1.8 aperture while the super-wide-angle offers 125 degrees and a slower F2.4 aperture. OIS is available on the wide-angle. 4K video capture with stereo sound recording and a laser-assisted AF system are on board as well.

Other specs are flagship-worthy too. Android 7.0 is powered by last year's top-end chipset Snapdragon 821 and 4GB of RAM. 32 or 64GB of internal storage are expandable via a microSD slot. And unlike some of its competitors the G6 still offers a 3.5mm headphone jack.

With improved camera specs, the interesting new display format and the waterproof body, the LG G6 looks like an appealing option for mobile photographers. Read the full article to find out how it performed in our test.

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The LG G4 follows on last year's G3, and like its predecessor puts a lot of emphasis on camera specification. The 16MP 1/2.6-inch CMOS sensor is a touch larger than the 1/3-inch sensors in many other phones, and the F1.8 aperture is the fastest among the current crop of high-end mobile devices, even surpassing the Samsung GGalaxy galaxy S6's F1.9 variant. The G4's improved optical image stabilization system works along 3 axis, compared to 2 axis on the G3, and comes with a range of stabilization that has been increased from 1 to 2 degrees.

As before, the contrast detect autofocus is supported by a laser system for increased speed and reliability. In addition, the G4 comes with a new color spectrum sensor that reads RGB color and Infrared in order to recognize objects in a scene and their color. This information is then used to optimize white balance and color processing. At the front and 8MP sensor is combined with an F2.0 aperture.

In the camera app a manual mode that allows for adjustment of shutter speed, ISO and white balance has been added and, thanks to Android 5.0, the G4 is capable of recording DNG Raw files which can be saved to 32GB of internal memory or a microSD card with a capacity of up to 128GB. On paper the LG G4 looks like any mobile photographer's dream machine. Read our full review to see how the impressive specification translates into image quality and camera performance.

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Galaxy A7

The essence of Samsung's innovation on the Galaxy A7 is an extra third camera with an 8-megapixel resolution (f / 2.4) with an 18mm ultra wide lens that offers a 120-degree viewing angle. That is, you can enter a large area in one photo frame. So, there are so many that can be explored from this ultra wide lens.

Of course, ideal for taking photos of landscape, architecture, and portraits. We can capture more information so that it is easier to tell a story.

Well certainly this ultra wide lens has several characteristics, including making the object smaller than the actual size and distortion. Feel free to play perspective by changing the position and angle of the shot to get a photo with a magnificent and more interesting impression.

The main camera itself is quite large, 24-megapixel resolution (f / 1.7 and PDAF) with a 27mm wide lens. One more as a depth sensor, 5-megapixel (f / 2.2) to get photos with bokeh effects. Meanwhile, the front camera is 24-megapixel (f / 2.0) with a 26mm wide lens.

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Galaxy J7

13MP snapper

The similarities between the Galaxy J7 Pro, the J7 (2017), and last year's Galaxy J7 Prime run pretty deep, all three devices use the Sony IMX258 sensor for their 13 MP main cameras. For this year's models, however, it's positioned behind a much brighter f/1.7 lens. These models aside, the particular sensor is rather uncommon within Samsung's own lineup, but it is fairly popular overall. It powers a few pretty strong camera experiences, like the LG G6, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Sony Xperia XA.

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The G8 ThinQ is LG’s latest high-end smartphone and comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB RAM and a 6.1-inch, 3120×1440 pixel OLED screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. LG has opted for the same triple-camera design as we’ve already seen in the LG V40 ThinQ, but with updated firmware. This camera comprises 16Mp super-wide, 12Mp standard, and 12Mp telephoto units with focal lengths equivalent to 16mm, 25mm, and 50mm, respectively. Read on to find out how the LG G8 ThinQ’s camera performs in our in-depth tests.

Triple-camera setup

Primary: 12Mp sensor with 1.4μm pixels and 25mm-equivalent, f/1.5 lens, OIS

Ultra-wide: 16Mp sensor with 1.0μm pixels and 16mm-equivalent f/1.9 lens

Telephoto: 12Mp sensor with 1.0μm pixels and 50mm-equivalent f/2.4 lens, PDAF, OIS

Up to 2160p/60fps video (1080p/30fps at default settings)


Single 13 MP rear camera

LG has decided to go with a 13 MP f/2.2 shooter on the back, which has 1/3 sensor size and 1.12µm pixels. Not the largest aperture we've ever seen, definitely, also not the biggest sensor or pixel size. OIS is missing too. All of that is code for 'this is not a flagship snapper'. Or is it? Aside from the differing aperture and lack of image stabilization, the specs of this camera are intriguingly similar to those of the G6's not-wide-angle unit. 

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Motorola G5S 

The Moto G5S Plus has a rather unique camera setup in the Moto lineup. A dual 13MP configuration, it's neither the Moto X4's normal/ultra-wide pairing, nor the Moto Z2 Force's dual 12MP setup. Motorola says the dual camera is used for blurring backgrounds and improving image quality - so the secondary shooter has no particular purpose of its own. It's only assisting the main camera in its work.

Anyways, the 13MP sensor, or presumably both of them, come with an f/2.0 aperture lens attached. There's no optical stabilization. While it isn't specifically mentioned in the product docs, the G5S Plus appears to have laser assisted autofocus - there's a window above the lenses for the beam to shoot out of, plus focusing on close up objects is very quick and precise.

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LG V30

launched in August 2017, the LG V30 is the Korean manufacturer’s latest flagship smartphone, offering a dual-camera setup and some interesting photography features. The primary camera boasts a 16Mp Sony IMX351 1/3.1″ sensor, coupled to a fast f/1.6 real glass lens with a 70-degree field of view and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). For the second camera, LG opted for a super-wide-angle shooter, as opposed to a monochrome sensor or a telephoto lens preferred by many rivals. Built around a 13Mp Samsung sensor with 1µm pixel size, the V30’s secondary camera offers a 120-degree ultra-wide-angle field of view. That makes it a good choice for smartphone photographers interested in landscape or architectural shots, as opposed to portraits, but there’s no OIS in the second lens.

For video enthusiasts, the V30 boasts 4K [email protected] movie capture and LOG format, which enables advanced color grading in post production, point-zoom focus to zoom and focus anywhere within the frame, and a range of cinematic filter effects for all you budding Kubrics. You can compose and review via the V30’s large 6.0-inch QHD, OLED HDR FullVision display with a 18:9 aspect ratio. Thanks to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, the V30 also packs plenty of processing power for photography and other tasks.

Key camera specifications:

16Mp primary camera with f/1.6 glass lens

13Mp secondary camera with ultra-wide-angle f/1.9 lens

3-axis OIS for primary camera lens

Phase detection and laser autofocus

LED flash

4K [email protected] or [email protected]/60fps video capture

LOG-format video

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