9 Best DSLR Quality Camera Smartphones – 2019

After several hours of research, I finally made my selection of the top 9 best DSLR quality camera phone among more than twenty models marketed for the moment.

My favorite is the One Plus 6T which, if it does not offer the best performance delivers high-end with a mid-range price which greatly appealed to me.

You will also find at the end of this article a buying guide to help you make your choice, for photos that reflect your best moments!

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The Best Cheap DSLR Quality Camera Phones 2019

This smartphone may be the cheapest, but it is not a by-product and will satisfy those who do not have a big budget.

1. Moto G6 Plus: Best Cheap

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Motorola has held the title of the best entry-level smartphones with its MotoG family but is somewhat abused today with the Chinese outsiders Xiaomi, Honor, and Huawei.

While thinking of this Moto G6 Plus, especially for the photo, what interests us more particularly here?

First of all, let’s take a look at his design.

It should be noted that the display is larger and brighter than the standard G6. The curved glass design makes it closer to the Moto X4 design than the Moto G5.

Like the Moto G6, this smartphone has an amalgam of metal and glass. While the edges of the phone have a slight “plastic” feel, the curved back is all glass.

A point a bit of a shame, but one could still expect for a phone in this range, is the lack of impermeability, even though the manufacturer claims that it will withstand splashing, no IP certification is in the program.

The fingerprint sensor is fairly flat, easy to find and works pretty well and quickly.

With dimensions of 160 x 75.5 x 8 mm, it is not possible to use this Motorola with one hand, but it has at least the merit of holding in a pocket.

This smartphone follows the fashion of “stretched” phones with an 18: 9 display. This means that lots of videos will have black edges on the sides. On the other hand, there is no concern for gaming and optimized mobile phone sites that go perfectly well.

The screen offers FHD + resolution (1080 x 2160), which might not seem like much for an 18: 9 screen, but the display remains very accurate and enjoyable to watch.

At the battery level, the TurboPower mode charges 20% of the battery in 15 minutes. You can use it one or two days without having to charge it (for moderate use). On the other hand, autonomy takes a hit when tackling more energy-hungry applications.

But let’s come to the picture!

The dual sensor camera is 12MP and 5MP in the back. The rear camera is used for portrait mode. The camera on the front is 8 MP.

Basically, the camera is capable of capturing accurate and vibrant images, but it requires minimal attention to get there.

The dual-pixel autofocus system provides an excellent locking process. At the video level, we get 4K at 30 fps.

If you give this camera enough light and a minimum of movement, you will get great pictures with vibrant colors. Unfortunately, things go wrong when there is movement, due to a lag of the camera.

In general, the HDR mode is excellent and allows you to produce balanced shots without any weird artifacts.

You also have the option of editing the depth of the data after the photo has been taken, to such an extent that you can blur the subject and focus on the details of the scene. It works incredibly well and can completely change the tone of your photo.

Another interesting aspect of this camera is its ability to recognize objects. When he recognizes this item, he gives you links to help you get that item from an online store.

The only downside, the process takes a long time, which can deter the use of this system in the middle of a store.

The Moto G6 Plus runs on a very little modified version of Android 8 Oreo and this is an excellent choice. Motorola has provided a bonus of 4 GB of Ram and a Snapdragon 630 to this phone.

Superfluid menu animations in the notifications menu, this version of Android is very pleasant to use. Strangely, Google Play is not installed automatically on this interface which is a choice of the most curious given the rather fundamental nature of this application.

The 15-centimeter display is extremely useful when it comes to watching movies or playing games. It’s incredibly brighter than most entry-level smartphones, so you can watch Netflix in the park without a problem.

Audio level, Motorola has had the good taste to place its audio output at the front, which will prevent you to block the output of the sound while watching videos or play. Gaming level, this phone is doing pretty well, even if it will make concessions on the most resource-hungry games.

PROS
  • Affordable price
  • Snapdragon 630
  • Good photos
CONS
  • Some photo problems if in motion

 

The Best Mid-Range DSLR Quality Phones

These smartphones are already a bit more expensive but are still reasonably priced for a material of this quality. The One Plus 6T particularly pleased me!

2. OnePlus 6T: Best Midrange

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Compared to other smartphones in this comparison, this OnePlus 6T has an excellent fingerprint recognition system. It is included in the display of the device and reacts to the finger and the eye (or rather the finger in this case hehe).

Level design, the 6T offers an elegant appearance, with a notch shaped tear.

Although OnePlus finally decided to use the glass for this 6T and fired the jack for headphones, the company still decided not to set up a wireless charger. Strange.

The display of this device is of excellent quality and rivals even with smartphones that are twice its price. Its large AMOLED panel (2340 x 1080) is slightly larger than the One Plus 6, but the most noticeable difference is the notch that is less intrusive.

Its OLED display is of excellent quality. It is not exactly as good as the Galaxy Note 9 for example, but for this price, the display is absolutely excellent.

But now let’s talk about the photo of this smartphone. It offers a dual-focus camera with a 16 MP and 20 MP lens and a 20 MP front lens.

A brand new Night Mode has been included, which allows you to capture more detail in low light places. Unfortunately, this one does not always work wonders and the photos sometimes end up with too much grain. Night mode is not really useful.

In the light of the day, the colors offered by the 6T are realistic at will. Level Portrait, this smartphone does not fare too well, but still tends to over-smooth the details.

The 6T has 8 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 845, allowing it to offer performance worthy of a Galaxy Note 9 for example, as well as it can run anything without problems!

At the OS, we are in the presence of an OxygenOS overlay of Android that has more than one trick in his bag. One of its advantages, Smart Boost, allows this smartphone to start much faster than its predecessor. The OS has two navigation modes, which can be changed in the settings.

Gaming level, this device is a war machine that beats even phones like the iPhone XR or the Pixel 3 XL! It’s quite impressive when you see the difference in price between these devices!

The battery of this smartphone is also first class, it can last almost 20 hours without a charge with moderate use. The charge is also in the game with the “Dash Charge” system which is incredibly fast, allowing you to charge your OnePlus from 0 to 60 percent in just 30 minutes!

The value for money of this device is simply crazy and it rivals much more expensive models! If you are looking for a photo smartphone that is ok at a reasonable price with many other tricks in your bag, look no further!

The Opinion Of a High-Tech Addict

“The OnePlus 6T is my new smartphone. After having a good time with an iPhone, I chose to go under Android and OnePlus was the brand that suits me best. I am really satisfied with my smartphone! Level photo, I did not keep the original app that is nevertheless powerful, but I installed Google Camera. The quality is excellent and in night photo, the 6T produces photos worthy of brightness in the early evening. The notch does not spot unlike other models, the AMOLED screen is really beautiful. So many performances for less than 600 €, that can only be congratulated! “

PROS
  • Incredible price for such a performance
  • Excellent for gaming
  • Good camera
CONS
  • Night mode unconvincing

 

3. Samsung Galaxy S8: For Great Photos

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We no longer present the Samsung Galaxy range, which is a safe bet in the world of smartphones. So is everything going for the best in the best of all worlds with this Galaxy S8?

This is what we will see and we will start with a small negative point: the fingerprint detector. The Galaxy S8 is one of the safest smartphones on the market, no problem with that. You can use facial recognition, a fingerprint or an iris scan.

Where it sins a bit is that the fingerprint sensor is placed in the back, in a place not easily accessible to the fingers when they hold the phone in the usual way. So it’s not the sea to drink either of course, but it’s still a shame.

The iris scan, on the other hand, works incredibly well, though sometimes it may be that it does not recognize your iris for a reason that escapes me.

Another aspect that has been launched with this Galaxy S8 is Bixby, the voice assistant designed to compete with Siri, Alexa, and the Google Assistant.

Unfortunately, the application does not keep its promises for the moment. He has trouble recognizing what is said and is not compatible with many applications, which makes it somewhat unnecessary limit. It will probably improve with time, though.

But let’s come to design. The glass has been curved on both sides and gives it an absolutely refined and pleasant look as well as the eye.

The buttons are all very well designed and are all nice to use. The only downside, this Bixby button placed just below the volume, as if Samsung absolutely wanted you to use this accident, by mistake if necessary.

The back is extra flat, even at the camera.

The display of this smartphone is also of excellent quality. The colors are rich, the contrast between black and white is immaculate and everything looks accurate and pleasant to watch. The streaming has an excellent appearance and everything that is saved on the machine looks excellent.

Watching movies on this device is an exceptional experience. The way the screen is designed allows movies (at least those filmed in 21: 9) to no longer show the black bars above and below the display.

The experience is thus more immersive and with the quality of the display, it is really a permanent pleasure.

The device is more compatible HDR and the result is more than convincing. Too bad that Netflix charges more to use this option on their videos.

Memory level the S8 embeds 64 GB with also a memory card slot. In other words, you will not easily run out of space to store your movies and other files. In addition, with its Snapdragon 835 chip with 4GB of RAM, it can run smoothly even the most recent games.

The audio experience is not bad either, especially concerning the headphones provided with this smartphone, which are well made.

The user interface is also excellent. This is an extremely modified version of Android, to the point that the purists of Android will probably not find it at first glance. But it is intuitive and works extremely well.

Its appearance is very pleasing to the eye and the way everything is arranged is smart and placed where it is needed.

The battery provides honest autonomy of a day without charge using the device in a normal way.

Let’s come to what interests us in particular, the camera. The one built into the Galaxy S8 is one of the best on the market. Its main strength is to be able to capture the image you want and make things appear as you see them.

The 12MP camera on the back and the 8MP sensor on the front are also excellent in low light – in fact, shooting is sometimes better than the naked eye!

One thing I particularly appreciated is the ease with which you can access the camera. Just double-tap the power button to instantly switch to the camera app.

In addition, just slide your finger in one direction to access certain menus or even the selfie device (by sliding your finger down). Convenient!

The only downside that I could report is that the photos are better on the camera than on the computer, which is a shame, but we will not quibble for so little, the camera is exceptionally good!

PROS
  • The camera
  • Nice design
  • Excellent technical specs
CONS
  • Bixby !

 

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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And here is another Samsung in this comparison! This one has a Super AMOLED slab of 6.3 inches and a WQHD + definition (2960 x 1440 pc).

This Note 8 is one of the biggest smartphones of the Samsung brand. With its huge 6.3-inch screen – and despite an excellent 83 percent front-end load – Note 8 is a very large smartphone. Do not expect to take full advantage with one hand.

Level design, we find the codes established by the S series. So we find a metal edge and a glass back.

The latter is, unfortunately, a fingerprint sensor. The edges of the device are slightly rounded which makes the grip of Note 8 rather pleasant. Finally, it has the good taste to be IP68 certified (dustproof and waterproof up to 1.3 m for 30 min).

On the other hand, the fingerprint reader is unreachable in a natural way. This is probably forgotten very quickly this means of unlocking.

We can thus go through an iris scanner or facial recognition, which work rather well but are not as practical as a well placed fingerprint reader. Pity.

A stylus is also present to take quick notes, which is one of the hallmarks of this family of smartphones.

But back to the display of this device! This one is of excellent quality.

The smoothness of display is perfect for any use except perhaps the VR that requires an even higher resolution. The almost infinite contrast ratio, Super AMOLED forces is more certain.

In addition, the brightness is excellent and the rate of light reflection is ridiculous. It is perfectly legible even in direct sunlight.

Performance side, without any surprise, this smartphone makes perfectly all possible applications and imaginable. With this processor and its 6 GB of RAM, the opposite would have been surprising!

He runs all the games without any problem. In addition, the heat is well managed, even when the CPU and the GPU are heavily used.

The headset supplied with this smartphone is of excellent quality, without exceeding a headphone designed for music lovers of course!

But let’s see the camera of this Galaxy Note 8! It incorporates a dorsal camera based on two modules.

The first module is the same as that found on a Galaxy S8 +, so a sensor 12 Mpx. The performances are excellent in daylight, with rather detailed images.

Perhaps we can just blame him for a sharp accentuation of the contrast. In low light, the result is correct without reaching the top of the basket provided.

The second module, also a 12 Mpx sensor, opens at f / 2.6. This zoom equivalent 2x is particularly effective in good light conditions.

Unfortunately, in low light, the Note 8 prefers to go back to its other module and apply a digital zoom. Pity.

The 8MP front sensor delivers excellent performance. He finds the right compromise between fair exposure, good triggering speed, and moderate smoothing. Selfie lovers will be able to have fun!

Level autonomy, it is correct without being incredibly good. It can take a whole day without much problem, but it will recharge at night.

Streaming, Note 8 can last more than 10 hours which is not bad at all. Charging takes about 1.5 hours for a full charge.

The Samsung OS is nice to use, although it may require a little time to adapt to Android enthusiasts.

PROS
  • IP68 sealing
  • Excellent quality screen
  • Excellent photos in daylight
CONS
  • Photos in low light zoom

 

The Best High-End DSLR Quality Phones

These devices are expensive, but they are also the best on the market!

 

5. Huawei P20 Pro: The Best High-End

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The Huawei P20 Pro is the new flagship of the smartphone range of the Chinese brand.

Level design, the P20 has a screen with a notch, which is always a cleavage point among smartphone enthusiasts. It remains much smaller than that of an iPhone X.

In addition, the P20 is doing very well by distributing on either side the notification icons, networks or battery. If you are “notchy” you can always make it disappear by disabling the areas of the screen on each side.

The space under the screen is optimized to integrate the fingerprint reader. It is always accessible and falls under the thumb without problems to unlock the P20 Pro at full speed.

The finishes are good and the P20 looks very elegant, with a metal surround and a glass back. Yes, it involves the retention of fingerprints.

Finally, the P20 is waterproof and IP67 certified (resistant to dust and water up to 1 m for 30 min). This is a point that has become unavoidable on high-end smartphones.

By cons, it is a pity that this smartphone does not include a microSD port, despite the amount of internal memory more than comfortable (128 GB). The headphone jack also disappears in favor of a USB-C adapter.

The smartphone has an Oled panel, which implies a level of almost infinite contrast. The maximum brightness is more than honest and can read the P20 even under the sun, let alone with a light reflection rate of only 8%. In the dark, things also go well, the brightness can go down to an acceptable level for the retina.

Level colorimetry, I recommend switching to “normal colors” mode which offers the best rendering with a delta E at 1.6. An interesting mode has been added, called “Natural Colors”, which adjusts the color temperature according to the light environment.

Level of tactile delay, the P20 is doing very well with a touch delay of only 69 ms.

This smartphone ships the Kirin 970 SoC processor and comes with 6 GB of RAM, which allows it to run everything you need, as it should, without slowing down.

On the other hand, the phone sinks a bit at the temperature. The P20 heats a little when it is subjected to heavy tasks. It can reach up to 40 degrees at the front and 38 degrees at the back. Fortunately, these temperatures come down very quickly.

Gaming level, the P20 is equipped with the Mali-G72 MP12 graphics chip which is one of the most powerful on the market. In other words, you can run any video game without problems.

The headphone output lacks power but shines by its lack of distortion. Both speakers offer correct stereo with comfortable power. By cons, there is a bit of distortion when pushing the volume in its last entrenchments.

But what about the photo? In low light, Huawei finally gets good results. It’s not the top of the basket, but it’s more than honest.

The P20 has 3 photo modules on the back, a main with a 40 Mpx sensor, a 20 Mpx monochrome sensor module and finally an 8 Mpx sensor with an equivalent 80 mm lens. The P20 is doing very well with these and offers one of the best performance of the market in terms of a telephoto lens on a smartphone!

For video, the P20 can go up to a UHD definition (3840 x 2160 px) at 30 fps. However, the Full HD mode is the one that passes best in all conditions.

An idle mode also allows you to shoot in HD. Be careful however this feature is only viable in excellent light conditions.

Range autonomy, the P20 is doing very well with the possibility of holding two days of standard use.

Regarding the OS, we are served with an Android 8.0 Oreo equipped with the overlay house EMUI 8. Navigation logic remains about the same as a traditional Android.

One of the only big differences is the lack of a default application menu.

PROS
  • Waterproof
  • Oled screen of good quality
  • Good photos
CONS
  • No microSD port

 

6. Samsung Galaxy S9+: Almost Perfect Screen

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Another Samsung for this comparison! The Galaxy S9 + is the update of the Galaxy S8 +, the high-end model of last year.

Let’s first look at the design and ergonomics of this device. With a 6.2-inch screen, it will, of course, be reserved for lovers of large devices.

There is a glass back with metal slices and an 18.5: 9 screen that occupies a little over 84% of the front panel. In addition, it is waterproof certified, has a USB-C port and supports wireless charging.

Samsung has learned from its past mistakes and has finally placed the fingerprint reader in a more accessible place. And that’s a good thing because the “smart recognition” system (iris + face) still leaves something to be desired.

This S9 + offers an excellent rendering in terms of color fidelity and offers an almost perfect color temperature.

Side readability no problem either. The brightness is sufficient to read under the sun and can reach a low enough level to read in the dark without damaging the eyes. The glare ratio is also very low with a rate of only 6%.

The Galaxy S9 + ships a Soc Exynos 9810 processor supported by 6 GB of RAM. These, of course, provide a more than satisfactory performance regardless of the use.

The manufacturer has optimized its software so that there is no need for 8 GB of RAM. And gaming level, of course, no problem to run any game available on the Play Store.

Level heating, this smartphone is also very well with the temperature never exceeding 36 degrees on the surface.

The headphone output of the S9 + is also well made. Power is largely sufficient for the majority of uses with almost zero distortion. And above all, there is still a headphone jack, which is not the case for all high-end mobiles.

The stereo speakers also offer an honest performance, even if you feel that it is especially the high mediums who are honored.

Photo level, the Galaxy S9 + is based on two modules that offer a rather pleasing result. The color reproduction is as clean as possible, the dose of detail is good.

In addition, in low light, Samsung has raised the bar, turning the smoothing that crushed all the details on the Note 8 … to replace it with a lighter smoothing, which crushes despite all the details, but still less than before. We can not say that the results are to die for, but we still note a clear improvement.

Do not get me wrong though, despite the low-light performance, the Galaxy S9 + is still an excellent smartphone for photography, as long as you do not spend your time shooting at night.

Autonomy has unfortunately not improved since the S8 +. Admittedly, the device can hold a day and a half with moderate use, but we are far from what other high-end models can do.

Software side Samsung clutters again the gloomy Bixby (who still does not speak French).

Fortunately, the OS is more friendly and you can always enjoy a presentation with or without applications drawer and change the order of navigation buttons and take care of customizing a lot of other small details if you have the courage to go for a walk in the settings and its forest of submenus.

PROS
  • Waterproof
  • Excellent screen
  • Excellent performance
CONS
  • Batter life below what we could hope

 

7. Google Pixel 3: DSLR Quality Phone

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Pixel 3 is part of the Google smartphone family. Is it up to the smartphones of Samsung, Huawei, and Apple?

Level high-end smartphones, it has become rare to find that keep a compact size. Pixel 3 with its 5.5-inch screen serves as Tom Thumb.

Still, it’s almost as big as a Galaxy S9 that has a bigger screen. The screen occupies only 79% of the front of the smartphone. By cons, no notch, which will please the notorious “encochophobes”.

Overall, it is possible to manipulate the Pixel 3 with one hand without too much trouble. The glass back is particularly nice and treated to not become a fingerprint retention factory like most of its competitors.

Unlocking level, we are entitled only to a fingerprint reader, placed on the back. It is perfectly placed and falls under the finger without a problem.

In addition, by pressing the smartphone, it is possible to launch Google Assistant.

The Pixel 3 has, of course, an IP67 waterproof certification.

This smartphone does not embark unfortunately microSD port, which is a shame and instead, we gratify an eSIM port that is yet operated by any French operator.

The Pixel 3 features a 5.5-inch Oled panel with Full HD + (2160 x 1080) resolution and a nice 443-dpi resolution. Oled, of course, means an almost infinite contrast.

By cons, the smartphone sins a bit in terms of brightness, which remains quite low compared to the competition. On the other hand, it is also one of the screens least subject to glare, which makes it despite everything a smartphone pleasant to consult in full sun.

Color level, it is recommended to opt for the “natural” profile in the display settings. Under these conditions, the delta E is excellent and reaches 1.6. Color temperature level, the damage that no parameter allows to lower it near the ideal value of 6500 K.

Tactile delay level, Pixel 3 is an excellent student with a touch delay of only 51 ms. The remanence is, of course, nonexistent, Oled oblige.

The Pixel 3 ships a Snapdragon 845 with 4 GB of RAM. The smartphone has no problem running all applications. However, we can regret that there is no more RAM for a smartphone of this price.

For the video game, Pixel 3 has the Adreno 630 graphics chip. It allows you to run the most greedy games without problem with an excellent level of graphics.

No jack for the headphones in the program. However, Google still provides a USB-C adapter that is of rather good quality. It delivers the correct power and delivers a precise sound.

The two speakers of this unit are placed at the edge of the screen, which partly explains the size of these borders. This duo offers a stereo and power that are above average. We do not reach the level of an iPhone XS yet, but we are getting closer.

Photo level, the Pixel 3 decides to use only one photo module on the back. It goes against the current with its unique sensor 12 Mpx.

Well, the result is surprisingly good! This smartphone manages to do as well, even better than the competition!

In daylight, the tones are natural and the images are very detailed. Focus tracking is also excellent.

You can even select a subject that Pixel 3 will not let go of, even if it drifts away or gets closer. The capture speed is also of excellent quality!

In low light, the Pixel 3 is also doing very well! The scene is properly exposed and the smartphone does not become a crazy straightener, as some others tend to do when the brightness drops a bit too much.

You have of course also right to a portrait mode. This one is more than correct, without reaching the quality of an iPhone Xs.

A top Shot mode is also an interesting option. It allows obtaining an optimal photo, avoiding the eyes closed or the absence of a smile. In practice, the Pixel 3 makes a burst of snapshots and suggests us the best picture of the series.

As for the video, we can go up to a UHD definition at 30 fps. The images are stable and perfectly fluid. The management of the exhibition is of very good quality.

At the front, the Pixel 3 ships two photo modules with 8 MP sensor. These deliver properly detailed images and handle backlighting without any problem.

Range autonomy, this smartphone can take 2 small days with standard use. More “motivated” users will have to recharge it every night.

The Pixel 3 comes with the latest version of Android, 9.0 Pie. However, Google offers a version “Pixel Launcher” that differs quite clearly from the classic version of Android, especially with regard to navigation.

PROS
  • Excellent screen
  • Great performance
  • Excellent photos
CONS
  • Battery Life

 

8. Sony Xperia XZ3:  Elegant Design

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Sony’s first smartphone to integrate an Oled slab, it represents an advance for the Japanese manufacturer.

Level design, this smartphone breathes the high end with a very pleasant finish to the eye. At the rear, the aluminum hull has the good taste of not holding fingerprints. At the front, the 6-inch slab occupied 81% of the facade.

On the other hand, at the level of the positioning of the buttons, it is less that. The volume buttons are slightly too high and the lock button is a bit too low.

The fingerprint sensor is also placed too low and the worst is that it is the photo module that falls naturally under the finger.

Only convenient button, the one dedicated to the camera, which is an exclusive Sony. Positioned in an ideal way, it makes it possible to take a shot in landscape mode more naturally than the competition.

The Xperia XZ3 can accommodate two nano-SIM cards, but the second port can also be used as a microSD port, and accommodate cards up to 512 GB, which is not luxury as this smartphone does not only 64GB of internal storage.

Finally, the Xperia XZ3 is IP68 certified, which means that it is water and dust resistant: the least you can do for a device in this range.

The Oled 6-inch slab offers a ratio of 18: 9 with a definition of 2880 x 1440 px. And this screen is really excellent.

On the other hand, it is necessary to go through the parameters to reveal all the potential of this slab. Regarding the brightness, this screen does not disappoint with excellent brightness that will allow the smartphone to be readable even in direct sunlight. Same thing in night condition, no risk of spoiling your eyes!

Finally, the touch delay is only 53 ms, which is an excellent performance. Contrast level and persistence, Oled requires, one is almost infinite, while the other is nonexistent.

The smartphone is equipped with a chip Snapdragon 845 assisted by 4 GB of RAM. The device has no trouble juggling between different applications.

In addition, the smartphone does not heat even after long games or after photo or video sessions.

Gaming level is the Adreno 560 chip that takes over and it guarantees a smooth experience even on the latest 3D games.

Audio level, this unit has a USB-C jack and an adapter is provided for the 3.5mm mini-jack. The performance of it is not bad but the output power leaves something to be desired.

The speakers when they offer a sound experience that is above average. The volume can be high and the sound is rather clear without distortion to disturb the listening.

But let’s come to the photos, which interests us particularly. The Xperia Z3 has only one photo module on its back.

This one is made of a 19 Mpx sensor and a lens opening at f / 2. When the brightness is good, the module provides excellent shots.

The details are present and the treatment of the image thanks God rather light and especially the smoothing is moderate. The contrast ratio is good and the rendering is even a bit more natural than that of a Galaxy Note 9.

But the most interesting is in low light. Indeed, the result is very good. The module captures detailed photos and the final rendering is quite correct despite some electronic noise and smoothness.

The front module is composed of a 13 Mpx sensor with a lens opening at f / 1.9. He produces selfies of good quality. Be careful, however, sometimes focusing a bit random and the management of the backlighting that is not always up to the task.

The smartphone will be able to film in 4K and 30i / s. The videos made are correct and suffer may be only a tiny lack of brightness.

The autonomy is much less good. Indeed, the device can only hold one day with normal use.

It is still little when the competition accustoms us to two days of autonomy since already some time. In addition, it will take about 2 hours to fully recharge the XZ3, which is rather long compared to the competition also.

At the OS level, we are in the presence of an Android 9 with an overlay made by Sony. This consists mainly of a set of pre-installed applications. For navigation, the regulars of Android will not be disoriented.

PROS
  • Photo in low luminosity of quality
  • Beautifull design
  • Excellent slab
CONS
  • Battery Life

 

9. Apple iPhone X: Excellent Performance

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Here is the unique iPhone of this comparison. It looks like two drops of water to its predecessor, the iPhone X. The resemblance, however, stops at design.

Any comparison with the iPhone X will be useless however because Apple has already stopped the production of iPhone X story to force to buy the new. A gesture that I find ethically rather limited.

A cosmetic change that we can already detect is its new variant of color “gold” that looks more like mocha than anything else.

The iPhone XS ships a chip A12 Bionic. It’s one of the most powerful chips ever designed for a smartphone. So, for sure, if you use your smartphone just to surf the web and send messages, this war machine power will be ruined. However, if you want to explore the possibilities of augmented reality, this extra power will be very useful.

Apple has also included a “Neural Engine“, a system that allows your smartphone to learn while you use it. This allows your smartphone to recognize what’s on the screen or even improve the quality of the photos while you take them.

The A12 chip also provides excellent gaming-level performance, we really get closer to the console graphics.

Security level, the iPhone XS is not left with a system of facial recognition more advanced than ever. You can unlock the phone at a glance and also make payments as well, for example via Apple Pay.

The interface of the iPhone XS is ergonomic, those coming from an iPhone with a physical button will need a little time of adaptation, but nothing really painful indeed.

A nice feature is the system of group notifications, so you do not get flooded with notifications because you have not opened your phone for a few hours or because someone suddenly decided to like all your photos.

Level design, the iPhone XS fits comfortably in the hand and the curves of its line are pleasant to hold.

We regret the lack of a headphone adapter, as there is no outlet available. Another mercantile choice from Apple, as if the exorbitant price of this device was not enough …

The speakers offer a good quality experience and these are good enough to serve as main speakers in case of emergency.

Apple has also improved the strength of the iPhone XS, with a glass designed to give the best protection for a smartphone. And it works!

In addition, this smartphone is IP68 certified, which means it is waterproof. You can play your music in the shower without any problem. In addition, Apple has made the screen easier to tap with wet fingers.

At the level of the display, we are in the presence of an OLED slab 2436 x 1125 px. The screen is excellent and reveals its potential in HDR and Dolby Vision.

Its quality does not quite match that of an Xperia XZ3 that we saw earlier, but the quality of the display is very upscale, no doubt about it.

Level gaming, unsurprisingly the device is doing without problems even on the most demanding applications.

But let’s see now what is the picture, which interests us more particularly!

There is no big change since the iPhone X. Both have a module with a 12 MP sensor.

There are some changes, however. The pixels are larger, which allows greater sensitivity to light to ensure better photos in low light.

And it works very well. You will not be able to zoom as much as in normal conditions, but the result of the photos is still worth it.

Under normal conditions, the photos are incredibly detailed and filled with color and precision, with vibrant colors. Even with increased exposure to light, the iPhone XS does its job brilliantly.

Compared to the iPhone X, the iPhone XS is able to produce richer tones, even in the most difficult areas.

The “smart HDR” mode offers a real improvement of the X shots, especially in the most difficult conditions. This camera is definitely on the top of the smartphone camera cart.

In addition, the portrait mode has been improved, offering the possibility to adjust the level of blur behind the subject.

In low light, the iPhone XS is doing very well. When the brightness is really low, it can sometimes struggle a little compared to the competition, but if you just introduce a little light into the lot it will capture without any problem the details and the color.

Food level, Apple continues to disappoint. It stays below average while being better than previous iPhones.

But this is not a disaster either, the battery holding better viewing videos, music, gaming (except the AR) that a lot of competitors. However, it will always be necessary to recharge the evening after a day of use.

PROS
  • Excellent performance
  • Good photos
  • Quick
CONS
  • Very expensive

 

How To Choose Your DSLR Quality Camera Phone For Photo?

Choosing your DSLR quality smartphone for a photo can be a real headache with the variety of the current offering. Here are some small clues that will help you get an idea of which smartphone to choose for successful photo captures.

Do not neglect the front camera if you are a follower of selfies! Here again, it will be a question of checking the opening of the lens in order to get an idea of how the camera will manage in low visibility. Some smartphones allow a portrait mode with their front module.

But if you really want to delve into the technical terms of the world of smartphone photography, here are some useful explanations.

Megapixels

First, forget the megapixels. These are not as important as the opening of the lens for example. The rule is simple on paper: the more megapixels, the more details you will see on the photo.

If the race for megapixels was in motion a while ago, the current smartphone manufacturers are focusing on other aspects of taking snapshots. The detail is good, but it’s not everything!

The Size Of The Sensor

All megapixels are not equal.

Cameras with larger apertures (smaller f-numbers mean larger lenses) will allow more light to enter, which can help produce better shots in the dark.

For example, HTC used the term “ultrapixel” to draw attention to the fact that it offered larger megapixels than some competing smartphones. They are measured in micrometers, and larger, in theory, means better ability to capture light.

The Hole

This is the hole through which light travels to reach the sensor and is important for low-light performance. The smaller the number, the wider the orifice.

Changing the amount of light that plays through the hole allows photographers to change the depth of field. This makes it possible to capture clichés where the subject has priority and where the background is blurred.

Stabilization Of The Optical Image

This allows the camera to stay in position. Basically, if your hands are shaking, this will be less noticeable on a camera that uses optical image stabilization. It compensates for the movement of your hands.

HDR

HDR is a technique where the camera takes multiple shots of the same subject at different exposures and then combines them into a single shot, which is usually brighter and better detailed than a non-HDR shot.

This requires a bit of power so you may find the process a little slow on low-end devices.

Recording videos

For video recording, you will need to look at two things: the resolution and the number of frames per second.

The resolution

The resolution simply represents the level of detail captured. For a 4K video, it’s 3840 x 2160 pixels, for Full HD it’s 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Smartphones do not save 4K by default because the files are huge. You will probably want to record at maximum resolution sometimes. Keep in mind that the highest resolutions on TVs and other devices is becoming more and more the norm.

The number of frames per second

When you see a high frame rate, like the ability of iPhone X to capture Full HD at 120 fps, it means you can create movies in slow motion.

The Photo Application

The experience of taking a photo is almost as important as the result, so the quality of the photo-taking application is a key element that can make the difference between a fluid or boring photo taking the experience to perform.

Portrait mode

Also, check if you need a portrait mode. This mode usually allows you to play with bokeh effects.

This effect is to present the subject of the photo accurately while the background is decked out with a soft focus. This effect is generated differently depending on the smartphone you purchase.

Keep in mind that some smartphones let you adjust the effect before and after the snapshot.

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