In the past, many people still had a camera, a “compact” version or a much larger version, with a lens horn. Since the arrival of the smartphone, the first category has almost certainly died out and an SLR or system camera is really a thing for amateurs. It makes sense, because now you can take excellent photos with a smartphone. Expensive models have several cameras with different perspectives. Of course, the small size remains a burden to the possibilities, but on the other hand, the best camera is the one you have with you, so the saying goes. In addition, manufacturers are building advanced image processing that can, for example, extract an excellently exposed night image from a half-square-centimeter camera sensor, which would have seemed impossible a decade ago.
Enough reason to care about the camera performance of high-end smartphones. All 2021 devices are now in stores, so we can calculate the balance. With which smartphone do you take the best photos?
Like last year We have once again made up a test field of six devices from the best manufacturers from many manufacturers. Apple, Google and Samsung are of course with iPhone 13 ProAnd Pixel 6 Pro in a Galaxy S21 Ultra. The remaining three positions are filled by OnePlus 9 ProAnd OPPO Find X3 Pro in a Sony Xperia 1 III. Xiaomi had a potential camera winner with the Mi 11 Ultra, but unfortunately the model from this spring has been out of stock for months. Huawei also does not participate this time; The P50 Pro, which has been introduced in China since July, will only come to the Netherlands in 2022.
Prices for the tested devices range from €709 for the OnePlus 9 Pro to €1159 for the iPhone 13 Pro. You also pay more than 1,000 euros for the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Xperia 1 III and Pixel 6 Pro, although the latter is available abroad for about 900 euros, a little more than what you’re paying now for the OPPO Find X3 Pro.
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