Updated: November 7, 2018 11:27:58 am
Diwali 2018 sale: Diwali is just a few days away and thanks to the spate of discounts and offers, this is a good time to consider picking out a premium smartphone. While the lights add a festive flair, we all try to click as many shots possible to preserve the moments.
But when it comes to shooting photos with a smartphone, low-light photography is where most devices struggle. In case you are looking for a great camera smartphone to shoot pictures this festive season, we have compiled some of the best premium smartphones that you can consider buying it. In the low-light department, these phones won’t disappoint.
Camera phones for Diwali: Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL
Pixel smartphones are known best for their camera proficiency. The newly launched Pixel 3 smartphone carries similar 12.2MP unit as the one found in Pixel 2 series. The camera performance on the new flagship Pixel 3 is brilliant and there’s a new Night Sight mode, which will make it even better.
The cameras produce sharp images with good colour reproduction, dynamic range and natural detail. In low-light, the Pixel 3 render bright images with good colours. For those who want Night Sight early, an APK file with the feature is already available to test this out.
Google Pixel 3 is capable of shooting smooth footage, courtesy of EIS (electronic image stabilisation) and OIS (optical image stabilisation). Google has added a subject tracking feature as well on its new flagship smartphone’s camera. The feature comes in handy while capturing a moving subject. You can simply tap on the screen to lock focus on the subject and even if it moves the feature locks focus accurately.
Google Pixel 3 feature dual 8MP front-facing cameras. The primary camera comes with f/1.8 aperture and phase detection autofocus. While the wide-angle lens comes with a f/2.2 aperture. The dual camera captures a good amount of detail and colour in bright lighting condition.
Google Pixel 3 price in India: Rs 71,000
Camera phones for Diwali: Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei P20 Pro is the top option in the camera department for premium buyers. The Huawei flagship smartphone features a triple camera set up at the back comprising of a 40MP RGB camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 20MP monochrome camera with f/1.6 aperture and an 8MP telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture.
The cameras on the Huawei P20 Pro are capable of shooting photos with plenty of details and good dynamic range. The cameras render bright images in low-lighting condition, courtesy of the ‘light fusion software’ that manages to shoot good low light images with reduce noise.
Huawei P20 Pro price in India: Rs 64,999 for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model
The software basically combines data from a pack of four adjacent same coloured pixels into one and produce up to 10MP image. The rear cameras come with laser autofocusing and a colour temperature sensor as well to ensure that the white balance is accurate. Besides shooting good low light and landscape shots, the cameras on the Huawei P20 Pro are capable of taking brilliant portraits with good detail and vibrant colours. If you are looking for a smartphone that is capable of rendering night shots with good detail, colour, contrast and minimum noise then Huawei P20 can be the ideal option.
Camera phones for Diwali: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features dual 12MP rear camera similar to the one found in Galaxy S9 Plus. The cameras on the phone have variable aperture that allows tweaking the aperture depending on the lighting condition.
Besides this, Samsung has added scene recognition mode on the Galaxy Note 9’s camera software. The mode basically identifies whether you are capturing photo of an animal, plant etc and adjust the scene’s colour accordingly. The dual 12MP cameras on the Galaxy Note 9 manages to capture pictures with balanced contrast, accurate colours and sharp detail.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price in India: Rs 62,800 for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model
Similar to the Galaxy S9+, the Galaxy Note 9 sports Dual Pixel sensors. The camera algorithm measures the amount of light available in the surrounding switch the aperture either to f/1.5 or f/2.4. The variable aperture comes in handy while shooting night shots. The dual cameras accurately lock focus on the subject even in the dimly-lit situation. Besides this, the Galaxy Note 9 offers a capable Portrait mode that can shoot portraits with fine details and balanced colour.
Camera phones for Diwali: Apple iPhone XS
Apple iPhone XS is known for capturing high-quality images. The new iPhone features dual 12MP rear camera setup one with a wide-angle lens and another with a telephoto lens. The dual cameras come with optical image stabilisation.
Apple has put a new SmartHDR feature on the phone that capture shots with good dynamic range, contrast and detail under right lighting condition. In low-light, the cameras on the iPhone XS produce images with better exposure, less noise and good detail.
The SmartHDR feature further enhances the output in low-light scenarios. The iPhone XS sports a 7MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture. The front camera captures decent portraits under bright light and it is capable of recording 1080p videos at 60fps.
iPhone XS price in India: Rs 99,900 for 64GB storage model
Camera phones for Diwali: OnePlus 6T
OnePlus 6T is another capable shooter that you can pick for a price half to the other premium smartphones mentioned in this list. The new OnePlus flagship smartphone features similar 16MP+20MP dual rear camera setup as the previous iteration, OnePlus 6.
However, OnePlus has added a few features on OnePlus 6T camera software that makes it worth considering for low-light photography. The new OnePlus flagship features Nightscape mode which is meant to improve low-light photography. The mode basically tends to brighten the image with longer exposure so as more light can fill in the lens. The dual rear cameras come with f/1.7 aperture, EIS (electronic image stabilisation) and OIS (optical image stabilisation).
OnePlus 6T price in India: Rs 37,999 for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model
The rear cameras on the OnePlus 6T manage to shoot good low-light photos with balanced colour, details and reduce noise. The stock camera app offers Pro mode as well that can use to adjust shooting parameters like ISO, shutter speed, exposure value etc. OnePlus 6T has a 16MP front-facing camera that comes with f/2.0 aperture. Both the front and rear cameras manage to capture good portraits.
OnePlus 6T is available for purchase on Amazon India and OnePlus India online store from November 1. The smartphone will be available on open sale from November 3 both via Amazon India, OnePlus India online store and offline stores as well including Croma stores, Reliance Digital stores and OnePlus offline stores.
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