Capturing your best with these smartphone snappers

Trying to capture that mountain vista, but your phone’s camera doesn’t quite capture that gorgeous sunburst? Or are you aspiring to be Instagram’s next Selena Gomez (86 million followers!) but tired of grainy, pixelated images every time you try to take an #ootd shot? Sounds like your smartphone camera needs an upgrade. Gone are the days of two-megapixel shots where you couldn’t tell your own face from that of your friend’s dog – although with Snapchat, there’s a definitely a filter for that.

But with so many to choose from, like the LG V10 with its dual front cameras, or the Asus ZenFone Zoom’s actual optical zoom, which is the right one for you? No worries – we’ve got you covered. Here are our recommendations to show off your best selfie side.

Oppo R9 Plus

Addicted to selfies? Enable yourself with the Oppo R9 and R9 Plus, which feature an astounding 16-megapixel front camera – by comparison, the iPhone 6s’ selfie cam, which the R9 Plus is a dead ringer for, is a scant 5 megapixels. Honestly, you might be better off using the front camera for general use, rather than the 13-megapixel rear camera.

But more importantly, the R9 and R9 Plus both feature a “Selfie Panorama” ability, which lets you turn the phone to capture huge 120-degree panorama shots with the front camera, much as you would with the panorama function on a rear smartphone camera.


Image: LG

When the LG G4 first came out last year, it turned heads with its premium leather back and its gorgeous 5.5-inch Quad HD screen. But what really had new buyers sold was its incredible camera. 16 megapixels and a huge f/1.8 aperture, along with manual control, made it 2015’s smartphone camera to beat.

But 2016’s G5 somehow manages to do the job even better. Boasting not one, but two cameras on the rear, the G5 sports a 16-megapixel shooter for everyday usage, and a secondary 8-megapixel wide-angle lens for landscape shots. Better yet, with the G5’s modular Friends system, users can attach LG’s proprietary CAM Plus module to the bottom of the phone, which gives them access to a hand grip, dedicated shutter button, and an extra 1,200mAh of battery capacity.

Huawei P9

Camera aficionados will swoon over the Huawei P9, from the branding alone. This is because the camera module was developed with support from Leica, legendary camera maker whose name is whispered with reverence amongst photographers.

And this pedigree definitely shows. The P9 has two sensors on the rear, one for colour photography and one dedicated to monochrome shots. When combined using the P9’s software, Huawei claims that this dual-sensor system lets in 300 percent more light and offers 50 percent better contrast. The P9 also has a bevy of post-production options, including one that lets users adjust the depth of field of a photo after it’s been taken.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Image: Microsoft

Surprised to see a Windows phone on here? While Windows 10 Mobile may not be doing as well as the titans of Android and iOS, Microsoft is still holding on. And perhaps the greatest proof that Windows 10 Mobile isn’t dead is the amazing piece of tech that is the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL.

While boasting an impressive slew of specifications that put it on the same level as the flagship offerings from Apple and Samsung, the camera is the main draw of the Lumia 950 XL. Manufactured by the legendary Zeiss company, the camera’s massive 20-megapixel sensor, optical image zoom and a manual control mode are just the tip of the iceberg. The Lumia 950 XL also has a Rich Capture mode that takes multiple photos with different flash settings, letting you adjust the light levels in post-production.

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