Presently, smartphones have almost as good cameras as DSLRs. These High-quality cameras are made in response to the high-demand from the consumer market. However, only a few smartphone manufacturers have come close to delivering what the market really wants. Here are the best 5 smartphones that capture professional looking photos:

Google Pixel

Google Pixel has one of the best cameras on the market. It has a 12 megapixels rear camera with dual-LED flash, 1.55-micron pixel with f/2.0 aperture lens, and laser autofocus. It also has an IMX378 sensor. With great software and a fast CPU, this camera becomes very impressive.

The Google Pixel camera really shines when taking pictures in low light. It keeps noise to a minimum and manages to pick a lot of details.

By default, this camera shoots at HDR+ mode which offers excellent dynamic range for taking professional looking photos.

This camera is really fast. There is no shutter lag when you shoot and the processing for HDR+ is done in the background. Google Pixel can also shoot 4K videos which are smooth and very realistic.

The front-facing camera is 8 megapixels with an f/2.4 aperture. This camera also benefits from auto HDR+.

The best part of the Google Pixel is that all photos are uploaded for free to Google Photos in full resolution as well as 4K videos.


  • Very fast camera.
  • Stunning photos in low-light.
  • Captures great amount of details.
  • Free upload of photos to Google photos at full resolution.

Google Pixel XL

Pixel XL has a 12.3 megapixels rear camera that captures a lot of details especially in good light. It also reduces noise and delivers photos with vibrant colors. Although the aperture, f/2.0, is narrower than that of competitors such as iPhone 7 with f/1.8, it still delivers more detail and vibrancy.

Another reason that makes this camera great is because of its speed. Simply double-tap the power button and the camera will open immediately. The auto focus too is immediate and accurate. Additionally, the auto HDR+ processing is done in the background resulting to no camera lag at all.

This phone’s camera uses gyroscope to increase its stabilization effect when take shots in low-light.

The front-facing 8 megapixel camera is just as good and it is possible to shoot 4K videos which are realistic. Even shaky 4K footage is still watchable.

All your photos in full-resolution and 4K videos get free backup with Google Photos.


  • Vibrant and details photos.
  • Free uploads of photos and 4K videos with Google Photos.
  • Fast camera.
  • Excellent pictures in low-light.

iPhone 7

iPhone 7 has a 12 megapixel rear camera with an aperture sensor of f/1.8 for better photos on low-light. It features an image processing chip which increases speed when taking multiple shots and a 7 megapixel front-facing camera which delivers great selfies in low-light.

This camera offers natural-looking photos that are not saturated. Moreover, photos in low-light seem to have some noise which is disappointing.

In the dark, iPhone 7 seems to stand out. Photos taken in the dark are brighter, sharper, and look great thanks to the color capture feature. Color capture has the ability to gather light and color into the lens.

iPhone 7 also offers a few great features where you can switch to HDR mode, the flash, Live photos, and other cool settings.


  • Pure and simple photography.
  • Different modes to choose from.
  • Excellent low-light photos.
  • Great color capture feature.
  • Sharper and brighter photos taken in the dark.

iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus has two rear cameras. The second camera is dedicated to zoom without compromising on quality. This 56 millimeter telephoto lens brings objects closer while maintaining high detail quality like using optical zoom. This camera has an aperture sensor of f/2.8 which means that taking zoomed pictures in low-light will not work very well. However, in well-lit conditions, you will get perfect zoomed photos.

This phone also features Portrait Mode also known as “bokeh.” Portrait Mode is a soft-focus background effect that is usually delivered by cameras with wide aperture lenses and large sensors. For best results, take a shot in well-lit place and stand 2 meters away from the object.

The primary rear camera has an f/1.8 aperture which is wider than the secondary camera. It also features optical image stabilization. Therefore, you can use this camera to capture great pictures in low-light. However, if it is too dark, you can use True Tone flash which delivers great photos. The 12 megapixel dual-camera delivers detailed photos which are bright and accurate.

iPhone 7 Plus supports 4K video but you can also shoot videos at higher fps on lower resolutions. You can also show slow-mo videos which are almost professional.

The front-facing camera is 7 megapixels like that of the iPhone 7. Although there is not front flash, the phone brightens up the screen to light up faces close to it.


  • Dual cameras.
  • Excellent zoomed photos.
  • Outstanding Portrait Mode.
  • Great pictures in low-light.
  • Supports 4K video and slow-mo videos.

LG V20

V20 has two rear camera sensors. One is a 16MP camera with optical image stabilization while the other is an 8MP camera with a wide lens that can capture 135-degree shots. The 16 megapixel sensor has a fast laser autofocus which delivers clear and crisp photos during the day.

You can manually control white balance, exposure, and other things with V20. There is also an auto HDR mode that lets you take great photos in low-light.

The 5MP front camera lets you take shots at 120 degrees. You can also record videos at 4K or at 1080p.


  • Dual cameras.
  • Manual control of settings such as exposure.
  • Auto HDR mode.


I am Jean Phillipe, a technology manager and I run my own website. LeMeilleurAvis is a website that I use to review various products with no bias. The products I review vary from all brands and types and I give my recommendations as well as best prices for each product.