Best Camera iPhones You can Buy in 2021
Gone are the days where people preferred photography with a dedicated camera, nowadays, smartphones have advanced so much that people prefer the convenience and effortlessly taking great-looking pictures just by a tap. Don’t get me wrong, dedicated cameras do have a place today and are great but for casual gatherings, iPhones can do as much of a good job. I have scoured the mobile world to bring you a list of smartphones with great cameras. They don’t just have great cameras but overall these are great and one of the best selling phones of their time.
Whether you’re on a budget looking for a phone or you need to upgrade, we have got you covered. Let get right into it and discuss the best camera phones you can buy in 2021.
The iPhone X also knows as iPhone 10 was launched back in 2017. It is powered by Apple’s very own A11 Bionic processor and 2716mAh battery.
Apple switched to an OLED display with this phone and the colours on the screen are bright and punchy, it is also IP68 water and dust resistant which protects the phone against water and dust. The reason the phone is on this list because it has a dual-camera setup on the back which takes stunning pictures. It has 12 megapixel wide and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, both lenses have optical image stabilization and the telephoto lens has 2x optical zoom option so, you can zoom into your subject without deterioration in picture quality. It can also shoot in 4k resolution in up to 60fps and 1080p in up to 240fps which is phenomenal for a phone released back in 2017.
The battery life of a refurbished iPhone X is great and would ensure good battery backup if you’re shooting outdoors and the OLED display makes sure the colours are accurate. The sunlight visibility is great as the phone goes all the way up to 625 nits of brightness and you can easily view the screen outdoors. The selfie camera of the iPhone X is 7 megapixel with an f/2.2 aperture, the details and colours are on point.
The price of a refurbished iPhone X starts at $499.
iPhone SE 2
The original iPhone SE was released back in 2016 and was the go-to for budget iPhone users. Apple announced the iPhone SE 2020 on April 15th, 2020 and the expectations were through the roof. The iPhone SE 2 is powered by the same processor as the more expensive iPhone 11 series, it’s powered by the A13 bionic processor which makes it power efficient and powerful. It has a 4.7-inch Retina IPS LCD display and the small form factor is great if you have small hands or don’t like to carry a giant phone in your pocket. The display is great and Apple has done an excellent job with the design of the device.
On the back, you’ll find a single 12-megapixel wide camera with optical image stabilization. In the day and age of dual, triple or even quad-camera setup, the iPhone SE 2 competes with a single camera. The camera takes great shots even in low light situations, the details and the dynamic range is excellent. The battery life is also great thanks to the power-efficient A13 Bionic chipset.
On the front, it has a 7-megapixel selfie camera which is great and does the job.
Apple iPhone 11
The iPhone 11 was announced in 2019 and it is equipped with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina IPS LCD. It goes all the way up to 625 nits of brightness and has a resolution of 828 x 1792 pixel with a pixel per inch density of 326. The screen size makes it perfect for media/content consumption.
It is powered by Apple’s A13 Bionic Chipset and thanks to that it can handle 4k resolution video recording resolution at 60fps and 1080p at 240fps which again, is impressive for a phone. If you're on a budget, going for a refurbished iPhone 11 would be your best bet.
It is equipped with a capable dual-camera setup on the back with a 12 megapixel wide and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, the cameras like all other iPhones on this list support HDR. The iPhone 11 can take shots with excellent depth, details and colours, the low light performance is also remarkably good and I was impressed.
So these were my pick for best camera iPhones you can buy in 2021. Head on over here, if you'd like to read more about the best iPhones to buy in 2021. While there may be other worthy contenders not mentioned on this list but the phones mentioned above offer great value for money and overall are exceptionally good phones.
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