The top camera phones of 2019

top camera phones of 2019
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2019 has been an incredible year for camera phones. If anything it’ll be remembered for being the year of the multi-camera array, with the majority of flagship phones now featuring three of more rear-facing cameras.

2019 also introduced us to a new concept in camera phone technology: the Time of Flight camera. Incorporated into phones like the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, these depth-sensing cameras teamed with powerful scene processing algorithms mark the next step in producing ultra-realistic background bokeh blur simulation, allowing you to shoot portraits on a phone that look almost indistinguishable from the image quality produced by a full-on interchangeable lens camera.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.