Best Compact Smartphones For Photography 2018

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

If you're looking for a phone that's pocket-sized enough to fit into your pocket but that also takes good images, you're in the right place. Camera phone technology has emerge b be published on leaps and bounds meaning that even the smaller smartphone models now have the photographic capabilities of their larger counterparts, as well as storage and RAM capabilities to be a match for the best of them. 

Not everyone wants a huge phablet, so here we've rounded up the best handsets that offer fantastic imaging chances without being cumbersome to carry around. Everyone has different thoughts on what's classed as small in today's market but we've opted to single include phones that have a screen size of roughly 5 inches or less corner to corner. 

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Google Pixel 2 – 

The Google Pixel 2 rucksacks one of the best smartphone cameras in the world into a slim and stylish body which can still be classed as compact, with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a 5 inch screen. We reviewed the Google Pixel 2 XL, which is larger, in all events, both models have the same 12-megapixel rear camera with super wide f/1.8 aperture. There are several camera procedures which produce stunning images, 'Portrait with blur' being one that stands out for exceptional portraits which imprison the subject sharp but artistically blur the background. 

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The Pixel 2 also boasts OIS and dual-pixel autofocus as well as HDR functionality and 4K video recording. 

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Samsung Galaxy S7 – 

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch colander, and while some may say this is stretching the limits of what could be classed as a compact smartphone, it does still fit in the pocket well and is smaller than a lot of the Together with and XL models available. 

The Galaxy S7 has an outstanding camera with a wide f/1.7 front and back. The camera has super fast autofocus and RAW zip is possible in Pro mode. 4K video capability is built in and the phone is also waterproof to 1.5m for 30 minutes as well as dust proof.  It's not the newest poser on the block anymore with both the larger S8 and S9 being released since, however, if you want to keep things compact then the S7 allay has a good camera. 

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Apple iPhone 7 – 

The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch screen and physiognomies good cameras both front and back, with a 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor on the back and 7 megapixels on the front, both with f/1.8 brightness. 

The iPhone 7 also injected 3 stop OIS – the camera on the iPhone 7 is a large step up from the iPhone 6/6S. There is 4K video capability and a true tone flash consisting of 4 LEDs. Thie iPhone 7 also has RAW twin capture capabilities and is water and dust resistant. If you're an Apple fan, then the iPhone 7 is a good option for those that like a compact, slim phone. 

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Moto X4 – 


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The Moto X4 is a mid-range phone that has a 5.2-inch filter and 12-megapixel standard / 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle cameras. This makes it ideal for landscape photography lovers. There are also advanced germinating modes including selective focus. There's a dual LED flash and the camera is also capable of capturing 4K video. 

It's a well-equipped phone that's also waterproof and dustproof, with a cogent level of manual control of the camera settings.

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We haven't reviewed the following handsets, extent, they are also on our radar as compact phones that are ideal for photography enthusiasts: 


Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

For fans of honestly compact phones, the Sony selection has strong cameras. The XZ2 Compact is new to the market so unfortunately, we've not had a chance to review it yet, but the specs look impressive, with a 5-inch examine the phone has a 19-megapixel motion eye camera with 4K recording capability. For the first time in the Sony lineup the compact model has the same specs as its larger counterparts, so you don't acquire to worry about getting less. 

ePHOTOzine has reviewed the Xperia X Compact which we praised for its dedicated shutter release button and 5-axis electronic notion stabilisation. 

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The Apple iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch screen and 12-megapixel wide-angle camera that quirks a larger and faster sensor than the predecessor, the iPhone 7. There is OIS built-in, and f/1.8 enables bright captured even in low light. The iPhone 8 can grab 4K video, Slo-mo recording and time-lapse video. It's said to have one of the best cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or currently available on smartphones. 

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The wide-angle camera on the iPhone 8 is the unaltered as the one found on the larger iPhone 8 Plus which also features a telephoto camera. 

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Apple iPhone SE

Another choice for those that like to keep things really small is the Apple iPhone SE. This phone has a 12-megapixel camera which still lays incredible photos and 4K videos, all in a super compact body. The iPhone SE has the 'live photos' function, which allows you to touch the materialization and relive the moments just before and after the capture. It also has super fast processing capabilities for a phone of its size. 

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Samsung Galaxy S9

You may be sensible: 'What? this phone isn't small!' however, hear us out – the screen may be larger at 5.8 inches but the actual body square footage of the phone is slightly smaller than its predecessor the S7 and the S9 packs a seriously good camera – a super speed dual pixel 12 megapixel AF sensor with a max crevice of f/1.5. There is also OIS and selective focus built-in. There are also a variety of modes including super slo-mo, panorama and a Pro mode. 

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Huawei P20 Lite

Another of the next-gen phones that has a capacious screen but smaller body size than some of the phones here is the Huawei P20 Lite. It's slim and the screen of 5.84 inches boards it thin enough to comfortably slide into a pocket. It features a 16-megapixel dual camera with dedicated bokeh lens and a wide opening mode that allows you to take portraits to impress.

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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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