Telephoto lenses on smartphones are becoming more popular and adding a variety of new photo opportunities. Here are some of the best phones with telephoto cameras.
Smartphones these days come with all kinds of high-end features. This includes generational leaps in terms of photography, and the latest trend to take smartphones by storm is the inclusion of optical zoom on phone cameras. This is achieved with high-end sensors, telephoto lenses and in some phones, even periscopic lenses that help accommodate large lens assemblies without making the phones look absurd. With a telephoto lens on your phone, you can always take zoomed-in shots of faraway objects without losing out on detail. Pair that with impressive photo processing, and you get workable shots of faraway subjects.
One of the best camera phones on the market, the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is a great pick for mobile photographers. The camera hardware includes a 108-megapixel primary sensor, an ultra-wide 12-megapixel camera, a 3X zoom 10-megapixel dual pixel telephoto lens along with another 10x zoom telephoto lens. Incidentally, the digital zoom goes all the way up to 50X. Since these are high-resolution sensors, you can expect details and quality to remain intact. Thanks to great image processing, the photo quality is further enhanced.
iPhones are known for their high-end camera performance, and the 13 Pro pushes the limits. It has a triple camera setup, along with great image processing capabilities and AI enhancements that can amplify the beauty of a scene. The camera hardware includes a wide-angle lens, an ultra-wide-angle lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. Thanks to the ultra-wide lens, you can capture stunning vistas in all their glory, while the telephoto lens lets you zoom in up to 3x closer to your subject (6x digital zoom). The A15 Bionic chip makes short work of processing images and running day to day tasks.
The Mi 11X Pro has triple cameras on the back headlined by a 108MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera with 119-degree field-of-view and a 5MP macro camera. The rear cameras can record in 8K UHD at 30FPS and 4K UHS at upto 60FPS with support for EIS. There is a 20MP selfie camera on the front as well. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor with Adreno 660 GPU and is paired with upto 8GB RAM and 256GB storage options. The Mi 11X Pro features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and is topped with Gorilla Glass 5. It is equipped with a 4,520mAh battery that supports 33W fast charging.
With Zeiss lenses at the back and a host of camera tricks up its sleeve, the Vivo X60 Pro is a great camera phone for creative photographers. The back camera setup houses a triple camera with a primary 48-megapixel sensor allowing you to capture detailed photos. The telephoto and the wide-angle lenses are 12-megapixels each, and the telephoto lens allows you to zoom in up to 2x closer to your subject. This makes for a 50mm lens that can capture cinematic portraits. Incidentally, you can can realy stable videos and lowlight photos thanks to the in-built gimbal stabilization.