Best smartphones with telephoto lenses

Best smartphones with telephoto lenses

Digit Expert | 28 Jan 2020

Have you ever clicked a photograph and thought that maybe the photo would have looked better if you could have gotten closer? Or have you been in a situation where you wanted to shoot a subject, but it just happened to be too far for your smartphone's regular camera? If your answer is Yes, then we have a solution for you. We've curated a list of smartphones with telephoto lenses that let you get closer to the object without moving an inch, giving you the perfect shot. 

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

The latest iPhone is a big upgrade from the previous generation when it comes to the camera. The three 12MP camera sensors with primary, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses promise detailed shots for every need. The telephoto lens comes with 2x optical zoom that lets you get closer to the subject, while retaining even the smallest of details. More importantly, the iPhone 11 offers a wider f/2.0 aperture, the largest on a smartphone telephoto lens so far, allowing for better low light performance. With the 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display, Apple promises an immersive viewing experience, be it an Amazon Prime Original or a Youtube video. It runs on Apple’s A13 Bionic chipset and pairing this up with iOS 13, you have a powerful handheld gaming console with you. The Stainless Steel frame makes the phone durable and the IP68 water and dust resistance keeps your phone protected. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is probably one of the most feature-packed smartphones to have come out in recent times. With a massive 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display that promises punchy colours and deep blacks, Exynos 9825 SoC with flagship-level performance, 12GB RAM, 256GB Storage, an in-display fingerprint scanner; the specs list just goes on and on. The real star of the show though is the quad-camera setup on the back. While there are three cameras that produce images, the fourth is a time-of-flight sensor for capturing depth information. Again, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ offers a telephoto lens with a wider-than-before aperture, coming in at f/2.2. The primary camera lens features a dual aperture just like before and the ultra-wide angle has an aperture of f/2.4. All three cameras sport the same 12-Megapixel resolution, so as to guarantee the best possible output from the camera. 

Samsung Galaxy S10+

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is a phone designed for camera lovers, for gamers and for media buffs. In short, for everyone. The big 6.4-inch QHD+ AMOLED display promises an immersive viewing experience while the big 4100mAh battery makes sure the experience is uninterrupted by a poor battery life. With Exynos 9820 SoC, up to 12GB RAM and storage up to 1TB, you get ample firepower for all your tasks. The triple camera setup on the back with an ultra-wide lens promises to capture more in one frame while the telephoto lens captures the small hidden details thanks to the 2x focal length. The same telephoto lens also captures depth information for portrait photos and the 52mm field of view is perfect for portraits to begin with. The smartphone runs on One UI based on Android 9 Pie that should deliver a smoother experience with a variety of features like Dark mode, One-handed mode and many more. 

OnePlus 7T Pro

The OnePlus 7T Pro is the perfect example of the Never Settle philosophy of the brand. The 6.67-inch 90Hz AMOLED display dominates the front thanks to the pop-up camera mechanism that houses the 16MP front camera. The rear camera has a combination of 48MP+8MP+16MP shooters with a primary lens for standard shots, an ultra-wide lens for the wider landscapes and a telephoto lens offering 3x. The Oxygen OS based on Android 10 promises stock Android-like experience with regular software updates. The 4085mAh battery keeps the phone running while the 30W Warp charger charges the phone in a short period of time. 

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