Whether you've got a hundred camera bodies or a top of the range Hasselblad, almost every photographer still takes shots with their phone from time to time, so you may as well have a phone with a great camera. Is this is the best phone for photographers?
Eagle-eyed readers may remember a few years back when I had somewhat of a revelation in Tokyo (nb: Revelation in Tokyo is a great band name;) rather than switch from my favorite lens to a wide angle zoom, I started using my Google Pixel 3 XL instead. I'd keep my go-to camera body and lens together, and for cityscapes, I'd use my phone. I'm not much of landscape photographer, so I didn't feel I was losing a great deal, and I was pleased with the results in fact. If there was a shot that was absolutely superb, I would switch lenses on my camera and take it properly, but for the most part, my phone would suffice.
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G is the new flagship phone from Samsung and it's highly impressive in spec. It has a 6.9" AMOLED display with 120hz refresh rate, which is one hell of a screen. Behind the scenes it has 12 GB of RAM (in a phone!), an Octa-Core processor, Snapdragon 865+ chipset, and 512 GB storage which can be expanded with a microSD up to another 1 TB. But what we're particularly interested in, is the big lump of lenses on the back.
The three lenses are telephoto (103mm f/3 on 12 MP sensor,) wide (26mm at f/1.8 and a whopping 108 MP,) and ultra wide (13mm at f/2.2 at 12 MP again.) With video, it can record UHD 8K at up to 24 fps, UHD 4K at 60 fps, and it can shoot slow motion 240 fps in 1080hp, or an incredible 960 fps in 720p. So, as you can see, this is one hell of a phone for photographers. The catch? The minimum you can expect to pay for this phone, with 128 GB built-in storage rather than 512 GB, is $1,299.
What are you thoughts?