2020's best smartphone cameras

(Left) Portrait-shot winner: Huawei P40 Pro 5G. (Right) Selfie-shot winner: Apple iPhone 12 Pro.
(Left) Portrait-shot winner: Huawei P40 Pro 5G. (Right) Selfie-shot winner: Apple iPhone 12 Pro.ST PHOTOS: TREVOR TAN
Above: The shot taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra. The phone won the Best Landscape (day). Below: The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra also won the Best Landscape (night) category.
The shot taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra. The phone won the Best Landscape (day).
Above: The shot taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra. The phone won the Best Landscape (day). Below: The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra also won the Best Landscape (night) category.
The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra also won the Best Landscape (night) category.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the new battleground for smartphone cameras.

The AI software in the camera automatically calculates the amount of light and aperture settings, for instance, to produce a glowing portrait or landscape shot that can rival those taken with professional cameras. It does most of the thinking for users.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2020, with the headline '2020's best smartphone cameras'. Print Edition | Subscribe