Indian Gadget Awards: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the Best Premium Camera Phone of 2022

Indian Gadget Awards 2022: Here are the nominees for the Best Camera Phone (Premium) Award.

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Update: 2022 was all about providing a versatile yet powerful enough camera system that works alike in the night and day while not making you feel like ‘oops! I wish I had that feature. Here, at the Indian Gadgets Awards 2022, India’s biggest names in tech reporting have come together to present to you the nominations of the best Premium Camera Phone for the year of 2022.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G

Samsung’s best foot forward in candybar-style phones clicked the most amazing photos of 2022. With a quadruple threat of high-quality cameras and a solid processing system to go along with, the Galaxy S22 Ultra was one truly one of its kind in smartphone photography.

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2022 was all about providing a versatile yet powerful enough camera system that works alike night and day while not making you feel like ‘oops! I wish I had that feature.’ On the surface, making a functioning camera system may appear easy. After all, it’s all about the art of capturing light. Turns out, one needs to have an encyclopedic understanding of the science of optics, computing, engineering and human psychology to come up with a half-decent smartphone camera system, let alone a premium one.

Here, at the Indian Gadgets Awards 2022, India’s biggest names in tech have come together to present to you the nominations of the best Premium Camera Phone for the year 2022.

Best Camera Phones of 2022 (Premium) – Indian Gadget Awards Nominees

  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
  • Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Google Pixel 7 Pro
  • Vivo X80 Pro
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro
  • Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G

Last year, Samsung went on an experimentation spree with its creme de la creme smartphone’s camera. In 2022 though, the Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G, built on the tried and tested camera system and made it even better. The improvements came in the software front primarily, with Dual Pixel Pro for better focusing capabilities, Adaptive Pixel for more colour accurate pixel binned shots, wider optical image stabilisation, AI depth map for realistic portrait and, of course, the Nightography mode for stunning low light shots.

Moving on from the jargon jungle, at the heart of the Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G’s monster camera setup is a reliable 108MP ISOCELL HM3 primary sensor that can click some stunning, detailed shots. The promise of capturing perfectly imperfect craters of the moon on your smartphone is delivered this time around too, thanks to the 10MP periscope telephoto camera that offers 10x optical zoom. Making things more versatile is the 12MP ultrawide camera, which helps fit in more elements in your frame. It’s truly one of the most complete camera setups in this segment.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Apple’s approach of giving newest technologies some time to blossom has reaped big rewards this year, as the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s new 48MP primary sensor is nothing short of a masterstroke. Along with the new Photonic Engine and Apple’s classic image processing, the biggest improvements in the photos clicked by the primary camera this year are in low-light photography and the overall crispness. There’s also support for ProRAW photography, so you can go all out and capture photos with oodles of data to post-process them to your liking.

While the primary hogs most of the limelight, the ultrawide shooter has also received a new 12MP sensor with more pixels paired with an ƒ/2.2 aperture lens. This not only clicks better photos in the dark, but it’s also great for capturing macro shots. While the 12MP telephoto camera has remained the same, more or less, it does benefit from the new Photonic Engine.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

If you look strictly at the camera specifications, the Pixel 7 Pro doesn’t really reinvent the wheel. It keeps the trusty 50MP sensor of its predecessor, but has a new 48MP telephoto sensor with up to 5x optical and 30x digital zoom, along with a new 12MP Samsung GM1 ultrawide sensor. As a result, the photos clicked by the cameras have the signature Pixel vibe to them – contrasty and sharp with excellent low-light performance. Its camera UI is also really versatile, providing equal functionality for a beginner and a pro photographer.

The Pixel 7 Pro’s cameras also benefit from the Tensor G2’s ISP, offering faster image processing and a slew of new editing tools such as Macro Focus, Cinematic Blur, Guided Frame, Photo Unblur and Real Tone.

Vivo X80 Pro

Vivo X80 Pro is unique in this entire line-up, as it has a gimbal-stabilised 2x portrait camera. Accompanying it is a customised primary 50MP Samsung GNV sensor, a 48MP 5x-periscopic telephoto camera and a 48MP ultrawide shooter. The entire system gets Zeiss T* coating for reduced glare in tricky lighting situations.

Vivo’s hard work paid off, as the X80 Pro+’s cameras click rich, detailed shots across different lighting conditions. The 2x gimbal camera is a ton of fun to experiment portraits with, in the day and night alike. Another trick up its sleeve is the Astro mode that helps you capture stars in the night sky, and it can capture some decent shots even without a tripod.

Xiaomi 12 Pro

The Xiaomi 12 Pro fits a powerful and reliable camera system in a slim form factor. It has a trio of 50MP cameras at its rear. Sony’s new IMX707 sensor captures a ton of light naturally, thanks to its large size, resulting in well-exposed, natural looking images even in really poor lighting. The Samsung JN1 ultrawide sensor clicks photos with low barrel distortion and good sharpness, whereas the 50MP 2x telephoto sensor is capable of clicking some really stunning portraits.

The Xiaomi 12 Pro also brings one major improvement in the video department by introducing automatic object tracking, which locks on to a subject and keeps focus even as it is moving around the frame. What really impresses us is how it manages to squeeze such an impressive camera and flagship specifications within a pocket friendly price tag.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra

The Motorola Edge 30 Ultra made the headlines by being the first smartphone to reach the 200MP barrier. Sharing duties with it is a 50MP ultrawide camera, 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and a whopping 60MP Omnivision sensor for selfies. Add it all up, and you get about 322 megapixels in total.

The primary camera captures some expressive shots, brimming with details and rich colours, proving it’s not all gimmick. The ultrawide camera also delivers – it clicks some vibrant photos and low noise, and the 2x telephoto is a practical little addition for dialing in the zoom just a little bit, although you can crop some heavy 200MP photos to blow your mind too.