Best Android Video Camera Android Central 2019

Cameras in smartphones are getting better than ever, and that applies just as much to videography as it does to photography. Some phones have great specialized video features, while others take great point-and-shoot footage. The Xperia 1 offers the best of both worlds, but there are plenty of other options to choose from, depending on your exact needs.

Best overall: Sony Xperia 1

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The Xperia 1 combines three great cameras — a wide, telephoto, and ultra-wide — with robust manual controls and a color-accurate display that's capable of utilizing the Rec. 2020 color gamut. Sony's Cinema Pro app allows you to manually set ISO, focus, and shutter speed, as well as apply LUTs to achieve different cinematic looks, and you can even shoot in the same 21:9 aspect ratio used in popular films, compressed with the h.2.65 codec.

$950 at Amazon

Best point-and-shoot: Samsung Galaxy S10+

The Galaxy S10+ takes fantastic photos, and that quality carries over to video as well. Its triple camera array makes it an incredibly versatile shooter with standard, telephoto, and ultra-wide lenses to choose from, and OIS backs the former two. Even the ultra-wide provides an amazingly smooth video with the help of EIS, and you can shoot at up to 960fps in 720p.

$880 at Amazon

Great manual controls: LG V40 ThinQ

The V40 has a list of manual video controls almost as expansive as the Xperia 1, with LUTs and manual focus, plus the same great triple camera array. The image quality isn't entirely up to par, but the versatility is there, and the V40 features far-field microphones that can hear from up to 17 feet away. You can also monitor your audio in bliss with LG's incredible-sounding Quad DAC.

$910 at Amazon

Best stabilization: Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL

Like its predecessors, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL have fantastic video stabilization that's just unrivaled in smartphones. With both OIS and EIS in tow, you get buttery smooth video whether you're riding along in a car or train, or just walking down the street with the phone in your hand. The camera app doesn't offer other advanced features, and the microphone doesn't pick up great audio, but it nails the stabilization.

$800 at Google

Powered by AI: Huawei P30 Pro

Add Huawei to the list of triple camera flagships with its excellent P30 Pro. Just like the Xperia 1, S10+, and V40, it has a telephoto and ultra-wide camera in addition to the primary sensor, and the P30 Pro makes use of AI for some video-related features. You can track a moving subject and desaturate the rest of the shot, or blur out the background to simulate a portrait-like video.

$890 at Amazon

Best for less: OnePlus 7 Pro

The OnePlus 7 Pro does an admirable job in the video department, especially considering its competitive pricing. The 48MP ƒ/1.6 camera offers excellent video quality, and you have telephoto and wide-angle lenses to fall back on. You can shoot at up to 4K resolution at 60 fps, or shoot 240 fps slow-mo in reduced resolutions. There's no microSD support though, so you'll want to opt for the 256GB option if you plan on shooting a lot.

$670 at OnePlus

Shoot for the best

Smartphones have become pretty incredible videography tools in recent years, and these options will serve you well, whether you're vlogging or shooting your next indie film. For the highest-quality, most versatile shooter around, go for the Xperia 1, which offers three great cameras, robust manual video controls through its Cinema Pro app, and shoots in a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio with the efficient h.265 codec.

The V40 is another excellent option with similarly robust manual controls, albeit with weaker cameras, and the added bonus of LG's Quad DAC and directional audio recording. Not everybody needs a ton of controls to shoot great video, though, and if you're looking more for a vlogging tool than a replacement for your cinema camera, the stabilized standard, telephoto, and ultra-wide cameras of the Galaxy S10+ make it your best point-and-shoot option.

The good news is that most phones these days are getting great at video. Every phone in this list does a great job in its own regard, with various specialized features like remote operation, EIS, and background blur. No matter which phone you pick, you'll be getting a capable video camera (or three) that fits in your pocket.

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