Macro photograph of a butterfly

Best phones for macro photography

Taking pictures is unquestionably a feature that almost everyone uses their phone for. This is hardly surprising, considering the quality of photos with the latest tech.

While most phones offer excellent results for general snaps and selfies, some perform better than others in unusual conditions. For example, we recently looked at the best phones for low-light photography.

Another area that can be tough is when capturing tiny objects and small details. If you’re seeking excellent results when up close, you need to choose one of the best phones for macro photography.



What is macro photography?

Macro photography is close-up photography that captures greater detail than the naked eye perceives. This is done by making small items or objects appear larger than they are. With Macro photography, the image is usually captured at a distance of 10cm or less. 

Many phones use a dedicated macro lens to get fantastic results, yet others use a single lens with an automatic macro mode to get similar results.

So, which phones are the best at macro photography? Let’s take a look.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21+

Samsung Galaxy S21+

If your budget isn’t restrictive, you can grab the Samsung Galaxy S21+ for £945.99. 

The phone is cutting-edge throughout. With an authentic metal finish on the main camera, a super-fast chip, and a display with a high refresh rate, it delivers an exceptional experience.

Camera specs

  •     12MP wide camera
  •     64MP telephoto camera
  •     12MP ultra wide camera
  •     10MP front camera
  •     Up to 30x maximum zoom
  •     8K video recording

 Key features

  •     6.7” FHD+ display
  •     High-capacity battery
  •     Facial recognition
  •     Water resistance
  •     Stereo speakers by AKG Dolby Atmos
  •     5G connectivity

Why we like it

You have everything you need for exceptional wide and close-up photography. This includes an AMOLED display that is smooth and bright even under direct sunlight. The battery with smart learning ensures you have power all day, ready for snapping shots at any moment. You’ve also ready for everything with its Hybrid Optical Zoom, Super Resolution, and Zoom Lock.

 

Get your Samsung Galaxy S21+ here.

 

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

iPhone 13 Pro Max

Another choice for those with a big budget (affordable macro photography phones follow), the iPhone 13 Pro Max is available for £1,047.99. 

This Apple phone has a bucket-load of features. From Dolby Vision HDR to ProMotion graphics performance, the best battery life ever on an iPhone, and a 25% brighter outdoors display.

Camera specs

  •     12MP wide camera
  •     12MP ultra wide camera
  •     12MP telephoto camera
  •     12MP front camera
  •     3x optical zoom
  •     Night mode selfies

Key features

  •     128GB storage
  •     6.7” Super Retina display
  •     iOS 15
  •     Apple A15 Bionic chip
  •     Water resistance
  •     5G connectivity

Why we like it

Next-level hardware and super-intelligent software put the wow into your macro photography. A powerful auto-focus system and redesigned lens let you focus as close as 2cm, transforming tiny into epic. Between its macro video recording, time-lapse mode, and slow motion, you’ll be mesmerised by what you capture. 

 

Get your iPhone 13 Pro Max here.

 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

Redmi Note 10 Pro

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is amazing value for money at £266.99. Don’t let the price fool you, there’s plenty to love about the 10 Pro. It comes with flagship-level imaging, a large display with outdoors brightness, and a battery life that puts an end to battery anxiety.

Camera specs

  •     108MP wide camera
  •     8MP ultra wide camera
  •     5MP telemacro camera
  •     2MP depth sensor
  •     16MP front camera
  •     4K video recording
  •     Long exposure mode
  •     AI portrait mode

Key features

  •     6.67” AMOLED display
  •     Android 11
  •     Dual speakers
  •     33W fast charging
  •     AI face unlock
  •     Splash resistance

Why we like it

The telemacro lens allows you to take photos 2x closer than a standard macro lens, bringing the microscopic world into view. Professional-grade noise control and a higher dynamic range ensure for richer images. You can also snap away in the evening with an ultra-sharp night mode.

Get your Redmi Note 10 Pro here.

 

Samsung Galaxy A52S

Samsung Galaxy A52S

The Galaxy A52S is a bit more budget-friendly at £407.99. This Samsung phone provides a super-smooth viewing experience with excellent brightness, game booster mode, and on-screen fingerprint security.

Camera specs

  •     64MP main camera
  •     12MP ultra wide camera
  •     5MP macro camera
  •     5MP depth camera
  •     32MP front camera

Key features

  •     6.5” FHD+ AMOLED display
  •     Android 11
  •     5G connectivity
  •     Dual speakers
  •     Up to two days battery
  •     Water resistance

Why we like it

You can level up your snaps with a dedicated macro lens, as well as lenses for every other shooting condition. The macro camera adds a natural bokeh effect, making that insect, flower, or other tiny object really pop against the background. With the ultra-wide lens, your wide photos are even more expansive, and the high-resolution selfie camera doesn’t disappoint.

 

Get your Samsung Galaxy A52S here.

 

Renewd® iPhone SE

iPhone SE (Renewd)

If you’re after something that’s great for photography, great for the planet, and great value for money, the iPhone SE (Renewd) is the phone for you. All of our pre-owned phones are tested under the strictest controls, use 100% original parts and come with a 2 year warranty. You can enjoy photography with the iPhone SE for only £329.

Camera specs

  •     12MP wide camera
  •     7MP front camera
  •     4K video recording
  •     Smart HDR 4
  •     Deep Fusion mode
  •     Portrait mode

Key features

  •     4.7” Retina HD display
  •     iOS 14
  •     Fast graphics performance
  •     Enhanced battery life
  •     Faster downloads with 5G
  •     Durable design and the toughest glass in a smartphone
  •     Water resistance

Why we like it

The phone’s hardware and software work seamlessly together to deliver astounding photographic results. Apple’s Deep Fusion mode works tirelessly behind the scenes to create pixel perfect final images. There’s also brilliant flexibility with all the shooting modes, from time-lapse to slow-mo. 

Get your iPhone SE RENEWD here.

 

 

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