Best big phones 2022

Best big phones
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The best big phones ask you to give up easy one-handed use and pocketability in exchance for massive screens and huge batteries. Opposite of compact, these large devices let you lose yourself in games, videos, and text. All that screen real estate also makes it easier to type without typos. 

Alongside their more expansive displays and improved longevity on a charge, the best big phones pack more elaborate cameras, with a greater quantity of lenses and the best optics and sensors on the market. Rest assured, we've tested them all.

If you're ready to go big on your next phone, we've put together a list of some of our super-sized favorites. And should you want one of the best small phones instead, we've got you covered there, too.

The best big phones you can buy today

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iPhone 14 Pro MaxEditor's Choice

The display on the iPhone 13 Pro Max stretches 6.7 inches allowing you to get all sorts of work done. (Image credit: Tom's Guide)
The best big phone available for now

Specifications

Display size: 6.7-inch OLED
CPU: A16 Bionic
RAM: 6GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB / No
Cameras (back / front): 48MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto / 12MP
Weight: 8.47 ounces
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 14:42

Reasons to buy

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Best-in-class cameras
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Amazing battery life
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Always-on display and Dynamic Island screen upgrades

Reasons to avoid

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Still heavy
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No SIM tray
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20W charging is slow

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is not only the best big phone around, but it’s the best phone period. Its battery life is even better than last year's iPhone 13 Pro Max, while other new upgrades help round out the experience even more.

Other than the new even longer battery life, Apple's changed up the cameras to add a 48MP main sensor, swapped the notch for a new Dynamic Island cutout, and added an always-on display. Several of these upgrades are arguably the same as those seen on Android phones for the past several years, but Apple's level of polish takes them to another level.

If you want the best phone possible, then you want the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Read our full iPhone 14 Pro Max review.

Samsung Galaxy A53 displaybest value

If you want a big screen but a small price, the Galaxy A53 has you covered. (Image credit: Tom's Guide)
The best mid-range big phone

Specifications

Display size: 6.5-inch AMOLED (2400 x 1080)
CPU: Exynos 1280
RAM: 6GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB / Yes
Cameras (back/front): 64MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro, 5MP depth / 32MP
Weight: 6.7 ounces
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 9:49 (120Hz), 10:38 (60Hz)

Reasons to buy

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Stunning display for price
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Nice cameras
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Decent performance for the price
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Excellent software support

Reasons to avoid

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Mediocre battery life

Samsung continues to show that it’s serious about midrange phones with the Galaxy A53. Opt for this model and you can get a device with a screen that refreshes at 120Hz and delivers reasonable performance for hundreds less than what Samsung charges for one of its flagships.

Yes, the $449 price of the Galaxy A53 means some compromises, such as a less powerful Exynos 1280 chipset instead of the top-of-the-line Snapdragon silicon found in the Galaxy S22 series. We also wish Samsung didn’t include a superfluous macro camera with the A53’s array of lenses.

But that low price — equal to the Pixel 5a’s cost — is hard to beat, especially in a phone that comes with a solid design and a generous amount of software updates. If you’re a Samsung fan in search of bargains, the Galaxy A53 is the phone to get.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy A53 review.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra best big phonesEditor's Choice

At 6.8 inches, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the new big-screen king among Android devices. (Image credit: Future)
The best big phone for Android users

Specifications

Display size: 6.8-inch AMOLED (3088 x 1440; 1-120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8GB, 12GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB / No
Rear camera: 108MP wide (f/1.8), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.2), 10MP telephoto (f/4.9) with 10x optical zoom, 10MP telephoto (f/2.4) with 3x optical zoom
Front camera: 40MP (ƒ/2.2)
Weight: 8.1 ounces
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 10:18

Reasons to buy

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Super bright display
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Cameras offer better low light performance
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Built-in S Pen

Reasons to avoid

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Shorter battery life than S21 Ultra

On the surface, not much seems to have changed from last year’s Galaxy S21 Ultra to the new Galaxy S22 Ultra. After all, both phones sport 6.8 inches displays with fast refresh rates.

But beyond the surface, Samsung packed some big changes into the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The new phone features a super-bright display, boasting a peak brightness of 1,750 nits. (We measured 1,359 nits on a light meter, which still makes the S22 Ultra one of the brightest displays we’ve seen.) The refresh rate has been tweaked to scale all the way down to 1Hz when the action on the screen is static.

Beyond display improvements, the Galaxy S22 Ultra features a new chipset, fast 45W charging and a bigger main camera sensor that helps better capture low-light photos. Android fans who want a big-screen phone with premium features should choose this Samsung model.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review.

Google Pixel 7 Pro display view

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The best flagship value

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch OLED (3120 x 1440; 10-120Hz)
CPU: Tensor G2
RAM: 12GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB / No
Rear cameras: 50MP (f/1.85) main, 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide, 48MP (f/3.5) with 5x optical zoom
Front camera: 10.8MP (f/2.2)
Weight: 7.3 ounces
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 6:31

Reasons to buy

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Incredible cameras
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Awesome new Tensor features
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Brighter display
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More powerful chipset

Reasons to avoid

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Subpar battery life

With an expansive 6.7-inch OLED display, the Pixel 7 Pro is a large phone without a doubt. But thanks to the curved edges and front glass, it easily fits in your hand (though it is a bit slippery). It has a large 5,000 mAh battery that, somehow, continues to manage to disappoint us in our battery life test.

But the Pixel 7 Pro’s strengths come down to its new Tensor G2 chipset and its cameras. The photos the Pixel 7 Pro can take are amazing, with beautiful colors, sharp focus, and nifty features like Photo Unblur. Tensor G2 itself is a big improvement over the first-generation chip, offering performance that’s closer to Qualcomm.

The Pixel 7 Pro is a big boy and worth it if you want the best cameras in an Android phone. 

Read our full Pixel 7 Pro review.

best big phones OnePlus 10 Pro streaming content

Looking for an Android alternative to Samsung's phablets? Try the OnePlus 10 Pro. (Image credit: Tom's Guide)
Best alternative big phone for Android

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED (3216 x 1440)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8GB, 12GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB / No
Cameras (back/front): 48MP main, 50MP ultrawide, 8MP telephoto / 32MP
Weight: 7 ounces
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 11:52 (120Hz), 12:39 (60Hz)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent battery life
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Beautiful design
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Best OnePlus cameras ever
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Lower price than the OnePlus 9 Pro

Reasons to avoid

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Telephoto is just 8MP

With its 6.7-inch display, the OnePlus 10 Pro is by no means a small phone. That big display comes in a QHD resolution, which, when combined with the size, makes for awesome video viewing and game playing.

We also love how the phone feels to hold. Despite its size, it’s comfortable and slim with its 7-ounce weight evenly distributed for a balanced feel. If you love big phones, the OnePlus 10 Pro has a lot to offer, including high-end power and excellent battery life. Even the cameras are great this time around, though we think the iPhone 13 Pro Max and Pixel 6 Pro are better at photography.

Read our full OnePlus 10 Pro review.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 review

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The best big phone with a foldable screen

Specifications

Display: Interior: 7.6 inch OLED (2176 x 1812; 120Hz); Exterior: 6.2 inches (2316 x 904; 120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
RAM: 12GB
Storage / Expandable: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB / No
Cameras (Back/Front) : 50MP wide (f/1.8), 12MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 10MP telephoto (f/2.4) / 10MP selfie (f/2.2), 4MP under-display (f/1.8)
Weight: 9.28 ounces
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 9:28 (60Hz), 8:19 (120Hz)

Reasons to buy

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Tablet-like taskbar and stylus compatability
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Wider outer display
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Improved cameras

Reasons to avoid

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S Pen isn't included
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Still very expensive

If it’s big phones you like, why not opt for a phone that gets even bigger when you open it up? That’s the idea of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, which features a 6.2-inch cover display but can open up to reveal a tablet-sized 7.6-inch screen.

Even better, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 effectively behaves like a tablet when open, offering users a taskbar to quickly switch between apps, and stylus support for note-taking and drawing (although S Pens are sold separately). The upgraded cameras and more comfortable, wider profile are also welcome improvements too.

It isn't a phone for everyone, particularly because of the high price. But if you want to biggest possible display on a smartphone, the Z Fold 4's the way to go.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 review.

galaxy s22 plus review best big phones

The Galaxy S22 Plus gives you a big screen without as big a price as the S22 Ultra. (Image credit: Tom's Guide)
A great big-screen Galaxy flagship for less than $1,000

Specifications

Display size: 6.6-inch AMOLED (2340 x 1080; 48-120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB / No
Rear camera: 50MP wide (f/1.8), 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.2), 10MP telephoto (f/2.4) with 3x optical zoom
Front camera: 10MP (ƒ/2.2)
Weight: 6.9 ounces
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 9:46

Reasons to buy

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Bright, big display
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45W charging
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Improved zoom capabilities

Reasons to avoid

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So-so battery life

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus features a slightly smaller display than last year’s Plus model. But 6.6 inches is still ample space, and Samsung boosted the brightness on this phone. Like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, the S22 Plus offers a peak brightness of 1,750 nits, making it easy to see the display when you’re outside. Unlike the S22 Ultra, you can have this phone for less than $1,000.

It may not be the top-of-the-line model in the Galaxy S22 lineup, but the Plus packs in plenty of premium features, from an improved telephoto lens that offers a 3x optical zoom to the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset powering the device. The Galaxy S22 Plus also supports 45W wired charging. It’s not a big leap forward from the Galaxy S21 Plus, but if you’ve got an older phone, the S22 Plus is a solid upgrade.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus review.

iPhone 14 Plus shown held in hand

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The best big phone for iPhone fans with smaller budgets

Specifications

Display size: 6.7 inch OLED (2778 x 1284)
CPU: A15 Bionic
RAM: 6GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB,256GB,512GB/No
Rear camera: 12MP main (f/1.5), 12MP ultra wide (f/2.4)
Front camera: 12MP (f/1.9)
Weight: 7.16 ounces
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 11:57

Reasons to buy

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Excellent battery life
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Strong photography
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Excellent performance

Reasons to avoid

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Display is 60Hz only
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No telephoto camera
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20W max charging is slow

iPhone 14 Plus is here to let you get an iPhone that's the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but for $200 less.

Unfortunately for this larger basic iPhone, it doesn't have a 120Hz display refresh rate, a telephoto camera, or particularly fast charging. These are all things that its Android-using rivals all have, meaning it's a hard sell in some ways.

Lucky for Apple, there's still plenty to like about the iPhone 14 Plus. Its main, ultrawide and selfie cameras all produce fantastic photos, its A15 Bionic chipset still outperforms anything excluding the iPhone 14 Pro, and it's surprisingly light for its size. Plus, with all the standard iPhone software and UI polish, it's still a joy to use.

Read our full iPhone 14 Plus review.

best big phones Motorola Edge Plus 2022

The 6.7-inch display on the Motorola Edge Plus can refresh at 144Hz. (Image credit: Tom's Guide)
Best big phone with a 144Hz refresh rate

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED (2400 x 1080)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8GB, 12GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB / No
Cameras (back/front): 50MP main, 50MP ultrawide, 2MP depth / 60MP
Weight: 6.9 ounces
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 6:57 (144Hz), 8:24 (60Hz)

Reasons to buy

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144Hz refresh rate
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Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset delivers top performance

Reasons to avoid

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No telephoto lens
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Subpar battery life

Fast-refreshing displays are becoming a more common feature among flagship phones, though most of the phones on this list top out at a 120Hz rate. The Motorola Edge Plus (2022) does that one better with a 6.7-inch panel that refreshes at 144Hz when your on-screen activity demands it. That makes for smoother scrolling and more immersive graphics.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset powering Motorola’s flagship can keep up with any Android phone released in 2022, and the 50MP main camera can produce some great shots in the right conditions. We wish the 4,800 mAh battery in the Motorola Edge Plus was better equipped to last long on a charge, and Motorola’s software upgrade policy lags behind Samsung’s. But if you can find this flagship at the right price, the Motorola Edge Plus has some appeal to gamers who like big displays.

Read our full Motorola Edge Plus (2022) review.

How to choose the best big phone for you

  • Android or iPhone? Android phones give you more choice in terms of price, size and innovative designs — many of them happen to be larger, too. However, iPhones offer speedier software updates, better games and apps and better security and privacy. See our iPhone vs Android face-off.
  • Unlocked or carrier? Most shoppers in the U.S. buy new phones through their wireless carrier. But an unlocked phone gives you the freedom to buy the device without any sort of contract and then bring it to the provider you want to use.
  • Screen size: For fans of big phones, 6 inches and up is a good place to start. The biggest phones are 6.5 to just under 7 inches. If you want something you can easily use with one hand, go with one of the best small phones with a screen under 6 inches.
  • Cameras: Don't pay attention to the megapixel count. Instead, look at camera face-offs between phones to see the photo quality and look for special features like Night Mode to get better quality in low light. Also see our best camera phone roundup.
  • Battery life: Generally, phones with larger batteries (measured in mAh) offer the longest battery life, but that's not always the case. That's why we run our own custom battery tests, where phones repeatedly load webpages over a T-Mobile data connection while set to 150 nits of display brightness until they run out of juice.

How we test smartphones

In order for a smartphone to make our best phone list, it needs to excel on several tests that we run on every handset. We perform some of these tests in our labs and some in the real world.

When it comes to performance, we rely on such synthetic benchmarks as Geekbench 5 and 3DMark to measure graphics performance. These tests allow us to compare performance across iPhones and Android devices. We also run a real-world video transcoding test on each phone using the Adobe Premiere Rush app and time the result. (We unfortunately have to skip this test on some phones due to app compatibility issues, but we attempt this benchmark with each device we get in to review.)

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Performance benchmarks
Row 0 - Cell 0 Geekbench 5 (single-core / multicore)3DMark Wild Life Unlimited (FPS)
iPhone 14 Pro Max1882 / 533374
Galaxy A53745 / 188814
Galaxy S22 Ultra1240 / 339257
Pixel 7 Pro1060 / 3046N/A
OnePlus 10 Pro995 / 348261
Galaxy Z Fold 41328 / 383153
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus1214 / 336160
iPhone 14 Plus1735 / 447369
Motorola Edge Plus (2022)1196 / 364461

To measure the quality of a phone's display, we perform lab tests to determine the brightness of the panel (in nits), as well as how colorful each screen is (DCI-P3 color gamut). In these cases, higher numbers are better. We also measure color accuracy of each panel with a Delta-E rating, where lower numbers are better and score of 0 is perfect.

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Display benchmarks
Row 0 - Cell 0 sRGB (%)DCI-P3 (%)Delta-E
iPhone 14 Pro Max11783.20.26
Galaxy A53204 (Vivid) / 123 (Natural)145 (Vivid) / 87 (Natural)0.32 (Vivid) / 0.31 (Natural)
Galaxy S22 Ultra138980.25
Pixel 7 Pro104.974.30.28
OnePlus 10 Pro174 (Vivid) / 119 (Natural)123 (Vivid) / 85 (Natural)0.32 (Vivid) / 0.23 (Natural)
Galaxy Z Fold 4207.2158.70.34
Galaxy S22 Plus212 (Vivid) / 91 (Natural)150 (Vivid) / 91 (Natural)0.35 (Vivid) / 0.23 (Natural)
iPhone 14 Plus120.685.40.25
Motorola Edge Plus (2022)192 (Saturated) / 104 (Natural)136 (Vivid) / 74 (Natural)0.33 (Vivid) / 0.28 (Natural)

One of the most important tests we run is the Tom's Guide battery test. We run a web surfing test over 5G (or 4G if the phone doesn't have 5G support) at 150 nits of screen brightness until the battery gives out. In general, a phone that lasts 10 hours or more is good, and anything above 11 hours makes our list of the best phone battery life.

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Battery life benchmark
Row 0 - Cell 0 Battery life (Hrs:Mins)
iPhone 14 Pro Max14:42
Galaxy A539:49 (120Hz) / 10:38 (60Hz)
Galaxy S22 Ultra8:50 (Adaptive) / 8:56 (60Hz)
Pixel 7 Pro6:31
OnePlus 10 Pro11:52 (High) / 12:40 (60Hz)
Galaxy Z Fold 4Inner: 7:09 (Adaptive) / 11:31 (60Hz)
Galaxy S22 Plus9:27 (Adaptive) / 10:27 (60Hz)
iPhone 14 Plus11:57
Motorola Edge Plus (2022)6:57 (144Hz) / 8:24 (60Hz)

Last but not least, we take the best phones out in the field to take photos outdoors, indoors and at night in low light to see how they perform versus their closest competitors. We take shots of landscapes, food, portraits and more, and also allow you to be the judge with side-by-side comparisons in our reviews. 

Jordan Palmer
Phones Editor

Jordan is the Phones Editor for Tom's Guide, covering all things phone-related. He's written about phones for over six years and plans to continue for a long while to come. He loves nothing more than relaxing in his home with a book, game, or his latest personal writing project. Jordan likes finding new things to dive into, from books and games to new mechanical keyboard switches and fun keycap sets. Outside of work, you can find him poring over open-source software and his studies.

  • SynopsisSnake
    admin said:
    Here are the best big phones with screens 6 inches or larger. They boast long battery life and offer immersive displays for watching media.

    Best big phones of 2020: Top phablets 6 inches or larger : Read more

    I apologize if I do sound crude, but I find your list to be remarkably weak. Not for its content, or composing relativity however, the article seems to be directed at certain manufacturer while left out the majorities with their products already in the market. It is probably safe to say that these aforementioned models seems most likely to be "The Poster Boy's List"?

    Unless, you do think that I spout such groundless nonsense, then please reply with sounding respond as to why "Xiaomi - Mi Max 3" or "Huawei - Mate 20X" did not even appear anywhere on this article.

    Good day to you, gentlemen-!
    Reply
  • Petr Berka
    Squeezing Mate20X in my hands, thinking: PATHETIC in 2021.

    SSnake: I think the phone is not listed because maybe it is obsolete?

    Will we get 7 incher in 2021 with better screen ratio than modern "5000:9“ with high end camera setup and decent battery life? Or should I rather buy dedicated camera again?
    Reply