best android smartphone camera

Looking for the Best Android Smartphone Camera? One of the biggest reasons to buy a high-end phone is for the cameras. Whether through computational processing or versatility through the use of as many lenses as possible, phones are taking good enough photos these days that most people don’t even consider a dedicated camera. Luckily, there are plenty of options for people that want effortless point-and-shoot style photography, as well as those who want to go more in-depth or have different needs in a phone beyond the camera. The best Android camera is on the Google Pixel 4 XL because it’s simple to use yet produces amazing photos in all conditions.

Best Android Smartphone Camera

1. Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 4 XL - Best camera phones

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL managed to stay among the best camera phones for a long time, and even recently they were still on this list. Their successors — the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL — now take the throne as some of the best camera phones around. You can see the photos these handsets can output in our Pixel 4 camera shootout, in which we put them against their main competition.

You can’t go wrong with the Pixel 4 or 4 XL as a camera phone. They may not have a super wide-angle lens, but Google believes the 2x zoom lens is more useful. This makes them a little less versatile than phones that offer standard, wide, and zoom lenses, but you get superb image quality nonetheless.

The Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL offer more than just quality glass and great sensors. Their most powerful weapon is software. Computational photography and AI are the way of the future, and Google is proving it with the results we see in their mobile photography. It’s things like Night Mode, astrophotography, HDR, and Google’s smart editing capabilities that make the difference.

The only notable downside is the battery life, which is pretty poor for the Pixel 4 and a tad below average for the XL.CHECK PRICING


Google Pixel 4 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8.1MP
  • Battery: 2,915mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 4 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8.1MP
  • Battery: 3,430mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

Pixel 3a standing up on table

If you can live without high-end specs as well as features like an IP rating and want to save some money, you should go for the Google Pixel 3a or Pixel 3a XL. The Pixel 3a is cheaper than last year’s Pixel 3 and comes with essentially the same amazing camera hardware and software. This effectively makes the Pixel 3a series among the best camera phones to get on a budget.

The most notable trade-offs are that the 3a versions come with plastic constructions instead of glass, a Snapdragon 670 SoC as opposed to a Snapdragon 845, and a single 8MP front-facing camera (not two). Regardless, the phones still look and feel good, operate marvelously, and take decent selfies.CHECK PRICING


Google Pixel 3a specs:

  • Display: 5.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 3a XL specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus tp half of back macro 2

The Note 10 and 10 Plus both sport 16MP ultra-wide, 12MP wide-angle, and 12MP telephoto sensors at the back. The Plus model also features a ToF camera for improved bokeh.

In daylight, the cameras on the Note 10 phones take fantastic photos. As noted in our review, the pictures can come out oversaturated, sporting colors that are much more vibrant than in real life. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing is subjective. Where the Note 10 phones lag behind is low-light photography. The images aren’t bad, but they definitely aren’t as good as some of the competition.

Cameras aside, the Note 10 and 10 Plus are among the best camera phones on the market right now. Both feature high-end specs, a great design, and the S Pen, which has a few new tricks up its sleeve this year.CHECK PRICING


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S20 Blue back

The Samsung Galaxy S lineup is known for offering among the best camera phones time after time. The Samsung Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus are the latest in this series and they don’t disappoint. The three rear cameras feature great quality sensors and lenses.

The system is made up of a couple of 12MP sensors and a third 64MP camera. In addition, the Plus version features a 3D TOF camera for depth reading. It’s one of the most versatile mobile cameras around.

There is also the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra iteration, but though it comes with more impressive overall specs and camera hardware, it lacks Dual Pixel autofocus, while the other two versions have both Dual Pixel and Phase-detection autofocus on board. This means the Galaxy S20 Ultra isn’t as good at focusing and the higher MP count doesn’t do enough to warrant a recommendation.

Otherwise, all three devices come with impressive performance, some of the best screens around, a great design, and all that you can expect from a Samsung flagshipCHECK PRICING


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Oppo Find X2 Pro

Oppo Find X2 Pro back against orage - Best camera phones

The Oppo Find X2 Pro is another device with a super versatile camera system. packed inside are three shooters: a 48MP standard camera, a 13MP sensor with a telephoto lens, and a 12 MP wide-angle. The periscope zoom camera gives you about 5x optical zoom, but you can also take advantage of 10x hybrid zoom and 60x digital zoom.

This is one of the best camera phones, offering natural colors, good sharpness, and superior dynamic range. Its specs are also nothing to scoff at, and during our testing we found the Find X2 Pro to be “outrageously fast”.CHECK PRICING


Oppo Find X2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 48, 13, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,260mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 back of the phone

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 may not beat the best camera phones like the Pixel 4 in image quality, but it gets close and offers impressive versatility. It comes with five rear cameras that can adapt to pretty much any shooting style.

The standard 108MP sensor has a sensor size of 1/1.33-inches and an individual pixel size of 0.8μm. Below the main lens you’ll find a 12MP 2x telephoto lens. Xiaomi advertises the third lens as a 5x optical telephoto lens, but that is not the case. It’s actually a 3.7x optical telephoto lens on an 8MP sensor. Xiaomi then performs a digital crop to produce a similar reach as a 5x telephoto. This is a bit misleading and produces the same perspective distortion as a 3.7x optical zoom. Below this 5x zoom lens, you’ll find an ultra-wide lens, and below that, you get a dedicated macro camera. The latter shoots 2MP images and has a bigger pixel size of 1.75μm.

That’s quite the arrangement. The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 offers a lot of value. If battery life, camera versatility, and extras like a headphone jack and an IR blaster are important to you, it’s hard to find a competitive device at this price point.CHECK PRICING


Xiaomi Mi Note 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.47-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 108, 20, 12, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,260mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Sony Xperia 1 II

Sony Xperia 1 II macro of back cameras at angle

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Sony has become one of the best camera manufacturers. The company’s mirrorless cameras are beat by none, and the idea behind the Sony Xperia 1 II was to bring that level of performance to the smartphone world. Sadly, Sony couldn’t make a device that truly competes against the best camera phones in terms of pure image quality, but they have done something amazing in certain departments.

Sony’s mirrorless cameras are known for their super fast burst modes and amazing autofocus prowess, something the Sony Xperia 1 II inherits. This phone can shoot at 20fps. Autofocus is also insanely fast by offering up to 60 calculations per second, and you even get cool features like eye autofocus.

Three lenses adorn the back, making for a perfect trifecta of shooting capabilities. These cover all zoom ranges. Sony went with a 16-24mm, a 24-70mm, and a 70-200mm lens. Of course, these aren’t optical zoom lenses. It’s still just a 16mm, 24mm, and 70mm, but hybrid zoom can do miracles nowadays.

You can certainly get better quality photos from some of the other phones listed here, but an important part of great photography is capturing the right moment at the exact right time. The Sony Xperia 1 II’s burst mode and amazing autofocus capabilities will help you do that.CHECK PRICING


Sony Xperia 1 II specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, 12, and 3D iTOF
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola Edge Plus left rear profile

Motorola has been trying hard to build its camera cred and the Edge Plus may be its best effort yet. For the first time we feel like a Motorola phone actually holds up to the competition. The phone packs a 108MP main sensor that bins down by a factor of four to 27MP. Motorola did the right thing and loaded the phone with a 3x optical telephoto lens and a combined ultra wide-angle/macro lens. The 25MP selfie camera also bins down by a factor of four to 6MP. You can record video up to 6K.

In our tests we found color representation and exposure to be on point most of the time, and the app is quite robust. Noise and artifacts are limited to shadowy areas. The HDR tool also works fairly well. Not to mention this is also a great high-end phone. Motorola really surprised us with this one.CHECK PRICING

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