20 Best Camera Phones in 2020- Top Smartphones for Street Photography
Who would have thought that the camera would be given such a high priority on smartphones and cell phones? When buying a new product, the quality of the pictures plays a very important role and the manufacturers are now working with the greats of the industry to equip their devices as best as possible. Here you will find the best camera smartphones.
1st place: Huawei P40 Pro
One can argue about the lack of a Google connection, but there are no two opinions when it comes to the quadruple camera with 50 megapixels. The colleagues from DxOMark certify that the P40 Pro has a large dynamic range and praise the fast autofocus, which adapts perfectly to all external conditions.
A highlight are the portrait shots with bokeh and the night mode also increased compared to the previous model. The periscope zoom camera is also convincing, as it offers impressive detail accuracy at short and medium distances. The front camera was also completely convincing and thus the Huawei P40 Pro offers an impressive overall package.
2nd place: Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro naturally attaches great importance to the camera, which is generously equipped with a 108 megapixel sensor. The camera is not new, just revised and adjusted. The images have just increased in sharpness and the quality in poor lighting conditions has also been increased.
Overall, it can be said that the Mi 10 Pro is an all-rounder and gives you an optimal result in every situation. The details are really impressive and the zoom works very precisely at short and medium distances. When it comes to video recordings, image stabilization is a big plus, the details for outdoor and indoor recordings are great!
3rd place: Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Huawei is simply unbeatable when it comes to the camera in a smartphone. With the Mate 30 Pro it was foreseeable that it would be a march of triumph. The reason for this is the minimization of weaknesses. Whether image or video, the Mate 30 Pro delivers excellent results and offers impressive details with very little noise.
Wide-angle, super wide-angle and telephoto cameras as well as the ToF sensor harmonize wonderfully. The Mate 30 Pro was not able to get the top result in all categories, but it was convincing when it was taken in the dark. No competitor can match the results of the Mate 30 Pro here. Huawei is a bank!
4th place: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S20 has a 108 megapixel camera in which nine pixels are combined into one pixel. There is also an ultra-wide-angle module, a periscope function and 100x space zoom. Of course, the Galaxy S20 Ultra offers an enormous range and takes very good pictures – but there are also weaknesses.
Apart from the not quite perfect auto zoom, it is the zoom in which Samsung loses ground compared to the Huawei P40. The S20 Ultra shows its strengths in night mode and the ultra wide-angle shots are truly a feast for the eyes. Overall, you can’t go wrong here because the lighting and colors are also convincing. There are only nuances that are missing in comparison with the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro and the P40. You can find the detailed test here .
5th place: iPhone 11 Pro
Apple has installed a triple camera for the first time on the iPhone 11 Pro. It is a wide-angle, a telephoto and an ultra-wide-angle lens. All three lenses come with a resolution of 12 megapixels and in addition to pictures of 120 degrees there is a double optical zoom on board. An optical image stabilizer is of course included.
The smooth transition between the three lenses is impressive. You won’t notice it in practice and it’s a lot of fun. The option to take a video in photo mode is very successful if it has to be done quickly. All in all, the pictures are impressively sharp and convincing pictures can be taken even in night mode.
6th place: Huawei P30 Pro
The air is thin at the top and opinions are likely to differ here too. Nevertheless, the Huawei P30 Pro with its quad camera and 40-megapixel main sensor more than succeeded. Compared to the previous models, the improvements are clearly in the areas of bokeh mode and zoom.
Thanks to the time-of-flight lens, which is used for distance measurement, portrait pictures receive even more information and appear more realistic. The bokeh effects are also upgraded. The five-fold optical zoom is also great, which can be brought to a factor of 50 by software – but currently not more than a numbers game.
Overall, the Huawei P30 Pro otherwise delivers a very good result and impressively good pictures are still possible at night. When it comes to video recording, it’s the good stabilization that makes it easy to get good results. The normal Huawei P30, on the other hand, has to accept a few minor drawbacks.
7th place: Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Is the camera of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro the best camera currently found in a smartphone? A very difficult question, because we find light and also a little shadow here. First of all, however, it has to be said that the three lenses give you an enormous range of possibilities.
In addition to the 40 megapixel sensor, there is also a telephoto lens and an ultra-wide-angle lens. In addition to the original use, the wide-angle lens is also used for macro shots and this is a real added value. In total, different focal lengths are possible and you have a five times digital zoom.
The results are absolutely great overall and the only slight disadvantage to the P20 Pro is that it does not use the monochrome sensor, which is a bench in depth of field. Otherwise, you can now use the AI in video mode. It has to be said that the triple camera from Huawei can be used very variably and in that point it is definitely the best camera on the market.
Rank 8: Samsung Galaxy S10 (Plus)
A lot has been said about the Samsung Galaxy S10 and opinions differ. But sometimes there are small updates that can help and together with our colleagues from DxOMark we agree that the triple camera of the S10 (Plus) is a feast for the eyes: we have the main sensor with 16 megapixels, plus an ultra-wide-angle lens and one Telephoto lens.
The perfect white balance and the very successful color translation are impressive. The supreme discipline is taking pictures in low-light conditions and the Galaxy S10 hardly has any noise. The zoom works incredibly well at short distances and the depth of detail is convincing overall. Those who like selfies will find their master with the S10 (Plus)! There are deductions if the zoom is moved to distant subjects.
9th place: Google Pixel 4
The Google Pixel 4’s dual camera has definitely developed and can be described as very good. Google has installed a 12.2 MP main camera and an additional 16 MP telephoto sensor in the Pixel. Overall, the images offer a good contrast with many details. The colors are very natural and DxOMark explicitly praises the auto focus.
The Google Pixel 4 also offers an extremely good video function, with which you can switch seamlessly between 30 and 60 fps. Overall, an even better placement would have been possible, but the dual camera lacks the ultra-wide-angle and 3D TOF sensors. Overall, however, the Pixel delivers a convincing performance.
10th place: Honor 20 Pro
Yes, we know the cameras from Huawei and the Honor 20 Pro was hit again. The smartphone comes with a triple camera, a triple telephoto focal length and a five-fold hybrid zoom. Not to forget the ultra wide angle and the Super Marko mode that we know from the Huawei P30.
The possibility of making videos at 960 frames per second is not really highlighted – but only in HD. Otherwise the software takes over all tasks, but overrides from time to time – that’s a shame. Otherwise, the very good autofocus and the decent quality of the 30x optical zoom should be mentioned positively.
11th place: OnePlus 7 Pro
The OnePlus 7 Pro has hit powerfully, but what can the triple camera do? In addition to the 48 megapixel main sensor, we find a super wide-angle camera and a triple zoom. It is of course a matter of opinion whether the OnePlus 7 Pro takes good pictures or not. Thanks to Ultra-Shot, they appear at least clearer than the competition.
The colors are more natural and overall you get the impression that OnePlus would hold back a bit here. The WOW effect is missing, but the pictures are as you can see them with the naked eye. In contrast, there is the selfie camera, which produces really good and sharp pictures. The triple zoom works excellently and the colleagues from DxOMark also give it a very good rating.
Rank 12: Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 Pro was eagerly awaited. It is known that Huawei builds good camera smartphones. In addition to the software, this is certainly due to the collaboration with Leica. The P20 Pro now has a triple camera, three lenses ensure a breathtaking result. The main camera delivers 40 megapixels, the second camera with a monochrome sensor reaches 20 MP and the telephoto lens has a resolution of 8 MP.
Huawei has managed to take breathtaking pictures, especially in poor lighting conditions. In addition, there is a zoom function that has never been available in this quality in any smartphone. Even in normal daylight, the details are enormous and there is hardly any noise to be seen. At DxOMark they speak of the greatest innovation in a long time and we still have a nice test video for you .
13th: iPhone Xs (Max)
It wasn’t quite enough for the iPhone Xs Max. The Apple Device is undoubtedly a cell phone with a good camera and this has been further improved compared to the iPhone X. Apple is again installing a dual camera in which both lenses have a resolution of 12 megapixels – one lens serves as an optical zoom. However, Huawei still has slight advantages here.
The many details captured by the camera are impressive with the iPhone Xs and the colleagues from DxOMark are enthusiastic about the fast auto focus. Overall, the exposure of the images is almost optimal and the revised bokeh mode works more precisely. The creation of videos has also been optimized and strong image stabilization makes working easier.
14th place: Xiaomi Mi 9
The best camera phones? The Xiaomi Mi 9 is also included. With its current flagship, Xiaomi manages to get very close to the top. The colleagues from DxOMark even see the device in front of the iPhone Xs Max. The triple cam has a resolution of 48 megapixels and has a telephoto lens (12 MP) and wide angle (16 MP).
As for the photos, the Xiaomi Mi 9 scores in almost all conditions and a noise can only be noticed in really bad light. In any case, criticism is basically inappropriate and compared to Huawei there is a minimal drop in contrast. Otherwise we have an almost optimal camera that will delight you.
15th: Google Pixel 3 (XL)
The Google Pixel 3 (XL) is already a mystery. While other manufacturers rely on a triple camera, Google remains humble – only one camera is used here. However, the software has been improved so massively that the 12.2 megapixel sensor with the f / 1.8 aperture is optimally supported.
Google also manages to lead inexperienced amateur photographers to almost always a perfect result. This is also due to the fact that the camera does not only capture the image when it is triggered, but also collects information about the surroundings in advance. HDR +, a strong digital zoom or an ultra wide-angle front camera are further good arguments, even if the video recordings still have room for improvement. Overall, however, a very strong camera.
Place 16: HTC U12 +
The HTC U12 + didn’t hit the market like a bomb, but the smartphone’s camera was impressive. It’s not a bad device overall, but the camera is the absolute argument for a purchase. The colleagues from DxOMark received a whopping 103 points and that should mean something.
With the combination of wide-angle camera and telephoto lens, HTC scores well. The color rendering and the very fast autofocus can impress. If you also produce videos with your smartphone, you will like the tracking very much. But here too it is the autofocus and the image stabilization that can completely convince.
17th: Sony Xperia 1
One is already happy when other manufacturers promise a good camera. With the Xperia 1 we have a triple camera with a resolution of 12 megapixels. Included are: wide angle with f / 1.6 aperture, a zoom lens with f / 2.4 aperture (both with optical image stabilization) and 2x zoom and a super wide angle with f / 2.4 aperture.
The Cinema Pro app is nice, but nothing more. It’s nice that you can take 21: 9 pictures here. All in all, you have to pay attention to the natural colors and the eye detection when using autofocus – the wide-angle correction is also appealing. Sony cannot get the Huawei Mate 30 because of weaknesses in the dark, but otherwise everything fits.
18th: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
We eagerly awaited the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and, as is currently the case, the focus is also on the camera. The colleagues from DxOMark also see the Note 9 well in front and a better result would have been possible. Because the auto focus and the very good results in different lighting conditions can completely convince.
Image stabilization, zoom and the bokeh effect are also emphasized. Overall, Samsung has improved the camera again compared to the Galaxy S9. There were slight deductions for the video function, which was also praised, but in some categories was worse than the competition. When shooting outdoors, there may be slight flickering of the edges and formation of piles.
Place 19: Huawei P20
The Huawei P20 does not have the triple camera of the P20 Pro, but it is a very good development of the camera from the P10. The dual camera comes with 20 megapixels (monochrome) and 12 megapixels (RGB) and shows no real weaknesses in various tests – it is an impressive overall package.
One of the strengths is certainly the complexity in a wide variety of lighting conditions. The details are very fine and hardly any noise can be detected even with the P20. The color rendering is extremely good and the results when zooming are above average even without a telephoto lens. The very good stabilization is convincing for video recordings.
20th place: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
This list also includes the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with its dual camera, which has a variable aperture (f / 1.5 and f / 2.4). Samsung has also managed to achieve good results in all lighting conditions and convinces with very good details and very low noise.
The autofocus works quickly and reliably, the colors come across very vividly. Another plus is the fourfold zoom, which works above average in comparison. When it comes to video recordings, moving subjects are easy to capture due to the good stabilization and the fast auto focus. Of course, we also have a detailed test video for you here .