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Smartphones have effectively replaced point-and-shoot cameras, and many outperform them. These portable computers have become our main cameras, making photo quality a priority when picking a new smartphone. That’s why we made a list of the very best Android camera phones currently available.

The best smartphone cameras are all stunning performers, but there are different factors that put them on this list. Some are better in some ways but fall flat in others. What phone has the best camera? Most importantly, which one suits you best? Read through our list to find out!

Best camera phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Android camera phones regularly as new devices launch.


1. Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

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The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL managed to stay among the best camera phones for long, and even recently they were still on this list. Their successors — the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL — are now available and take the throne as 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.


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

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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.

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.


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 9.0 Pie


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 9.0 Pie


3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series

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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 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.


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 9.0 Pie


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 9.0 Pie


4. Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus

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Samsung continues to be the most popular phone manufacturer in the world, and it is also widely known for its focus on smartphone camera performance.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are no exception. The two S10 phones are the first in the Galaxy S lineup to bring a triple camera setup. Sporting a 16MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP standard lens, and a 12MP 2x telephoto lens, it’s easy to capture exactly what you need. The main difference between these camera phones is that the Plus model sports two sensors up front, while the S10 only has one.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are great devices in every other department. Performance is top-notch and their designs are beautiful. You can’t go wrong with either one.


Samsung Galaxy S10 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512/1024GB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


5. Huawei P30 Pro

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Huawei has made a name for itself in smartphone photography, and its great reputation continues with the Huawei P30 Pro.

Paired with superior software, the P30 Pro can take amazing shots with its ToF camera, 40MP main sensor and 20MP wide-angle lens. Throw in an 8MP periscope camera with optical 5X zoom and you are taking things to another level. In addition, hybrid zoom can offer lossless 10x zoom.

In general, pictures taken with the P30 Pro look great, with crisp detail, pleasant colors (without going overboard), accurate white balance, and good dynamic range. This phone is in a class of its own.


Huawei P30 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.47-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 8, 20, and 40MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


6. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

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Smartphone photography enthusiasts should be attracted to the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom’s camera capabilities. Few phones can challenge it. Specs-wise, this phone is one of very few that compete against the Huawei P30 Pro. The rear camera has a 48MP main sensor, while an 8MP sensor takes care of wide-angle shots. There’s also a 13MP telephoto shooter on board that has 5x optical zoom and lossless 10x hybrid zoom.

The Reno is extremely versatile and takes great photos, but this phone has more to offer than advanced photography. It checks all the right boxes thanks to the great screen, great battery life, and high-end performance. It’s an excellent phone all around.


Oppo Reno 10x Zoom specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 13, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,065mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


7. Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 back of the phone

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 may not beat 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.


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 9.0 Pie


There you have it — our picks of the best camera phones in the Android family you can buy right now.

Also keep in mind that having a great camera smartphone is only half the battle. Getting familiarized with the fundamentals of photography and training your skills will go a long way. Check out our guides below for more tips on how to capture the perfect photo!