In recent years, smartphones have effectively replaced point-and-shoot cameras, and many even outperform them. For many of us, these portable computers have become our main camera, making photo quality a priority when picking a new smartphone. That’s why we made a list of the very best camera phones for Android currently available.

All of these best smartphone cameras are stunning performers, but there are different factors that put them on this list. Some are better in some ways, but fall flat in others. Read through our list of the best camera phones and find out which one is right for you!

Editor’s note: We will be updating this best camera phones list regularly as new devices launch.

Best Camera Phone – Huawei P20 and P20 Pro

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The Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro may not be coming to the United States, but the rest of the world is in for a treat. These are, without a doubt, the best Huawei phones the company has produced so far, and the best camera phones ever made.

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The Huawei P20 has a Leica dual camera setup, with a 12MP RGB and 20MP monochrome sensor combo, but the P20 Pro is the first smartphone with a triple rear camera setup. In addition to the 20MP monochrome sensor, the RGB sensor on the Pro goes up to a whopping 40MP, and is joined by the third sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens. The Pro also has a five-times hybrid zoom feature.

The Huawei P20 sports a 5.8-inch LCD display, while the Pro version boosts it up to 6.1 inches and a OLED panel. Yes, both phones have notches on top, but if you hate this current phone trend, the handsets do allow you to turn it off in the setting menu so it looks more like a regular phone. Both phones have Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor, with its NPU chip that adds AI features, including ones that help improve taking pictures with their impressive cameras.

These phones are not cheap, however. The Huawei P20 will be sold in Europe very soon for 650 euro (around $800), while the more powerful Huawei P20 Pro will cost 900 euro (around $1100). There’s also the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS variant of the P20 Pro that includes a in-screen fingerprint sensor, a 6-inch screen, and you can get one with a massive 512GB amount of onboard storage for 2095 euro ($2600). That’s the price that must be paid for the best camera phones ever released.

Specs

Huawei P20

  • 5.8-inch Huawei FullView IPS LCD 18.7:9 display 2244 x 1080 resolution
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 970 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 128GB of on-board storage
  • Dual 20MP and 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 149.1 x 70.8 x 7.65mm, 165grams

Huawei P20 Pro

  • 6.1-inch Huawei FullView OLED 18:7:9 display 2240 x 1080 resolution
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 970 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • Triple 8MP, 20MP, and 40MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 155.0 x 73.9 x 7.8mm, 180grams

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

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While the design of the 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S9 and the 6.2-inch Galaxy S9 Plus are similar to the year old Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, there are many camera hardware difference in the newest flagship phones from Samsung.

The Galaxy S9 includes a single rear 12MP camera, which includes a dual aperture mode. The main mode has a f/1.5 aperture, but you can press a button to activate mechanical blades that close down over the sensor, which offers a f/2.4 aperture mode for taking better pictures in bright daylight.

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The Galaxy S9 Plus has the same 12MP rear camera with the dual aperture mode as the S9, plus a secondary 12MP rear sensor with a f/2.4 aperture. It is used as a telephoto lens for the S9 Plus, and also supports a proper portrait mode in Live Focus. If you love to take slow motion videos, the rear cameras on the S9 and S9 Plus can do so at an amazing 960 fps at 720p resolution. Both phones also have a front-facing 8MP camera at f/1.7 aperture.

The improvements make both handsets excellent choices for our best camera phones list.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 400GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm, 163grams

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 400GB
  • 12MP rear camera and 12MP secondary camera, 8MP front camera
  • 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm, 189grams

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Google 2 Pixel and Pixel 2 XL

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Google’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones have arrived, and much like the original Pixel phones in 2016, the next generation handsets have some excellent cameras. These are definitely among the best camera phones out there right now. Google decided to put in just a single rear camera on the Pixel 2 phones, instead of joining in the current dual camera trend for flagship phones.

However, that didn’t stop the rear camera from getting an overall 98 rating (99 for photo, 96 for video) in DxOMark’s smartphone testing, which is the highest overall score the firm has given a mobile camera so far, but there’s more to a camera than just DxOMark scores.

The rear camera has an 1/2.6-inch 12.2MP sensor and an f/1.8 aperture, along with electronic image stabilization and optical image stabilization technology. All of that means you should get better static shots and solid video clips even if the phone is moving. The front-facing camera has an 8MP sensor with a 1.4 μm pixel size, an f/2.4 aperture, fixed focus, and support for portrait mode. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also have support for unlimited full-size image uploads to Google Photos for three years.

As good as the cameras are on the new Pixel 2 phones, they may get even better very soon. Google revealed that the phones have a new Pixel Visual Core chip inside. This secondary chip, designed by Google, will compile HDR+ images 5x faster while using just 1/10th of the power compared with running on an application processor.

The Pixel Visual Core will also handle complex imaging and machine learning tasks related to the camera. The phones won’t be able to get all of these updates until Google launches Android 8.1 Oreo, but it shows that owners can expect to get even more out of these new Pixel 2 handsets well after their launch.

With all the great features already and with more to come, these phones could stay on our best camera phones list for a long time to come.

Specs

Pixel 2

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.2MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • 2,700mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Nougat
  • 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8mm, 143grams

Google Pixel 2 XL

  • 6-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.2MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • 3,520mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Nougat
  • 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm, 175grams

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HTC U12 Plus

HTC U12 Plus.

HTC has certainly come a long way from when the camera was considered one of the more disappointing aspects of its flagship offerings. The HTC U11 and the U11 Plus features some of the best smartphone cameras last year and HTC manages to continue this trend with the U12 Plus.

You get a now almost standard dual rear camera setup this time around – a primary 12MP wide-angle sensor with an f/1.75 aperture and a 16MP telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. Both cameras have both OIS and EIS. The cameras can take astounding shots in well-lit areas, and very good shots in low-light settings.

HTC is slowly but surely but surely adding more features to its camera app. There’s still a pro mode if you want more control over your photos, as well as panorama, hyperlapse, and slow motion video modes. The dual-camera setup allows the U12 Plus to also take portrait shots with a bokeh effect.

Also making its return is Sonic Zoom (formerly known as Acoustic Focus), which lets you zoom in on a subject while shooting video to amplify the subject’s sound. It works really well, and HTC says it’s 60 percent louder and 33 percent more focused this time around.

The U12 Plus has two 8MP front-facing camera sensors, each with an aperture of f/2.0 and an 84-degree field of view. Overall, if you are buying this phone for its cameras, you definitely won’t be disappointed. While there is some excellent competition from the likes of the P20 Pro and the Pixel 2 series, the HTC U12 Plus also deserves a place on our best camera phones list.

Specs

  • 6-inch Super LCD 6 display with 28800 x 1440 resolution, 537 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12MP and 16MP rear cameras, dual 8MP and 8MP front-facing cameras
  • 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7mm, 188grams

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LG G7 ThinQ

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LG flagships have always featured some of the best but underrated smartphone cameras around. This seems to be the story with the LG G7 ThinQ as well. But this certainly isn’t because of a lack of capability or features.

The LG G7 ThinQ utilizes LG’s signature standard and wide angle lens combo. Both sensors are 16MP, meaning there’s no longer a loss in resolution when switching sensors. The main sensor is still the superior lens when it comes to quality. It has a brighter f/1.6 aperture compared to the f/1.9 of the wide angle and also has OIS.

LG has also finally upgraded its front-facing camera. The LG G7 ThinQ now has an 8MP front-facing camera, which is great news for selfie lovers. The extra resolution makes a huge difference in detail, sharpness, and provides more room to crop your images. Selfies from the G7 ThinQ look great, with good color reproduction and natural skin tones.

LG was the first to offer a Pro mode with their flagship device a few years ago, and it’s no surprise that the G7 camera app is packed with features as well. DSLR-like manual controls for both photo and video remain intact and LG has also brought over its AI cam feature.

The LG G7 ThinQ may once again be one of the more underrated smartphones of the year, but if smartphone photography is what you’re looking, it is one of the best camera phones around.

Specs

  • 6.1-inch IPS LCD display with 3120 x 1440 resolution, 564 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 4/6GB RAM
  • 64/128GB built-in storage, further expandable via microSD up to 512GB
  • Dual 16MP and 16MP rear cameras, 8MP front-facing camera
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm, 162grams

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Best camera phones – Conclusion

There you have it – our picks of the best camera phones in the Android family you can buy right now. Which of these devices is your pick for the best smartphone camera? Tell us in the comments!

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