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Huawei P30 Pro in misty blue camera detail

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.

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. What phone has the best camera? 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 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Pixel 3 XL showing back - one of the best phone camera

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have managed to outshine much of the competition, even half a year after their release. Google’s official handsets are known for color accuracy, great detail, on-spot exposure, and amazing low-light Photography (thanks to Night Sight).

Google accomplished great camera performance out of a single camera with no spec sheet bells or whistles. We can thank computational photography and software enhancements for this, which are departments where the search giant shines.

If you aren’t a fan of the notch or are looking for a less expensive option, the smaller Pixel 3 is the way to go. The only differences between the two are that the Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch Full HD+ screen and comes with a slightly smaller battery. You get all the same specs and features with both, including wireless charging, dust and water resistance, dual front-facing cameras, and an excellent software experience.

Google Pixel 3 specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 2,915mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Google Pixel 3 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 3,430mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

2. Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

Pixel 3a back camera macro

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 quite a bit cheaper than the Pixel 3 and comes with essentially the same amazing rear camera hardware and software. Alternatively, you can get yourself the Google Pixel 3a XL for a little more if you want a bigger screen.

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

They even have a headphone jack on board, which you won’t find on the Pixel 3 series. You can get the devices via the button below.

Google Pixel 3a specs:

  • Display: 5.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapragon 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

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus back cameras on windowsill

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 shots.

In daylight, the cameras on the Note 10 phones take fantastic photos. As noted in our review, the pictures can come out oversaturated in many cases, sporting colors that are much more vibrant than in real life. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing depends on one’s preference. Where the Note 10 phones lag behind the competition is when it comes to low-light photography. They aren’t bad, but they definitely aren’t as good as the Pixel phones or the Huawei P30 Pro.

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

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

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus red reflection at angle

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

The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are no exceptions. 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 in shots from the device. The main difference between the handsets when it comes to cameras is that the Plus model sport 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 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, 3,040 x 1,440
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512/1024GB
  • Rear cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10, and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5. Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro back standing up

Huawei has made a name for itself in the smartphone photography market, 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 the next level. In addition, hybrid zoom can also 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

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom rear glass showing the camera

Smartphone photography enthusiasts should be attracted to the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom’s camera capabilities. Not many current 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 camera, 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: 8, 13, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,065mAh
  • 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!