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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 camera phones 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. Today we are here to find out which best suits your needs.

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The best camera phones:

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


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. This effectively makes the Pixel 3a series among the best camera phones to get on a budget.

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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 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

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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 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.


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

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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.

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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 flagship


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

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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”.


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

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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.

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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 10

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!

We also have plenty of recommendations for those looking to get new camera equipment!