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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 4a

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Google has set the standards yet again with the Pixel 4a. This phone succeeds and surpasses the Pixel 3a with better performance, an amazing camera performance, and an even lower price point. This phone costs a mere $349, which is a surprising price for a phone that can take such nice photos. It might very well be the very best budget camera phone around, but you can learn more about that in our full review.

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The 12.2MP camera is the same Sony IMX363 sensor you find in the Pixel 4 and Pixel 3a series. What really takes this otherwise mundane camera specs to the next level is Google’s software enhancements, though. Their level of computational photography is on another level. The Pixel 4a adopts features from the Pixel 4 series, such as Astrophotography Mode, Night Sight and the dual exposure sliders.


Google Pixel 4a specs:

  • Display: 5.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,140mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series

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The Samsung Galaxy Note line has always been known for great performance, amazing designs, and outstanding camera quality. It’s no surprise the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra are also some of the best camera phones the industry has to offer.

If money is no object, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the obvious choice for gamers. It sports a huge 6.9-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 12GB of RAM. The cameras on this model are also top of the line, with a triple camera setup led by a wide-angle 108MP sensor. This phone also has a 12MP periscope zoom camera and another 12MP ultra wide shooter.

Meanwhile, the regular Samsung Galaxy Note 20 has 12MP wide and ultra wide cameras, while a 64MP sensor takes care of zoom capabilities. Of course, the difference here is that the regular Note 20 uses hybrid zoom, as opposed to optical zoom. Regardless, these are both great options, and are considered to be among the best camera phones around.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, WQHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 108MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • 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.

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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. OnePlus 8 Pro

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While OnePlus cameras are usually average at best, the OnePlus 8 Pro really surprised us. This is easily one of the best camera phones OnePlus has ever built. The handset sports a 48MP main sensor, a 48MP wide-angle camera, and a 12MP telephoto lens. It also comes with a Color Filter camera, which is a 5MP shooter that uses a special filter to allow the phone to see different spectrums of light. You can learn more about it in our OnePlus 8 Pro review.

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Most people will be happy with the images taken with the phone, although the phone isn’t as good at night photography as the Pixel 4. But there’s more to OnePlus’ flagship than the camera. It’s one of the most powerful handsets on the market, packing the Snapdragon 865 chipset under the hood along with as much as 12GB of RAM. You also get a large 120Hz display, dual-SIM support, and a fantastic software experience.


OnePlus 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,510mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Sony Xperia 1 II

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Sony has become one of the best camera manufacturers. The company’s mirrorless cameras are beat by none, and the idea behind the Sony Xperia 1 II was to bring that level of performance to the smartphone world. Sadly, Sony couldn’t make a device that truly competes against the best camera phones in terms of pure image quality, but they have done something amazing in certain departments.

Sony’s mirrorless cameras are known for their super fast burst modes and amazing autofocus prowess, something the Sony Xperia 1 II inherits. This phone can shoot at 20fps. Autofocus is also insanely fast by offering up to 60 calculations per second, and you even get cool features like eye autofocus.

Three lenses adorn the back, making for a perfect trifecta of shooting capabilities. These cover all zoom ranges. Sony went with a 16-24mm, a 24-70mm, and a 70-200mm lens. Of course, these aren’t optical zoom lenses. It’s still just a 16mm, 24mm, and 70mm, but hybrid zoom can do miracles nowadays.

You can certainly get better quality photos from some of the other phones listed here, but an important part of great photography is capturing the right moment at the exact right time. The Sony Xperia 1 II’s burst mode and amazing autofocus capabilities will help you do that.


Sony Xperia 1 II specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, 12, and 3D iTOF
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Motorola Edge Plus

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Motorola has been trying hard to build its camera cred and the Edge Plus may be its best effort yet. For the first time we feel like a Motorola phone actually holds up to the competition. The phone packs a 108MP main sensor that bins down by a factor of four to 27MP. Motorola did the right thing and loaded the phone with a 3x optical telephoto lens and a combined ultra wide-angle/macro lens. The 25MP selfie camera also bins down by a factor of four to 6MP. You can record video up to 6K.

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In our tests we found color representation and exposure to be on point most of the time, and the app is quite robust. Noise and artifacts are limited to shadowy areas. The HDR tool also works fairly well. Not to mention this is also a great high-end phone. Motorola really surprised us with this one.


Motorola Edge Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 16, 8, and TOF
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • 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!