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Want a new perspective? Here are the best phones with ultrawide cameras.

From Samsung to Oppo and more, there are the phones to get.
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January 15, 2022
OnePlus 9 Pro camera module
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

More or less every manufacturer offers handsets with ultrawide rear cameras. It’s not hard to see why though, as they offers a unique perspective, allowing you to better capture landscapes and cityscapes. So with that in mind, we take a look at the best smartphones with ultrawide cameras.

Best phones with ultrawide cameras:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best smartphones with ultrawide cameras as more devices are launched. So check back every now and then for more picks!


Samsung Galaxy S21 series

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra camera 2
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

The Galaxy S22 range might be around the corner, but the Samsung Galaxy S21 series is still one of the best flagship phone families around. The phones pack a very competitive price tag ($200 cheaper than the S20 series), powerful processors, great screens, and flexible cameras. This series isn’t perfect though, as the phones dropped microSD support while the S21 and S21 Plus also see a drop in display resolution.

Our verdict: Samsung Galaxy S21 review — Strength in value

All three Galaxy S21 phones deliver 12MP shooters for ultrawide shots though, as we saw with the S20 series. Many of the other phones on this list bring way more megapixels, but we were still happy with the results from these cameras. One disappointment regarding the ultrawide cameras is that only the S21 Ultra‘s wide snapper offers autofocus, making it the more versatile ultrawide sensor. Nevertheless, all three phones offer an expansive 120-degree field of view.

Like the idea of the Galaxy S21 series but want something cheaper? That’s where the Galaxy S21 FE comes in, priced at $700 compared to the $800 base S21. You’re not getting 8K recording here, but you’re still getting a solid ultrawide camera and a proper telephoto sensor. 


Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12 and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, 10, and 10MP
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 888
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Vivo X70 Pro Plus

Vivo X70 Pro Plus camera housing and window 1
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Vivo’s late 2021 flagship might be one of the best smartphones with an ultrawide camera. The Vivo X70 Pro Plus offers a 48MP ultrawide camera that isn’t as wide as the competition at 114 degrees, but you do get a great micro-gimbal system. This means videos shot via the ultrawide lens are impressively smooth, while low-light results are pretty good too. 

Final thoughts: Vivo X70 Pro Plus review — A true premium flagship experience?

The rest of the camera experience is great too, featuring a 50MP main camera (Samsung GN1), 12MP 2X telephoto sensor, and an 8MP 5X periscope lens. Vivo also worked with Zeiss for improved lens coatings to reduce glare and improve quality, while a custom imaging chip helps to improve snaps too. In any event, we were impressed with image quality from most of the sensors, although it’s high time we saw a higher resolution periscope camera.

Vivo’s phone also features a Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset, 120Hz QHD+ OLED panel, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 4,500mAh battery with 55W wired or 50W wireless charging. There are a couple of downsides though, such as the awkwardly large design, slippery back, and limited availability (India and China for now). But it’s definitely in the running for the best ultrawide camera experience.


Vivo X70 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Oppo Find X3 Pro

Oppo Find X3 Pro review hero 1
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Oppo upped its game in 2020 with the Find X2 Pro, and it’s continuing this form with the Find X3 Pro. We previously recommended 2020’s phone thanks to its 48MP ultra-wide camera, and the 2021 device improved things as well.

You’re getting an ultrawide camera (50MP IMX766) that’s identical to the main camera, and we thought the ultrawide shots were as good as images from the main camera in terms of colors and detail. The 110-degree field of view is on the narrow side, but the addition of autofocus means macro shots and the like are possible here.

Our thoughts: Oppo Find X3 Pro review — Form and function, but not quite flawless

Speaking of close-up images, the phone is also equipped with a 3MP “micro-lens” for microscope-style shots. Otherwise, a 13MP 3X telephoto camera rounds out the rear cameras, being a notable drop down in zoom from last year’s 5X periscope lens.

The Oppo Find X3 Pro also serves up a Snapdragon 888 SoC, a QHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, 65W wired charging, 30W wireless charging, and a 4,500mAh battery. Expect to find the device in a rather striking (and IP68-rated) glass design, as seen above.


Oppo Find X3 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 50, 13, and 3MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus 9 series

OnePlus 9 Pro in hand display
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The OnePlus 10 Pro is official but restricted to China for now. Thankfully, the older OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are still around and both offer great 50MP ultrawide shooters. This is the same ultrawide sensor seen in the Oppo Find X3 Pro, but OnePlus said it uses a free-form lens to deliver distortion-free photos in both devices. And yes, you can take macro shots with the ultrawide instead of using a dedicated macro camera.

Our verdict: OnePlus 9 Pro review — Gunning for Apple and Samsung

Both OnePlus 9 phones offer a Snapdragon 888 chipset, 120Hz OLED screen, 4,500mAh battery, and 65W wired charging too. But you’re getting a better 48MP main camera, QHD+ resolution, 3X telephoto lens, water resistance, and 50W wireless charging by opting for the Pro variant.

The standard OnePlus 9 settles on an FHD+ screen, lacks a telephoto lens, and offers bog-standard wireless charging. But the Indian model misses out on wireless top-ups while only carrier variants get official IP68 ratings. Still, those who prioritize ultrawide cameras can do far worse than this.


OnePlus 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra leaning back
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Xiaomi’s Mi flagships are traditionally known for offering great specs in a more affordable package. But the Mi 11 Ultra wholeheartedly embraces the premium flagship segment, coming in at €1,200 (~$1,426). So what do you get for the price?

In terms of general specs, the Ultra device offers a Snapdragon 888 chipset, a 5,000mAh battery, 67W wired and wireless charging, an IP68 design, and a QHD+ 120Hz OLED display. But take a look at the back and you’ll find a massive camera hump.

The camera bump hosts a 50MP main camera (Samsung Isocell GN2), 48MP ultrawide shooter, and a 48MP 5X periscope lens. In terms of the ultrawide camera, you’re getting a 128-degree field of view and autofocus. There’s also a secondary display on the back, allowing you to use the rear cameras for selfies. Who says you need an ultrawide selfie camera then? It’s not all perfect though, as the device is pretty expensive in the likes of Europe and seems to be difficult to find. But it’s still one of the better phones with an ultrawide camera.


Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, and 48MP 
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Apple iPhone 13 Pro range

iPhone 13 Pro review in hand facing the sky
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

Apple was a little late to the party at first, with 2019’s iPhone 11 series debuting the ultrawide sensor a few years after LG first brought it to the table. But fast-forward to 2021 and the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have a top-notch ultrawide experience.

Our thoughts: iPhone 13 Pro Max review

Both phones pack a 12MP ultrawide camera with a wider f/1.8 aperture, which should enable better low-light ultrawide snaps. But a big upgrade this year is the long-overdue addition of autofocus, making for a more versatile camera. The autofocus module also enables macro shooting, letting you take close-up snaps and videos of subjects.

Toss in a blazing-fast A15 Bionic processor, high refresh rate screens, and major battery boosts, and the iPhone 13 Pro series makes for a well-rounded experience if you want to explore non-Android alternatives.


Apple iPhone 13 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, OLED
  • SoC: A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB, 1TB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,095mAh
  • Software: iOS 15

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, OLED
  • SoC: A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB, 1TB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 4,352mAh
  • Software: iOS 15

Google Pixel 6 series

The Google Pixel 6 in Sorta Seafoam color in hand
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

The Google Pixel 6 phones were a big deal in 2021, being the first Google phones with in-house processors as well as being the first time we got main camera upgrades in years. And they were all wrapped up in a unique design that made Pixels stand out from the pack.

Verdict: Google Pixel 6 review | Google Pixel 6 Pro review

The Pixel 6 Pro undoubtedly has the better spec sheet, bringing a 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz OLED panel, 12GB of RAM, triple rear camera system (50MP main, 48MP 4X periscope, 12MP ultrawide), and 5,000mAh battery. Meanwhile, the vanilla model serves up an FHD+ 90Hz OLED screen, 8GB of RAM, dual rear camera (no periscope camera here), and a 4,614mAh battery. Both phones also have the capable Tensor processor, wireless charging, water resistance, and up to five years of security updates. 

In terms of the ultrawide camera experience, the Pixel 6 series, unfortunately, lacks autofocus on these sensors. So macro mode via the ultrawide is out of the question. But we thought the phones captured ultrawide images that had the same pleasant color consistency as the main camera.


Google Pixel 6 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Google Tensor
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,614mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Google Pixel 6 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Google Tensor
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 11.1MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

What about budget devices?

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a phone with an ultrawide shooter, as even budget devices have this camera today. In fact, there are tons of options on the market. So if you have a limited budget, you might want to look at these cheaper phones with an ultrawide camera. 

Samsung Galaxy A52s

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G lead shot with display on
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

Samsung is no stranger to budget phones with ultrawide cameras, and the Galaxy A52s might be one of the better phones in this regard. Expect to find a quad-camera setup here, featuring a 64MP main, 12MP ultrawide (123-degree field-of-view), 5MP macro, and 5MP depth sensor.

What we thought: Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G review — Jack of all trades

The rest of the phone is pretty solid too, serving up a Snapdragon 778G SoC, 6GB to 8GB of RAM, and a 4,500mAh battery with 25W charging. Best of all, the device also comes with an IP67 rating and a 120Hz OLED screen.


Samsung Galaxy A52s specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 778G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Poco F3

Poco F3 Review Back of Phone In Hand
C. Scott Brown / Android Authority

The Poco F3 might just be the closest thing we’ll get to a Poco F1 successor, offering a powerful Snapdragon 870 chipset and a really competitive €349 price tag. Other notable features include a 4,520mAh battery with 33W wired charging, a 120Hz OLED panel, and dual stereo speakers.

Review: Poco F3 — Killer hardware brought down by sub-par software

Poco’s phone delivers a solid if unspectacular camera system too, featuring a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide, and 5MP telemacro lens. The ultrawide in particular delivers a 119-degree field of view but lacks unfortunately autofocus. We also thought that colors were inconsistent between the main and ultrawide shooter. 

Unfortunately, there is one major disappointment to be had with the Poco F3. We thought the phone’s software was absolutely unpolished and buggy in our review, but we hope Poco has been issuing a steady stream of fixes in this regard.


Poco F3 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 870
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,520mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Google Pixel 5a

the google pixel 5a camera app showing flowers
Jimmy Westenberg / Android Authority

Google’s 2021 mid-ranger isn’t the cheapest device around at $449, but it’s still definitely worth a look if it’s in your market. The phone shares a similar camera setup and the same camera processing smarts as the Pixel 5, so you’re essentially getting a flagship-level experience in a mid-range phone.

Our thoughts: Pixel 5a review — Right upgrades, right price

The Pixel 5a offers a 12MP main camera and a 16MP wide-angle shooter. The latter has a welcome 119-degree field of view, which means it’s actually wider than the Pixel 5’s ultrawide snapper. Unfortunately, we still don’t have autofocus on this camera though.

Otherwise, the Pixel 5a features a Snapdragon 765G chipset, a 4,680mAh battery, and an IP67 rating, with the latter two features being welcome upgrades over the Pixel 4a 5G. The biggest disappointment is that the phone is limited to Japan and the US, though.


Google Pixel 5a specs:

  • Display: 6.34-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,680mAh
  • Software: Android 12

These are the best phones with an ultrawide camera in our opinion, although there are plenty of other great options out there. We’ll update this post with new models once they hit the market.