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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
Oppo Find X5 Pro Camera lenses close up
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

More or less every manufacturer offers handsets with ultrawide rear cameras. It’s not hard to see why though, as they offer a unique perspective, allowing you to better capture landscapes, cityscapes, and other similar scenes. 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 S22 series

samsung galaxy s22 rear panel
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The Galaxy S22 series is one of the best flagship phone lines around, offering an $800 starting price, great screens, and extras like wireless charging and an IP68 rating. Samsung has also brought the Snapdragon variant to more markets, with only Europe getting the Exynos model. It’s not all good though, as the Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus both see a significant battery size reduction compared to last year’s phones.

Our verdict: Samsung Galaxy S22 review — The best, in a small package

All three Galaxy S22 phones offer a 12MP ultrawide camera, delivering good results despite not offering a ton of pixels compared to some other phones on the list. You also get an expansive 120-degree field of view, so there is a major difference between the ultrawide and primary shooters. The only real downside is that the base and Plus devices don’t get autofocus, so macro shots and a more flexible ultrawide experience are reserved for the S22 Ultra.

You should also consider the Galaxy S21 FE if you want something a little cheaper. It launched at $700 but can be found at a cheaper price right now. It may be lacking the most recent Snapdragon silicon and 8K recording but still offers a handy ultrawide camera and other flagship stylings.


Samsung Galaxy S22 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: SD 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 12 and 10MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: SD 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 12, and 10MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB, 1TB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, 10, and 10MP
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

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 X80 Pro

Vivo X80 Pro camera housing
Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

Vivo’s most recent flagship offering certainly makes the list of best smartphones with an ultrawide camera. The X80 Pro offers a 48MP ultrawide camera with a 114-degree field-of-view and OIS, although it lacks the X70 Pro Plus’s micro-gimbal stabilization system. Still, you can expect decent video stabilization and good low-light shots.

Final thoughts: Vivo X80 Pro review — Vivo’s best (mostly) refined

The other cameras are still great for the most part, consisting of a 50MP GN1 main camera, 12MP 2X telephoto sensor with micro-gimbal stabilization, and an 8MP 5X periscope lens. Either way, we were happy with the images produced in most conditions, although that 8MP periscope camera is definitely showing its age.

Other notable X80 Pro features include a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, 120Hz QHD+ OLED screen, an IP68 rating, 4,700mAh battery, 80W wired charging, and 50W wireless top-ups. But our favorite feature might be the huge in-display fingerprint sensor, covering a much wider area than standard scanners. 


Vivo X80 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,700mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Oppo Find X5 Pro

Oppo Find X5 Pro desk back
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Oppo upped its ultrawide game in 2020 with the Find X2 Pro and continued this trend with the Find X3 Pro. Thankfully, the Find X5 Pro continues this tradition of great ultrawide cameras, maintaining the 2021 phone’s 50MP IMX766 sensor. We thought ultrawide image quality was great in all conditions and consistent with the 50MP main camera, while autofocus was a welcome addition too. In saying so, the 110-degree field-of-view is a little narrow compared to other phones on the list.

The rest of the Find X5 Pro’s camera system is pretty solid, although the 13MP 2x telephoto lens is pretty pedestrian when rivals offer 3x, 5x, and even 10x cameras. Oppo also offers a 32MP RGBW camera for selfies, and we thought it was better than most selfie shooters on the market.

Other notable features include a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, a QHD+ 120Hz OLED display, a 5,000mAh battery, 80W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and an IP68 rating. It also stands out thanks to its rather fetching ceramic design, as seen above.


Oppo Find X5 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, WQHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 50, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

OnePlus 9 series

OnePlus 9 Pro in hand display
Eric Zeman / Android Authority
OnePlus 9 Pro

The OnePlus 10 Pro has been available in global markets for a while now, but we still think you’re better off with the OnePlus 9 series if you value ultrawide photography. The older flagships both offer the same high-quality 50MP IMX766 ultrawide camera, delivering good image quality in all conditions as well as autofocus. OnePlus also touts a free-form lens for the ultrawide lens on both devices, resulting in shots with minimal distortion.

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. 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 should keep this in mind. For what it’s worth, the OnePlus 10 Pro has an ultrawide camera with a 150-degree field-of-view, but this comes with distortion, no autofocus, and poor low-light performance.


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

2021’s Mi 11 Ultra wholeheartedly embraced the premium flagship segment, coming in at €1,200 (~$1,426) at launch. We haven’t seen a successor yet, so you should still consider this device if you want a great ultrawide experience.

Our thoughts: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra review — More gimmick than gimme

More specifically, you’ve got a 48MP ultrawide camera with an expansive 128-degree field-of-view and autofocus. The phone also packs a 50MP main camera (Isocell GN2) and a 48MP 5x periscope lens, delivering a well-rounded rear camera system. There’s also a secondary display on the back, so you can take selfies with the main or ultrawide camera if the front-facing shooter isn’t cutting it.

Otherwise, the Mi 11 Ultra also sports a Snapdragon 888 SoC, 5,000mAh battery, 67W wired/wireless charging, an IP68 rating, and a QHD+ 120Hz OLED screen. The one downside is that it seemed to be a victim of the global chip shortage, so availability was an issue in India and Europe.


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 2021’s 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 with this generation 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 A53

samsung galaxy a53 lock screen
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Samsung is no stranger to budget phones with ultrawide cameras, and the Galaxy A53 is one of the better-equipped options in its portfolio. 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. So it’s a similar proposition as 2021’s Galaxy A52s.

What we thought: Samsung Galaxy A53 review — Mid-range mastery

The rest of the phone isn’t too shabby either, as you get a 6.5-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, a 5,000mAh battery with 25W wired charging, and an IP67 rating. The only downside is that the Exynos 1280 chipset is a downgrade over the Snapdragon 778G SoC used in the Galaxy A52s, although it’s still a capable processor.


Samsung Galaxy A53 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Exynos 1280
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

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 at launch. 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 back in 2021, but we hope Poco has been issuing a 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

The Pixel 6a is around the corner, but Google’s 2021 mid-ranger is still a pretty solid option 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 $450 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.