OnePlus 9 Pro camera module
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LG used to be the only manufacturer offering handsets with ultra-wide rear cameras, but the move to triple-camera setups in the last few years has resulted in almost every manufacturer adopting this type of sensor. It’s not hard to see why though, as it 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 wide-angle cameras.

Best phones with ultra-wide angle cameras:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best smartphones with wide-angle 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
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The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is one of the best flagship phone families around, owing to 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 new 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 ultra-wide 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 results from these cameras. One disappointment regarding the ultra-wide cameras is that only the S21 Ultra‘s wide snapper offers autofocus, making it the more versatile ultra-wide 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 S20 FE comes in, priced at $700 compared to the $800 base S21. You’re not getting 8K recording or the latest Snapdragon silicon, but you’re still getting a good ultra-wide camera, a proper telephoto sensor, and microSD expansion. 


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 S20 FE specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Vivo X60 Pro Plus

Vivo X60 Pro Plus face down from top
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Vivo’s recent flagship might be one of the best smartphones with an ultra-wide-angle camera in 2021. The Vivo X60 Pro Plus offers a 48MP (IMX586) ultra-wide 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 ultra-wide lens are impressively smooth, while low-light results are pretty good too. 

Final thoughts: Vivo X60 Pro Plus review — A flagship for camera enthusiasts

The rest of the camera experience is great too, featuring a 50MP main camera (Samsung GN1), 32MP 2X telephoto sensor, and an 8MP 5X periscope lens. Vivo also worked with Zeiss for improved lens coatings to reduce glare and improve quality. In any event, we were impressed with image quality from almost all cameras.

Vivo’s phone also features a Snapdragon 888 chipset, 120Hz FHD+ OLED panel, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 4,200mAh battery with 55W charging. There are a couple of downsides unfortunately, such as the lack of an IP rating and wireless charging, as well as limited availability (India and China for now).


Vivo X60 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.56-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, 32, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Oppo Find X3 Pro

Oppo Find X3 Pro review hero 1
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Oppo upped its game in 2020 with the Find X2 Pro, and it’s continuing this form with the Find X3 Pro. We recommended last year’s phone thanks to its 48MP ultra-wide camera, and this year’s device is improving things as well.

You’re getting an ultra-wide camera (50MP IMX766) that’s identical to the main camera, and we thought the ultra-wide 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 from last year’s 5X periscope lens.

The Oppo Find X3 Pro also serves up a Snapdragon 888 SoC, a QHD+ OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, 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
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The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro both offer identical 50MP ultra-wide shooters, as opposed to last year’s series. This is the same ultra-wide sensor seen in the Oppo Find X3 Pro, but OnePlus says it’s using a free-form lens to deliver distortion-free photos in both devices. And yes, you can take macro shots with the ultra-wide 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, no telephoto lens, and standard wireless charging (or no wireless top-ups for the Indian model).


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
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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 ultra-wide shooter, and a 48MP 5X periscope lens. In terms of the ultra-wide 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 ultra-wide selfie camera then?


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

LG Wing

LG Wing screens standing up open
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LG was the first major smartphone brand to launch a phone with an ultra-wide-angle rear camera back in 2016. Unfortunately, it’s announced that it’ll be shutting its mobile operations, but at least its last major release went all-in on ultra-wide cameras.

Our thoughts: LG Wing review — An incredible first try, but a first try nonetheless

The LG Wing has two ultra-wide cameras, namely a 13MP 117-degree sensor and a 12MP 120-degree snapper. The latter is used for photos while using the device in “normal” mode, while the former is used for videos when in swivel mode. Yep, grab the phone by the second screen and you get a gimbal-style video recording mode, featuring better stability. It also doesn’t hurt that the 12MP sensor features bigger pixels for better low-light video.

Speaking of the second screen, the LG Wing allows you to multitask efficiently thanks to this secondary display. So you can have YouTube on one screen and chats on the other, or GPS on one screen and music on the other. The biggest downside to the phone is its $1,000 launch price, which might be considered a little steep due to the mid-range silicon. But you’re still getting a splash-resistant design and wireless charging.


LG Wing specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+, 3.9-inch secondary screen
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Sony Xperia 1 III

Sony Xperia 1 III hero
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The Sony Xperia 1 III might just be the best Sony flagship phone it’s ever produced. Sure, it’s got premium flagship stylings like the Snapdragon 888 chipset, 4K/120Hz OLED screen, and dust/water resistance. But you’re also getting a 4,500mAh battery with 30W wired charging, wireless charging, and a 3.5mm port.

Verdict: Sony Xperia 1 III review — Elegant, exhilarating, expensive

Switching to the camera side of things, our own Rob Triggs praised the Xperia 1 III for the image quality from its flexible triple rear camera setup. And yes, Sony’s Pro software is still present and accounted for here. It’s also got a cool variable telephoto camera system, capable of switching between ~2.9X and ~4.4X optical zoom, but Rob felt that it was prone to poor results at longer zoom factors.

You’re also getting a 12MP ultra-wide camera (16mm) with autofocus, allowing you to take macro shots as well. So if the high price doesn’t deter you, this is one of the better flagship phones with an ultra-wide camera.


Sony Xperia 1 III specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: SD 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

What about budget devices?

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a phone with a wide-angle 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 ultra-wide-angle camera. 

Samsung Galaxy A52

Samsung Galaxy A52 2
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Samsung is no stranger to budget phones with ultra-wide cameras, and the Galaxy A52 might be one of the better phones in this regard. Expect to find a quad-camera setup here, featuring a 64MP main, 12MP ultra-wide (123 degrees), 5MP macro, and 5MP depth sensor.

The rest of the phone is pretty solid too, serving up a Snapdragon 720G SoC, 4GB 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 90Hz OLED screen. Samsung’s device is also available in a 5G variant, featuring a Snapdragon 750G chipset and 120Hz refresh rate.

Expect to pay €349 for the 4G variant in Europe, and €429 for the 5G model. It seems like only the 5G variant is available in the US, starting at $500.


Samsung Galaxy A52 specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 750G
  • 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
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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.

Poco’s phone delivers a solid if unspectacular camera system too, featuring a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide, and 5MP telemacro lens. The ultra-wide in particular delivers a 119-degree field of view, but lacks unfortunately autofocus. We also thought that colors were inconsistent between the main and ultra-wide 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
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Google’s 2021 mid-ranger isn’t the cheapest 5G device around at $449, but it’s still 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.

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 ultra-wide 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 real 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 11

These are the best phones with an ultra-wide-angle 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.

Next: The complete guide to ultra-wide camera phones