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 at various price points.

Best phones with ultra-wide angle cameras:


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 the 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.


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

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 as well, 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 topups 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?

More coverage: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra announced — Xiaomi’s €1,200 Galaxy S21 Ultra rival

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra pen leaning against phone
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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 series is a range of two halves, with the Note 20 clearly being the less impressive device. Meanwhile, the Note 20 Ultra packs a ton of bells and whistles in comparison. 

Verdict: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra revisited — The good and bad six months later

The Ultra model differs from the Note 20 by offering a QHD+ screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 108MP main camera, a 5x periscope camera, and a 4,500mAh battery. The standard Note 20 tops out at a Full HD+ panel with a 60Hz refresh rate, 12MP main camera, 3x hybrid zoom shooter, and a 4,300mAh battery. Samsung’s cheaper Note 20 also uses a plastic back instead of glass seen on the Note 20 Ultra. Otherwise, they both pack features like an IP68 rating, wireless charging, S-Pen integration, and 8K recording.

Samsung’s 2020 Notes also share a 12MP ultra-wide camera, and our own Eric Zeman praised the Note 20 Ultra experience in this regard. So you can do far worse than these phones if you want a good ultra-wide camera experience.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

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

OnePlus Nord

OnePlus Nord back side hero shot
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OnePlus launched its first mid-range phone in years in the Nord, and it might be one of the better all-round mid-range phones of last year. The device packs a 90Hz OLED screen, 5G capabilities, and fast 30W charging.

The brand takes a quantity over quality approach when it comes to cameras though, offering a grand total of six shooters. You’ve got a quad setup on the back, featuring a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide shooter, 5MP depth lens, and 2MP macro camera. Meanwhile, a 32MP and 8MP ultra-wide combo handles selfies.

Former AA reviewer Ryan-Thomas Shaw thought the Nord’s ultra-wide rear camera was pretty disappointing, while fellow reviewer Dhruv Bhutani took umbrage with the phone’s selfie images (including the ultra-wide selfie camera). In any event, this is still one of the few phones with an ultra-wide camera on both the front and back.


OnePlus Nord specs:

  • Display: 6.44-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,115mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 4a 5G

Google Pixel 4a 5G back angled shot
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Google’s mid-range 5G phone isn’t the cheapest 5G device around at $499, but it still qualifies as a mid-range or upper mid-range phone in many markets. Fortunately, it shares the same camera setup and software smarts as the Pixel 5 flagship.

The Pixel 4a 5G yields a dual rear camera combination, featuring a 12MP main shooter and a 16MP wide-angle camera. The biggest downside to the latter is that it lacks autofocus and has a narrower field of view than many rival wide-angle shooters. But Google’s software should still help you get decent results.

The rest of the phone is pretty solid too, offering a Snapdragon 765G chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of fixed storage, a 6.2-inch OLED FHD+ screen, and a 3,885mAh battery. Want wireless charging, water resistance, and a high refresh rate? Then you’ll need to splash out a little extra on the Pixel 5.


Google Pixel 4a 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,885mAh
  • 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