The 13 smartphones with the best cameras

With every new upgrade, smartphone manufacturers improve their flagships – so new heights are always reached, especially in the integrated camera systems. Those who take a lot of photos (and videos) attach importance to excellent lenses and sensors. atechbook presents the currently best camera smartphones.

We used the test results of the camera experts from “DxOMark” as a basis for the best camera smartphones list. Among other things, the tests were performed in laboratories and under consistent conditions to enable the most objective assessment possible.

1st place: Huawei P50 Pro

…144 points

The Huawei P50 Pro was unveiled in July 2021, so it is one of the more up-to-date smartphones on this list. It features a very modern and extensive camera equipment. A date for the launch in Europe is not yet known.

The main sensor is a 50-megapixel model with OIS and fast f/1.8 aperture. In addition, there is a monochrome sensor with 40 megapixels, whereby four megapixels are combined into one by means of pixel binning. This results in very detailed images with a total size of up to 10 megapixels. The aperture of f/1.6 is excellent for capturing enough light even in dark surroundings. The third sensor, a 13 megapixel ultra-wide-angle, comes with a 13 millimeter lens and f/2.2 aperture. The telephoto lens, on the other hand, offers a whopping 64 megapixels and optical image stabilization. Last but not least, there is also a multi-spectral sensor that analyzes the color temperature and adjusts the white balance and color intensity of the photos accordingly.

The combination of five sensors was convincing in the test and catapults the Huawei P50 Pro to the front of the smartphones with the best camera. Especially the significant noise reduction, the wide dynamic range in the pictures and the many details impressed the testers. Excellent results can be achieved up to a medium magnification when zooming. At very high magnification, the details minimize a bit, but the Huawei P50 Pro is still the best smartphone in this area. With its 90-millimeter telephoto lens, it even achieves better results than the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra with its 120-millimeter equivalent.

The smartphone also does well in night shots, but falls a bit behind the Mate 40 Pro+. This is mainly due to the slight deviations in skin tones, whose color balance does not appear quite as natural when the flash is turned on. In contrast, portrait shots turn out excellently in daylight and artificial light. The bokeh also caused enthusiasm in the test.

Features of the Huawei P50 Pro at a glance

  • Display: 6.6-inch OLED, 2700 x 1228 pixels (450 ppi), 120 Hz
  • Processor: Snapdragon 888, octa-core with 2.84 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM, 256 GB ROM, expandable by 256 GB via NM card.
  • Front camera: 13 MP with f/2.4
  • Main camera: 50 MP wide-angle with f/1.8 (OIS), 40 MP monochrome with f/1.6, 13 MP ultra-wide-angle with f/2.2, 64 MP telephoto with f/3.5 (OIS), and 5x optical zoom.
  • Video: 4K at 60 FPS, Full HD at 480 FPS.
  • Connectivity: WLAN 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, LTE, USB-C, infrared
  • Battery: 4360 mAh, 66 Watt Super Charge, 50 Watt Wireless Charging
  • System: Harmony OS 2.0 based on Android 11, no Google services like the Play Store, Google Maps, Google Pay and YouTube.
  • Other: IP68 water and dust resistant, in-display fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM.

2nd place: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

…143 points

The predecessor Mi 10 Ultra never made it to Germany. Fans of good camera smartphones are all the more pleased that Xiaomi now sells the Mi 11 Ultra in this country. Introduced at the end of March 2021, the device quickly landed at the top of the list of smartphones with the best camera with an overall score of a whopping 143 points.

Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra not only features up-to-date technology, but the triple camera with its high-resolution sensors is especially eye-catching. The manufacturer combines a 50-megapixel main sensor with f/1.95 aperture, optical image stabilization and 1.4 µm pixels, an ultra-wide-angle with 48 megapixels and a telephoto lens with 48 megapixels as well. The main sensor of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is even bigger than the one in the Mi 10 Ultra and almost comes close to the models installed in compact cameras. In addition, the new sensor offers a Dual Pixel Pro autofocus that splits each pixel vertically and diagonally (as opposed to only vertically in standard dual-pixel systems) to measure contrast. A separate ToF sensor supports autofocus, and a staggered HDR mode provides higher contrast scenes. Here, the sensor captures multiple frames and then merges them to achieve an optimized result.

This is also shown by the results in DxOMark’s test. Here, the smartphone did not show any real weaknesses in the photo mode, and it even achieved first-rate results in several categories. The testers were particularly impressed by the fast autofocus, the dynamic range in pictures both in daylight and at night, and the good wide-angle and zoom shots, where many details could be clearly captured. Ghosting effects or image noise hardly occurred even in difficult lighting conditions. However, the autofocus occasionally had problems in video recordings and the dynamic range was occasionally lacking in artificial light in the test.

Features of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra at a glance

  • Display: 6.81-inch AMOLED, 3200 x 1440 pixels (515 ppi), 120 hertz refresh rate, HDR10+.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage, not expandable
  • Front camera: 20-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2
  • Main camera: 50 MP wide-angle f/1.95 (OIS), 48 MP ultra-wide-angle f/2.2, 48 MP telephoto f/4.1 (OIS) with ten times hybrid zoom, 20 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor f/2.2
  • Video: 8K at 24 FPS, 4K at 60 FPS.
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6E (802.11ax), NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, LTE + 5G, USB-C, GPS, infrared.
  • Battery: 5000 mAh, Fast Charging 67 Watt
  • System: Android 11 mit Xiaomi MIUI 12.5
  • Other: stereo speakers, in-display fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM, IP68

You can learn more about Xiaomi here: What you should know about the smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi.

3rd place: Apple iPhone 13 Pro (Max)

…137 points

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max place quite far ahead in the list of smartphones with the best camera. Both score 137 points, which is due to the identical camera equipment. Apple relies on a triple camera setup with three 12-megapixel sensors in the smartphones. The main sensor, a wide-angle, has a very fast f/1.5 aperture, sensor-shift stabilization (OIS) and dual-pixel autofocus. The ultra-wide-angle also got a much larger aperture of f/1.8 compared to the previous models. It is also used for macro shots. The third sensor – a telephoto lens – is only found in the Pro models of the iPhone 13, and it also offers optical image stabilization.

New to the iPhone 13 are the numerous modes for better videos, first and foremost the Cinematic mode. It can be used to record movies with depth of field, similar to the portrait mode. In DxOMark’s camera test, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max scored almost identically in the test categories, which is why both devices also share a place in the list of the best smartphone cameras.

Both impress with pictures with natural colors and very true lighting. Compared with the iPhone 12 Pro, Apple could not only improve the zoom, but also the color and contrast in backlit portraits. Pictures also show a higher level of detail – both indoors and outdoors. The depth of field is also impressive, which is especially beneficial for bokeh shots. The autofocus works very accurately and quickly. However, the slight image noise that was already seen in the iPhone 12 Pro depending on the light incidence is still present in the new models.

The high dynamic range, good exposure and smooth refocusing could also convince the testers in the video field. Here, the iPhones also score with their wide focus range and good white balance. Overall, the models scored a very good 119 points in the video category. Apple has made several changes compared to the predecessor, which makes the overall result very satisfactory.

Features of the iPhone 13 Pro (Max) at a glance

  • Display: 6.1 inches with 2532 x 1170 pixels on the Pro, 6.7 inches with 2778 x 1284 pixels on the Pro Max , Super Retina, Dolby Vision, HDR10, Pro Motion 120 Hz.
  • Processor: A15 Bionic, neural engine
  • Storage: 6 GB RAM + up to 1 TB storage, not expandable
  • Front camera: 12 megapixel TrueDepth camera (f/2.2), slow-motion selfie videos possible at 120 frames per second (FPS), 4K videos at 30 FPS
  • Main camera: 12 MP wide-angle with f/1.5 (OIS), 12 MP ultra-wide-angle with f/1.8, 12 MP telephoto with f/2.8 and 6x optical zoom (OIS)
  • Video: 4K at 60 FPS, Full HD at 240 FPS, HDR, stereo.
  • Connectivity: LTE + 5G, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5, NFC, GPS, Lightning.
  • System: Apple iOS 15
  • Other: Face ID for face unlocking, fast charging with 20 watts, stereo speakers, water- and dust-proof according to IP68, dual-SIM (via eSIM).

4th place: Huawei Mate 40 Pro

…136 points

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro with a triple camera system also places in the tops of smartphones with the best camera. The main camera relies on 50 megapixels with an f/1.9 aperture and electronic image stabilization. In addition, there is an ultra-wide-angle camera with 20 megapixels (f/1.8) and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera (f/3.4, OIS). Even in poor picture conditions, the Mate 40 Pro delivers excellent movie and video recordings.

Huawei has reduced the focal length of the ultra-wide-angle camera and relies on an anti-distortion algorithm that proves to be very suitable in practice. The image detail is not quite as large as in many rivals, but the image quality is excellent. The extreme detail richness is particularly noteworthy, regardless of whether the smartphone is used for taking pictures in bright or dark conditions. The Mate 40 Pro also delivers rich, natural-looking, pleasant colors outdoors. The autofocus impresses with its speed and the smartphone also shows its strengths in night shots. In video shooting, the fast, precise autofocus stands out just as much as the natural colors and impressive details in the clips.

Features of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro at a glance

  • Display: 6.76 inch OLED, 2772 x 1344 pixels (409 ppi), HDR10, 90 Hz
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 9000, octa-core with 3.13 GHz.
  • Storage: 8 GB RAM, 256 GB ROM, expandable by 256 GB via NM card.
  • Front camera: Dual camera 13 MP with f/2.4 + 3D Time-of-Flight sensor (ToF).
  • Main camera: 50 MP wide-angle with f/1.9 (EIS), 20 MP ultra-wide with f/1.8, 12 MP telephoto with f/3.4 (OIS) and 5x optical zoom
  • Video: 4K at 60 FPS, Full HD at 480 FPS.
  • Connectivity: WLAN 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, LTE, 5G, USB-C, infrared.
  • Battery: 4400 mAh
  • System: Android 10 with Huawei Emui 11, but without Google services like the Play Store, Google Maps, Google Pay and YouTube
  • Other: IP68 water and dust resistant, in-display fingerprint sensor, 65-watt fast charging, 50-watt wireless fast charging, reverse wireless charging (can charge other devices wirelessly), dual SIM.

Rank 5: Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders

…133 points

The Snapdragon Insider smartphone was developed by Asus, is only available via the Snapdragon Insider program and is supposed to highlight the advantages of the Qualcomm chip. The Snapdragon 888 is supported by a total of 16 GB of working memory, so the device offers a very good hardware base, which also benefits the camera. There are a total of three sensors here. The main sensor with PDAF and OIS takes pictures with up to 64 megapixels and features the quad-layer technology that is also found in the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra. In addition, there is an ultra-wide-angle with f/2.2 aperture as well as a telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, OIS and PDAF.

Photo shoots turn out very well with the Snapdragon smartphone. Its strength is primarily the fast and AI-supported autofocus, the good noise suppression, and the image preview that gets very close to the final photo. However, the testers were also convinced by the high dynamic range, the natural colors and the high detail density. In the list of smartphones with the best camera, the device stands out with some special features based on the Snapdragon 888. For example, when the scene has enough light, the camera uses the full 64 megapixels of the image sensor before the photos are reduced to the output size. This allows the smartphone to compete with other devices that have larger image sensors for Snapdragon insiders.

In terms of zoom, the smartphone achieves solid but not outstanding results. the same goes for the ultra-wide angle, whose field of view is not one of the largest. However, colors and contrasts are excellent with this sensor. However, the video features are especially remarkable. Movies can be recorded in a maximum of 8K, colors are reproduced very well, and the white balance and focus work reliably.

Features of the Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders at a glance.

  • Display: 6.78-inch AMOLED, 2448 x 1080 pixels (386 ppi), 144 Hz, HDR10+
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
  • Storage: 16 GB RAM + 512 GB storage, not expandable
  • Front camera: 24 MP, f/2.5
  • Main camera: 64 MP Quad Bayer Sony IMX686 wide-angle f/1.8 (OIS, PDAF); 12 MP ultra-wide-angle IMX363 f/2.2 + PDAF, 8 MP telephoto 3x optical zoom, PDAF + OIS
  • Video: 8K with 30 FPS, 4K with 60 FPS.
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6 (802.11ax), NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, LTE + 5G, USB-C, GPS, infrared.
  • Battery: 4000 mAh, Qualcomm Quick Charge 5.0 with 65 watts and PD
  • System: Android 11
  • Other: stereo speakers, in-display fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM

6th place: Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra

…133 points

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra was hyped as the ultimate camera smartphone for a long time. It finally had to prove itself in DxOMark’s test – and landed on the top ranks of smartphones with the best camera thanks to the good results. Not least because of its quad camera and the powerful drive from the Snapdragon 865, it could achieve good results in the camera test.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra comes with four camera sensors on the back. The main sensor only takes pictures with 48 megapixels at first glance, but it is based on a quad-layer matrix, where two pixels are provided with a common color filter. Among other things, image noise can be significantly reduced this way and pictures also have better dynamics. In addition, there are two telephoto lenses – one with 48 megapixels, an impressive focal length of 120 millimeters and 1/2-inch image sensor, and another with 12 megapixels. The fourth sensor is an ultra-wide-angle with 20 megapixels and a particularly large 128-degree field of view.

In the list of smartphones with the best camera, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra scores with its very good results in the various categories. Settings such as white balance, exposure and color reproduction succeed excellently for the camera in automatic mode. Details are well visible and captured with a high dynamic range in both bright and dark surroundings. Portrait shots taken in bokeh mode convinced the experts with the natural blur effects. However, the usual slight isolation errors around the subject in the foreground occurred here – just like in many upper-class smartphones.

The Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra achieved absolute top results in terms of zoom. The 120 mm telephoto lens offers more range than most competitors. Furthermore, there is little to complain about in terms of image quality across the entire zoom range. Even at the widest and longest zoom settings, there was only a slight loss of texture and slightly increased noise levels.

Features of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra at a glance

  • Display: 6.67-inch AMOLED, 2340 x 1080 pixels (386 ppi), 120 Hz, HDR10+
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Storage: 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage, not expandable.
  • Front camera: 20 MP, f/2.2
  • Main camera: 48 MP Quad Bayer wide-angle f/1.85 (OIS); 48 MP telephoto f/4.1 (OIS) with 120x hybrid zoom, 12 MP telephoto; 20 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor f/2.2.
  • Video: 8K at 24 FPS, 4K at 60 FPS.
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6 (802.11ax), NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, LTE + 5G, USB-C, GPS, infrared
  • Battery: 4500 mAh, fast charging 120 watts
  • System: Android 10 with Xiaomi MIUI 12
  • Other: stereo speakers, in-display fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM

7th place: Huawei P40 Pro

…132 points

The Huawei P40 Pro was in the top 3 for a while, but it has since had to give way to smartphones with better cameras. Technically, the P40 Pro is equipped with all imaginable, up-to-date finesses. It is therefore very powerful and also well-made. It also has a top camera configuration that was developed in cooperation with Leica, which is typical for Huawei. Users only have to do without Google apps in this device.

Huawei has given its current top model a total of four camera sensors. The main sensor is an Ultra Vision lens with 50 megapixels. At 1/1.28, it is significantly larger than the 1/1.7 sensor of the P30 series and thus much more light-sensitive. Meanwhile, Huawei has retained the color detection in the form of RYYB. The second sensor is a telephoto lens with 12 megapixels, 5x periscope zoom and OIS (optical image stabilizer). This is followed by a Cinelens ultra-wide-angle with 40 megapixels and autofocus as the third sensor, and last but not least, a ToF depth sensor for better bokeh.

In the test, the experts from DxOMark especially praise the impressive zoom. Shots here show better details and lower noise than the competition. In addition, the main camera has the most powerful autofocus system of all smartphones tested so far and offers the best texture and noise balance so far. The P40 Pro’s image results in night shots and in very low-light conditions are also better than any other device tested by DxOMark. Special features like the bokeh simulation in portrait mode and the image quality of the ultra-wide camera convinced the testers as well as the video qualities of the Huawei P40 Pro.

Features of the Huawei P40 Pro at a glance

  • Display: 6.58-inch OLED, 2640 x 1200 pixels, refresh rate 90 hertz (Hz), HDR10+
  • Processor: Kirin 990, octa-core with up to 2.86 GHz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM + 256 GB ROM (internal memory), expandable via NM card
  • Front camera: dual camera with 32 MP, f/2.0, dual pixel autofocus + gesture sensor, IR depth sensor
  • Main camera: 50 MP ultra-vision f/1.9 (OIS) with 50x zoom, 12 MP periscope telephoto f/3.4 (OIS), 40 MP ultra-cinelens wide-angle, f/1.8, PD autofocus (OIS) and 3D depth sensor
  • Video: 4K and full HD at 60 FPS, HDR
  • Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), USB-C, LTE + 5G, GPS.
  • Battery: 4200 mAh
  • System: Android 10 with EMUI 10.1, no Google apps.
  • Other: In-display fingerprint sensor, SuperCharge with 40 watts, reverse wireless charging, water- and dust-proof according to IP68, stereo speakers, dual-SIM + eSIM.

8th place: Oppo Find X3 Pro

…131 points

The Find X3 Pro is Oppo’s 2021 top smartphone. The camera equipment and performance are correspondingly good. The latter is based on the Snapdragon 888 and a whopping 12 GB of RAM. The Oppo Find X3 Pro features a total of four cameras on the back, with the main sensor offering 50 megapixels and a solid f/1.8 aperture. There is also an ultra-wide-angle with also 50 megapixels, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 3-megapixel macro lens.

Thanks to its good results in DxOMark’s camera test, the Oppo easily made it into the list of smartphones with the best camera. It did not make any real mistakes in any test category. Overall, the Find X3 Pro delivers good results in all lighting conditions, with particularly strong scores in color, autofocus, texture, bokeh, and artifacts. Testers particularly highlighted the good lighting in night shots.

However, exposure problems can occur now and then, which then cause somewhat pale pictures. A slight picture noise also occurred sporadically in low-light conditions. Compared with other devices, however, these dropouts are limited in Oppo’s Find X3 Pro.

Features of the Oppo Find X3 Pro at a glance

  • Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED, 3216 x 1440 pixels (525 PPI), refresh rate 120 hertz (Hz), HDR10+.
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core with up to 2.8 GHz
  • Storage: 12 GB RAM + up to 256 GB ROM (internal storage), not expandable.
  • Main camera: 50 MP wide-angle camera f/1.8 (OIS), 50 MP ultra-wide-angle camera f/2.2, 13 MP telephoto and 3 MP macro camera f/3.0
  • Video: 4K and full HD at 60 FPS, HDR
  • Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, WiFi 6E (802.11ax), USB-C, LTE+5G, GPS.
  • Battery: 4500 mAh
  • System: Android 11 with Oppo ColorOS 11.2
  • Other: in-display fingerprint sensor, SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging with 65 watts, IP68 water and dust resistant, stereo speakers, dual-SIM

You can learn more about Oppo here: What you should know about the smartphone manufacturer Oppo

9th place: Vivo X50 Pro+

…132 points

The Vivo X50 Pro+ was launched in June 2020 and impresses with its good camera. Vivo now sells some of its smartphones in Germany, but the X50 Pro+ is unfortunately not one of them. Those who want it therefore have to buy it from various import retailers. In DxOMark’s test, the smartphone scored a total of 131 points and thus still ends up ahead of Apple’s iPhone 12 models.

A total of four cameras are found on the back of the Vivo X50 Pro+. The main sensor, a quad-bayer sensor like in the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, takes pictures with up to 50 megapixels, has an f/1.9 aperture and a dual PDAF as well as optical image stabilization (OIS). The second and third sensors are telephoto with 32 and 13 megapixels, respectively. The latter allows up to 5x optical magnification, and Vivo optically stabilizes the shots. There is also an ultra-wide-angle. This resolves 13 megapixels and comes with an f/2.2 aperture.

The gimbal-based stabilization, for which some Vivo phones are known, is not available in the X50 Pro+. On the other hand, the smartphone scores well in distant shots. The good telephoto features are noticeable here, which is the main reason for the overall good rating in the camera test. With two telephoto lenses and an ultra-wide-angle, the Vivo X50 Pro+ is a class leader in DxOMark’s zoom sub-rating.

Overall, the Vivo X50 Pro+ showed a strong performance in the camera test and thus easily landed in the list of smartphones with the best camera. The experts praised the overall very good photo results and the detailed, low-noise pictures with good colors under most conditions. The small weak point is the wide-angle camera, which delivers somewhat lackluster results. Video performance is strong with detailed, low-noise 4K output, although there are issues with natural color reproduction now and then.

Features of the Vivo X50 Pro+ at a glance

  • Display: 6.56-inch AMOLED, 2376 x 1080 pixels, 120 Hz, HDR10+
  • Processor: Snapdragon 865
  • Storage: 8 / 12 GB RAM + 128 / 256 GB storage, not expandable
  • Front camera: 32 megapixel f/2.5
  • Main camera: 50 MP wide-angle with f/1.9 (OIS), 32 MP telephoto f/2.1 and PDAF, 13 MP telephoto f/3.0 , 13 MP ultra-wide-angle with f/2.2, 12 MP telephoto lens with f/2.2 and 2.5x optical zoom (OIS), LiDAR sensor.
  • Video: 8K at 30 FPS, 4K at 60 FPS, Full HD at 60 FPS, HDR.
  • Connections: WiFi (802.11ac), Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, GPS, LTE + 5G, USB-C.
  • Battery: 4350 mAh
  • System: Android 10 with Funtouch OS 10.5
  • Other: In-display fingerprint sensor, Fast Charge with 44 watts, dual-SIM

Rank 10: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

…130 points

Apple’s iPhone 12 series not only includes four models with a slightly adjusted design, but especially the iPhone 12 Pro Max could prove itself in terms of camera. The top model thus makes it into the list of smartphones with the best camera. It has a triple setup with three 12-megapixel sensors and the LiDAR sensor already known from the iPad Pro for creating depth of field. There’s a wide-angle with f/1.6 aperture, OIS, PDAF and 26-millimeter lens, an ultra-wide-angle with f/2.4 and a telephoto with f/2.2, PDAF and OIS. Optical stabilization is sensor-based – a first for Apple.

The camera of the iPhone 12 Pro Max scores particularly well in exposure and portrait shots. Even the worst lighting conditions do not bother the smartphone. The testers were impressed by the natural colors, the pleasant depth of field, and the fast autofocus. The iPhone 12 Pro Max also delivers brilliant results in videos. Apple scored with its very good general performance, very low image noise and good stabilization.

However, there were also minor shortcomings in the photo quality. The testers from DxOMark saw weaknesses especially in the zoom. In addition, the dynamic range could be better and the image noise could be lower in low light.

Features of the iPhone 12 Pro Max at a glance

  • Display: 6.7-inch OLED, 2778 x 1284 pixels (458 PPI), Dolby Vision, HDR10
  • Processor: A14 Bionic, neural engine
  • Storage: 6 GB RAM + up to 512 GB storage, not expandable
  • Front camera: 12 megapixel TrueDepth camera (f/2.2), selfie videos in slow motion with 120 frames per second (FPS) possible, 4K videos with 60 FPS.
  • Main camera: 12 MP wide-angle with f/1.6 (OIS), 12 MP ultra-wide-angle with f/2.4, 12 MP telephoto with f/2.2 and 2.5x optical zoom (OIS), LiDAR sensor
  • Video: 4K at 60 FPS, Full HD at 240 FPS, HDR, stereo.
  • Connectivity: LTE+5G, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5, NFC, GPS, Lightning.
  • Battery: 3687 mAh
  • System: Apple iOS 14
  • Other: Face ID for face unlocking, fast charging with 18 watts, stereo speakers, water- and dust-proof according to IP68, dual-SIM (via eSIM).

Rank 11: Apple iPhone 12 Pro

…128 points

The iPhone 12 Pro comes close, but not quite to the performance of its big brother. It scored two points less in the overall rating in DxOMark’s test and thus ranks behind it in the list of smartphones with the best camera. Both smartphones have almost identical features – apart from their size. However, the difference in the camera is that the iPhone 12 Pro Max uses a larger wide-angle sensor and a longer telephoto magnification.

The testers were also impressed by the iPhone 12 Pro’s fast autofocus and natural color reproduction. However, slight image noise can occur in poor light or artificial light. The telephoto zoom shots offer good quality at shorter distances, but have a bit of trouble with details when the subject is further away. The ultra-wide camera delivers good image results, but has room for improvement in detail areas.

The video function on the other hand is excellent. The exposure of the preview image is almost identical to the final picture. However, there are some differences in terms of dynamic range, since the final image offers a larger dynamic range than the preview.

Features of the iPhone 12 Pro at a glance

  • Display: 6.1-inch OLED, 2532 x 1170 pixels (460 PPI), Dolby Vision, HDR10
  • Processor: A14 Bionic, neural engine
  • Storage: 6 GB RAM + up to 512 GB storage, not expandable
  • Front camera: 12 megapixel TrueDepth camera (f/2.2), selfie videos in slow motion with 120 frames per second (FPS) possible, 4K videos with 60 FPS.
  • Main camera: 12 MP wide-angle with f/1.6 (OIS), 12 MP ultra-wide-angle with f/2.4, 12 MP telephoto with f/2.2 and 2.5x optical zoom (OIS), LiDAR sensor
  • Video: 4K at 60 FPS, Full HD at 240 FPS, HDR, stereo.
  • Connectivity: LTE+5G, WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5, NFC, GPS, Lightning.
  • Battery: 2815 mAh
  • System: Apple iOS 14
  • Other: Face ID for face unlocking, fast charging with 18 watts, stereo speakers, water- and dust-proof according to IP68, dual-SIM (via eSIM).

12th place: Vivo X60 Pro+

…128 points

Vivo is planning a global launch of the X60 Pro+, and that should please some users. After all, the smartphone is one of the models with the best camera. It was developed in cooperation with the camera professional Zeiss and has four sensors on the back, including a 50 MP main camera, a 48 MP ultra-wide-angle with gimbal function, and two telephoto lenses. With a score of 128 points, the Vivo X60 Pro+ places itself in the midfield of this list.

With good exposure, the picture results score with their good exposure, wide dynamic range, accurate white balance, and high detail accuracy. However, exposure problems, visible noise and autofocus errors occur from time to time, which prevented an overall higher rating in the camera test.

The smartphone does well in zoom, which is mainly due to the two telephoto lenses. However, details are lacking at high magnification due to the short focal length and the autofocus reaches its limits. Models like the Huawei Mate 40 or the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra and Mi 11 Ultra perform better here.

Features of the Vivo X60 Pro+ at a glance

  • Display: 6.56-inch AMOLED, 2376 x 1080 pixels, 120 Hz, HDR10+
  • Processor: Snapdragon 888 with up to 2.8 GHz.
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage, not expandable
  • Front camera: 32 megapixels f/2.45
  • Main camera: 50 MP wide-angle with f/1.57 (OIS), 48 MP ultra-wide f/2.2 and 4-axis OIS, 32 MP telephoto f/2.08 , 8 MP telephoto with f/3.4 (OIS) 5x optical zoom.
  • Video: 8K at 30 FPS, 4K at 60 FPS, Full HD at 60 FPS, HDR.
  • Connectivity: WiFi (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, LTE + 5G, USB-C.
  • Battery: 4200 mAh
  • System: Android 11 with OriginOS 1.0
  • Other: In-display fingerprint sensor, Fast Charge with 55 watts, dual SIM.

Rank 13: Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

…128 points

The predecessor Mi 9 Pro Premium was already considered one of the world’s best camera smartphones. In the Mi 10 Pro, Xiaomi has improved the camera performance once again – industry insiders had actually not thought that Xiaomi would surpass itself once again. The 108-megapixel main camera features a large 1/1.33-inch image sensor and is combined with 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and two telephoto lenses with a variety of zoom options. The experts from DxOMark particularly praise the richness of detail in the photos, the very exact and stable exposure or white balance, the sharpness of detail at the medium and largest zoom as well as the extremely precise working depth estimation. The ultra-wide-angle camera inspires with good details especially in bright light.

Those who also shoot videos frequently can enjoy efficient video stabilization and the precise autofocus – even in lower light. The Mi 10 Pro’s camera setting also delivers rich details when shooting in rooms with very bright light. However, even such a premium smartphone has (minor) camera weaknesses: Faces sometimes look slightly blurry, red hues a bit too matte. Ghosting occurs from time to time in HDR ultra-wide shots and especially in night mode – nevertheless, this hardly detracts from the excellent camera performance of the Mi 10 Pro. The Chinese have managed a great (camera) success with the Mi 10 Pro on Xiaomi’s 10th anniversary.

Features of the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro at a glance

  • Display: 6.67 inch Super AMOLED, 2340 x 1080 pixels (386 PPI), refresh rate 90 hertz, HDR10+
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Storage: 12 GB RAM + up to 512 GB storage, not expandable
  • Front camera: 20-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0
  • Main camera: 108 MP wide-angle f/1.69 (OIS), 12 MP telephoto f/2.0 with dual zoom for portrait photos, 8 MP telephoto f/2.0 (OIS) with ten times hybrid zoom, 20 MP ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 sensor.
  • Video: 8K with 30 FPS, 4K with 60 FPS., Full-HD mit 960 FPS (Ultra-Slow-Motion)
  • Connectivity: WiFi 6 (802.11ax), NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, LTE, USB-C, GPS, infrared
  • Battery: 4500 mAh
  • System: Android 10 with Xiaomi MIUI 11
  • Other: stereo speakers, in-display fingerprint sensor, fast charging with 50 watts, dual-SIM

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Source

  • DxOMark