These Are the Best Camera Phones of 2019, According to DxOMark

Best Camera Phones of 2019, According to DxOMark

2019 is almost over so it’s about time we wrap up with the list of the best camera phones released this year. The smartphones we’ll see today have been chosen by the biggest authority as far as cameras are concerned, we’re indeed talking about the DxOMark website. So, if you’re still looking to buy the phone that can provide the best pictures and videos, these are the best options – according to DxOMark.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G China Mobile

Let’s kick things off the with the “Best all-rounder” award which goes to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition. The two handsets are still leading the rankings with a score of 121 points.

On the website we also learn that the Xiaomi CC9 Pro Premium Edition does better in regards to zoom with its two tele lenses (2X and 5X optical zooms) and it also sports a wider ultra-wide camera lens. Meanwhile the Mate 30 Pro produces lower image noise and less artifacts in low light conditions.

Best Camera Phones of 2019, According to DxOMark

Best Camera Phones of 2019, According to DxOMark
Xiaomi CC9 Pro

We then have different awards depending on specific features, the first of which is “Better for video”. Here the iPhone 11 Pro Max ties with the CC9 Pro at 121 points but still gets the award for its very wide dynamic range, showing both highlights and shadows details even in difficult high-contrast conditions.

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Moving onto the “Best for zoom” category, the Xiaomi CC9 Pro Premium Edition does of course win hands-down. As we previously mentioned, the handset does indeed feature a total of two telephoto lenses; a 2X for portraits and X5 for zooming into the distance. As if that weren’t enough, the 5X also sports OIS for stable snaps even when zoomed in.

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Galaxy Note 10+
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Next, we have the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G which managed to get the “Best for ultra-wide” award. This is due to the 13mm equivalent ultra-wide lens on board; along with the good image quality produced by it.

Finally, DxOMark awarded the Huawei Mate 30 Pro as the “Best for Night photography”. Nothing new here as the handset has always been praised for its skills in low light conditions. These results were achieved thanks to the large 1/1.7″ Quad-Bayer sensor. While with frame-stacking technology and other computational trickery the smartphone is able to increase its light-gathering capabilities even further; thus less noise and more details.

What do you guys think about the list? Do you agree with DxOMark’s picks? Let us know down below!

More data on why each phone was selected available on DxoMark’s website.


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  1. ian fordyce
    November 29, 2019

    I don’t know how DXO do there tests but I don’t agree with how they score things I think it depends how much money these firms give them

  2. Drol Redav
    November 29, 2019

    How have they not considered the Huawei P30 Pro for the zoom test

  3. Jane Phillips
    November 29, 2019

    It really is so subjective… Having swapped my Mate 30 Pro 4 a Note 10 plus 5G recently,although there’s no competition from the NOTE 10 plus in low light levels & super zoom modes dept,in real world scenarios I very rarely use my phone 4 pics in near darkness or several thousand metres away anyway lol. And,as an animal rescuer,who needs very detailed pics on a constant basis 4 various reasons I won’t go into… as well as very “pretty” pics when trying to re home “unloved babies”& find them their forever home&human to love them for the rest of their lives,hand on heart,the NOTE beats the Huawei in 8 outta 10 pics every time.There’d be some good pics from the Pro &some very average pics that weren’t up to standard n would have to re take them several times to get just the right pic where as the NOTE was consistently excellent across the board particularly in the”Pro mode”.I need incredible detail, sharpness & accurate colours when taking pics of injuries on animals,however,(& there’s absolutely no bias here as I own BOTH phones & love them,yes love them lol,equally) but for me at least, I start off taking pics using the pro bcz it’s often my daily driver, but almost always swap to using the NOTE to get the pics I need.Who makes the decisions of best pics taken & based on what?Is there a universal standard of marks they apply or is it decided by pple looking at them from Dxomark? Bcz what they deem to be best pics may not look that way to my eyes,just curious how they decide

  4. Wang Ay Kuo
    November 30, 2019

    lol. dx “shit” mark

  5. Alex Random
    November 30, 2019

    Dx0 not the one you wanted to trust . They hugely paid by Xiaomi .
    I remember ,they gave Mi9 highest score for video….That phone didn’t even have optical stabilisation at all…
    Mi Mix 3 had Dx0Mark score printed on the phone sticker ! ( try to do it fo free and you’ll be sued for sure)
    Bottom line – their reviews not worth considering.

  6. B C
    December 1, 2019

    First of all, who the eff says “camera phones” anymore? Second, how the eff can I get the Xiaomi CC9 Pro in the US? I am sooooooo tired of these trash phones and softwares built for the American market that are sloppy, buggy, and feel like they are all stuck in beta versions at best. I NEVER thought I would be hoping for Chinese anything to hit the American market, but I NEED some actual quality options for once.