Gone are the days when you had to carry DSLR to capture your memories. Smartphone cameras have improved a lot in the last few years. At a cheap price, they offer a lot of variety. 8K video recording is also possible on the recent flagship smartphones. In a nutshell, a smartphone camera will be more than enough for average consumers. If you are looking for a camera smartphone, then make sure to read the complete list. We have compiled a list of flagship as well as mid-range camera smartphones below.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra 5G
Xiaomi launched one of the biggest phones this year, the Mi 11 Ultra 5G. Along with its bold design, huge 5000mAh battery, powerful specifications, and a secondary display on the back, this phone has easily one of the best camera systems on the market. Even though the phone doesn’t have a 108MP sensor like some of the other phones on the list but still, makes great shots and videos. Its camera module is made up of 3 sensors, 50 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), Laser AF, OIS, a 48 MP, f/4.1, 120mm (periscope telephoto), 5x optical zoom and a 48 MP, f/2.2, 128˚ (ultrawide). Video capabilities go up to 8K. Other than that it comes with a Snapdragon 888 chip, 12GB ram, and other flagship features.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
I think this device needs no introduction. But still, the S21 Ultra 5G was no doubt one of the best camera phones of the year, with big numbers and quality to match. Samsung really stepped up the game from the S20 ultra. This phone comes with a Quad camera setup consisting of a huge 108 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), Laser AF, OIS, a 10 MP, f/4.9, (periscope telephoto), 10x optical zoom, another 10 MP, f/2.4 (telephoto), OIS, 3x optical zoom, and lastly a 12 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide). This makes a great set. The video capabilities go up to 8K.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
From the Apple family comes the latest and greatest iPhone, the 12 Pro Max. In this model, Apple made some significant improvements in the camera of the phone like the new sensor-shift OIS and a bigger sensor. The upgrades really talk to you when you see the image quality produced by the phone. The camera array contains 3 sensors, a main 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), sensor-shift stabilization, a 12 MP, f/2.2, 65mm (telephoto), 1/3.4”, 2.5x optical zoom, and finally a 12 MP, f/2.4, 120˚, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/3.6″. Apple also added a TOF 3D LiDAR scanner. This phone can record videos up to 4K @ 60fps.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
The Huawei ban has really affected their devices and products. No matter how good the phones are people aren’t ready to leave GMS and adopt a brand new OS. Anyway, Huawei has made this Mate 40 Pro+ a really good phone with a really good camera module. The phone comes with a 4 camera setup consisting of a main 50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, Laser AF, OIS, a 12 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom, an 8 MP, f/4.4, (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom and finally a 20 MP, f/2.4, (ultrawide), with a TOF 3D sensor. Other specifications include a Kirin 9000 chipset, 12GB ram, and a 4200mAh battery.
Google Pixel 5
The Google Pixel 5 is here for all the stock android lovers! Pixel 5 is no doubt a great phone, while it doesn’t have all the new bells and whistles from the latest phones it still holds out great on battery, performance, and camera. It consists of two sensors only. The main 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), OIS and the other 16 MP, f/2.2, 107˚ (ultrawide). But the software companies make the most use of these 2 sensors with great night mode and overall performance. The video capabilities of this phone go up to 4K @ 30fps. Other specifications include Snapdragon 765G, 8GB ram, and a 4080mAh battery.
Oppo Find X3 Pro
The Chinese manufacturer started from producing mid-range devices to now making full flagships. The Oppo Find X3 Pro has a good camera setup but what makes it special is that the device comes with a super magnifying microscopic lens. The phone comes with a Quad camera setup including a 50 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), OIS, a 13 MP (telephoto), 2x optical zoom, a 50 MP, 110˚ (ultrawide) and finally the 3 MP, f/3.0, (microscope), with 60x magnification and a ring flash around the lens. The microscope does a really good job at getting up close and personal with the subject. The phones can record videos at 4K 60fps. Other Specifications include Snapdragon 888, 16GB ram, and a 4500mAh battery.
OnePlus 9 Pro
This OnePlus x Hasselblad raised many hopes that their camera will get a major improvement. While that did not happen the camera did get some improvements. The camera module is made up of 4 sensors including a 48 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide), 8 MP, f/2.4, 77mm (telephoto), OIS, 3.3x optical zoom, a 50 MP, f/2.2, 14mm (ultrawide), and lastly 2 MP, f/2.4, (monochrome). Other specifications include a Snapdragon 888 chipset, up to 12GB ram, and a 4500mAh battery.
iPhone 12 Mini
If you are in for a compact phone but don’t want to compromise on the camera quality, here is the iPhone for you. The 12 mini is a really small phone but the camera and chipset provide the same performance as the bigger expensive models. The 12 mini has a dual camera with a 12 MP, f/1.6, 26mm (wide), OIS, and a 12 MP,120˚(ultrawide). It can record videos up to 4K @ 60fps. Other specifications include an A14 Bionic chip, 4GB ram, and a 2227mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy A72
This year Samsung present one of their best mid-range smartphones in A-series. The A72 is top of a line smartphone with OIS. . It has good specifications and the price is not that high. The A72 comes with a quad-camera setup including a main 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide) OIS, an8 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto) 3x optical zoom, a 12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚ (ultrawide) and lastly a 5 MP, f/2.4, (macro). It can record video at up to 4K 30fps. Other specifications include a Snapdragon 720G, and a 5000mAh battery.
Redmi Note 10 Pro
Entering the budget category we have the Redmi Note 10 Pro here with big camera numbers and a not-so-big price tag. This phone has a quad-camera system with a 108 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), an 8 MP, f/2.2, 118˚ (ultrawide), a 5 MP, f/2.4, (macro), AF and a 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth). Video capabilities go up to 4K @ 30fps. Other specifications include a Snapdragon 732G, and a 5020mAh battery.
So what do you think about these camera smartphones? Which one of them is your favorite? Any phones you think should be on the list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!