Ranking of smartphones with the best camera

1. place: OnePlus 6

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 845 - 4x2.8, 4x1.7
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/1.7
  • LTE: Yes -
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • huge display
  • finally some flagship-feeling
  • fast performance & Oxygen-OS
  • good reception, with (nearly) all LTE frequencies
  • great camera
  • USB-C & headphone jack
  • Mono-speaker
  • no IP certificate
  • few innovation in terms of camera

2. place: Xiaomi Mi8

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 845 - 4 x 2,8 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • excellent build quality
  • nice AMOLED with natural colours
  • good cameras
  • extreme performance
  • insanely fast face-unlock
  • great reception (GPS, WIFI, network)
  • no headphone jack
  • Iphone style
  • mono speaker
  • no IP-certification
  • no wireless-Charging

3. place: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 845 - 4 x 2,8GHz + 4 x 1,7GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12 / B13 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B25 / B26 / B27 / B28 / B29 / B30
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Perfect build quality and nice design
  • Extremely good performance
  • Very strong reception (GPS, WIFI, network)
  • Extremely fast storage modules
  • Outstanding IPS display
  • Improved, flagship-worthy camera
  • Good battery life with wireless charging
  • No headphone jack
  • Average speaker (however stereo)
  • Camera AI just a gimmick
  • Slippery without a cover

4. place: Xiaomi Mi6

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 835 - 4 x 1,9GHz + 4 x 2,45GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3350 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - 1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Perfect build quality
  • Extremely fast Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Amazing 64GB or 128GB memory
  • Perfect display
  • Good dual-camera with useful features
  • No audio jack

5. place: Oneplus 5T

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 835 - 4 x 2,45GHz + 4 x 1,9GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display:
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/1.7
  • LTE: Yes - 800/900/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Enormous performance
  • Big 6-inch display
  • Great face-unlock
  • Full LTE support
  • Clean Oxygen-OS system
  • Android 8 update has been announced
  • Low-light performance not always good
  • Camera juts out from the rear

6. place: Xiaomi Mi Note 3

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 660 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 2,2GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3500 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Perfect build quality
  • Brilliant display
  • Thin & light
  • Good and fast performance
  • Great dual-camera
  • Awesome battery life
  • No audio jack
  • Price/performance ratio not as good as of Mi6
  • Mediocre selfie camera

7. place: Honor 10

Technical details

  • CPU: - 4 x 2,4 GHz & 4 x 1,8 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 24 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Compact smartphone
  • USB C+ headphone jack
  • Full screen + front fingerprint scanner
  • Nice performance thanks to Kirin 970
  • Good camera, great features
  • Fingerprint scanner not really improved
  • Fingerprints
  • Notch? EMUI?
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8. place: Smartisan Nut Pro 2

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 660 -
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3500 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes -
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • excellent display
  • outstanding speakers
  • good battery life
  • nice dual-camera
  • fast and innovative system
  • good build quality
  • watch out: custom ROM useless!
  • still expensive because of scarce availability

9. place: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 835 - 4 x 2,45GHz + 4 x 1,9GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 4G:TD-LTE 34 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41 4G:FDD-LTE 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 17 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Awesome design
  • Perfect build quality
  • High-end performance
  • Great battery life
  • Good stereo speakers
  • Good cameras
  • Slippery without cover
  • No audio jack
  • Little wow-effect compared to predecessor

10. place: Xiaomi Mi A2 / Mi 6X

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 660 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 2,2GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.7
  • LTE: Yes - Mi6X: TDD-LTE B34/B38/39/40/41(100MHz) FDD-LTE B1/3/5/7/8
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Great camera
  • Strong performance
  • Latest connectivity standards
  • Good battery
  • Premium build quality
  • Good portrait & night shots
  • Quick-Charge 3
  • No Micro-SD card slot
  • No headphone jack
  • Camera protrudes
  • Mi6X: No LTE Bd. 20 (LTE in Europe)

11. place: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 636 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 1,6GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.9
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Outstanding build quality
  • Insane battery life + QC
  • Nice photos and good videos
  • Great display with accurate colors
  • Excellent price-performance ratio
  • Fast Snapdragon 636 with MIUI 9
  • Only micro-USB
  • Band 20 only in the global version

12. place: Meizu Pro 7 Plus

Technical details

  • CPU: MediaTek Helio X30 - 2 x 2.6 GHz, 4 x 1.9 GHz, 4 x 2.2 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3500 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 1800/2100/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Great build quality
  • Good system performance
  • Nice 2K-AMOLED display
  • Good battery life
  • Nice photos in daylight
  • Rear camera can be used for selfies
  • Second display has few functions
  • In theory slower than devices with Snapdragon 835
  • Faulty dual-camera functions

13. place: Xiaomi Redmi S2

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8 x 2,0GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - B1/3/4/5/7/8/20/38/40
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Yes

Pros / Cons

  • Great dual-camera
  • Fast system
  • Dual-SIM + Storage extension
  • Strong reception
  • Good battery but...
  • ... less run time than Redmi 5 Plus und Note 5
  • Plastic casing
  • Only HD-display
  • No quick-charge

14. place: Xiaomi Mi A1 (Mi5X)

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8 x 2,0GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 800/900/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • great FHD display
  • excellent build quality
  • good cameras
  • good battery life
  • strong reception (network, WiFi, GPS)
  • awesom performance with MIUI 9 but...
  • ... just a Snapdragon 625 processor!
  • problems with the focus with video recordings

15. place: Honor 7X

Technical details

  • CPU: Kirin 659 - 4x2.36 GHz & 4x1.7 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display:
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - FDD LTE 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 40(2300)
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Incredible build quality
  • 5.9-inch display with 18:9 ratio
  • Micro-SD slot
  • Good camera for standard photos
  • Not heavy
  • Useless Dual-Camera
  • No Quick-Charge function
  • Average speaker

16. place: Nubia Z17

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 835 - 4x2.35GHz + 4x1.9GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3200 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 23 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 20(800), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Extremely fast Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Excellent build quality and design
  • Great camera
  • Full LTE support
  • Gigantic 6/8GB of RAM
  • Bezel-less full-HD display
  • No audio jack
  • Mono speaker
  • No image stabilizer
  • Poor night shots

17. place: Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8*2,0Ghz.
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 5300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano, micro
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Big full-HD 6.44-inch display
  • Excellent display brightness
  • Fast system performance
  • Extremely strong battery
  • High-end build quality
  • Good camera
  • Camera quality deteriorates in bad light condition

18. place: LeEco Le Pro 3 Elite

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 820 - 2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • A huge bunch of performance for little money
  • Snapdragon 820 processor
  • Fast RAM & UFS-storage
  • Excellent speakers
  • No headphone jack
  • Android 6 basis
  • Only in the color gold
  • 32GB internal storage not expandable
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19. place: Nubia Z17 Mini

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 652Snapdragon 653 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 1,2GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 2950 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - (800)/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Attractive design
  • Great performance
  • Nice full-HD design
  • Good camera
  • Excellent build quality
  • Mediocre battery life
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20. place: Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8 x 2,0GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 900/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • excellent design and build quality
  • big and bright display
  • sufficient performance
  • strong battery life
  • good cameras
  • great reception (GPS, network, WIFI)
  • no USB type-C
  • just a Redmi Note 4X with a new display
  • viewing angles of the display

21. place: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8 x 2GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4100 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - FDD-LTE B1/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20 TD-LTE B38/B40
  • Dual-SIM: nano, micro
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Awesome 2.5D glass display
  • Nice gaming performance
  • Outstanding system performance
  • useful cameras
  • Great build quality
  • Nice design
  • No quick-charge
  • Problems with videos (quality & sound)
  • Mediocre speaker

Here you find the ranking of the devices with the best smartphone cameras. For many users the camera is one of the most important criteria when buying a new smartphone. Whether or not a smartphone’s camera is good depends on several aspects. How sharp are the pictures? How good is color representation? Are the pictures still good in low light conditions? Can the front camera take nice selfies? Currently, there are several devices with dual-camera available that can take portraits (Bokeh-shots) with blurred background and 2x optical zoom. All of these aspects have to be considered when determining the quality of a smartphone camera. The number of megapixels alone does not determine quality. Good image quality depends on several factors concerning software but also hardware. For instance, it is decisive for the quality which sensor is used and how well the software is adjusted to it. Moreover, for good pictures a fast and reliable autofocus as well as a low trigger time are important. In this ranking, you find the top smartphones based on these criteria.

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