Top 20 Smartphone cameras in the World

In today’s post, we are going to be counting down the top 20 smartphone cameras in the world.

Cameras on a smartphone are very very important. They are one of the four main specs that people look out for alongside the SoC, display and battery. A good camera is a deal breaker for those who can afford it.

Camera comparison is a serious business amongst smartphone users. Companies know this, so there is an arms race amongst them for who makes the smartphone with the best camera.


Top 20 Smartphone cameras in the world

This comparison was made using data primarily from DXOmark.


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Number 20: Samsung S20 Ultra

It is actually surprising to see last year’s Samsung flagship make the top 20 podium when its successor does not. The S20 ultra 5G uses a Samsung S5KHM1 108MP sensor. This sensor used to hold the record for sensor with the highest number of pixels. Other features include an aperture size of f/1.8.


Number 19: Oppo Find X2 Pro

The Oppo FInd X2 Pro is a member of Oppo’s flagship line of phones but it is not very popular. At least not globally. It comes in at 19th place. This phone houses a 48MP Sony IMX 689 main sensor. The aperture size is f/1.7.


Number 18: Xiaomi 10 Pro

The Mi 10 Pro, a former Xiaomi flagship takes the 18th spot. Just like the S20 Ultra, it also uses a Samsung-made sensor for its main cameras. The sensor in question is the 108MP Samsung S5KHMX. The aperture size is f/1.69.


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Number 17: Vivo X60 Pro+

This is another bizarre case of the successor not being as good as the predecessor. The Vivo X60 Pro+ is not as good as the X50 Pro+. This is despite the fact that they use the same 50MP Samsung GN1 camera and that the X60 Pro+ has a much bigger aperture (f/1.57).


Number 16: Apple iPhone 12 Pro

In 16th place, we have the iPhone 12 Pro. In typical Apple fashion, this device comes with a 12MP Sony IMX 372 main camera.


Number 13: Apple iPhone 13, 13 Mini and 12 Pro Max

Coming in at number 13, we have a triplet of Apple’s iPhones. They are the iPhones 13, 13 mini and last year’s flagship, 12 Pro Max. They all use the same 12MP Sony IMX 603 image sensor for their main cameras. They all share a similar aperture size (f/1.6) as well.


Number 12: Vivo X50 Pro+

The predecessor of the aforementioned Vivo X60 Pro+ is the Vivo X50 Pro+. It takes 12th position. It finishes higher than its successor with about 4 places despite having the same sensor (50MP Samsung GN1) and having a smaller aperture (f/1.85).


Number 11: Oppo Find X3 Pro

Just slightly missing out of the top 10 is Oppo’s flagship, the Find X3 Pro. It uses the impressive 50MP Sony IMX 766 and has a standard aperture of f/1.8.


Number 10: Huawei P40 Pro

The P40 Pro used to be an absolute beast in it’s heyday, but now it has to settle for the 10th spot. It uses a 52MP Sony IMX 700 with an aperture of f/1.9.


Number 9: Xiaomi 10 Ultra

This is another photography heavyweight that took 2020 by storm. It uses a 48MP Omnivision OV48C.


Number 8: Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon insiders

This weirdly named phone is Qualcomm’s most recent attempt to get into the smartphone market. Qualcomm spared no expense on this device and it has a very good camera as well. It has a 64MP Sony IMX 686 sensor.


Number 7: Google Pixel 6 Pro

Google set the hype train in motion, long before the Google Pixel 6 Pro made its debut. Based on Google’s track record with its Pixel phones, almost everyone was expecting a world beater. It limps to a 7th place finish, just ahead of Qualcomm’s oddly named smartphone.

The Google Pixel 6 Pro has very good cameras (50MP Samsung GN1 main) but I guess I expected more from them.


Number 6: Huawei Mate 40 Pro

The Mate 40 Pro is also another giant from last year on the downward slide. That not withstanding, it is still capable of world class performance. It shares the same camera setup (52MP Sony IMX 700 with an aperture of f/1.9) with the Huawei P40 Pro.


Honourable mentions

Before getting to the top 5, lets look some of the other smartphones with very good cameras that did not make the cut. Honorable mentions include Honor 30 Pro+, iPhones 12, 12 mini and 11 Pro Max; One Plus 9 Pro, Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G, Samsung S21 Ultra 5G, Honor V30 Pro, Oppo Reno 6 Pro+, Google Pixel 5 and the Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro.


Number 4: iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max

This spot is a tie between Apple’s iPhones 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max who both stay ahead of Google’s new flagship. They both use the same 12MP Sony IMX 703 main camera with an aperture of f/1.5.


Number 3: Huawei Mate 40 Pro+

In third place, we have former smartphone photography king. The Huawei Mate 40 Pro+. This phone uses the same camera setup (52MP Sony IMX 700 with an aperture of f/1.9) as the Mate 40 Pro and the P40 Pro. It was dethroned by our number 2 earlier this year.


Number 2: Xiaomi 11 Ultra

The Xiaomi 11 Ultra is a photography beast. It was once the undisputed king of photography in the smartphone world. It uses a Samsung GN2 which was (at some point) the largest smartphone sensor in the world.


The number one on the list of the Top 20 smartphone cameras in the world is…

Number 1: Huawei P50 Pro

The current giant of the Smartphone world remains the Huawei P50 Pro. It leapfrogged the Mi 11 Ultra into first place and has kept it ever since. It uses a 50MP Omnivision OV50A main sensor with an aperture size of f/1.8.


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