Phone cameras have improved immensely. Just compare a 2014 model phone from Samsung or Apple, with their new flagships. You’ll be shocked to see the difference. It is so overwhelming to see, how good phone cameras have become. That is why it’s very had to now rank the best camera phones as the difference is very little. But we did it! and the positions may surprise you. So, here is the list of the Top 5 Best Camera phones in 2021.
#5 Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Taking our number 5 spot is none other than Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. This phone is equipped with quad rear cameras and one in the front. It has a primary camera of 108-megapixel, OIS, f/1.8, an aperture lens with PDAF autofocus, and OIS. It also offers two telephoto lenses. One has 10-megapixel, Optical 3X, OIS, f/2.4, 1.22μm and the second has 10-megapixel, Optical 10X, OIS, f/4.9, 1.22μm. The remaining is an Ultrawide 12-megapixel, 120-degree field of view, f/2.2, 1.4μm, and these are paired with laser autofocus. The front camera offers a 40-megapixel, 80-degree field of view, f/2.2, 0.7 μm.
The most notable features include its new shooting modes and 100x space zoom. It can record 8k resolution video that has the highest resolution available today. The reason why it is not at top of our list is because of its night mode. It can not top out the rest of the phones on the list. Watch the video below for a detailed review of the Samsung Galaxy S2 Ultra Camera.
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#4 Sony Xperia 1 ii
Moving to our number 4 spot is a Japanese electronics manufacture “Sony”. They have dominated the professional camera world and also provide mobile camera hardware to tech giants like Samsung, Google, and many more. Sony Xperia 1 ii has revolutionized smartphone camera photography. Let’s talk about the hardware of this phone. This phone is equipped with rear quad cameras, the primary lens is a 12 MP 1/1.7-inch sensor with 1.8µm pixels and 24 mm-equivalent f/1.7, dual pixel PDAF, OIS. The Ultra-wide lens is a 12 MP 1/2.55-inch sensor and 16 mm-equivalent f/2.2 lenses, dual pixel PDAF. It also features a telephoto lens that has a 12 MP 1/3.4-inch sensor with 1.0µm pixels and 70 mm-equivalent f/2.4 lenses, PDAF, OIS, and 0.3 MP 3D ToF sensor.
The main advantages are of the professional modes as they are the same as in professional Sony cameras. It offers the most accurate colors and the best HDR. The only department it lacks is in night mode and software optimizations. Watch the video below for a complete camera review of this phone.
#3 Google Pixel 5
Number 3 of our list needs no introduction. Google Pixel 5 is known for its camera performance and best software optimization. Let’s talk about the camera’s hardware, this phone is the only one to feature a dual rear camera setup. The primary camera is a 12.2 MP 1/2.55″ sensor, 27 mm-equivalent (standard-wide) f/1.7-aperture lens, dual pixel PDAF, OIS while the secondary camera is a 16 MP 1.0µm sensor, 107-degree field of view f/2.2-aperture lens. It is equipped with an 8MP 1/4.0″ front-facing sensor.
It does not have crazy zoom or a bunch of cameras but what it offers are the best software optimizations and best night mode. Watch the video below for the complete review of this phone’s camera
#2 Huawei P40 Pro
Arriving at our number 2 spot is Huawei P40 Pro. This Chinese tech giant is famous for its unmatching camera performance and lightning speed performance. Let’s talk about the phone’s hardware. This phone is equipped with a quad-camera setup. It offers a primary lens of 50MP 1/1.28″ sensor (12MP output), 23mm-equivalent (1x defined as 27mm) f/1.9-aperture lens, full-pixel Octa-PD, OIS. Moving on to Ultra-wide 40MP 1/1.54″ sensor, 18mm-equivalent f/1.8-aperture lens, PDAF. It also has a telephoto 12MP 1/3.56″ sensor, 125mm-equivalent f/3.4-aperture lens, PDAF, OIS, and a ToF 3D depth-sensing camera (78-degree FOV).
This phone is great for mobile photography and offers better low-light performance. This phone can capture amazing photos in dark. The disappointment is its camera software optimization but it is still an amazing phone. Watch the video below for its detailed camera review.
#1 Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
The undefeated champion of the mobile phone cameras is none other than Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max. It offers a quad camera setup. Its primary camera offers a primary camera of 12 MP sensor (1.7µ photosites), 26 mm-equivalent f/1.6-aperture lenses, sensor-shift OIS, PDAF. Moving on to Ultra-wide it has a 12 MP 1/3.6″ sensor, 13 mm-equivalent (14 mm measured) f/2.4-aperture lens. Lastly, it has a telephoto lens of 12 MP 1/3.4″ sensor, 65 mm-equivalent f/2.2-aperture lenses, PDAF, OIS as well as a LiDAR depth sensor. It offers a dual front-facing camera that are12 MP 1/3.6-inch sensor with 23 mm-equivalent f/2.2-aperture lenses and SL 3D sensor for depth estimation.
This amazing phone stands above all others in low light performance, HDR, and color accuracy. it can use night mode in primary as well as the ultrawide camera. Overall it’s an excellent device with every lens performing well. Watch the video below for its detailed review. And this concludes our list of Top 5 Best Camera phones in 2021.