Searching for the best smartphone camera? You are at the right place. We test and rank the best camera phones with our Uber-G Camera IQ score, which comes from analyzing photos from up close, and explained in our Mobile Camera Reviews.

When the image-quality (IQ) review is not available, we have our Uber-G Camera HW (hardware) score that tells you how powerful the (rear) camera system is.

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Best Mobile Camera by Image Quality

Our camera scoring system is based on four “Pillars” or sub-scores that provides much-needed nuance:

Day, Night, Zoom and Ultrawide photography.

You can click/tap on each table header (Name, IQ Score, Day, Night, Zoom, Ultrawide) to sort the table by that particular metric.

YearPhoneIQ ScoreDay  Night  Zoom  U-wide
2019 Samsung Galaxy S10 177 187 194 89 134
2019 Samsung Galaxy S10+ 177 187 194 89 134
2018 Huawei Mate 20 Pro 167 179 179 103 114
2018 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 162 186 193 88 N/A
2018 LG V40 161 173 172 80 129
2018 Samsung Galaxy S9+ 160 184 191 85 N/A
2018 Samsung Galaxy S9 158 184 191 59 N/A
2018 Apple iPhone XS 155 187 178 87 N/A
2018 Huawei P20 Pro 155 180 180 103 N/A
2018 Apple iPhone XS Max 155 187 178 87 N/A
2018 OnePlus 6T 154 187 179 59 N/A
2018 Google Pixel 3 152 186 176 62 N/A
2018 Honor View 20 150 179 174 83 N/A
2018 LG G7 ThinQ 142 165 141 57 122
2017 Google Pixel 2 XL 141 165 168 55 N/A
2018 OnePlus OnePlus 6 141 167 167 58 N/A
2017 Google Pixel 2 141 165 168 55 N/A
2018 Sony Xperia XZ2 139 181 151 53 N/A
2018 HTC U12+ 139 180 149 83 N/A
2018 Huawei P20 129 172 136 63 N/A
2017 Honor View 10 127 169 134 54 N/A
2018 Honor 10 126 165 135 53 N/A
2017 OnePlus OnePlus 5T 124 160 136 47 N/A
2018 Vivo V11 110 165 100 53 N/A
2018 Honor Honor Play 109 163 100 53 N/A
2018 Huawei Y9 (2018) 87 142 70 46 N/A
2017 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) 77 140 50 45 N/A

Best Mobile Camera by Hardware

Note that the camera hardware is 100% driven by data and algorithms. As such, any change in data or algorithm will make the scores fluctuate. We plan on rolling out code changes or data updates from time to time to continuously improve the HW score.

Uber-G Camera HW doesn’t take into account the finesse of software tuning but check our Uber-G Camera HW page, and you will be surprised by the correlation between IQ and HW. It makes sense: great hardware should yield better photos! Check our latest Mobile Camera Reviews

Year Phone Brand & Model Uber-G Camera HW Score
2017 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 113
2018 Sony Xperia XZ3 102
2017 Samsung Galaxy S8+ 101
2017 Samsung Galaxy S8 101
2017 LG V30 97
2017 Apple iPhone X 71
2017 Huawei Mate 10 67
2018 Honor Honor Magic 2 66
2018 Xiaomi Pocophone F1 65
2017 LG G6 59
2018 Honor Honor 8x 56
2018 Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro 50
2018 Huawei Mate SE 48
2017 Xiaomi Mi 5X 38
2018 Xiaomi Redmi 5 38
2017 Nokia 8 36
2017 LG Q6 30

Uber-G Camera IQ and HW logos and awards

To spot the best camera phones at a glance, we have created an array of Uber-G Camera score logos and awards, divided by price category and photography strength.

Filed in Cellphones >Photo-Video. Read more about Android, Best, iPhone and Mobile Camera Reviews.

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