The best smartphone cameras of 2020

For many people, the camera system is the most important attribute of a new smartphone. However, simply looking at the megapixel rating of each lens is not an accurate way of determining the actual capability of a smartphone’s camera. This is because modern smartphone cameras use a wealth of technologies […]

For many people, the camera system is the most important attribute of a new smartphone.

However, simply looking at the megapixel rating of each lens is not an accurate way of determining the actual capability of a smartphone’s camera.

This is because modern smartphone cameras use a wealth of technologies and features to improve the quality of photographs taken by these smartphones.

DxOmark is one of the best places to look if you want to determine the quality of a smartphone’s camera.

It gives each smartphone’s rear and front cameras a rating score that is based on a variety of rigorous tests.

DxOmark explains that devices are tested at their default settings both in controlled lab environments and in natural indoor and outdoor scenes.

The tests cover an extensive range of light conditions and scenarios to provide a comprehensive report on the quality of the smartphone camera.

“Overall, an engineering team works for a week to capture and evaluates over 1,600 test images and more than 2 hours of video for each review,” DxOmark states.

It noted that these tests are purely objective and most are calculated directly by test equipment, while some perceptual tests use a set of metrics that allow a panel of image experts to compare image quality criteria accurately.

All tests are then compiled into two primary scores – for photo and video – after which an overall score is calculated.

Rear camera ratings

According to DxOmark, the best rear smartphone camera on the market is not from any of the “big 3” smartphone makers (Samsung, Apple, and Huawei).

Instead, the winner is the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, which boasts a score of 130.

It is closely followed by the Huawei P40 Pro on 128, while the 125-rated Honor 30 Pro+ rounds out the top three.

DxOmark Smartphone Rear Camera Rankings
Smartphone Rating
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra 130
Huawei P40 Pro 128
Honor 30 Pro+ 125
Oppo Find X2 Pro 124
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 124
Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G 123
Honor V30 Pro 122
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 122
Huawei Mate 30 Pro 121
Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium 121
Xiaomi Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition 120
OnePlus 8 Pro 119
Samsung Galaxy S20+ 118
Apple iPhone 11 Max 117
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G 117
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 117
Huawei P30 Pro 116
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom 116
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G 116
OnePlus 7 Pro 114

Selfie camera ratings

When it comes to selfie cameras, Huawei’s P40 Pro leads the way with a score of 103.

The Huawei Nova 6 5G and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra are tied for second spot behind the P40 Pro, both boasting a score of 100.

It is worth noting that the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra, which won the rear camera category, is yet to receive a rating for its selfie camera at the time of writing.

The inverse is true of the Nova 6 5G, which is why it did not feature in the rear camera table.

DxOmark Smartphone Selfie Camera Rankings
Smartphone Rating
Huawei P40 Pro 103
Huawei Nova 6 5G 100
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 100
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G 99
Asus ZenFone 6 98
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G 97
Samsung Galaxy S10+ 96
Huawei Mate 30 Pro 93
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 92
Google Pixel 3 92
Google Pixel 4 92
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 92
Apple iPhone 11 91
Huawei P30 Pro 89
OnePlus 7 Pro 86
Honor 20 Pro 85
Apple iPhone SE (2020) 84
Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G 84
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 84
Samsung Galaxy A71 83

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