The best camera phones 2021: rating of top 15 phones for photography

It is already impossible to remember the turning point, when professional cameras stopped competing with each other and started fighting with smartphones for market leadership. Of course, there are plenty of people who believe that the phone will never replace the camera. Nevertheless, there are camera phones that overtake their competitors in terms of shooting quality. We’ve rounded up the best camera phones that meet user expectations in 2022.

Samsung Galaxy S21+.

Kicking off our top is literally the favorite for professional mobile photography. It’s not just about this model, but the entire company Samsung in general. For several years in a row it has positioned itself as the best manufacturer of photo flagships, which are distinguished not only by high-quality lenses, but also by the most adapted software. This is important, because the lower the quality of software components, the worse the interaction with the hardware component.

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Let’s move directly to the S21+. All phones with the letter “S” in their name have a high price, but are rich in functionality compared to models from the other line. The device is equipped with three rear cameras: 64 MP tele-photo, wide-angle and 12 MP ultra-wide-angle. Additionally, there is support for 8K video. A nice bonus will be the 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen, which will clearly show the shots just taken.

Advantages:

  • Processor performance – 722729;
  • screen;
  • memory – 128GB;

Disadvantages:

  • No 3.5 headphone input;
  • No slot for a memory card.

Price on Yandex.Market: 61120 rubles.

Honor 30 Pro+

The emergence of HONOR has significantly moved the rest of the world market participants from their leading positions in the rankings. Initially, the manufacturer positions the device as a universal flagship with a high-performance HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of ROM. Despite the fact that the camera, according to the idea, was not the main feature, it was chosen extremely well.

Honor 30 Pro+

The device is equipped with three lenses, the largest of which has a resolution of 50 MP and an aperture of F/1.90. In short, this value affects the brightness of the photo. The lower the number after the “/” sign, the more light the camera catches and the brighter the photos will be. Notably, this phone uses a hybrid camera that allows you to change the aperture, which is responsible for the camera catching light.

Advantages:

  • hybrid camera technology;
  • processor performance – 551152;
  • 256GB of memory.

Disadvantages:

  • No Google services pre-installed;
  • the display.

Price on e-katalog: 50000 rubles.

Samsung Galaxy S20+.

Slightly outdated, but still sold in most stores, the model. Unlike its “descendant” described above, the S20+ has a weaker Samsung Exynos 990 processor. It is noteworthy that the RAM and permanent memory have not undergone any changes. Let’s say more, the manufacturers even installed a fourth camera, which was introduced as an auxiliary lens. This and the next model have a display, the working area of which covers 91% of the entire surface of the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S20 +

Advantages:

  • Borderless screen;
  • availability of an auxiliary lens;
  • bright display.

Disadvantages:

  • Weak battery;
  • no 5 socket.

Price: 59000 rubles.

Oppo Find X2 Pro

This model was a bit of a failure in all respects except the camera. Its manufacturers have worked it to the maximum. The device is equipped with three main lenses. The main camera has a resolution of 48 MP and an aperture of f/1.70. Consequently, when shooting the device captures a lot of photons of light, which makes the frames especially bright.

Oppo Find X2 Pro

Now to the reason for the collapse of this smartphone. The company for some reason installed a slightly outdated OLED screen with a diagonal of 6.7 inches and a density of 519 ppi. Usually values higher than 400 are no longer noticeable to the eye. This apparent overkill not only affected the price, but also on battery consumption. The phone barely lasts a day.

Advantages:

  • camera;
  • design;
  • performance.

Disadvantages:

  • Complete mismatch between price and quality;
  • “unnecessary” clarity.

Price: 55000 rubles.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

This firm will not once again be glimpsed in this rating. This model scares away its price and a strange “angular” body design. In fact, this is a feature of the Galaxy Note line, which is found in many Samsung phablets. The resolution of one of the four rear cameras is 108 MP, and its aperture is f/1.80. On a simple device, this resolution would lead to some graininess, but Samsung corrected this problem in advance at the software level.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Advantages:

  • camera resolution;
  • limitless screen;
  • large display.

Disadvantages:

  • weak battery.

Price: 75500 rubles.

Vivo X50 Pro+.

Another smartphone from the premium class. The first thing that catches the eye is the location of the rear four cameras. They are all different sizes and shapes. The main camera has a resolution of 48 MP and an aperture of f/1.6, which makes this smartphone the most photosensitive of the already listed models.

Vivo X50 Pro+

Advantages:

  • performance;
  • clear screen;
  • good equipment.

Disadvantages:

  • Unaccustomed rectangular case design.

Price: 52000 rubles.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

You’ll be very surprised, but Apple is both one of the leading manufacturers of photoflags and a company that has almost never raised the resolution of the lens above 13 MP. This paradox is explained by the iOS system, which is ground up for hardware components, with a strictly set aperture. The iPhone 11 uses three 12 MP lenses. Their apertures are different, namely f/2.40, f.1.8 and f/2.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Advantages:

  • optimized software;
  • battery life – 65 hours in player mode;
  • performance;

Disadvantages:

  • Overpriced.

Price on Yandex.Market: 62650 rubles.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Let’s start, perhaps, with the design of the body. The device is characterized by a wide screen and angularity. Most likely, the main reason for such a design was the need to allocate more space for the camera sensor. On the back cover there are four lenses for 40, 40 and 8 MP. The fourth lens is auxiliary. The screen of the device has a deep color rendering and pixel density of 409 ppi. Fans of “a thousand and one photos” will be especially pleased with the 256GB of ROM capacity.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

The advantages:

  • a lot of memory;
  • design;
  • performance.

Disadvantages:

  • Lack of Google services;
  • price.

Price: 77000 rubles.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Quality costs money, and Samsung knows it. Despite the high price, the device is quickly gaining popularity among users from all over the world. The first thing that attracts them, of course, is the 108 MP camera. Generally, this phone is positioned as a universal flagship with a powerful Samsung Exynos 990 processor and 12 GB RAM. Getting to the perfection of this phone, the company “tweaks” it to the IP68 security standard, and then advertises it as a great choice for seascape preservation.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Advantages:

  • moisture-proof case;
  • 128 GB of memory;
  • large screen.

Disadvantages:

  • cost;
  • The camera is not protected from scratches.

Price: 70,000 rubles.

Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro Plus

Dual front camera, located in the corner – how about it? The manufacturers have put the emphasis on photos, and it does not matter whether it is selfies or a landscape. There are three lenses on the rear side + one auxiliary lens. The largest of them has a resolution of 50 MP, and its aperture is f/1.9. Shooting quality now does not depend on the stability of the camera, because the device is equipped with an optical stabilizer. It was also in the models above, but it showed itself best in this model.

Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro Plus

Advantages:

  • optical stabilization;
  • Dual “frontal”;
  • bright screen.

Disadvantages:

  • cost;
  • The lack of Google-services.

Price: 71000 rubles.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra

Usually Xiaomi produces mid-range and budget class phones, but there are exceptions, such as the Mi 10 Ultra. On the rear side there are four cameras. The largest of them has a resolution of 48 MP, and its aperture is f/1.85. Due to its high price, the phone hasn’t gained much popularity among loyal fans who don’t prefer to buy premium smartphones.

Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra

Advantages:

  • design;
  • optimized OS.

Disadvantages:

  • cost;
  • No official delivery in the Russian Federation.

Price: 59000 rubles.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

If the previous models were great only for photos, but lost their “grip” during video shooting, this variant, on the contrary, perfectly copes with shooting even in 8K resolution. The device has three cameras, the largest of which has 108 MP resolution and an f/1.8 aperture.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Advantages:

  • video quality;
  • The screen is Dynamic AMOLED 2X;
  • 128GB ROM and 12GB RAM.

Disadvantages:

  • Weak battery.

Price: 76000 rubles.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Another premium model from Xiaomi, which surprisingly gained huge popularity. Let’s start with the borderless screen, the working area of which covers 91% of the total surface. Three 48 MP cameras are responsible for creating gorgeous pictures in the device. An AMOLED screen with a 6.81-inch diagonal is responsible for viewing those same shots.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

The advantages:

  • bright screen;
  • 256 GB OF ROM;
  • photo quality.

Disadvantages:

  • Low battery life.

Price: 79000 rubles.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max

Another model from the “Apple” company. Not much different from version 11 in terms of photos. But the device has grown significantly in terms of performance. All this thanks to one of the most powerful processors in the world, namely A14 Bionic. The battery life has also increased. Now 3687 mAh is enough for 80 hours in player mode. According to experts, it is better to choose the 12 version rather than the 11.

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Advantages:

  • autonomy;
  • performance;
  • optimized OS.

Disadvantages:

  • Overpriced.

Price: 85500 rubles.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro and Huawei Mate 40

Our top ends with another Chinese manufacturer. The idea with a dual camera was liked by users and therefore carried over to this model. On the back there are three cameras of 50, 20 and 12 MP. Otherwise has minor changes compared to the previous model. Especially liked the camera with optical stabilization and its debugging.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Advantages:

  • design;
  • optical stabilization;
  • performance.

Disadvantages:

  • not noticed.

Price: 89000 rubles.

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