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The best camera phones for 2020, tested by our expert editors

Here are the very best phones for photographers, whether you're a seasoned pro or just want the sharpest photos without trying.

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The best camera phones for 2020, ranked

  1. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  2. Huawei P40 Pro
  3. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
  4. Oppo Find X2 Pro
  5. Google Pixel 4a
  6. Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  7. Google Pixel 4XL
  8. Apple iPhone SE 2020
  9. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  10. realme X3 SuperZoom

How did we pick this list?

Finder's expert team of reviewers have extensively tested the cameras for every phone on this list because the camera on a phone is more than just the sum of its megapixels. For each phone when we're reviewing them, we put a special focus on the camera capabilities because it's such a key value area for every single smartphone you can buy.

Our editorial team chose the phones in this list on a weighted balance of camera features, quality and our experiences when testing them, compared to other phones available in the market. The selection and order are not based on review scores. Find more detail on our methodology below.

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1. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

The best camera phone your money can buy.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
6.9-inch display | 256GB, 512GB storage options | 12MP + 108MP + 12MP rear camera
  • Great low-light shooting
  • Impressive range of shooting modes
  • Great 8K video capabilities
  • 50x zoom isn't great
  • Camera bump is immense
  • Battery life at 120Hz isn't top notch
RRP From $1,849

Why we chose it

You can't help but grasp how seriously Samsung takes the camera on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra given its immense rear camera bump, although you can mitigate for that a touch with the use of a good phone case. Its combination of a primary 108MP lens along with secondary 12MP ultra-wide and telephoto lenses gives it plenty of flexibility when choosing your shot parameters if you're a fan of pro modes.

Those who are less confident in their shooting prowess should see good results with the Note 20 Ultra's Single Take mode. It's also a superb camera if you want to shoot video, with 8K support onboard. On the minus side, this is a big handset, which can make framing an interesting proposition, and its battery life is only ordinary compared to some other camera phones.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, including plenty of camera samples.


2. Huawei P40 Pro

A great camera phone seriously let down by the Google ban.

Huawei P40 Pro
6.58-inch display | 256GB storage options | 50MP + 40MP + 12MP rear camera
  • Amazing low-light quality
  • Easy to get great shots
  • Underwater photography mode (with a case)
  • Lack of Google support
  • Lack of social-sharing photo apps
  • Lack of photo-editing apps
RRP $1,599

Why we chose it

The Huawei P40 Pro is a curious inclusion, and in many ways, its camera hardware deserves to sit in the top spot of our best camera phones round-up – at least until we've had the chance to test the even more enticing sounding Huawei P40 Pro Plus. Huawei's deal with premium camera maker Leica has enabled it to make the best camera phones on the market for the past couple of years, and the Huawei P40 Pro is no exception, matching up a primary 50MP sensor, a 40MP ultra-wide sensor and a 12MP 5x optical-zoom sensor in a package that shoots well, fast and in just about every possible situation, up to and including underwater photography – although you'll need a special case to shoot that way effectively.

So why isn't it top dog? Simply because of the current ban on Google services that affects every Huawei smartphone. That has a bigger impact in the general smartphone sense obviously, but for camera enthusiasts, it means that it can be tougher to get your photos off the Huawei P40 Pro, harder to share them across your social channels if that's your passion and more limited in the quantity of photo-editing apps if you want to tweak your shots while they're still on the phone.

Read our full Huawei P40 Pro review, including camera samples here.


3. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

A simple phone for taking great photos.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
6.5-inch display | 64GB, 256GB, 512GB storage options | 12MP + 12MP + 12MP rear camera
  • Easy to use portrait mode
  • Good video quality
  • Triple lens is flexible but simple
  • Low light isn't as good as competitors
  • Fixed storage is problematic for longer video shoots
  • Slofies are a gimmick
RRP From $1,899

Why we chose it

Apple didn't invent smartphone photography, but it's very much the case that the explosive popularity of the original iPhone saw smartphone photography become a key component of any mobile phone device. Over the years, Apple has tended to lag the general Android market in terms of feature sets, which is why the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is the first Apple model to run with three rear lenses.

On paper, the combination of a trio of 12MP lenses might not seem that exciting, but Apple's ability to eke the most out of its hardware and software in iOS allows the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max to shoot way better shots than you would think possible. It's best suited to those who don't want to tweak settings, and it's not the strongest phone in very dark situations. What it is, is a phone that makes it quite effortless to take great photos, especially in its highly customisable portrait mode, which can finally add bokeh to objects that aren't human faces.

See all the camera samples in our comprehensive Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max review.


4. Oppo Find X2 Pro

Oppo's zoom heavy camera shoots well in most situations.

Oppo Find X2 Pro
6.7-inch display | 512GB storage options | 48MP + 48MP + 13MP rear camera
  • Good low-light capture
  • Fun photo modes
  • Telescope lens works well at optical length
  • 60x zoom is a stupid party trick
  • Only shoots up to 4K video
  • No storage expansion
RRP From $1,599

Why we chose it

While Oppo's core market in Australia for many years was in affordable phones, it has recently stretched itself further into the premium space, albeit with mixed results (especially when it comes to camera quality.) Oppo's made all the right moves with the Oppo Find X2 Pro, a camera phone that sells for less than its Samsung or Apple competition while still delivering a solid array of rear-lens choices and good performance in low-light situations.

Its use of a periscope style lens gives it good zooming capability, but like so many manufacturers right now, it stretches that out to a ludicrous degree. Yes, you can shoot at up to 60x digital zoom on the Oppo Find X2 Pro, but the results are uniformly unimpressive. It's also somewhat limited by the lack of storage expansion, which could be an issue if you take a lot of photos or shoot plenty of video on the go.

Read our full review of the Oppo Find X2 Pro to see photo samples.


5. Google Pixel 4a

An affordable and appealing camera phone.

Google Pixel 4a
5.8-inch display | 128GB storage options | 12.2MP rear camera
  • Best night photography in its price bracket
  • Google's AI produces surprisingly good bokeh
  • Astrophotography mode is fun
  • Single lens only
  • Limited storage
  • Mediocre battery life
RRP From $599

Why we chose it

If you're after a good camera phone but your wallet cries at you if you even glance in the direction of a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or Huawei P40 Pro, then Google's more affordable Pixel 4a is the phone you should buy. While you're only shooting with a single 12.2MP lens at the rear, it's what Google is able to do with software that makes the Pixel 4a such a compelling prospect.

In its price bracket, there's simply nothing to touch it in terms of its low-light capability. While that was true of 2019's Pixel 3a as well, the addition of astrophotography capabilities if you've got a tripod handy takes the Pixel 4a even higher. There is a balancing act here, however, because at this price point, plenty of competitors are offering up zoom and ultra-wide options that the Pixel 4a just can't match. It's also a smaller phone, and while that makes it easier to slip into a pocket for your next photographic adventure, it also limits its battery capacity, which could be problematic if you're shooting a lot of content at once.

Read our full review and check out our camera samples from the Google Pixel 4a here.


6. Samsung Galaxy Note20

A more affordable Note option that still shoots well.

Samsung Galaxy Note20
6.7-inch display | 256GB, 128MB storage options | 64MP + 12MP + 12MP rear camera
  • Good all-round camera capabilities
  • Single Take is getting smarter
  • Solid low-light capability
  • Not quite as nice as the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra's cameras
  • Space Zoom isn't great
  • No laser autofocus
RRP From $1,499

Why we chose it

Typically, the recipe for the second-stringer phone in a flagship phone family is to radically undercut the camera to keep costs low and make the true flagship that much more compelling. That's sort of what Samsung did with the Galaxy Note 20, which isn't quite as good a camera phone as the more expensive Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in a straight-line specifications showdown.

However, when you shoot with the Galaxy Note 20's trio of lenses, you quickly realise that this makes less of an impact than you'd expect. This is a highly competent camera phone in its own right, even if it does play second fiddle to the bigger Ultra Note this year. Given you're saving a fair chunk of cash in the process, that's a trade-off that many camera phone fans may find compelling, whether you prefer to dip into the extensive pro-mode settings or let the enhanced Single Take mode choose camera settings for you on the fly.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.


7. Google Pixel 4 XL

A smart AI-led camera phone.

Google Pixel 4 XL
6.3-inch display | 64GB, 128GB storage options | 12.2MP + 16MP rear camera
  • A fun and simple camera
  • Astrophotography works very well
  • Adjustable contrast and brightness on the fly
  • It's only dual lens at the rear
  • Google dropped dual-lens front-facing cameras
  • Fixed storage, like all Pixel phones
RRP From $1,279

Why we chose it

The Google Pixel 4 family has more than a few miles on it, but while we wait for the Google Pixel 5, if you're a fan of the search giant's clean UI and general phone approach, the Google Pixel 4XL is still worth consideration on the camera front. That's largely down to the same AI that powers the Google Pixel 4a's camera capabilities, including its exceptional astrophotography features. The Google Pixel 4XL goes one better with the inclusion of a telephoto lens where previous Pixel models were all strictly monogamous when it came to lens choices.

Dual lenses aren't that exciting, but again, Google's software impresses, giving it a very solid 8x SuperRes hybrid zoom feature that other cameras struggle to match. On the downside, you're once again in fixed-storage land – a feature of every Pixel phone to date – and while the Pixel 3 range had dual front cameras for wide selfies, Google dropped that in favour of its gimmicky "Project Soli" radar sensor for gestures you'll never use anyway.

Read our full review of the Google Pixel 4 XL.


8. Apple iPhone SE (2020)

A cheaper iPhone with a nice camera.

Apple iPhone SE (2020)
4.7-inch display | 64GB, 128GB, 256GB storage options | 12MP rear camera
  • Easy to shoot well for novices
  • Good portrait shots
  • Lots of great iOS camera apps to play with
  • Single lens only
  • Fixed storage
  • Terrible battery life
RRP From $749

Why we chose it

Apple doesn't do "cheap", except when it does. That's been the story of the lower cost iPhone SE line for years, but the earlier SE models had truly mediocre cameras. Truth be told, the iPhone SE 2020's single rear 12MP lens isn't that exciting on its own terms because Apple would very much prefer camera pros invested in the pricier iPhone 11 Pro Max or its upcoming Apple iPhone 12 successor. However, if you're firmly in the iOS camp and looking for a good camera phone that won't break the bank, the iPhone SE 2020 still has its appeal, thanks to the AI processing it gains from the A13 Bionic processor and the huge array of flexible camera apps that iOS users can enjoy.

Read our full review of the Apple iPhone SE 2020.


9. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

A big and beautiful camera phone.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
6.9-inch display | 128GB, 256GB, 512GB storage options | 48MP + 108MP + 12MP rear camera
  • Variety of lenses for every shooting need
  • Single Take is good for novices
  • Good battery life
  • Some inconsistent focus results
  • 100x Space Zoom is a silly gimmick
  • Full 108MP shots aren't great
RRP From $1,999

Why we chose it

Samsung's first flagship for 2020 was sold on its camera prowess, and on paper, it wasn't hard to see where Samsung was aiming, with a hefty combination of a primary 108MP lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens and a 48MP periscope-style telephoto lens. It's the beneficiary of the highest level of zoom on any Samsung flagship phone to date, with up to 100x "Space Zoom" if you really must.

You probably shouldn't, however, with 100x digital zoom shots delivering truly mediocre images in every situation we tested with. At the time of testing, the Galaxy S20 Ultra also had some issues with delivering quickly focused shots that were pleasing, despite the presence of a time-of-flight focusing sensor. It's still a very good camera phone in the comparative market, but it's clearly been outpaced by Samsung's own Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.


10. Realme X3 SuperZoom

Mid-range price with premium camera features.

Realme X3 SuperZoom
6.6-inch display | 128GB, 256GB storage options | 64MP + 8MP + 8MP rear camera
  • Zoom plus macro plus wide lenses
  • Optical zoom shoots well
  • Primary 64MP lens uses pixel binning to nice effect
  • Full zoom shots are weak
  • Macro lens is fiddly
  • No storage expansion
RRP From $699

Why we chose it

Budget and youth-centric brand realme truly stepped out of its typical comfort zone with the realme X3 SuperZoom, a phone that costs a bit more than most of its highly affordable fare. That could have been a miscalculation, but instead, what realme delivers is a phone that shows off just what you can get for a mid-range price in terms of capabilities, even if some of those features are a little rougher around the edges than some of its more premium-priced competition. With a combo of primary 64MP lens, ultra-wide, 5x optical zoom and macro lenses on board, the realme X3 SuperZoom is capable of shooting just about anything.

The flip side of this is that you may have to work a little harder to get pleasing shots from the realme X3 SuperZoom's camera lenses, especially if you stretch the zoom much beyond its optical limits or want to do a lot of macro shooting.

Read our full review of the realme X3 SuperZoom.


Compare the best camera phones of 2020

Compare the specs and purchasing options of each phone in the table below. (Click on "View Details" for more product specifications.)

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
6.9
inches

2400 x 1080

  • Display

    6.9 inches

    2400 x 1080

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 108MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,500 mAh
12MP + 108MP + 12MP
4,500
mAh
View details
Huawei P40 Pro
Huawei P40 Pro
6.58
inches

2640 x 1200

  • Display

    6.58 inches

    2640 x 1200

  • Rear camera

    50MP + 40MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,200 mAh
50MP + 40MP + 12MP
4,200
mAh
View details
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
6.5
inches

1242 x 2688

  • Display

    6.5 inches

    1242 x 2688

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,000 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 12MP
4,000
mAh
View details
Oppo Find X2 Pro
6.7
inches

3168 x 1440

  • Display

    6.7 inches

    3168 x 1440

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 48MP + 13MP
  • Battery size

    4,260 mAh
48MP + 48MP + 13MP
4,260
mAh
View details
Google Pixel 4a
5.8
inches

1080 x 2340

  • Display

    5.8 inches

    1080 x 2340

  • Rear camera

    12.2MP
  • Battery size

    3,140 mAh
12.2MP
3,140
mAh
View details
Samsung Galaxy Note20
6.7
inches

2400 x 1080

  • Display

    6.7 inches

    2400 x 1080

  • Rear camera

    64MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,300 mAh
64MP + 12MP + 12MP
4,300
mAh
View details
Google Pixel 4 XL
6.3
inches

1440 x 3040

  • Display

    6.3 inches

    1440 x 3040

  • Rear camera

    12.2MP + 16MP
  • Battery size

    3,700 mAh
12.2MP + 16MP
3,700
mAh
View details
Apple iPhone SE (2020)
Apple iPhone SE (2020)
4.7
inches

1334 x 750

  • Display

    4.7 inches

    1334 x 750

  • Rear camera

    12MP
  • Battery size

    1,821 mAh
12MP
1,821
mAh
View details
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
6.9
inches

1440 x 3200

  • Display

    6.9 inches

    1440 x 3200

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 108MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    5,000 mAh
48MP + 108MP + 12MP
5,000
mAh
View details
Realme X3 SuperZoom
6.6
inches

2400x1080

  • Display

    6.6 inches

    2400x1080

  • Rear camera

    64MP + 8MP + 8MP
  • Battery size

    4,200 mAh
64MP + 8MP + 8MP + 2MP
4,200
mAh
View details
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  • Our editorial team has a combined 60+ years of experience writing about tech and reviewing the latest devices.
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