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
2019Huawei P30 Pro180186196148116
2019Samsung Galaxy Note 1017818719489140
2019Samsung Galaxy Note 10+17818719489140
2019Samsung Galaxy S10+17718719489134
2019Samsung Galaxy S1017718719489134
2019OnePlus 7 Pro176186195104115
2019Samsung Galaxy S10e17518719458134
2019Huawei Honor 20 Pro175185191103117
2019Huawei P30174185192103112
2019LG G8 ThinQ17318519157136
2018Huawei Mate 20 Pro167179179103114
2018Samsung Galaxy Note 916218619388N/A
2018LG V4016117317280129
2018Samsung Galaxy S9+16018419185N/A
2018Samsung Galaxy S915818419159N/A
2018Apple iPhone XS15518717887N/A
2018Huawei P20 Pro155180180103N/A
2018Apple iPhone XS Max15518717887N/A
2018OnePlus 6T15418717959N/A
2018Google Pixel 315218617662N/A
2018Xiaomi Mi Mix 315117617982N/A
2018Honor View 2015017917483N/A
2018LG G7 ThinQ14216514157122
2018OnePlus OnePlus 614116716758N/A
2017Google Pixel 2 XL14116516855N/A
2017Google Pixel 214116516855N/A
2018Sony Xperia XZ213918115153N/A
2018HTC U12+13918014983N/A
2018Huawei P2012917213663N/A
2017Honor View 1012716913454N/A
2018Honor 1012616513553N/A
2017OnePlus OnePlus 5T12416013647N/A
2018Vivo V1111016510053N/A
2018Honor Honor Play10916310053N/A
2018Huawei Y9 (2018)871427046N/A
2017Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)771405045N/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

YearPhone Brand & ModelUber-G Camera HW Score
2017Samsung Galaxy Note 8113
2018Sony Xperia XZ3102
2017Samsung Galaxy S8+101
2017Samsung Galaxy S8101
2017LG V3097
2017Apple iPhone X71
2017Huawei Mate 1067
2018Honor Honor Magic 266
2018Xiaomi Pocophone F165
2017LG G659
2018Honor Honor 8x56
2018Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro50
2018Huawei Mate SE48
2017Xiaomi Mi 5X38
2018Xiaomi Redmi 538
2017Nokia 836
2017LG Q630

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.

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