If you languish to find out how well a camera phone performs, you know that it’s hard to find reliable mobile camera reviews on models that are not making the headlines.

There is another way to have a great notion of how a mobile camera “should” perform: by analyzing the camera hardware. It makes a lot of sense: great camera hardware should yield great photos, right?

As with any algorithm, we plan to update it from time to time, so expect the Uber-G HW score to fluctuate every now and then. More info in our Camera HW score FAQ.

  • Current version: 1.1 (Sept 2020)
  • What’s new?
    • Better support in our model for the most recent camera technologies
    • Shows camera sub-scores from 1-10 for Wide, Ultrawide and Zoom
    • Some data correction
    • New phones added more often

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Uber-G Camera Hardware score Smartphone Wide U-Wide Zoom Year
238Huawei P40 Pro+9.8109.92020
236Huawei P40 Pro9.8108.62020
211Huawei Mate 30 Pro8.4106.22019
202Honor 30 Pro+9.55.8102020
201Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro10592020
200Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra9.85.19.62020
200Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra9.85.19.62020
198Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro (CC9 Pro)1057.32019
198Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (CC9)1057.32019
197Huawei P409.55.87.52020
185OnePlus 8 Pro9.34.962020
160Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (SD)8.23.66.32020
157Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 28.23.652020
151Honor 20 Pro7.34.26.32019
143LG V50 ThinQ6.94.44.82019
142OnePlus 7T6.84.45.12019
140Samsung Galaxy Note 10+7.23.35.12019
140Samsung Galaxy Note 107.23.35.12019
139Motorola One Zoom6.54.36.32019
137LG V60 ThinQ7.63.42020
136ZTE Axon 10 Pro6.53.76.82019
136Huawei nova 56.45.82019
136Huawei nova 5 Pro6.45.82019
136TCL 10 Pro7.43.72020
128POCO F2 Pro6.83.82020
127POCO X3 NFC7.232020
123OnePlus 86.53.82020
121Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro7.22.22019
120Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max6.12.85.22019
120Apple iPhone 11 Pro6.12.85.22019
116Samsung Galaxy Z Flip6.33.12020
114LG Velvet 5G (SD 765G)6.42.82020
111Oppo Reno2 Z6.52.22019
110LG G8X ThinQ632019
107Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro6.75.12019
105Xiaomi Black Shark 26.55.12019
102Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro6.44.62019
101Xiaomi Mi 9T6.34.62019
101Xiaomi Redmi K206.34.62019
101Xiaomi Mi 96.35.12019
101Google Pixel 46.34.52019
101Google Pixel 4 XL6.34.52019
98Google Pixel 4a6.82020
96Samsung Galaxy S86.62017
96Nokia 6.25.61.92019
95Motorola Moto Z46.52019
94Google Pixel 3a XL6.52019
94Google Pixel 3a6.52019
87Honor Honor 8x62018
84Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4s5.82019
74Motorola Moto G7 Power5.12019
67Samsung Galaxy A10s4.62019
65Samsung Galaxy A10e4.42019
62ASUS ZenFone Lite (L1)4.32018
62ASUS ZenFone Max (M1)4.32018
62Motorola Moto G7 Play4.22019
56Oppo A1k3.92019
161Huawei P30 Pro8.13.48.62019
159Huawei P307.64.86.42019
149Huawei Mate 20 Pro7.53.572018
149LG V407.14.84.32018
140Samsung Galaxy S10 5G7.23.34.92019
140Samsung Galaxy S107.23.34.92019
140Samsung Galaxy Fold7.23.34.92019
140LG G8 ThinQ7.14.82019
140Samsung Galaxy S10+7.23.34.92019
137Lenovo Legion Phone Duel7.24.32020
132OnePlus 7 Pro6.82.85.92019
130Samsung Galaxy S10e7.23.32019
127Huawei Mate 206.43.44.52018
126Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)6.54.12018
124LG G7 ThinQ5.85.22018
115Samsung Galaxy S9+7.24.92018
115Samsung Galaxy Note 97.24.92018
114OnePlus 7 Pro 5G6.882019
106Samsung Galaxy Note 86.64.92017
105HTC U12+6.55.12018
105Samsung Galaxy S97.22018
104LG G65.33.52017
104LG V305.33.42017
102Honor Honor Magic 25.62.82018
98Apple iPhone XS6.14.92018
98Huawei P20 Pro5.95.92018
98Apple iPhone XS Max6.14.92018
97Samsung Galaxy A505.81.72019
96Google Pixel 36.62018
96Google Pixel 26.62017
96Samsung Galaxy S8+6.62017
96Google Pixel 3 XL6.62018
96OnePlus 6T6.62018
93Huawei P206.42018
93Xiaomi Mi Mix 36.42018
92Sony Xperia XZ26.32018
92Sony Xperia XZ36.32018
90Apple iPhone X5.55.22017
90Sony Xperia XA2 Plus6.22018
89Honor View 206.12018
88Apple iPhone XR6.12018
88Apple iPhone 8 Plus5.452017
88Apple iPhone 7 Plus5.452016
86Huawei Mate 105.92017
82Xiaomi Pocophone F15.72018
81Huawei nova 35.62018
81Honor 105.62018
79Apple iPhone 85.42017
79Apple iPhone 75.42016
75Xiaomi Mi 5X4.54.72017
70Samsung Galaxy On64.82018
67Honor Honor Play4.62018
66Xiaomi Redmi 54.52018
64Nokia 84.42017
59LG Q642017
57Huawei Y9 (2018)3.92018
52Samsung Galaxy J7 (SM-J727U, 2017)3.62017
40Xiaomi Redmi Go2.82019

Our logo shows the hardware score, the device name and market category (high-end, premium, high-mid-range, low-mid-range, etc.) and its launch year. We will use color codes to differentiate between market categories.

000Camera hardware score UBER-G SCOREScoring/ranking system name HWhardware-based score CAMERA Mobile High EndCategory based on price YYYY-MMDevice launch date [Device]Device name and brand
000Camera hardware score UBER-G SCOREScoring/ranking system name HWhardware-based score CAMERA Mobile PremiumCategory based on price YYYY-MMDevice launch date [Device]Device name and brand
000Camera hardware score UBER-G SCOREScoring/ranking system name HWhardware-based score CAMERA Mobile High Mid RangeCategory based on price YYYY-MMDevice launch date [Device]Device name and brand
000Camera hardware score UBER-G SCOREScoring/ranking system name HWhardware-based score CAMERA Mobile Low Mid RangeCategory based on price YYYY-MMDevice launch date [Device]Device name and brand

The Uber-G Camera HW score uses a proprietary algorithm that takes camera hardware data as an input to compute a score that ranks a camera against its peers. It essentially reveals the “potential” of the camera hardware.

"GREAT CAMERA HARDWARE SHOULD YIELD GREAT PHOTOS"

Image Quality (IQ) tests take a lot of time and are very expensive to make – we know because we have our Uber-G Camera IQ score as well, which is the driving force behind our Mobile Camera Reviews going forward.

The best way to check if a model works is to look at the correlation with observed image quality. For that, we can check for correlations between our Uber-G Camera IQ (image quality) score and the Uber-G Camera HW score.

The charts don’t exactly correlate for a few reasons:

  1. Both scores don’t measure the same thing and aren’t expected to be on the same scale
  2. The general IQ score contains situations in which the camera hardware isn’t stressed, such as daylight photography where it is more about camera exposure settings and high-dynamic range, which involves a lot of software
  3. Software. The IQ gap between different phone makers can be significant even though they may use the same type of camera modules.

Looking at a hardware-challenging situation such as Night photography, the correlation is very pronounced, just as one would expect. It is logical that better camera lenses and sensors would yield visibly better results here.

With this algorithm, we can provide consumers with unmatched mobile camera hardware guidance that will help people choose the best mobile camera experience for their money and/or save a lot of time during their initial phone research.

However, it is important to keep in mind that a hardware store, isn’t as reliable as an image-analysis score because software image processing also plays a large role in building the final photo. That’s why we created the Uber-G Camera IQ score.

Keep an eye out for new scores!

Thanks for your interest in our Mobile Camera scores. We want to provide insightful and useful information that will help you get the best camera for your needs and money. Keep in touch via Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube for updates.

Happy Photography!

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