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 HW Camera 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

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 HW Camera 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 IQ Camera 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 IQ Camera  (image quality) score and the Uber HW Camera 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 IQ Camera 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.

Uber HW Camera scores, per launch year

Click on any table header to sort the rows.

Uber HW Camera (2021 cameras)
Score
Smartphone
220Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
203OnePlus 9 Pro
201Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (SD888)
189OnePlus 9
124Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G
106Xiaomi Redmi 9T
104Motorola Moto One 5G Ace
100Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)
96Motorola Moto G Power (2021)
89Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T
69Motorola Moto G Play (2021)
Uber HW Camera (2020 cameras)
Score
Smartphone
246Huawei Mate 40 Pro
238Huawei P40 Pro+
236Huawei P40 Pro
202Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
202Honor 30 Pro+
201Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
201Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
197Huawei P40
186Sony Xperia 1 II
185OnePlus 8 Pro
182Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
181Sony Xperia 5 II
168Xiaomi Mi 11
165Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
164Samsung Galaxy Note 20
162Samsung Galaxy S20+
161Samsung Galaxy S20
160Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (SD)
157Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
157Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
149Nokia 8.3 5G
149Nokia 8 V 5G UW
144LG Wing
137LG V60 ThinQ
137Lenovo Legion Phone Duel
136TCL 10 Pro
136Realme 6 Pro
135Realme X50 Pro 5G
131Vivo X51 5G
128POCO F2 Pro
127POCO X3 NFC
127Xiaomi Mi 10T
127Samsung Galaxy A71 5G (SD765G)
126Realme 7 Pro
122Infinix Zero 8
121Vivo V20
121Google Pixel 4a 5G
121Google Pixel 5
121Motorola Moto G Stylus
120OnePlus 8
120OnePlus Nord N10 5G
119ZTE nubia Red Magic 5S
119Oppo Reno5 4G
119Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
119OnePlus 8T
118Apple iPhone 12
116Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
114Apple iPhone 12 mini
114LG Velvet 5G (SD 765G)
109Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
108TCL 10 5G
108Realme 6i
105Realme 7 5G
103Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
99Micromax IN Note 1
98LG K52
98LG K62
94Motorola Razr 5G (2020)
93Google Pixel 4a
90Realme Narzo 20
89POCO M3
87Samsung Galaxy A12
81Samsung Galaxy A11
80LG Stylo 6
79Apple iPhone SE (2020)
78Elephone U5
77LG Aristo 5
76Samsung Galaxy A21
75LG K51
70Nokia 5.3
64LG K42
64Samsung Galaxy A02s
56Oppo A33 (2020)
56Oppo A53
47Xiaomi Redmi 9C
41Vivo Y20s
Uber HW Camera (2019 cameras)
Score
Smartphone
211Huawei Mate 30 Pro
198Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro (CC9 Pro)
198Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (CC9)
161Huawei P30 Pro
159Huawei P30
151Honor 20 Pro
143LG V50 ThinQ
142OnePlus 7T
140Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
140Samsung Galaxy Note 10
140Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
140LG G8 ThinQ
140Samsung Galaxy S10
140Samsung Galaxy S10+
140Samsung Galaxy Fold
139Motorola One Zoom
136Huawei nova 5 Pro
136ZTE Axon 10 Pro
136Huawei nova 5
132OnePlus 7 Pro
130Samsung Galaxy S10e
121Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
120Apple iPhone 11 Pro
120Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
114OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
111Oppo Reno 2Z
110Apple iPhone 11
110LG G8X ThinQ
107Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro
105Xiaomi Black Shark 2
102Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro
101Google Pixel 4 XL
101Google Pixel 4
101Xiaomi Mi 9
101Xiaomi Redmi K20
101Xiaomi Mi 9T
96Nokia 6.2
95Motorola Moto Z4
92Samsung Galaxy A50
88Google Pixel 3a XL
88Google Pixel 3a
84Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4s
80Motorola One Action
74Motorola Moto G7 Power
67Samsung Galaxy A10s
65Samsung Galaxy A10e
62Motorola Moto G7 Play
56Oppo A1k
56Samsung Galaxy A01
54Nokia 3 V
40Xiaomi Redmi Go
Uber HW Camera (2018 cameras)
Score
Smartphone
149Huawei Mate 20 Pro
149LG V40
127Huawei Mate 20
126Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
124LG G7 ThinQ
115Samsung Galaxy Note 9
115Samsung Galaxy S9+
105Samsung Galaxy S9
105HTC U12+
102Honor Honor Magic 2
98Apple iPhone XS Max
98Huawei P20 Pro
98Apple iPhone XS
96OnePlus 6T
96Google Pixel 3 XL
93Huawei P20
93Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
92Sony Xperia XZ3
92Sony Xperia XZ2
90Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
89Honor View 20
88Google Pixel 3
88Apple iPhone XR
87Honor Honor 8x
82Xiaomi Pocophone F1
81Honor 10
81Huawei nova 3
70Samsung Galaxy On6
67Honor Honor Play
66Xiaomi Redmi 5
62ASUS ZenFone Max (M1)
62ASUS ZenFone Lite (L1)
57Huawei Y9 (2018)
Uber HW Camera (2017 cameras)
Score
Smartphone
106Samsung Galaxy Note 8
104LG G6
104LG V30
96Samsung Galaxy S8
96Samsung Galaxy S8+
90Apple iPhone X
89Huawei Mate 10 Pro
88Google Pixel 2
88Apple iPhone 8 Plus
86Huawei Mate 10
79Apple iPhone 8
75Xiaomi Mi 5X
64Nokia 8
59LG Q6
52Samsung Galaxy J7 (SM-J727U, 2017)

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