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

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Uber HW Camera (2020 cameras)
Score
Smartphone
Wide
UWide
Zoom
246Huawei Mate 40 Pro9.5/1010/107.9/10
238Huawei P40 Pro+9.6/108.6/109.4/10
236Huawei P40 Pro9.6/108.6/108.2/10
202Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra9.7/104.4/109.2/10
202Honor 30 Pro+9.3/105/109.5/10
201Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra9.7/104.4/109.2/10
201Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro9.8/104.3/108.6/10
197Huawei P409.3/105/107.2/10
186Sony Xperia 1 II8.3/105.7/105.8/10
185OnePlus 8 Pro9.1/104.3/105.6/10
182Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra9.5/102.4/1010/10
181Sony Xperia 5 II8.3/105.1/105.8/10
165Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro10/101.9/10
164Samsung Galaxy Note 208.5/104.4/10
162Samsung Galaxy S20+8.3/104.4/10
161Samsung Galaxy S208.3/104.3/10
160Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (SD)8.1/103.1/106/10
157Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max8.3/102.4/105.7/10
157Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 28.1/103.1/104.8/10
149Nokia 8 V 5G UW6.6/105.7/10
149Nokia 8.3 5G6.6/105.7/10
145Samsung Galaxy A71 5G (SD765G)8.6/101.9/10
144LG Wing7.7/103.4/10
138OnePlus Nord N10 5G7.8/102.5/10
137LG V60 ThinQ7.5/103/10
137Lenovo Legion Phone Duel7/103.7/10
136TCL 10 Pro7.3/103.2/10
136Realme 6 Pro7.4/101.8/104.9/10
135Realme X50 Pro 5G7.4/101.8/104.7/10
131Vivo X51 5G6.9/102.4/103.6/10
128POCO F2 Pro6.7/103.3/10
127Xiaomi Mi 10T7.2/102.3/10
127POCO X3 NFC7/102.6/10
126Realme 7 Pro7.4/101.9/10
122Infinix Zero 87/102/10
121Vivo V207/102/10
121Google Pixel 4a 5G6.2/103.2/10
121Google Pixel 56.2/103.2/10
121Motorola Moto G Stylus6.4/103/10
120OnePlus 86.1/103.3/10
119OnePlus 8T6.1/103.1/10
119ZTE nubia Red Magic 5S7.2/101.4/10
119Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite7.2/101.5/10
118Apple iPhone 126.5/102.4/10
116Samsung Galaxy Z Flip6.2/102.6/10
114LG Velvet 5G (SD 765G)6.2/102.4/10
114Apple iPhone 12 mini6.7/101.7/10
108TCL 10 5G6.4/101.5/10
108Realme 6i6.5/101.4/10
105Realme 7 5G6/101.8/10
103Samsung Galaxy A51 5G5.4/102.6/10
99Micromax IN Note 16.2/100.8/10
98LG K626/101/10
98LG K526/101/10
94Motorola Razr 5G (2020)6.3/10
93Google Pixel 4a6.2/10
90Realme Narzo 205.1/101.7/10
89POCO M36/10
81Samsung Galaxy A114.6/101.3/10
80LG Stylo 65.1/100.6/10
79Apple iPhone SE (2020)5.3/10
78Elephone U54/102.1/10
77LG Aristo 54.7/100.8/10
76Samsung Galaxy A214.2/101.6/10
75LG K514.4/101/10
70Nokia 5.34.8/10
64LG K423.7/101/10
56Oppo A33 (2020)3.8/10
47Xiaomi Redmi 9C3.2/10
Uber HW Camera (2019 cameras)
Score
Smartphone
Wide
UWide
Zoom
211Huawei Mate 30 Pro8.3/108.6/105.9/10
198Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro (CC9 Pro)9.8/104.3/106.9/10
198Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (CC9)9.8/104.3/106.9/10
161Huawei P30 Pro7.9/102.9/108.2/10
159Huawei P307.4/104.2/106.1/10
151Honor 20 Pro7.2/103.7/106/10
143LG V50 ThinQ6.8/103.8/104.6/10
142OnePlus 7T6.6/103.8/104.9/10
140Samsung Galaxy S10+7.1/102.9/104.7/10
140Samsung Galaxy Fold7.1/102.9/104.7/10
140Samsung Galaxy S10 5G7.1/102.9/104.7/10
140Samsung Galaxy Note 10+7.1/102.9/104.9/10
140LG G8 ThinQ7/104.1/10
140Samsung Galaxy Note 107.1/102.9/104.9/10
140Samsung Galaxy S107.1/102.9/104.7/10
139Motorola One Zoom6.4/103.7/106/10
136ZTE Axon 10 Pro6.4/103.2/106.4/10
136Huawei nova 56.2/105/10
136Huawei nova 5 Pro6.2/105/10
132OnePlus 7 Pro6.6/102.4/105.7/10
130Samsung Galaxy S10e7.1/102.9/10
121Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro7/101.9/10
120Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max6/102.4/104.9/10
120Apple iPhone 11 Pro6/102.4/104.9/10
114OnePlus 7 Pro 5G6.6/107.7/10
111Oppo Reno 2Z6.4/101.9/10
110LG G8X ThinQ5.9/102.6/10
110Apple iPhone 116/102.4/10
107Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro6.6/104.8/10
105Xiaomi Black Shark 26.4/104.8/10
102Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro6.2/104.4/10
101Xiaomi Mi 96.1/104.8/10
101Xiaomi Mi 9T6.2/104.4/10
101Google Pixel 46.2/104.3/10
101Xiaomi Redmi K206.2/104.4/10
101Google Pixel 4 XL6.2/104.3/10
96Nokia 6.25.5/101.6/10
95Motorola Moto Z46.4/10
92Samsung Galaxy A505.7/100.9/10
88Google Pixel 3a6/10
88Google Pixel 3a XL6/10
84Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4s5.7/10
80Motorola One Action5.4/10
74Motorola Moto G7 Power5/10
67Samsung Galaxy A10s4.5/10
65Samsung Galaxy A10e4.4/10
62Motorola Moto G7 Play4.2/10
56Samsung Galaxy A013.8/10
56Oppo A1k3.8/10
54Nokia 3 V3.7/10
40Xiaomi Redmi Go2.7/10
Uber HW Camera (2018 cameras)
Score
Smartphone
Wide
UWide
Zoom
149LG V407/104.1/104.1/10
149Huawei Mate 20 Pro7.4/103/106.7/10
127Huawei Mate 206.2/102.9/104.3/10
126Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)6.4/103.6/10
124LG G7 ThinQ5.7/104.5/10
115Samsung Galaxy Note 97.1/104.7/10
115Samsung Galaxy S9+7.1/104.7/10
105Samsung Galaxy S97.1/10
105HTC U12+6.4/104.8/10
102Honor Honor Magic 25.5/102.4/10
98Apple iPhone XS Max6/104.7/10
98Apple iPhone XS6/104.7/10
98Huawei P20 Pro5.8/105.6/10
96OnePlus 6T6.5/10
96Google Pixel 3 XL6.4/10
93Huawei P206.2/10
93Xiaomi Mi Mix 36.3/10
92Sony Xperia XZ36.2/10
92Sony Xperia XZ26.2/10
90Sony Xperia XA2 Plus6.1/10
89Honor View 206/10
88Google Pixel 36/10
88Apple iPhone XR6/10
87Honor Honor 8x5.9/10
82Xiaomi Pocophone F15.6/10
81Huawei nova 35.5/10
81Honor 105.5/10
70Samsung Galaxy On64.7/10
67Honor Honor Play4.5/10
66Xiaomi Redmi 54.4/10
62ASUS ZenFone Max (M1)4.2/10
62ASUS ZenFone Lite (L1)4.2/10
57Huawei Y9 (2018)3.8/10
Uber HW Camera (2017 cameras)
Score
Smartphone
Wide
UWide
Zoom
106Samsung Galaxy Note 86.5/104.7/10
104LG V305.2/103/10
104LG G65.2/103/10
96Samsung Galaxy S8+6.5/10
96Samsung Galaxy S86.5/10
90Apple iPhone X5.4/105/10
89Huawei Mate 10 Pro6/10
88Apple iPhone 8 Plus5.3/104.8/10
88Google Pixel 26/10
86Huawei Mate 105.8/10
79Apple iPhone 85.3/10
75Xiaomi Mi 5X4.4/104.5/10
64Nokia 84.3/10
59LG Q64/10
52Samsung Galaxy J7 (SM-J727U, 2017)3.5/10

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