Best Smartphone Cameras
There are lots of good phones, but these are tops for photos and videos
Smartphone cameras might not produce photos with the image quality of a great mirrorless, SLR, or advanced point-and-shoot camera, but in certain situations they come close.
Those featured below have been singled out by Consumer Reports’ testers as the best smartphone cameras in our ratings. When it comes to portability and photo-sharing options, they make dedicated digital cameras seem cumbersome. And as the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have on you.
CR Smartphone Camera Rankings
But just because a phone doesn’t make the cut here doesn’t mean it has subpar cameras. Our head of electronics testing, Richard Fisco, says that from a camera-quality standpoint, there’s very little variation among the top-tier smartphones.
In fact, the differences among this group are so small that they could be chalked up to variations in our test samples, he says.
In computing Overall Scores for cameras, our expert testers rate the quality of the still images taken with a smartphone’s rear cameras, examining resolution, dynamic range, color accuracy, and visual noise. They also evaluate the quality of a phone’s front, or selfie, camera and the rear camera’s video quality.
Many models, including the iPhone 13 Pro, can shoot in 4K ultra-high definition, giving your home movies a professional touch. And the S21 and S22 phones shoot in 8K, though you can play back the footage at that resolution only on the phone itself or on one of Samsung’s 8K TVs.