Best Android camera phones (July 2019)

It now more than obvious that smartphones, especially the ones we come across nowadays are becoming smart in a wide range of ways. These portable computers are not just smartphones any longer; they are now warehouses for storing a whole lot of information and even smart cameras. However, nowadays, photo quality is a priority when picking a new smartphone. These days, no one really needs a point-and-shoot camera to take great and quality images or videos. Smartphones that come around these days are rapidly replacing them with many even outperforming them. Thus far, I guess you are here to check out the best among these ‘smartphones/cameras’. Hence, in this article, we are going to take an immerse look at the Android family in a way to itemize the best smartphones when it comes to camera performance.

As you scroll down, try to identify what makes each of these smartphone cameras worthy of being on this list, what advantage they have over the rest on the list and vice versa. Also, do keep in mind that all these smartphones cameras deliver outstanding camera performances. Let’s go.

1.     Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Here, at the top of the list is the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. It has been over 6 months since the release of these Google official handsets, yet they remain special and very much relevant for what they are known for; colour accuracy, great detail, on-spot exposure, and amazing low-light Photography (kudos to Night Sight).

These phones reflect Google’s specialty especially computational photography and software enhancements. With these phones, the search giant, Google accomplished magnificent camera performance out of just a single camera with no merely attractive but non-essential additional features.

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL both have scarcely different specifications and features. Basically, though, the major difference between these two awesome camera phones comes down to the screen and battery size and resolution. The Pixel 3 has a smaller 5.5-inch Full HD+ compared to the Pixel 3 XL’s 6.3-inch Full HD+ screen. While the Pixel 3 XL pushes a resolution of 2,260×1,440, the Pixel 3 propels a slightly lesser resolution of 2,160×1,080. And finally, the Pixel 3 battery is barely smaller than the battery of the Pixel 3 XL. While they might have minimal difference, they share more significant features such as wireless charging, dust and water resistance, dual front-facing camera, and excellent software experience. And, they are both above the $700 price tag, with the smaller Pixel 3 starting at $799 and the Pixel 3 XL costing a $100 more.

Specifications     Google Pixel 3 Google Pixel 3 XL
Display 5.5-inch, 2,160×1,080 6.3-inch, 2,260×1,440
SoC SD 845 SD 845
Storage 64/128GB 64/128GB
Rear cameras 12.2MP 12.2MP
Front camera 8 and 8MP 8 and 8 MP
Battery 2,915mAh 3,430mAh
Software Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie

2.     Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

The Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, this time, are cheaper than the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, yet they take decent selfies. But for more money in the bank, you’d have to give up one of the two selfie lens, a glass construction, and the Snapdragon 845; leaving you with just an 8MP front-facing camera, a plastic construction, and a Snapdragon 670 SoC. Irrespective of the less-end specifications, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are cool, operates stunningly, and are great camera phones after all. You might as well be glad to know that the Pixel 3a rear camera hardware is the same with those of the Pixel 3. It goes for just $399 while the Pixel 3a XL sells for a bigger $479. Basically, moreover, the Google Pixel 3a XL has a larger screen, resolution, and battery compared to the Pixel 3a.

Specifications Google Pixel 3a Google Pixel 3a XL
Display 5.6-inch, 2,220×1,080 6-inch, 2,160×1,080
SoC SD 670 SD 670
Storage 64GB 64GB
Rear cameras 12.2MP 12.2MP
Front Camera 8MP 8MP
Battery 3,000mAh 3,700mAh
Software Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie

3.     Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Sadly, the Galaxy S9 Plus didn’t make it to this list despite having that blessed set of dual 12MP sensors and dual-aperture secondary lens which do a great job indeed at taking stunning pictures. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, on the other hand, made it to the list possessing those above-mentioned features of the Galaxy S9 Plus and some additional software tricks such as a new scene detection mode and a flaw detection feature that bare both powered by classification-based machine learning. These extras give the Galaxy Note 9 the upper hand.

It might also interest you to know that apart from being one of the best camera phones, it is a premium smartphone as well. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes with the Snapdragon 845 processor. It also packs 6GB or 8 GB of RAM, up to 512GB of built-in storage, and a 4,000mAh battery. That’s a sure plus for you.


  • Display: 6.4-inch, 2,960×1,440
  • SoC: SD 845
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

4.    Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Yeah, it’s real. Another Samsung smartphone made to this list of the best Android camera phones. This smartphone has a top-level performance and a simply beautiful design. With the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, Samsung has proven once again that it is seriously out for rendering better and better camera performance in a smartphone.

This focus was indeed evidently seen in Samsung’s S10 series. In the Galaxy S lineup, it is the first to bring a triple camera setup. In detail, however, it packs a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel standard lens, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. With this exceptional camera feature, the Galaxy S10 Plus has totally no problem capturing exactly what you desire in shots. And once again this smartphone has really high specs.


  • Display: 6.4-inch, 3,040×1440
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512/1024GB
  • Rear cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10, and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5.    Huawei P30 Pro

I’m sure you will most likely not be surprised to see a Huawei smartphone on the list! Hello! We are talking about photography here! With the Huawei P30 Pro, however, Huawei has surely maintained its reputable spot in the smartphone photography market.

This phone houses a mind-blowing set of four rear cameras – a ToF camera, a 40-megapixel main sensor, a 20-megapixel wide-angle lens, and an 8MP periscope camera with optical 5X zoom to top it all up. You also get a hybrid zoom capable of rendering lossless 10X zoom. With all these features paired with superior software, the P30 Pro take amazing shots with pleasant colours, accurate white balance, and a good dynamic range.


  • Display: 6.47-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Rear cameras: ToF, 8, 20, and 40MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4, 200mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

6.     Oppo Reno 10X Zoom

This phone, I must say is complete in every vital sense. It has an awesome screen, a great battery, and a premium performance. And as for its camera capabilities, think of one of the very few that competes against the Huawei P30 Pro. This phone packs a total of three rear cameras respectively a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel sensor for wide-angle shots, and a 13-megapixel telephoto shooter which has a 5X zoom and lossless 10X hybrid zoom. Apart from advanced photography which should naturally compel smartphone photography enthusiasts especially, to go for this phone, it offers great premium smartphone features, some of which were mentioned above, that should also attract smartphone users in general.


  • Display: 6.6-inch, 2,340×1,080
  • SoC: SD 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Rear cameras: 8, 13, and 48P
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,065mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Uh man! It was a long way down, you know! So that’s it – your list of the best Android camera phones in the photography market. Now, there are many good camera smartphones out there. But hardly can you find ones as good as these currently. Oh! And that is if there are. However, I guess you can just cut your long search short already. I mean, that’s why we’re here anyway! At this point, it’s going to be adios for now. And thanks for dropping by.

Hey! Come closer! I’m only telling you this. Most people who jump into buying the best camera smartphones don’t know the fundamentals of photography. As a result, they don’t get to use these smartphones’ camera capabilities to the fullest. You might want to wrap your head around that first if you actually want to get one of these.

Ok, now it’s official. Adios, my friend! See you next time!

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