A good camera module is imperative to a smartphone’s appeal and performance in the market. When buying a smartphone, the first thing that people look for is the camera specs. And while megapixels may not mean everything when it comes to camera performance, good specs surely don’t hurt on paper. So, without further ado, here is our list of the top smartphones with 50MP or higher cameras.
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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra being at the top of the list shouldn’t surprise anyone. Samsung’s flagship smartphone has garnered a reputation for being the best Android in the business. The new S23 Ultra comes with a massive 200MP primary sensor with an 85-degree field of view and f/1.8 aperture. On top of that, there’s a 12MP ultrawide, 10MP telephoto (3x Optical zoom), and a 10MP periscope telephoto (10x Optical zoom) lens on offer. With an astrophotography mode, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra can take highly detailed images of the night sky and even the moon!
Google Pixel 7
Pixels are universally known for their excellent cameras and image processing. The Google Pixel 7 upholds that tradition and continues to be one of the best camera smartphones out there. Pixel 7’s camera unit consists of a 50MP primary shooter and a 12 MP ultrawide lens. The Pro variant of the Pixel 7 comes with an additional 48MP telephoto lens. However, for the price, the non-Pro variant is one of the best smartphones you can buy right now. Read our review of the Google Pixel 7 here and Pixel 7 Pro here.
Hasselblad tuning is back on the OnePlus 11, after missing OnePlus 10T. The 50MP primary shooter has an f/1.8 aperture and comes with Optical Image Stabilisation. The camera unit also features a 48-megapixel Sony IMX58 ultrawide sensor (f/2.2 aperture and 115-degree field of view) in addition to a 32-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. The OnePlus is powered by the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
When it comes to foldables, Samsung currently has a stronghold on the market with its high-end hardware and ultra-smooth and adaptive software experience. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is not only the best foldable you can buy right now, but it also has one of the best camera units across all smartphones – foldable or otherwise. There are a total of five cameras on Fold 4. The 50MP primary shooter has an f/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel autofocus, optical image stabilisation (OIS), and an 85-degree field of view. A 10MP telephoto lens and a 12MP ultrawide sensor complete the rear camera unit. On top of that, you get a 4MP under-display camera and a 10MP cover camera. Read our review here.
The recently launched iQOO 11 is currently available in two variants – Legend and Alpha. The Legend Edition comes with the iconic BMW stripes while the Alpha Edition gets a leather finish. iQOO’s latest flagship comes with a 50MP Samsung GN5 primary sensor. There’s also a 13MP telephoto and 8MP ultrawide lens onboard. Read our in-depth review of iQOO 11 with the camera test here. Prices for the iQOO 11 start at Rs 59,999.
Xiaomi 12 Pro
While we’re all waiting for the Xiaomi 13 to launch in India, the Xiaomi 12 Pro still remains one of the better smartphones released last year. The smartphone features a triple 50MP rear camera unit comprising the wide, ultrawide, and telephoto lens. The Xiaomi 12 Pro can record 8K HDR videos at 24fps, 4K videos at 30/60fps,1080p videos at 30/120/240/960fps, and 720p videos at 1920fps. To see how it fared in our camera test, read our full review of the Xiaomi 12 Pro here.
Redmi Note 12 Pro+
Moving to the midrange category, the recently launched Redmi Note 12 Pro+ made the headlines for housing a 200MP primary shooter. This main lens also comes with Optical Image Stabilisation, which is quite helpful while shooting videos or taking pictures with Night Mode on. An 8MP ultrawide lens and a 2MP macro lens are also a part of Note 12 Pro+ rear camera arrangement. Up front, you get a 16MP selfie camera. 120W superfast charging is also one of the premium features that are on offer with the Note 12 Pro+. Meanwhile, the Pro variant of the Note 12 series comes with a 50MP main sensor, which is also quite impressive. We tried it out in a range of lighting conditions, you can read more about it in our review here.
Oppo Reno 8T
Launched earlier this month, the Oppo Reno 8T is a slightly affordable alternative to the Oppo Reno 8 Pro. The Reno 8T features a 108MP primary sensor in its rear camera unit along with a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. There’s also a 32MP selfie camera up front. The Reno 8T comes with several camera modes such as Selfie HDR, Bokeh Flare Portrait, and Dual-View Video for vlogging. Powering the Reno 8T is the Snapdragon 695 5G SoC.
Vivo V25 Pro
Launched last year, the Vivo V25 had an impressive camera unit compared to its other midrange peers. The rear camera unit of the Vivo V25 Pro features a 64MP primary shooter, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro lens. The rear camera can record 4K and 1080p videos at 30fps. The Vivo V25 Pro also sports a pretty unique colour-changing back panel. Read our in-depth review here.
iQOO Neo 7
iQOO Neo 7 is one of the newest phones on the market and iQOO’s contender in the midrange category. The smartphone sports a triple rear camera setup featuring a 64MP primary shooter with OIS and f/1.79 aperture, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The rear camera can record 4K and 1080p videos at 30fps. There’s also a 16MP selfie camera on board. On top of that, the Neo 7 gets a 5,00mAh battery and 120W fast charging support.
Samsung Galaxy A14
We recently reviewed Samsung’s latest budget smartphone, the Galaxy A14 and were quite impressed by its rear camera unit. Prices for the Galaxy A14 start at Rs 16,499 and in this range, its rear camera delivers a solid performance. The rear camera unit comprises a 50MP primary sensor, a 2MP macro lens and another 2MP depth sensor. Furthermore, there’s a 13MP selfie camera up front. To have a look at A14’s camera performance, read our review here.
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These are our picks for the best smartphones with 50MP or higher cameras. When it comes to shooting images, the number of megapixels on the sensor only matters to a certain extent. The image processing of the software has a big part to play in how the photos come out. Which smartphone do you think has the best camera unit out there? Let us know in the comments!
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