Updated: Apr 25, 2021
Following up from my 2019 edition of the best phones for smartphone photography, we have the updated 2020 version, with a whole new list of phones that are all amazing in their own, unique ways.
We’ve listed this phone at number five due to its record-breaking pixel count, packing more pixels than any other smartphone. The Mi Note 10 uses quad-pixel technology and has a 108MP sensor for jaw-droppingly detailed shots. Despite its wide choice of focal lengths, being loaded up with shooting modes, and having plenty of detail from the main camera, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 has a mid-range power, no expandable storage, and the main camera is the only true quality camera.
The Galaxy S-series has always been a favourite for its camera quality, and the S10 5G is no exception. All four cameras perform fantastically, with desirable wide, ultrawide, telephoto, and time of flight features. The S10 5G has an excellent camera, stunning display, and is futureproofed with 5G. Nevertheless, it has a mediocre battery life, the phone can get hot, and 5G is still relatively new.
Huawei has always had top-quality hardware - the Huawei Mate P20 Pro made second on our list last year. The P40 Pro has a 50MP Leica camera module, a great lowlight performer, and is great for 4K video with both the front and back cameras. The downside is its lack of Google and the less than ideal quality of the 50x zoom.
The Galaxy S-series gets another spot on this list with its S20 Ultra smartphone with its 108MP primary camera, up to 100x zoom, and 8k video. Similar to the S10 5G, the S20 Ultra 5G is also future-proofed. However, the battery life is an issue, the 8k video comes with caveats, and the 100x zoom has limited use. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that this Galaxy phone is the best Galaxy out there in terms of photography with it's amazing colour capture, dynamic range, and superb detail.
Despite its lack of 5G as of yet, and its frankly unambitious specs, the top spot goes to the iPhone 11 Pro due to its triple-camera array, consistent image quality that never looks over-processed, and it brilliant for travel photography, The regular iPhone 11 is cheaper but lacks the 52mm telephoto lens.
Our winner for 2020 has got to be the Apple iPhone 11 Pro for its amazing image quality and telephoto lens. This phone is especially great in portrait mode with its 2x telephoto, and a f/1.8 lens aperture allowing a wider, brighter, and sharper finish.