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Top 10 Best Camera Phones of 2023

Top 10 Best Camera Phones of 2023

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Smartphone cameras have evolved to such an extent that you don’t need a professional camera to take impressive photos. With so many smartphones in the market, all claiming to have the best camera system, which is the best camera phone of 2023? To answer this query, here’s our pick for the 10 best smartphones for mobile photography. 

Top 10 Best Camera Phones of 2023

  • Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is the best camera phone of 2023. It features an impressive 200MP ISOCELL HP2 primary sensor, a 1/1.3” sensor with 0.6µm pixels, which by default, uses 16:1 pixel binning to capture 12 MP photos. Alternatively, it can combine its pixels 4-to-1 to produce a 50MP image.

The S23 Ultra excels at low-light performance as well. With its Nightography, the advanced camera sensor, combined with the custom-tuned Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, reduces noise in low light for stunning photos and videos. Moreover, the upgraded video stabilization makes it a great video phone that can capture 8K videos at 30fps. 

The other remaining sensors on the S23 Ultra are—a 12MP ultra-wide lens with 120˚FoV, a 10MP  telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom, and a 10MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. Samsung’s ability of 100x digital Space Zoom is still unrivaled by any smartphone brand. 

Display 6.8-inch (3088 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD+ Infinity-O-Edge Dynamic AMOLED Display, 1-120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate in Game Mode, up to 1750 nits brightness, Gorilla Glass Victus 2
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
RAM up to 12GB LPDDR5X
Storage up to 1TB UFS 4.0 storage
OS Android 13 with One UI 5.1
Back Camera

Triple;

  • 200MP ISOCELL HP2, OIS, f/1.7 aperture (main)
  • 12MP, 120º FOV (ultra-wide-angle)
  • 10MP, 3x optical zoom (telephoto)
  • 10MP, 10x optical zoom (telephoto)
Front Camera 12MP f/2.2 aperture
Battery 5000mAh, 45W fast charging, Qi wireless charging
  • Apple iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max 

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Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro Max (also the 14 Pro) is a close second on our list of the best camera phones of 2023. Starting with the specs, you get a 48MP primary camera with second-gen sensor-shift optical image stabilization. There’s also a 12MP ultrawide lens with ƒ/2.2 aperture and 120° FoV and a 12MP telephoto lens with up to 6x optical zoom range and 15x digital zoom. 

The 14 Pro Max further features a second-gen sensor-shift optical image stabilization that offers gimbal-like video stabilization. On top of that, you can now take 4K video at 30/24 fps in the Cinematic Mode. Moreover, with Apple’s new Photonic Engine, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has arguably the best low-light performance. 

Display 6.1‑inch Super Retina XDR OLED, Always-On display, 2000 nits peak brightness, True Tone, Wide color (P3), Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, Ceramic Shield
Processor A16 Bionic (4nm)
Storage up to 1TB
OS iOS 16
Back Camera

Triple;

  • 48MP 24 mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture, second-generation sensor-shift optical image stabilization (main)
  • 12MP 13 mm, ƒ/2.2 aperture and 120° field of view (ultra-wide)
  • 12MP 48 mm, ƒ/1.78 aperture (telephoto)
Front Camera 12MP ƒ/1.9 aperture, Autofocus with Focus Pixels
Battery Up to 23 hours of video playback, 20W fast charging, 7.5W Qi Wireless Charging, 15W MagSafe Wireless charging
  • Google Pixel 7 Pro

With major improvements in the camera section, the Google Pixel 7 Pro sits in the third spot on our list of best camera phones of 2023. It features a triple camera setup on the back with a 50MP Octa PD Quad Bayer wide camera that supports 4-in-1 binning. Besides, the primary camera is accompanied by a 12-megapixel ultrawide with 125.8° FOV and a 48-megapixel telephoto lens with OIS and 5x optical zoom.

Adding on, there’s support for optical + electronic image stabilization on all three sensors. Likewise, the Pixel 7 Pro supports 4K video recording at 30 FPS and 60 FPS from both the rear and front cameras. 

Display 6.7-inch LTPO OLED, QHD+ (1440 x 3120), 120 Hz refresh rate, Always-on display, up to 1500 nits brightness, HDR, Gorilla Glass Victus
Processor Google Tensor G2, Titan M2 security coprocessor
RAM 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
Storage 128GB/256GB/512GB UFS 3.1
OS Android 13
Back Camera

Triple;

  • 50MP f/1.85, OIS, 82°, Octa PD Quad Bayer (wide)
  • 12MP f/2.2, AF, 125.8° (ultrawide)
  • 48MP f/3.5, OIS, 5x optical zoom, Quad Bayer PD (telephoto)
Front Camera 10.8MP, FF, f/2.2, 92.8° ultrawide field of view
Battery 5000mAh, Fast charging, Qi-certified Fast wireless charging, Battery Share
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is among the best camera phones of 2022. Yes, we already have its successor, the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but still, the 13 Pro Max is one of the best phones you can get for photography. 

For starters, there is a triple camera setup of three 12-megapixel sensors. You get a 77mm telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom, an ultra-wide camera that can now take macro shots at up to 2cm from a subject, and a primary wide camera with an f/1.5 aperture and 1.9um sensor pixels. Moreover, the 13 Pro Max comes with impressive Night Mode, 4k video recording, sensor-shift optical image stabilization, and a cinematic mode. 

Display 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 1200 nits brightness (peak)
Processor Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm)
Graphics Apple GPU (5-core graphics)
Storage up to 1TB
OS iOS 15
Back Camera

Triple;

  • 12 MP, f/1.5, 26mm (wide)
  • 12 MP, f/2.8, 77mm (telephoto)
  • 12 MP, f/1.8, 13mm, 120˚(ultrawide)
  • TOF 3D LiDAR scanner
Front Camera 12 MP, f/2.2, 23mm (wide), SL 3D, (depth/biometrics sensor)
Battery 4352mAh Li-Ion battery, Fast charging 20W, MagSafe wireless charging 15W, Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 7.5W
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is another device that was voted by many as the best camera phone of 2022. And like the iPhone 13 Pro Max, it’s still among the best, when it comes to mobile photography. 

With the S22 Ultra, you get a quad rear camera setup consisting of a 108MP primary camera with OIS. Besides, there’s a 12MP ultra-wide lens with 120˚FoV, a 10MP  telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom accompanied by another 10MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. Furthermore, the phone also features an updated NPU to improve photo and video quality in low light.

Display 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, 1750 nits brightness, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Gorilla Glass Victus+
Processor Exynos 2200 | Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM up to 12GB LPDDR5
Storage up to 1TB UFS 3.1
OS Android 12, One UI 4.1
Back Camera

Quad;

  • 108MP f/1.8 (wide-angle)
  • 12MP f/2.2 (ultrawide)
  • 10MP f/2,4, 3x optical zoom (telephoto)
  • 10MP f/4.9, 10x optical zoom (telephoto)
Front Camera 40MP f/2.2
Battery 5000mAh, 45W fast charging, 15W wireless charging, reverse wireless charging
  • OnePlus 11

This year OnePlus has made some serious upgrades to its flagship phone, making the OnePlus 11 the best camera phone from OnePlus to date. With sensors like 50MP Sony IMX890, 48MP IMX581 ultrawide, and 32MP IMX709 telephoto lens, the OnePlus 11 takes stunning portraits and landscape shots. 

On top of that, the company's third year of the Hasselblad partnership also brings some much-needed kick to the OnePlus 11.

Display 6.7-inch E4 AMOLED panel, QHD+ resolution, 120 Hz refresh rate, 526 PPI, Dolby vision
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 (4nm)
RAM Up to 16GB LPDDR5x
Storage Up to 512GB UFS 5.0
OS Android 13-based OxygenOS 13
Back Camera

Triple

  • 50MP Sony IMX890, OIS (main)
  • 48MP Sony IMX581 (ultrawide)
  • 32MP Sony IMX709, 2X Optical zoom (telephoto)
Front Camera 16MP f/2.5, 25mm (wide)
Battery 5000mAh, 100W fast charging
  • Sony Xperia Pro-I

Next on our list of the best camera phones of 2023 is the Sony Xperia Pro-I, a camera-focused smartphone with a triple 12-megapixel camera setup at the back. The main attraction here is a 1-inch sensor borrowed from the company's RX100 VII compact camera. Besides, complementing the sensor is a 24mm ZEISS lens, which can switch between f/2.0 and f/4.0 apertures. 

Being a camera-focused phone, you’ll find many cool features on the Xperia Pro-I that helps in photography. It also features Sony's BIONZ X imaging processor that allows the smartphone to shoot up to 20 frames per second with both auto-focus and auto-exposure enabled. Furthermore, it can record 4K videos at 120fps with both eye-AF and object tracking. 

Display 6.5-inch OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz motion blur, 240Hz  touch sampling rate, Gorilla Glass Victus
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
RAM 12GB
Storage 512GB (expandable)
OS Android 11
Back Camera

Triple;

  • 12MP, f/2.0-4.0, 24mm, 1" type, Real-time Eye AF, OIS (main),
  • 12MP, f/2.4, 50mm, 2x optical zoom, OIS (telephoto), 
  • 12MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 
  • TOF 3D
Front Camera 8MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide)
Battery 4500mAh, 30W fast charging
  • Apple iPhone 14/14 Plus 

The vanilla models of the iPhone 14 series may not be as good as the Pro models, but still, the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus are great camera phones that you can buy. The duo features a 12MP lens with sensor-shift stabilization and another 12MP ultrawide camera with a 120-degree field of view. Next, the phone also packs a 12MP TrueDepth selfie camera that supports Autofocus with Focus Pixels. 

With these iPhones, you get a faster aperture, crisp details, and a better dynamic range than other similarly priced smartphones. 

Display 6.1‑inch Super Retina XDR OLED, 1200 nits peak brightness, True Tone, Wide color (P3), Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating, Ceramic Shield
Processor Apple A15 Bionic (6-core CPU, 5-core GPU)
Storage up to 512GB
OS iOS 16
Back Camera

Dual;

  • 12MP 26 mm, ƒ/1.5 aperture, sensor‑shift optical image stabilization (main)
  • 12MP 13 mm, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 120° FoV, 2x optical zoom, 5x optical zoom
Front Camera 12MP ƒ/1.9 aperture, Autofocus with Focus Pixels
Battery Up to 20 hours of video playback, 20W fast charging, 7.5W Qi Wireless Charging, 15W MagSafe Wireless charging
  • Samsung Galaxy S23/S23 Plus 

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Moving down our list of the best camera phones of 2023, we have the vanilla models of the S23 series—the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus. With both models, you get a 50MP main camera with OIS, 12MP ultrawide with 120-degree FOV, and a 10MP telephoto sensor with 3x optical Zoom. Although you won’t see upgrades in camera hardware, there are many internal improvements. 

First, the updated image signal processor of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 delivers improvements in image quality. Besides, both phones support shooting in High Resolution, Expert Raw, and using the Photo Remaster tool to enhance the captured images.

Display 6.1-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) FHD+ Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, 48-120Hz adaptive refresh rate, 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate in Game Mode, up to 1750 nits brightness, Gorilla Glass Victus 2
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
RAM 8GB LPDDR5X
Storage up to 256GB UFS 4.0 storage
OS Android 13 with One UI 5.1
Back Camera

Triple;

  • 50MP, f/1.8, OIS, Dual Pixel AF (main)
  • 12MP, f/2.2 sensor, 120˚ FOV (ultra-wide)
  • 10MP, f/2.4, OIS, 3X optical zoom (telephoto)
Front Camera 12MP f/2.2 aperture
Battery 3900mAh, 25W Fast Charging. Reverse wireless charging
  •  Google Pixel 6a

The Google Pixel 6a makes our list of the best camera phones because it provides a great photography experience at a modest budget. So, if you are looking for a phone with great cameras for under $500, then the Pixel 6a is for you. 

Talking about camera hardware, you get a 12.2MP dual-pixel main camera and a 12MP ultrawide, which don’t sound that impressive. However, the phone packs a lot of AI-based features that make using the Pixel 6a more fun. Including Google's AI scene enhancement that can modify images based on the setting to make them look more appealing.

Display 6.1-inch OLED, FHD+ (1080 x 2400 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio, 60Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 3
Processor Google Tensor
RAM 6GB LPDDR5
Storage 128GB UFS 3.1
OS Android 12
Back Camera

Dual; 

  • 12.2MP f/1.7, PDAF (main) 
  • 12MP f/2.2, 114° (ultrawide)
Front Camera 8MP f/2.0
Battery 4410mAh, Fast Charging, up to 24 hours of battery life

Top 10 Best Camera Phones of 2023

S.N Best Camera Phones of 2023 Official Price 
1. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra  $1,199
2.  Apple iPhone 14 Pro/ Pro Max $1,099
3.  Google Pixel 7 Pro $899
4. Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max  $949
5. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra  $850
6. OnePlus 11 $699
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