Smartphone cameras have become so advanced that they can replace DSLR cameras in many situations, offering everything from impressive optical zoom to great colour ranges and HDR capabilities.
Manufacturers are constantly working to improve their handsets’ camera offerings, and it has now become common to see high megapixel counts and 3D depth-sensing features on flagship devices.
If the quality of your smartphone camera is important to you, and you are undecided about which of this year’s smartphones to buy, DxOMark has released its rankings across various photography categories to help inform your decision.
The DxOMark camera scoring system is one of the best indicators of a smartphone camera’s performance and is employed across the industry to compare the quality of mobile camera systems.
DxOMark tested 31 smartphone main cameras in 2019, noting that manufacturers have made great strides in improving their camera scores over the past year.
Overall, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition top the DxOMark rankings, making them the best choices for consumers looking for great photography features in any situation.
For a more detailed breakdown, see the category rankings below.
Best overall – Huawei Mate 30 Pro
|Huawei Mate 30 Pro||121|
|Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition||121|
|Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max||117|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G||117|
|Samsung Galaxy S10 5G||116|
Best video – iPhone 11 Pro Max
|Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max||102|
|Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition||102|
|Google Pixel 4||101|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G||101|
|Samsung Galaxy S10 5G||100|
Best zoom – Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition
|Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition||109|
|Huawei P30 Pro||95|
|Huawei Mate 30 Pro||91|
|Google Pixel 4||81|
|Honor 20 Pro||79|
Best ultra-wide – Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G||42|
|Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max||40|
|Samsung Galaxy S10 5G||40|
|Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition||39|
|Samsung Galaxy S10+||38|
Best low-light – Huawei Mate 30 Pro
|Huawei Mate 30 Pro||61|
|Huawei P30 Pro||59|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G||59|
|Samsung Galaxy S10 5G||59|
|Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition||56|