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5 Best Camera Phones of 2020 | Numbers Vs Optimization

Smartphones get better every year, and one of the features that manufacturers always aim to improve on is their camera. Whether it’s the continuous challenge of fitting in a large megapixel capacity, the sensor’s improved sensitivity, or the number of lens filters they can include, every smartphone released will always have a camera better than its predecessors. Before the year ends, let’s take a look at some of the 5 best camera phones of 2020.

5 Best Camera Phones of 2020 – Let The Numbers Begin

OnePlus 8 Pro

The OnePlus 8 Pro has all this with the addition of one key feature: 240FPS. The designers worked in a gyroscope-enabled electronic image stabilization software to allow the camera to correct unwanted motion effects in a video. Combined with high dynamic range lenses, you can capture ultra-slow videos in 1080p without compromising the file’s quality. Though the wide-angle results are not that great the daytime and the night pictures compensate for it. Simply an incredible camera for the best price.

Daylight Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Nightlight Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Macro Rating: 8 out of 10
Wide-Angle Rating: 6.5 out of 10
Portrait Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Video: 7.5 out of 10
Overall Rating: 7.7 out of 10
DxOMark Rating: 119

iPhone 12

The iPhone 12 is a culmination of Apple’s best designs. Its camera may not have a unique feature like the other smartphones on this list, but it did receive notable hardware, software, and lens upgrades. For example, its sensor now has a faster f/1.6 7 element lens. It’ll be difficult to see the results in a standard photo, but if you turn on the camera at night, you’ll find that the iPhone 12 can pick up objects much better. Its auto-exposure function is pretty reliable, too, ensuring that you’ll have perfectly clean shots without needing to mess with the settings.

Daylight Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Nightlight Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Macro Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Wide-Angle Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Portrait Rating: 8 out of 10
Video: 8 out of 10
Overall Rating: 8 out of 10
DxOMark Rating: TBA

Huawei Mate X

Huawei’s Mate line always produces phones with good camera quality, from Mate 20’s ultra-zoom feature to Mate 30’s excellent quad-lens camera. But this year, the brand decided to try their hands on a foldable smartphone with the Mate X. One unique feature of the Mate X is how the subject of the picture has the opportunity to see a preview of themselves before the shutter is clicked. This is done by folding the phone outward so that one side of the screen faces the subject.

Due to the smartphone’s flexible nature, manufacturers were able to solve this PCB design challenge with net ties, which is the process of routing two different nets together with track widths. This ensures that all components on the circuit board stay connected, allowing the camera to function even if it’s folded.

Daylight Rating: 9 out of 10
Nightlight Rating: 8 out of 10
Macro Rating: 8 out of 10
Wide-Angle Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Portrait Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Video: 8.5 out of 10
Overall Rating: 8.25 out of 10
DxOMark Rating: TBA

vivo X50 Pro+ and vivo X50

The smartphone with the best nightlight results in our list of 5 best camera phones of 2020 is the Vivo X50 series. Not only the X50 Pro+ but also the other variants have incredible low light details. Vivo produced a smartphone with an excellent camera for a little under $600 in the X50. Its camera sensor is capable of four types of shots: standard (already at 48MP), ultra-wide angle, macro, and portrait. Its night mode is also pretty impressive, thanks to the phone’s large f/1.6 aperture. Granted, the other features of the X50, like the display and battery, are average. But if you’re looking for a pure photography phone, this is your best bet.

The X50 Pro+ is on the next level compared to X50. X50 might be the best camera phone under $600. However, if you aim for a budget of $900. Vivo X50 Pro+ is the phone you will be needing. A quad-camera layout with the most optimized primary sensor (50MP) along with ultrawide, periscope, and telephoto. The most perfect setup you can get on a phone.

Vivo X50 camera sample night mode
vivo X50 night camera sample
Daylight Rating: 9 out of 10
Nightlight Rating: 10 out of 10
Macro Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Wide-Angle Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Portrait Rating: 9 out of 10
Video: 9 out of 10
Overall Rating: 9 out of 10
DxOMark Rating: 127 (Pro+ model)

Pixel 5

Last but not the least, on our list of 5 best camera phones of 2020 is Pixel 5. Google only has one flagship smartphone line: the Google Pixel. And while it doesn’t aim to compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple in terms of OS and hardware, its camera is one of the best in the industry. It’s touted for its color accuracy. In a well-lit area, Pixel can capture images in the same color range your eyes see. And while it’s 50mm integrated lens doesn’t work very well for long-ranged zoom shots, it shows a lot of promise when the zoom target is closer.

The Pixel 5’s camera is equipped with all this with one big change: they swapped out the telelens for an ultra-wide one. That means you’re going to be able to take wider photos without moving too far back. If you need a phone that can capture professional still images for commercial, business, or formal use, the Pixel 5 could work as a DSLR replacement.

Daylight Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Nightlight Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Macro Rating: 8 out of 10
Wide-Angle Rating: 9 out of 10
Portrait Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Video: 7.5 out of 10
Overall Rating: 8.17 out of 10
DxOMark Rating: TBA

Smartphone brands continue to impress us with their camera innovations every year, and 2020 is no different. Regardless if you need a camera for selfies, portraits, or even product shots, there’s a smartphone model out there for you. We hope you loved the 5 best camera phones of 2020. Don’t forget to let us know your favorite phone in the comment section below.

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