Best camera phones in 2024

Almost every mobile phone has a camera, and each phone camera has different specifications. Searching for the best camera phone might feel like a near-impossible task, but we’re here to demystify some of the terms used when talking about the features of a camera phone.

Key features to look for in a phone camera

When searching for your next camera phone, there are several elements to look out for. Let’s explain what they are and why they’re important.


• Lens quality: look for trusted manufacturers, like LEICA or Zeiss

• Aperture: this is the hole through which light travels into your camera. The wider the aperture, the more light passes through, which results in brighter, more detailed images

• Zoom: an optical zoom is better than a digital zoom

• Autofocus: you can get laser autofocus or phase detection autofocus (PDAF)

• Field of view: this is the area the camera can see and is measured in degrees

• Image stabilisation: there are two types – optical (OIS) or electronic (EIS)

• Flash: most phones have a LED flash, but dual-tone LED flash will give you better lighting


• Sensor size: the larger the sensor, the better quality your photo will be

• Resolution or megapixels: the higher your resolution or megapixel count, the sharper your images will be


• Video resolution: there are different types of video resolution, including full HD, 4K, and 8K. 8K is the higher resolution and the most recent Samsung Galaxy phones have 8K video capabilities

• Frames per second (FPS): the more frames per second, the smoother your video will appear


• Photo modes: look out for different photo modes, such as night mode, portrait mode, HDR, or ISO control

• AI: some phones include AI functionalities which make editing your photos easier

• RAW files: RAW files are unprocessed and uncompressed files. You have more control over a RAW file, but they take up more memory

Camera AI in mobile phones

The gradual inclusion of AI in mobile phones in the last few years is bringing some exciting camera and photo editing features. The new Samsung Galaxy S24 camera lens can change the way you capture a single shot, thanks to Galaxy AI transforming any snapshot into a photographic masterpiece. With its AI-powered 100x Space Zoom, the S24 intelligently processes information to capture images in epic detail, even at a distance and in the dark, thanks to Nightography zoom. Google Pixel 8 has also established itself with an ambitious camera system, and with Audio Magic Eraser¹, you can remove subjects, edit backgrounds and even reduce distracting backgrounds. With AI support, there’s no end to the editing capabilities.

So, what’s the best camera phone?

While there are many aspects to consider when choosing a camera phone, we’ve listed our top picks for different categories. Remember, the perfect camera phone for you will depend on factors such as your budget and how passionate you are about photography.

•Best phone camera overall: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

•Best folding camera phone: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5

•Best Samsung camera phone: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

• Best Google Pixel camera phone: Google Pixel 8 Pro

• Best HONOR camera phone: HONOR Magic5 Lite 5G

• Best Motorola camera phone: Motorola Edge 40

Best Samsung camera phones

Samsung Galaxy phones are known for their incredible camera and video capabilities – the recent Samsung phones are among the few smartphones that can record video in 8K resolution. Samsung have two phone ranges – the S series and the Z series – and here are our top suggestions from both.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5

Best camera features include a double front camera (10MP and 4MP) – perfect for selfies – and 8K video resolution.

Other Samsung phones with great cameras

Front camera

Wide 12MP lens

Wide 12MP lens

Wide 12MP lens

10MP Front Camera

10MP Cover Camera; 4MP Under Display Camera

Rear camera

12MP + 50MP + 10MP

Ultra Wide 12MP lens, Wide 50MP lens, tele1 10MP lens

Ultra Wide 12MP lens, Wide 50MP lens, tele1 10MP lens

Ultra Wide 12MP lens + Wide 50MP lens

Ultra Wide 12MP lens + Wide 50MP lens + tele1 10MP lens

Photography tools

Photo Assist, 30x Space Zoom, Nightography

Photo Assist, 30x Space Zoom, Nightography

AI-powered Nightography, Detail Enhancer, Laser Auto Focus, Super Quad Pixel, Portrait mode, object eraser

FlexCam, Scene Optimizer, Night mode, Portrait mode

AI-powered camera, 3x Optical Zoom, Dual Preview

Best Google camera phones

Google Pixel phones come with cutting-edge camera features which make sure your photos are an accurate reflection of what you see. Enjoy the benefits of astrophotography and Real Tone or edit your images to perfection with Magic Eraser.

Google Pixel 8 Pro

Best camera features include having 30x zoom, astrophotography, Magic Editor, and Magic Eraser, making it the best camera in the Google Pixel range.

Google Pixel Fold

Best camera features include a triple lens rear camera, 20x Super Res Zoom, and tools such as Night Sight and Magic Eraser.

Other Google phones that have a great camera

Front camera





Rear camera

50MP + 48MP + 48MP

48MP + 10.8MP + 10.8MP

50MP + 12MP

64MP + 13MP


Optical and electronic image stabilisation

Optical and electronic image stabilisation

Optical and electronic image stabilisation

Optical and electronic image stabilisation


30x Super Res Zoom

20x Super Res Zoom

8x Super Res Zoom

8x Super Res Zoom






Photography tools

Astrophotography, face unblur, macro focus, Magic Editor, Magic Eraser, Night Sight, panorama, Portrait Light, Real Tone

Face unblur, Magic Eraser, Night Sight, panorama, portrait mode, Real Tone

Astrophotography, face unblur, macro focus, Magic Editor, Magic Eraser, Night Sight, panorama, Portrait Light, Real Tone

Face unblur, Night Sight, panorama, portrait mode, Real Tone

Other great camera phones

While Samsung and Google make excellent camera phones, here are others we recommend.

Motorola Edge 40

Best camera features include a 50MP and 13MP rear camera, a 32MP front camera, and tools such as face and smile detection and wide angle and macro lens.

Do more with Google Photos

Now you've decided which camera phone is perfect for you, it's time to think about where to store your photos.

You can store up to 15GB of images online for free, thanks to Google Photos.

Frequently asked questions

The more megapixels a camera has, the sharper your photos will appear. However, there are several factors which create an excellent image, not just megapixel count.

In 2024, we recommend that your phone’s rear camera should have 50MP and above.

Every professional photographer is different. While they might use their phone camera for personal photos, they are more likely to have a different camera for professional situations. Remember, the work of a professional photographer is more likely to be printed, whereas phone cameras are useful in digital contexts.

However, the most advanced phone cameras offer great image quality and resolution, so the gap between phone and DSLR cameras is closing.

Our top picks for smartphones with the best camera quality in 2024 include: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and Google Pixel 8 Pro. Check out their camera features to see which phone suits you best.

Our top pick for 2024 is the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.

This phone brings with it a new era of AI phone photography, with pro-grade lenses capturing images in true-to-life detail, even at distance and in low light. The AI-powered 100x Space Zoom enables images to be crystal clear, even in the dark, thanks to Nightography zoom.

Some phones are showcasing cameras with up to four lenses on the back (the main camera) - here's why.

Smartphones with four lenses tend to have a primary camera lens, a telephoto lens, an ultra-wide angle lens and a depth sensor. They work together to give your pictures depth, richness, enhanced colour and texture.

• The primary lens helps the camera take a picture in different lights, ranging from bright indoor and outdoor light to nighttime, and the clarity of the resulting picture is directly related to its megapixel strength

• The telephoto lens allows you to zoom in on your subject. Once you've zoomed in and taken your picture, you can then use 100x or 20x Zoom Lock to see even greater details

• An ultra-wide angle lens lets you capture more background with wide-angle pictures, widening what you can see in the picture. It's great for landscape and group shots

• The depth sensor enhances portrait and bokeh photos. It takes a black and white image and blends it with the RGB image taken by the primary camera, packing in more colour vibrancy and detail

If you're keen to take great pictures but you're not sure you need a smartphone with up to four lenses, a dual lens will give you the best of both worlds. One lens is the main shooter, while the other captures the depth. This gives you the ability to separate a foreground subject from the background, meaning you can refocus or recolour either part of the image.

There's an amazing spectrum of flattering digital filters, effects and shooting modes available with today's camera phones, such as portrait mode, selfie mode, lighting effects such as natural bokeh, zoom and even night mode to take the perfect picture in low light.

It's always better to apply filters after you've taken an image, not before. However, don't forget you can always add a filter in your favourite social media app before you publish. It's also worth remembering that you can make a colour image black and white, but not the other way around.

If you're in search of the perfect picture and you don't want to get caught out with a low battery, browse our accessories page to find charging packs and wireless chargers so you're always ready to shoot.

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¹Not available for all camera apps or modes.