Top 10 smartphones with the Best Cameras 2017

Today we are going to discuss the top 10 smartphones that spot the best cameras out there. To do this, I will rely with the comprehensive tests done by our friends at the DxOMark.

One more thing before we get started, you will notice that the Apple iPhone X is not in this list. This is because it has not been tested yet and when its tested, I will update this post accordingly.

10. Apple iPhone 7

The Apple iPhone 7 (the smaller sibling) scored 85 points as compared to the iPhone 7 plus which performed much better. That said, Apple continues to create smartphones known for their excellent camera quality and the iPhone 7 is no slouch.

If you look at this list, most phones are from this year except both iPhone 7 and the Google Pixel which are hangovers from last year. This is a testament to how good their cameras are.

The iPhone 7 doesn’t have a duo-camera system which explains why it beaten by its larger sibling. It spots a 12MP 1/3-inch sensor, and a wide-angle (28mm equivalent) lens. It also has optical image stabilization which was only found in the Plus model. On top, it features improved software based image processing giving it an edge over many other smartphones.

Key Features

  1. 12 MP 1/3-inch image sensor
  2. f/1.8 aperture
  3. 28mm equivalent focal length
  4. Optical image stabilization
  5. PDAF
  6. Dual-tone four-LED flash
  7. 7 MP / f/2.2 front camera
  8. 7-inch 750 x 1334 display
  9. Apple A10 Fusion chipset

9. Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 plus has all the features found on the iPhone 7 plus other features on top. This is to clearly distinguish this smartphone by giving the plus model more features that make it better. Unlike its smaller sibling, the iPhone 7 plus spots a dual camera setup. The standard camera has a focal length of 28mm while the secondary lens doubles the focal length, allowing for a 2x optical zoom factor and a portrait mode. It also has a 4-element flash and optical image stabilization on the standard lens on board.

Key Features:

  • Dual-camera
  • 12 MP 1/3-inch sensor primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, 28mm-equivalent focal length, and optical image stabilization
  • 12 MP 1/3.6-inch secondary camera with f/2.8 aperture and 56mm-equivalent focal length
  • Portrait and Zoom modes (thanks to the new dual-camera design)
  • 5-inch full-HD display

7. HTC U11

Top 10 smartphones with the Best Cameras 2017


At 6th we have two tied devices with a score of 90. The first one is the UTC U11. It spots a 12MP BSI CMOS sensor with a f.1.7 aperture. It also has an Optical Image Stabilization, 4K Video Recording with Hi-Res audio and 3 audio recording.

Key Features:

  • 1/2.55-inch 12MP BSI CMOS sensor with 1.4μm pixel size
  • f/1.7 aperture
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Dual LED flash
  • 4K video recording with Hi-Res audio and 3D audio recording
  • Pro mode with manual control, 32 sec. long exposure, and RAW format

7. Google Pixel (1)

Top 10 smartphones with the Best Cameras 2017

Google Pixel 1

The next device is the Google Pixel, just like HTC U11 it was manufactured by HTC on behalf of Google. It has 1/2.3-inch 12MP sensor and f/2.0 aperture but lacks Optical Image Stabilization. Where the Google Pixel really shines is the software side of things. It has more powerful processing and zero shutter lag, the company’s HDR+ mode, which uses multi-frame processing to reduce noise, capture better detail, and increase dynamic range, which is on by default

Key Features:

  • 1/2.3” 12MP CMOS sensor with 1.55µm pixels
  • f/2.0 aperture
  • AF with on-sensor phase detection and laser assistance
  • Dual-tone LED flash
  • 4K video at 30 fps
  • Gyroscope-based video stabilization
  • 8MP front camera, 1/3.2″ sensor, 1.4 µm pixels, f/2.4, 1080p video

6. Apple iPhone 8

Like I said earlier, Apple craftmanship is one of a kind. Apple announced both the Apple iPhone 8 and 8 plus a few months ago. It spots a 12MP wide-angle camera with Optical Image Stabilizations. But the magic happens in the software department which Apple has improved over the iPhone 7. The iPhone 8 is a testament to when both hardware and software work together to create an amazing product. It managed to score an impressive 92 points.

Key Features:

  • 12MP main (wide-angle) camera with BSI sensor, f/1.8 lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow sync
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • Wide-gamut color capture
  • Body and face detection
  • AutoHDR

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Top 10 smartphones with the Best Cameras 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

At 4th, there are 2 devices tied, the Apple iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The Note 8 features a dual camera setup with each lens having 12 MP. The primary camera is equipped with a wide-angle 26mm f/1.7 lens, and the second with a 52mm telephoto f/2.4 lens for x2 optical zoom. Each of the camera has an Optical Image Stabilization which is a first in cameras. It has the best zoom capabilities of any smartphone thanks to its 2nd telephoto lens.

Key Features:

  • Primary 12MP 1/2.55” sensor with 26mm (wide-angle) f/1.7 lens (1.4um pixel size)
  • Secondary 12MP 1/3.6” sensor with 52mm (telephoto) f/2.4 lens (1.0um pixel size)
  • x2 optical zoom (up to x8 with digital zoom)
  • PDAF autofocus
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 3” (1440 x 2960) Super AMOLED display with 521ppi density
  • [email protected] (4K) video

4. Apple iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 plus features two cameras – a wide-angle 12MP main camera, and a 12MP telephoto camera with a slower lens for zooming in on subjects and for special effects such as Portrait mode. On top of that it has all camera features found on its sibling the iPhone 8.

Key Features:

  • 12MP main (wide-angle) camera with BSI sensor, f/1.8 lens
  • 12MP telephoto camera, f/2.8 lens
  • Optical zoom, with digital zoom up to 10x
  • Portrait mode
  • Portrait Lighting (beta)
  • Optical image stabilization (main camera only)
  • Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow sync
  • Autofocus with focus pixels
  • Wide-gamut color capture
  • Body and face detection
  • AutoHDR

2. Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Credit: Digital Trends)

The Huawei Mate 10 pro was released a few weeks ago. And like many flagships in this list, it spots a dual-camera setup developed in cooperation with Leica, which combines a 12 MP RGB with a 20 MP monochrome sensor. It scores an impressive score of 97 second only to the Google Pixel.

Key Features

  1. Dual-cam with 12Mp RGB and 20Mp monochrome sensors
  2. Dual f/1.6 lenses with Leica optics
  3. 2x lossless zoom
  4. Phase detection and laser autofocus
  5. Dual-tone LED flash
  6. [email protected] (4k) / [email protected]/60fps video

2. Apple iPhone X

This is Apple’s newest and Apple greatest ever smartphone (at least until next year). It features a dual-lens system with a 12MP sensor on each lens, the primary one being a normal camera and the secondary one a telephoto lens. The primary camera has optical image stabilization with a wide-angle f/1.8 lens just like the iPhone 8. The secondary camera also has optical image stabilization with a wider-aperture f/2.4 lens. It also features an 8MP front facing camera equipped with FaceID with 3D facial mapping and improved portrait mode. It’s the most unique feature of the iPhone X and what sets apart from the competition.

Key Features:

  • 12Mp main camera with wide-angle f/1.8 OIS lens
  • 12Mp telephoto camera with f/2.4 OIS lens
  • Phase-detection autofocus with touch focus
  • Quad LED true-tone flash with slow sync mode
  • Portrait mode with portrait lighting
  • 4K video @ 60fps
  • 7Mp “selfie” cam with f/2.2 lens, face detection, and portrait mode

1. Google Pixel 2

And finally, to the King of smartphone cameras, the Google Pixel 2. It beats its competitors despite having a single lens camera. While it is outperformed in the Zoom and Portrait by iPhone 8 plus and Note 8, it crushes them in the other traditional camera categories. This is in part due to an aggressive software processing done by Google using Artificial Intelligence to improve photos after they are taken. It has an impressive score of 98 points.

Key Features

  • 1/2.6-inch 12MP sensor
  • f/1.8 aperture
  • Dual-Pixel Autofocus
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • HDR+ technology
  • New Portrait Mode software solution

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