Best Camera Phones (2019)

We review our favourite smartphone cameras as we head into 2019, offering the best photo and video quality as well as brilliant features like Portrait Mode and Pro controls.

Our favourite mobile shooter right now is Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro, complete with a tri-lens setup. This camera can shoot incredible photos in any conditions, especially at night, while the versatile lenses suit any occasion. We also still love the P20 Pro, another triple cam smartphone.

Sony’s Xperia XZ2 Premium boasts the company’s first dual lens camera, capturing extreme detail even at night. The 4K HDR video and Super Slow Motion mode help to set this mobile apart from rival cameraphones. Of course, the Xperia XZ3 is still great too, despite rocking a single lens.

Some of our other favourite mobile snappers include Google’s Pixel 3 phones, the LG G7 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9. We’ve tested and reviewed all of these handsets and their camera tech over on Recombu, but if we missed our your own pick for the best, let us know in the comments below!

50 Comments

  1. Mzwandile Harmans on December 22, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Well if you know smartphone camera well the king in camera is Pixel followed by iphone xs, note9 and then mate20 pro. When it comes to 4k video recording the king is iphone xs followed by note9, pixel is king at shooting 1080p due to great stabilization but doesnt shoot 4k60fps. Mate20pro good in zoom and night mode arguably between pixel and mate20pro. My choice is xs.

  2. Tokyo Sukiyaki-Tei on December 22, 2019 at 1:37 am

    Nice 👍 Video
    Get more #bestfuturelondon

  3. Gurmit Kaur on December 22, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Huawei mate 20 pro is the best

  4. Jimel Quann on December 22, 2019 at 1:39 am

    What’s up with the creepy dolls…

  5. Kenryu Wiley on December 22, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Just a question, is there a phone which has a wide angle lens in the front camera for groupie selfies? What brand it is? Thanks….

  6. Dr Youth on December 22, 2019 at 1:45 am

    P20 pro is best

  7. Wanderlust Visuals on December 22, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Lmao the jab at the Kardashian’s 😂😂🔥

  8. Vyshnav lopZ on December 22, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Pixel3 has the best camera …even though it has only 1 camera

  9. Tristan Garofalo on December 22, 2019 at 1:46 am

    Looks like murr from impractical jokers

  10. djeeno on December 22, 2019 at 1:46 am

    how does one jump… "arse first"? I mean, it sounds impractical at best and bloody dangerous at worst.

  11. david young on December 22, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Is it really worth paying much more than £500 when you get get some great phones around this price .

  12. CactusMan ! on December 22, 2019 at 1:48 am

    This man is the most hilarious tech YouTuber ever.

  13. Devang Piplodiya on December 22, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Which is best in all of them? Pls rply

  14. Blake Labuzinski on December 22, 2019 at 1:49 am

    2:42 look at her ass damn

  15. Darren C B on December 22, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Sony has it

  16. Murphy7 on December 22, 2019 at 1:50 am

    2:42 oh my

  17. CAndrei98 on December 22, 2019 at 1:50 am

    2:41 (@)o(@)

  18. Ivan Hegedus on December 22, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Glad I found you. You’re spot on on what I actually am looking for. Amazing! Keep doing what you do man, thanks! :))

  19. LB Harris on December 22, 2019 at 1:51 am

    I’m debating between OnePlus 6t or Huawei P20 Pro. The deal-breaker for me is the camera … Which is best please?

  20. Женька Аксёнович on December 22, 2019 at 1:53 am

    where’s time code

  21. Saifseoul Seoul on December 22, 2019 at 1:53 am

    sony  phone  camara   bast 1

  22. Abid ali on December 22, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Note 9

  23. Sil Daalmeijer on December 22, 2019 at 1:54 am

    2:41 yes they are exeptional !! hmmm

  24. Stevo Atkin on December 22, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Bloody Marvelous😄😄😄

  25. Cliffjumper on December 22, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Is the LG V40 any good for shooting video?

  26. way cpa facil on December 22, 2019 at 1:57 am

    …but… am i the only fucking person on earth who CLEARLY sees that iphone cameras are SO MUCH FUCKING FAR BETTER THAN ANY CAMERA ON THE PLANET???? LIKE WHAT THE FUCK????? ARE YOU ALL BLIND???????? watching this video i was like … so those are supposed to be the best phone camera ever? it’s not even close to beautiful, there must be a problem with the video not the camera or smth… and then you brought up iphone XS and i was like OKKKKK THERE WE ARE AN ACTUAL CAMERA BUT WHY THE FUCK DID ALL THE OTHERS LOOK SO BAD THEN and then… you said that the previous ones were better… what.the.fuck. am i the only person on earth to have proper eyes?? i’m so angry at other constructors for being so god damn bad at making good quality phone cameras and now even people who review phone tell others cameras are better when, clearly they’re fucking not like are you all angry at iphone? or are you blind? or is it a conspiracy? like wtf

  27. Akshay Belkhede on December 22, 2019 at 1:58 am

    That doll was creepy as hell.

  28. Ruel Marquez on December 22, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Hi. I want your camera review of Xiaomi redmi note 6 pro and Huawei y9 2019 please. These phones are famous and are owned by most people.

  29. Kalli Rayne on December 22, 2019 at 2:04 am

    I still have the galaxy s9 from when it first came out, camera quality is great for the "landscape" camera but the selfie quality is meh, especially on Snapchat because they have to use a screen capture for Samsung devices. I just don’t know if an iPhone would run as well as this one that I have, I have lots of apps and games on mine and have had for years without it slowing down at all.

  30. Jonas61233 on December 22, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Where is Nokia 9

  31. aazath ali on December 22, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Sony xperia

  32. Jack Spedicy 2 on December 22, 2019 at 2:07 am

    P20 vs mi8 vs mix 2s or soothing else around these prices, which one has the best overall camera?

  33. Christian Kogler on December 22, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Watching this on a Sony Xperia XZ3. It’s a great phone with a great camera and I could get it for half the price of a Mate 20 Pro 😀
    Also, it has a dedicated camera button, a extremely useful feature that every phone should have!

  34. dave EPISODES on December 22, 2019 at 2:11 am

    iPhone XS…
    Yeah, my dudes make your memes IDC anyways…

  35. Rahstyles Dotcom on December 22, 2019 at 2:12 am

    5:20 WTF?!?

  36. Angel A-ones Roman on December 22, 2019 at 2:13 am

    I will assume your V40 video came out after this one, would you include it on this list? ✌🏼

  37. 王绍兴 on December 22, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Huawei Mate 20 Pro is great for taking photos, but it’s not a complete replacement for MicroPC.

  38. Aj Chung on December 22, 2019 at 2:17 am

    I’m currently using a Sony which I always loved but the steep price for the New one is holding me back.I’m looking at a cheaper version of the Huawei p20 pro like the 10+ or mate 10 any suggestions which camera is better?

  39. Rock2005Star on December 22, 2019 at 2:17 am

    Sony forever!!!

  40. KlaUDiO Yoshi on December 22, 2019 at 2:17 am

    XZ2, XZ3 😍😍😍

  41. NIYAS RAHMAN CP Niyas on December 22, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Now which is the best camera phone?
    Samsung Galaxy note 10plus
    Huawei p30pro.
    Or other ?
    Please

  42. Top Over Top on December 22, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Top 10 Smartphones launching in 2019 : – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7WRQiPKSK4

  43. danrdey on December 22, 2019 at 2:23 am

    This 2018 , not 2019 !

  44. Panda_ Friends on December 22, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Everything is bloody to him

  45. huajie666 liu on December 22, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Still like iPhone picture and video quality. But only like one lense phone. So iphone xr has the best quality in my eyes. Why, let me explain. When shoot video, xr does not need to change lenses, changing lenses can cause video quality change and a blink of white flash on the video. Single xr does not have this issue. Xr single camera pixel size is larger than xs max, which means the quality of the picture is much better than xs max. So, picture and video recording has a better result than xs max. The only rival in my eyes is Google pixel 3, but this is in theory because I havent touched pixel yet. But its a test deserved to make a comparison.

  46. MemeAddiction on December 22, 2019 at 2:27 am

    1:47 R.I.P. Notre Dame

  47. Wang Ay Kuo on December 22, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Bad review .. no compare result side by side .. the best still xiaomi ( result and price )

  48. Ademar Da Silva. Utopia! on December 22, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Interessante

  49. MaDDeX on December 22, 2019 at 2:33 am

    oneplus 6 for the price

  50. Thatkid_JJ on December 22, 2019 at 2:34 am

    One question every ad I see it always has a iPhone x or a Samsung Galaxy s9 like search up a ad for a game app it will always have the newest phone

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