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The Best Camera Phones With Most Megapixels For Every Budget (2021)

author Luis Silva (Updated on: July 2021)

The Best Camera Phones With Most Megapixels For Every Budget


This is the international top 10 list. Click here to check out the US version.

Megapixels aren't everything, they say. There actually was a time that more megapixels meant better picture quality. But that time is long gone. Now, great photos are most easily achieved with bigger pixel sizes, which means larger sensors or fewer megapixels.

But technology is evolving every passing day, and 0.8 µm pixels that we could only dream of not long ago, are now a part of our reality. That means small pixels can still achieve a significant amount of picture quality, even in low-light conditions (thanks to techniques like pixel-binning). In the meantime, it allows manufacturers to produce cameras with over 100 Megapixels with sensors small enough to fit on thin smartphones.

But why would anyone need that many megapixels?

There actually are some great use-cases for having hundreds of megapixels. During daytime (or when there's enough light), they can be used to mimic an optical zoom of up to 4x and still get a pretty decent 7-megapixel photo. During low light conditions, they can be used for pixel binning (at the cost of reduced resolution that is effectively divided by four) to reduce the noise and produce brighter photos.

You can also obviously print larger photos. That may rarely be the case, but if and when you need it, you're able to. For example, a resolution of 24 megapixels is considered enough to print A0 sized pictures (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in). Which means you could put up to 4 A0 pictures side by side! That would be fun to see on a home wallpaper.

Anyways...

These are eight frequently updated top 10 lists of smartphones with the most megapixels around.

If you don't have a budget for smartphones like the ultra-expensive 108 Megapixels Galaxy S20 Ultra, don't worry, you can also find the right one for your own budget on one of the other seven top 10 lists.

Phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 or the popular Mi A3 with 48 megapixels are probably good enough for those who aren't looking to spend that much on a new phone.

But if you can find a great deal on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, you should also consider it, because then you'd get a 64-megapixel sensor.

You obviously should be picking up the first smartphone in the top 10, but if you also agree that megapixels aren't everything, there are also other phones for you to consider.

If you also want to know what are the top 10 best picture-quality smartphones for your budget, check out the links at the end of this page. There's something there for you.

You can also check any articles close to that phone to see how they distinguish themselves from other popular models.

Tips: Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones. You can also find links to Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, and Walmart (and updated prices) in any comparison article.



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 Top 10 

  • #8 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Exynos)Galaxy S20 U.EX
    $799    9.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    108+48+12Mp4x
    5000mAh 45+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD
  • #9 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Gal. Note 20 U.SD
    $949    9.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865+
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD


 Over $1000 

  • #1 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1399    9.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 855
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    108+48+12Mp4x
    5000mAh 45+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD


 Under $1000 

  • #2 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Exynos)Galaxy S20 U.EX
    $799    9.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    108+48+12Mp4x
    5000mAh 45+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD
  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Gal. Note 20 U.SD
    $949    9.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865+
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Exynos)Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    $990    9.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD


 Under $700 



 Under $500 

  • #10 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Exynos)Galaxy S10+ EX
    $409    1.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    Android 9
    6.4" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    4100mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s10 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ SD


 Under $400 

  • #2 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 10T LiteMi 10T Lite
    $325    5.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 750
    Android 10
    6.6" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 5
    64+8+2+2Mp
    4820mAh 33+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    -AMOLED
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight

  • xiaomi mi 10t lite vs xiaomi mi 10t proXiaomi
    Mi 10T Lite
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 10T Pro
  • #3 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 11 LiteMi 11 Lite
    $349    5.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2021
    Snapdragon 780
    Android 11
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    64+8+5Mp
    4250mAh 33+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Cameras
    +Glass Protection
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 11 lite vs xiaomi mi 11Xiaomi
    Mi 11 Lite
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 11
  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy M30sGalaxy M30s
    $300    4.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9611
    Android 9
    6.4" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 64GB+
    No Glass Prot.
    48+8+5Mp
    6000mAh 15+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Battery Life
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy m30s vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proSamsung
    Galaxy M30s
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
  • #8 OnePlusOnePlus 8T8T
    $314    4.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Android 11
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+16+5+2Mp
    4500mAh 65+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • oneplus 8 vs oneplus 8tOnePlus
    8
    vs
    OnePlus
    8T
  • oneplus nord vs oneplus 8tOnePlus
    Nord
    vs
    OnePlus
    8T


 Under $300 

  • #4 OnePlusOnePlus Nord N10Nord N10
    $239    5.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 690
    Android 10
    6.4" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    64+8+2+2Mp
    4300mAh 30+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Battery Life
    -AMOLED
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • oneplus nord vs oneplus nord n10OnePlus
    Nord
    vs
    OnePlus
    Nord N10
  • #6 RealmeRealme XTXT
    $290    5.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    Android 9
    6.4" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 5
    64+8+2+2Mp
    4000mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight

  • xiaomi redmi note 8 pro vs realme xtXiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
    vs
    Realme
    XT
  • #10 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 9 SEMi 9 SE
    $250    4.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    Android 9
    5.9" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+8+13Mp2x
    3070mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 9 vs xiaomi mi 9 seXiaomi
    Mi 9
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 9 SE


 Under $200 

  • #1 XiaomiXiaomi Redmi Note 7Redmi Note 7
    $140    4.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 660
    Android 9
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+5Mp
    4000mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight

  • xiaomi redmi note 7 vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proXiaomi
    Redmi Note 7
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
  • #4 RealmeRealme 5 Pro5 Pro
    $179    4.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    Android 9
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    48+8+2+2Mp
    4035mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • realme 5 pro vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proRealme
    5 Pro
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
  • #7 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 8Mi 8
    $137    1.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    Android 8
    6.2" 1080x2248
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    12+12Mp2x
    3400mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 8 vs xiaomi mi 9Xiaomi
    Mi 8
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 9
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