The Best Smartphones With The Most Zoom For Every Budget (2020)


Luis Silva - (October 2020)


Not that long ago, this top 10 list wouldn't have made any sense. There was the Huawei P30 Pro (or the Mate 20 Pro), and then there was everything else.

Fortunately, manufacturers started to step up in the optical zoom department, and each passing year we're starting to see more and more devices with up to 6x of optical zoom.

Wait a minute. 6x? Are you sure? Yes, I am. And that's not even the device that sits at the #1 spot.

How is that possible?

It actually is pretty simple.

If you zoom in up to 4x and take a 48MP photo, and then if you crop from the exact center of the image, just enough pixels to make a 12MP photo, you'd still get a pretty decent-quality sample. That's "exactly" what you get from a 6x telephoto lens.

When I say "exactly," what I mean is that your photo won't be damaged by any kind of digital or hybrid zoom. You should be aware that a crop doesn't impact the depth of field of an image, just like it doesn't change its aperture resulting in longer shutter speeds, and increased chances of motion blur like a true optical zoom.

I know you must be thinking: "Wait a minute, I don't want to be cropping my photos, just to have more zoom."

That's right, but it's there if you later need it, and at least while recording a video, the camera's software should do this automatically for you, if you keep zooming past the native 4x.

And yes, I'm talking about the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Anyways, this list is sorted by the telephoto lens focal length in millimeters (mm). 125mm is equivalent to 5x, 100mm to 4x, and 75mm to 3x. I'm not considering any cropping capabilities nor any AI-powered hybrid zoom, but you can click on any phone to check how many megapixels it's zoom camera has. Usually, it's its second camera/sensor.

I'm hoping you do have a budget of over $1000. If not, you may have to settle for the Huawei P30 Pro or 3x of optical zoom at most. But do check the other top 10 lists.

If you also want to check the top 10 of the most megapixels camera-phone or the smartphones with better picture quality, check out the links at the end of this article.

By the way, I'm updating these listings several times a month.

Tips: You can click on any phone to check out some of its specs. 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.



 Top 10 

  • #4 Samsung

    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
    $1299    9.2

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price
    Year: 2020    6.9"


  • All About The Samsung Gal. Note 20 U.SD - Specs, Scores, Rivals, Price, Info, and more


  • Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
  • #6 Samsung

    Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1381    7.9

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price
    Year: 2020    6.9"


  • All About The Samsung Galaxy S20 U.SD - Specs, Scores, Rivals, Price, Info, and more


  • Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD
  • #8 Huawei

    P30
    $339    6.2

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

    Year: 2019    6.1"


  • All About The Huawei P30 - Specs, Scores, Rivals, Price, Info, and more


  • Huawei
    P30
    vs
    Huawei
    P30 Pro


  • Huawei
    P30
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10


  • Huawei
    P30
    vs
    Huawei
    Mate 20 Pro
  • #10 Huawei

    P40
    $558    6.2

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    -Wireless Charg.
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price
    -Glass Protection
    Year: 2020    6.1"


  • All About The Huawei P40 - Specs, Scores, Rivals, Price, Info, and more


  • Huawei
    P40
    vs
    Huawei
    P40 Pro


  • Huawei
    P40
    vs
    Apple
    iPhone 11


  • Huawei
    P40
    vs
    Google
    Pixel 4


  • Huawei
    P30 Pro
    vs
    Huawei
    P40
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