This year, choos­ing an excel­lent cam­era phone is not a prob­lem. In the first half of 2022, com­pa­nies have released many new prod­ucts for any bud­get. And there are still wor­thy flag­ships of 2020 and 2021. We got acquaint­ed with pop­u­lar mod­els, read domes­tic and for­eign reviews and made our own rat­ing of the best cam­era phones in 2022. Do you have some­thing to add to it? Be sure to write in the com­ments.

All prices are valid at the time of writ­ing.

With the help of top cam­era phones, you can take bright, clear and detailed pic­tures. Pho­to: isorepublic.com

What to look for when choosing a camera phone

one. Cam­era res­o­lu­tion (megapix­els) — the more of them, the more clear and detailed the pic­ture will be.

2. Addi­tion­al fea­tures. Just a large num­ber of megapix­els is not enough. It is impor­tant to pay atten­tion to the capa­bil­i­ties of the cam­era. Auto­mat­ic frame cor­rec­tion by arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, spe­cial shoot­ing modes, auto­mat­ic change in col­or depth — all this will improve the pic­ture.

3. The pres­ence of sta­bi­liza­tion. This fea­ture helps to com­pen­sate for move­ment. As a result, even while walk­ing, you can take a clear pic­ture and shoot a video with­out jerk­ing. Sta­bi­liza­tion can be opti­cal (OIS) and elec­tron­ic (EIS). In the opti­cal sen­sor, the cam­era detects move­ment (for exam­ple, a shak­ing hand). He shifts the cam­era lens to can­cel out the shake. EIS sta­bi­liza­tion uses a dig­i­tal method and soft­ware. OIS is usu­al­ly found in flag­ship smart­phones.

four. Bat­tery. It is bet­ter to take from 4000 mAh so that the smart­phone does not sit down quick­ly while shoot­ing a video or pho­to shoot.

5. Mem­o­ry size. It is bet­ter to have both oper­a­tional and built-in as much as pos­si­ble. For exam­ple, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of built-in. So that the smart­phone does not slow down, there was enough space for all the pic­tures.

Now let’s move on to the rat­ing. Sort­ed from cheap­est to most expen­sive.

Vivo X80 Pro

The most bud­get smart­phone with a good cam­era and a pow­er­ful proces­sor from our top. This is a styl­ish flag­ship with a large rear cam­era mod­ule that cov­ers almost half of the rear pan­el. The back cov­er is glass, slip­pery. Fin­ger­prints remain on the sur­face, so a cov­er is required.

Large (6.78-inch) bright OLED dis­play with almost no bezels, slight­ly round­ed. Visu­al­ly it looks even big­ger. The max­i­mum screen refresh rate is 120 Hz. At the same time, it changes depend­ing on the con­tent (this saves bat­tery pow­er).

High qual­i­ty shoot­ing is the main advan­tage declared by the man­u­fac­tur­er. Com­pared to pre­vi­ous flag­ships from the brand, the shades have become brighter and more sat­u­rat­ed, and the sharp­ness of the pic­ture has increased.

The smart­phone has 4 rear cam­era mod­ules (50 MP + 8 MP + 12 MP + 48 MP), which help to take cool pic­tures at any time of the day. There is arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence that auto­mat­i­cal­ly improves the qual­i­ty of images. It auto­mat­i­cal­ly selects the appro­pri­ate expo­sure, bright­ness, white bal­ance. There is built-in opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion — less blur­ry frames, more clear pho­tos and videos.

Anoth­er advan­tage is Zeiss Nat­ur­al tech­nol­o­gy. She is respon­si­ble for nat­ur­al col­or ren­der­ing.

A detailed review of the Vivo X80 Pro smart­phone is already in our blog.

Smart­phone Vivo X80 Pro is an unusu­al mod­el with a mas­sive cam­era. Pho­to: clubic.com

Google Pixel 6 Pro

A smart­phone that is in many ways sim­i­lar to the pre­vi­ous mod­el from our top. In this brief review, we will focus on the cam­era and the dif­fer­ences.

The main advan­tage of the cam­era phone is 3 rear mod­ules (50 MP + 48 MP + 12 MP). There is an opti­cal image sta­bi­liza­tion sys­tem, fast aut­o­fo­cus. Google Pix­el 6 Pro is equipped with arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence that auto­mat­i­cal­ly adjusts bright­ness, white bal­ance and sharp­ness. In night mode, the pic­tures are decent, noise appears only when shoot­ing with a wide-angle cam­era.

Main dif­fer­ences from Vivo X80 Pro:

  • 128 GB of inter­nal mem­o­ry (vs. 256 or 512 GB);
  • slow motion is avail­able in the best res­o­lu­tion — 1080p;
The Google Pix­el 6 Pro smart­phone is an afford­able flag­ship with a great cam­era. Pho­to: popsci.com

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

A pow­er­ful, styl­ish gad­get with a large (6.8 inch­es) and bright AMOLED screen for 80,000 rubles. Five advan­tages that make the Xiao­mi Mi 11 Ultra smart­phone one of the best cam­era phones in 2022:

- excel­lent cam­eras. There are 3 of them on the rear side (50 MP + 48 MP + 48 MP). There is opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion, accu­rate col­or repro­duc­tion. A sig­nif­i­cant plus is the cool night mode with almost no noise, with deep blacks and spe­cial set­tings for shoot­ing the moon. Now astropho­tos from your phone will be amaz­ing;

- styl­ish design. The body of the Xiao­mi Mi 11 Ultra phone is made of glass and alu­minum, there are prac­ti­cal­ly no frames (because of this, the screen seems even larg­er);

- a dis­play that has received the high­est rat­ing from the inde­pen­dent Dis­play­Mate lab­o­ra­to­ry. There is a flick­er-free mode (impor­tant at low screen bright­ness);

– a small dis­play on the rear pan­el. Locat­ed next to the main cam­era, which allows you to take gor­geous self­ies on the main mod­ule;

-pow­er­ful Snap­drag­on 888 proces­sor. The phone prac­ti­cal­ly does not heat up dur­ing use, eas­i­ly opens resource-inten­sive appli­ca­tions and launch­es top games.

Xiao­mi Mi 11 Ultra is a ver­sa­tile smart­phone with a pow­er­ful cam­era in 2022. Pho­to: hardwarezone.com

OPPO Find X5 Pro

Mod­el with an unusu­al design. OPPO Find X5 Pro is a smart­phone with a ceram­ic body. Out­ward­ly, it does not dif­fer much from glass. Scratch­es appear less often on it, but it is bet­ter not to drop it from a great height: ceram­ics eas­i­ly beats from a strong blow.

The flag­ship has many advan­tages:

  • a large amount of RAM (8 or 12 GB) and inter­nal (256 or 512 GB) mem­o­ry;
  • AMOLED screen (6.7 inch­es) with excel­lent res­o­lu­tion (1440x3216) and high refresh rate (120 Hz). This means that it is con­ve­nient to watch dynam­ic videos, play games on a smart­phone;
  • pro­tec­tion against water and dust IP68 (not afraid of falling into water to a depth of 1 meter);
  • opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion of the cam­era;
  • capa­cious bat­tery — 5000 mAh.

But the main advan­tage of the OPPO Find X5 Pro phone is the cam­era. There are 3 rear lens­es (50 MP + 13 MP + 50 MP). The pro­pri­etary coproces­sor MariSil­i­con X is involved in image pro­cess­ing. It helps to auto­mat­i­cal­ly improve the frame.

There is a High-Res mode to take pic­tures in max­i­mum res­o­lu­tion. Night shots are bright, with­out noise, high­lights and strong shad­ows. There is also a spe­cial night mode for shoot­ing video. More about the advan­tages and fea­tures of the mod­el were told in a spe­cial arti­cle on the blog.

OPPO Find X5 Pro is an unusu­al phone with a ceram­ic body. Pho­to: cdn.pocket-lint.com

iPhone 13 Pro Max

New in autumn 2021 for 114,389 rubles. The new iPhone pleas­es with the abil­i­ty to record video in 4K up to 60 frames per sec­ond (both the main and front cam­eras can do this). There are 3 main mod­ules (12MP + 12MP + 12MP) and the wide-angle lens is 120 degrees (good).

The most notable changes (com­pared to 12 Pro Max):

  • col­ors are more nat­ur­al when shoot­ing dur­ing the day, the cam­era does not turn yel­low;
  • updat­ed night mode. Now you can shoot even with a min­i­mum amount of light, and the frames will be clear, with­out noise. This is pos­si­ble thanks to the increased aper­ture (f / 1.5 instead of f / 1.6);
  • improved opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion — affects both the qual­i­ty of the video and the qual­i­ty of night shoot­ing.

Advan­tages of the iPhone 13 Pro Max smart­phone:

  • Deep Fusion — an arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence-based sys­tem that will increase the detail of images;
  • shoot­ing with smooth focus switch­ing (“Cin­e­ma effect”);
  • he switch­es to night mode if he under­stands that the cam­era does not have enough light. Macro mode also turns on by itself. It is enough to bring the smart­phone clos­er to the object.

And a detailed review of the entire iPhone 13 line is in our blog.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the best solu­tion for those who are look­ing for a smart cam­era. She will select the bright­ness, shoot­ing mode. To take a cool pic­ture, just press the but­ton. Pho­to: best-magazin.com

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

One of the top cam­era phones from Sam­sung, whose pop­u­lar­i­ty is not decreas­ing. This is not sur­pris­ing, because it has many advan­tages:

- a capa­cious 5000 mAh bat­tery, thanks to which the smart­phone will work up to 16 hours on a sin­gle charge;

– a set of 4 cam­eras (108 MP + 10 MP + 10 MP + 12 MP);

– opti­cal sta­bi­liz­er;

– the abil­i­ty to shoot video in 4K (up to 60 frames per sec­ond) and 8K (up to 24 frames per sec­ond);

- 40 MP self­ie cam­era, there are modes for sin­gle and group shoot­ing;

- A pow­er­ful proces­sor, high refresh rate (120Hz) and a bright AMOLED dis­play with a res­o­lu­tion of 1440x3088 make the Sam­sung Galaxy S22 Ultra a great gam­ing gad­get.

S22 Ultra is a smart­phone with one of the best cam­eras, a pow­er­ful bat­tery and a pow­er­ful proces­sor. Pho­to: pcmag.com

Camera phone rating 2022: table and comparison

We col­lect­ed all the key char­ac­ter­is­tics of smart­phones in one table.

Feature/Model Vivo X80 Pro Google Pix­el 6 Pro Xiao­mi Mi 11 Ultra OPPO Find X5 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max Sam­sung Galaxy S22 Ultra
RAM (GB) 8 or 12 12 8/12/16 8 or 12 6 8 or 12
Built-in mem­o­ry (GB) 256 or 512 128 128/256/512 256 or 512 128/256/512 128/256/512
Screen Diag­o­nal (inch) 6.78 6.7 6.8 6.7 6.7 6.8
Screen res­o­lu­tion (pix­els) 1440x3200 1440x3120 1440x3200 1440x3216 1284x2778 1440x3088
Screen refresh rate (Hz) 120 120 120 120 120 120
Main cam­era (MP) fifty fifty fifty fifty 12 108
Num­ber of lens­es four 3 3 3 3 four
50 MP (f/1.6) + 8 MP (f/3.4) + 12 MP + 48 MP (f/2.2) 50 MP (f/1.9) + 48 MP (f/3.5) + 12 MP (f/2.2) 50 MP (f/2.0) + 48 MP (f/4.1) + 48 MP (f/2.2) 50 MP (f/1.8) + 13 MP (f/2.4) + 50 MP (f/2.2) 12 MP (f/1.5) + 12 MP (f/2.8) + 12 MP (f/1.8) 108 MP (f/1.8) + 10 MP (f/4.9) + 10 MP + 12 MP (f/2.2)
Sta­bi­liza­tion opti­cal opti­cal opti­cal opti­cal opti­cal opti­cal
Wide angle lens (degrees) 114 114 128 110 120 120
Slow motion 240 fps (1080p) 1920 fps (1080p) 480 fps (720p) 240 fps (1080p) 960 fps (720p)
4K video record­ing Yes, up to 60 fps Yes, up to 60 fps Yes, up to 60 fps Yes, up to 60 fps Yes, up to 60 fps Yes, up to 60 fps
Video record­ing in 8K Yes, up to 30 fps Not Yes, up to 24 fps Not Not Yes, up to 24 fps
Front cam­era (MP) 32 eleven twen­ty 32 12 40
Self­ie Cam­era Video Record­ing (Res­o­lu­tion) 2160p (4K) at 30fps 2160p (4K) at 30fps 1080p (Full HD) at 60fps 1080p (Full HD) at 30fps 2160p (4K) at 60 fps 2160p (4K) at 60fps
Water and dust pro­tec­tion IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68 IP68
Bat­tery capac­i­ty (mAh) 4700 5000 5000 5000 4352 5000
Size (mm) 164x75x9 164x76x10 164x75x8 164x74x9 160x78x8 164x78x9
Price (rubles) from 60 000 from 75 000 from 80 000 from 87 000 114 389 147 000

We rat­ed the mod­els from the rat­ing on a scale from 0 to 5.

Impor­tant: the cam­era in the iPhone 13 Pro Max was rat­ed at 5 points, although there are few­er megapix­els than com­peti­tors. But the cam­era of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is not infe­ri­or to oth­er mod­els from this top. All thanks to mod­ern AI, which max­i­mizes image qual­i­ty. Details on why you need to look not only at the num­ber of megapix­els were described in a sep­a­rate arti­cle.

Now let’s look at the rat­ings.

Feature/Model Vivo X80 Pro Google Pix­el 6 Pro Xiao­mi Mi 11 Ultra OPPO Find X5 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max Sam­sung Galaxy S22 Ultra
RAM (GB) 5 four 5 5 four 5
Built-in mem­o­ry (GB) 5 four 5 5 5 5
Num­ber of lens­es, res­o­lu­tion of cam­era mod­ules (MP) 5 four four four 5 5
Min­i­mum aper­ture open­ing (f) four 3 3 3 5 3
Wide angle lens (degrees) four four 5 3 5 5
Slow motion four 5 3 four 3
Video record­ing in 8K four 3 3
Self­ie Cam­era Video Record­ing (Res­o­lu­tion) four 5 four four 5 5
Bat­tery capac­i­ty (mAh) four 5 5 5 four 5
Out­come 4.3 4.1 4.3 four 4.6 4.3