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What phone has the best camera in 2020?

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Image credit: Apoorva Bhardwaj / Android Central)

Over the last few years, smartphone cameras have gotten really good. Whether you buy a new Galaxy, Pixel, iPhone, or even a OnePlus handset, you can rest assured that you'll be able to take excellent-looking photos.

When so many phones come equipped with capable camera systems, it can be difficult to determine which one is truly the best. Each phone camera comes with its own set of strengths and weaknesses, and when you combine that with people's personal preferences, you can end up with some very different results.

Some of our AC forum members have been commenting on a video that compares the Note 20 Ultra, iPhone 11 Pro, and Pixel 4a cameras side-by-side, and this is what they had to say.

Usually when I do those I always end up picking iPhone the most, but it came in last place. Note 20 Ultra came out on top with 12, then Pixel 4a with 5, and the 11 Pro only got 3.

msm0511

Same, prefer iPhone photos the majority of the time in prior comparisons but I ended up with that order as well. I always buy a Note and haven't owned an iPhone for a variety of reasons, but the camera is the one thing that gives me slight pause each year so I'm happy to see the improvements. The new iPhone may change this again but that's typical with the release schedule between the two brands.

LuckiestLiz

I've never cared for the Pixel look either, images look over processed and some colors and shadows look weird. Their night mode and portraits look fake and over processed.

L0n3N1nja

The Pixel definitely was my fave in the last photo and a couple of others. Clearly not the overall winner, but it impresses for a phone that costs about 1/3 as much as the other two.

SeanD_Colorado

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

4 Comments
  • All the top 10 are within the couple of % that the vast majority of people don't notice anyway.... Verdict... They are all good 🙂
  • Agreed 👍 to all
  • Nowadays there ALL pretty comparible but I still believe Google's computational photography is still class leading. Just take a gander at the 4a's 🌃 night sight, it's about as good as the top 🐕 ies? Especially at the 349.oo pricetag!
  • I have both the Pixel 4a and Note 20 Ultra (work phone). The features of the Note 20 Ultra are nice, and also having 3 cameras on the rear. But the photo quality of the Pixel 4a is superior nearly all the time, and the Night Sight feature is so much visibly better than Samsung's low light algorithm. Pixel is the clear winner in this opinion!