These are the 5 smartphones with the best cameras of 2021

Do you shoot a lot of photos with your smartphone? Then of course you want good cameras. Fortunately, over the past year, many devices have been released with which you can take great pictures. We put the five smartphones with the best cameras of 2021 in a row!

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The smartphones with the best cameras of 2021

Bij Android Planet we see quite a few phones go through the revue every year. We rarely encounter really bad cameras. Of course, there are always devices that rise above the rest of the market or their price range. In our opinion, these are – in random order – the five smartphones with the best cameras of 2021.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

There is no smartphone with such a huge zoom range as the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. In addition to a primary camera and wide-angle lens, you have at least two telecameras. With one you can zoom in three times without losing quality and with the other ten times.

That creates very new perspectives. By the way, you can zoom in much further using Space Zoom (up to 100 times), but we would not recommend that. Your photos look more like a watercolor painting than before.

samsung galaxy s21 ultra review

The primary 108 megapixel camera provides very clear photos in all lighting conditions. If you use night mode, you will notice that your screenshots are sometimes a little too bright. Fortunately, you can easily adjust that yourself. In addition, the 10x telephoto lens is slightly less good than the other cameras, but we like to love that. The overall package of the S21 Ultra is just fine in order.

→ Read our review of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Google Pixel 6 Pro

With the Google Pixel 6 Pro, the search giant is taking a big step in the field of cameras. The new sensor behind the primary camera is much larger than before, which provides very detailed photos. The wide-angle lens and telecamera complete the picture.

It is very nice that there is no color difference visible between the different lenses, because that is sometimes the case with other brands. If you do not need a telecamera, you can also look at the regular Google Pixel 6. He has the same primary lens and wide-angle camera as his more expensive brother.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

As we can expect from Google, the software is also fine. For example, you shoot beautiful portraits, with the background fading realistically. New on the Pixel 6 (Pro) is the ability to ‘gum’ unwanted objects from your photo. As long as you do not zoom in too far, the results will look pretty good.

→ Read our review of the Google Pixel 6 Pro

Oppo Find X3 Pro

If we look at the smartphones with the best cameras of 2021, we can not get around the Oppo Find X3 Pro. Both the primary camera and the wide-angle lens have a large sensor and a high resolution of 50 megapixels. They also have a good night mode, so you are always assured of beautiful photos.

The device does have a disadvantage: with the telecamera you can only zoom in twice without loss of quality. With its predecessor, the Oppo Find X2 Pro, that was at least 5 times.

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The Find X3 Pro also has a unique microscope lens. This allows you to magnify small objects up to 60 times. A ring of limbs ensures the correct illumination. With this camera you shoot pictures that you can not make with any other phone. Above you can see, for example, a detailed close-up of jeans.

→ Read our review of the Oppo Find X3 Pro

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Do you want many opportunities? But really many possibilities? Then the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is the smartphone for you. In Pro mode, you can set things like the exposure and white balance completely manually.

In addition, it is possible to create timelapse movies, close-ups or videos with multiple cameras at once. Of course, you also have a Night mode, which enchants usable photos on your screen even in the dark.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

The cameras themselves then: on the back you will find “only” three, but they are all very good. The primary 50 megapixel lens has a sensor yoke, which produces beautiful photos.

The 48 megapixel wide-angle lens is also male and you can also use this lens for cool macro photos. Finally, with the 48 megapixel telecamera, you can zoom in five times without losing quality. Nice is also the extra screen on the back, which allows you to shoot selfies in high quality.

→ Read our review of Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

OnePlus Nord 2

Most smartphones in this review are quite priced. That does not apply to the OnePlus Nord 2. You can get this device at home for less than 399 euros. You get not only a fast processor, but also a great 50 megapixel main camera.

The sensor is borrowed from the more expensive OnePlus 9, but adds optical image stabilization. As a result, you shoot sharp, clear photos in all light conditions. There is really no better camera in this price range.

smartphones best camera 2021

Of course, the Nord 2 does have some compromises compared to real high-end smartphones. The 8 megapixel wide-angle lens is a lot less impressive in quality, a telecamera is missing and the 2 megapixel monochrome lens you really have nothing. After all, it is very easy to make your photo with a filter black and white.

→ Read our review of the OnePlus Nord 2

What is your favorite camera smartphone?

Those were the smartphones that we believe will have the best cameras in 2021. Did we miss a device? Let us know in the comments what your favorite camera smartphone of this year is!