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. There is video recording not only in 4K, but also in 8K (up to 60 frames per second).

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 (1440×3216) 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 1440×3088 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) 1440×3200 1440×3120 1440×3200 1440×3216 1284×2778 1440×3088
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 Yes, up to 60 fps 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 60fps 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 5 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 4.2 4.3 four 4.6 4.3