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5 best camera mobile phones in India based on tests by DxOMARK (2020): price, features

Smartphone cameras have evolved rapidly over the last few years, becoming so capable they’ve replaced commonly used point-and-shoot digital cameras and even DSLRs in regular usage. Consumers are now willing to spend upwards of Rs 50,000 on a powerful camera smartphone, which provides more value than a standalone camera.

DxOMark has long been the standard for smartphone camera testing, rating these through an elaborate points-based system. The benchmarking website collects nearly 1,500 images and over two hours of video shot in various situations. These are subsequently rated in photo, video and selfie categories, analyzing aspects like exposure, contrast, dynamic range, autofocus, zoom, bokeh, low-light imaging and more.

If you are wondering which are the top camera phones in India according to DxOMark tests, we’ve compiled them in this list.

  1. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
  3. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
  4. OnePlus 8 Pro
  5. OPPO Find X2 Pro

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the most powerful camera smartphone from the brand with 108MP sensor

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra features a powerful 108MP sensor

Samsung always has one or two smartphones in the top 5 list on DxOMark’s website. The company’s latest flagship, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, scored 132 points for photo and 102 for video with an overall score of 122. It is one of the higest megapixel camera phones thanks to a 108MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, and OIS. The camera can shift dynamically between the high-resolution 108MP mode and pixel-binned 12MP mode.

Other sensors include a 12MP 120-degree ultra-wid camera with f/2.2 aperture, 48MP periscope-style telephoto camera with 4x optical zoom, and a ToF 3D depth sensor. For selfies and video calling, the Galaxy S20 Ultra has a 40MP camera. The S20 Ultra is capable of offering up to 100x zoom, which is achieved in combination with the main 108MP and 48MP telephoto sensors.

Other specs include a 6.9-inch QHD+ AMOLED Infinity-O display with HDR10+ support, Exynos 990 chipset, 12GB RAM, 128GB storage, OneUI 2.0 based on Android 10, and a 5,000mAh battery with 45W fast charging. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is priced at Rs 97,999 in India and can be purchased from major online and offline retailers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ comes with quad-camera setup on the back

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ comes with quad-camera setup on the back

Samsung’s Note series flagships are also known for their camera prowess, and the Galaxy Note 10+ is no exception. The Samsung quad camera phone scored a respectable 126 points in photo and 98 in video, with an overall score of 117. The flagship Note flaunts a quad-camera setup on the back featuring a 12MP wide-angle lens with f/1.5 to f/2.4 variable aperture, a 16MP ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture, a 45-degree 12MP telephoto lens with OIS and f/2.1 aperture, and a ToF depth sensor. For selfies, the handset offers a 10MP single camera in the centre-aligned punch-hole cutout.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is a premium flagship offering a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel with HDR10+ support, 4,300mAh battery with 45W wired charging and 15W wireless charging, and Exynos 9825 SoC with the Android 10-based OneUI. The flagship smartphone is being offered in two configurations – 12GB RAM + 256GB storage for Rs 84,200, and 12GB RAM + 512GB storage for Rs 94,700. It can be picked up from Samsung’s online store, major e-commerce stores and offline retail outlets across India.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with four 12MP cameras, three on the back and one on front

The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with four 12MP cameras, three on the back and one in front

The iSight camera used by Apple is widely regarded as one of the best phone cameras in the market. Thanks to the superior Deep Fusion algorithm and advanced camera lenses, the iPhone 11 Pro Max managed to score an overall 117 points with 124 for photo and 102 for video. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the first Apple triple camera phone on the back.

The setup comprise three 12-megapixels cameras, with f/2.0 telephoto, f/1.8 wide and f/2.4 ultra-wide lenses. The camera module is further assisted by the aforementioned Deep Fusion, which is a Neural Engine for computational imaging. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is also one of the best selfie camera phones, with its 12-megapixel shooter offering stellar results.

The latest Apple flagship ships with a 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR screen with 2,688 x 1,242 pixels resolution, HDR10+ support, A13 Bionic chipset and Face ID. The Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is being sold in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB variants in India with prices starting from Rs 1,17,100. The smartphone can be brought from Apple authorised resellers as well as online stores like Amazon and Flipkart.

OnePlus 8 Pro

The OnePlus 8 Pro features a custom Sony IMX689 primary sensor

The OnePlus 8 Pro that marks several firsts for the brand, including wireless charging, a 120Hz display and an IP68 rating. The phone scored an overall rating of 119 points on DxOMark, with 126 and 103 points for photo and video, respectively. The OnePlus 8 Pro features a primary 48MP Sony IMX689 f/1.78 primary sensor, 48MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens and 5MP colour filter camera. The punch-hole camera module houses a 16MP sensor.

The rear camera setup offers hybrid focus, which means it has phase detection, contrast AF and laser-assisted autofocus. The camera app features CINE aspect ratio video recording, UltraShot HDR, Nightscape, Micro, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image and Smart Pet Capture.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is a powerful device that features a 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED screen with QHD+ resolution, Snapdragon 865 chipset, 4,510mAh battery with Warp Charge 30T and Warp Charge 30 Wireless charging. It starts at Rs 54,999 for the base 8GB RAM variant, while the 12GB RAM edition retails at Rs 59,999. The smartphone will be available from Amazon and OnePlus’ official website.

OPPO Find X2 Pro

The OPPO Find X2 Pro flaunts a 48MP quad-camera module on the back with up to 60x digital zoom

The OPPO Find X2 Pro features a 48MP quad camera module with up to 60x digital zoom

OPPO is known for launching smartphones with innovative and powerful camera setups, which is why its devices often find their way to DxOMark ratings. The Find X2 Pro flagship scored a total of 124 points on DxOMark with 134 points for photo and 104 for video. The triple camera setup on the back includes an impressive combination of a 48MP Sony IMX689 primary sensor, 48MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 13MP telephoto camera with support for 10x hybrid zoom and up to 60x digital zoom.

The selfie camera is a 32MP sensor sitting inside a punch-hole cutout. The camera app is loaded with features such as dual-OIS, omni-directional focus, Ultra Night Mode 3.0, dual ISO, Ultra Macro mode, Ultra Steady Video Pro and more.

The flagship smartphone features a 6.7-inch quad HD+ AMOLED screen that offers a 20:9 aspect ratio, 513ppi pixel density and a refresh rate of 120Hz. The phone comes with a Snapdragon 865 chipset, ColorOS 7.1 based on Android 10, up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB internal storage. The OPPO Find X2 Pro will be launched in India soon, and will be available on the Amazon in addition to other channels.

Top 5 cameras phones in India as per DxOMark

SmartphoneCamera
Samsung Galaxy S20 UltraRear: 108MP primary+ 12MP ultra-wide + 48MP telephoto + DepthVision

Front:40MP

Camera features: 100x Super Resolution Zoom, Hybrid Optic Zoom at 10x, 8K video recording
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+Rear: 12MP Wide-angle + 16 MP Ultra-wide-angle + 12MP Telephoto + ToF

Front: 10MP

Camera Features: Scene Optimizer, Shot suggestions, Flaw Detection
Apple iPhone 11 Pro MaxRear: 12MP Wide-angle + 12MP Ultra-wide-angle + 12MP Telephoto

Front: 12MP

Camera Features: Deep Fusion, Portrait Mode, Night Mode,
OnePlus 8 ProRear: 48MP + 48MP Ultra-wide-angle + 8MP Telephoto + 5MP colour filter

Front: 16MP

Camera Features: CINE aspect ratio video recording, UltraShot HDR, Nightscape, Micro, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image, Smart Pet Capture
OPPO Find X2 ProRear: 48MP + 48MP Ultra-wide-angle + 13MP Telephoto

Front: 32MP

Camera Features: dual-OIS, omni-directional focus, Ultra Night Mode 3.0, dual ISO, Ultra Macro mode, Ultra Steady Video Pro, Live HDR Video
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