Top 8 Photography Picks: Best Camera Phones of 2023

In 2023, the best camera phones you can buy all have something in common: great camera specifications. However, choosing a great phone is not only a matter of the number of lenses or number of megapixels; how your pictures turn out is also an important factor. Great phones like the Pixel 7 Pro, Samsung S23 Ultra, and the iPhone 14 Pro also sport additional add-ons like large image sensors and AI-powered photography. Hence, our top picks for 2023 include high-end brands like Apple, Samsung, Google, and others, as well as some surprising additions you might be unaware of!

2023’s Best Camera Phones And Why We Picked Them

Our top 8 phones were picked based on functionality, ease of use, color handling, and how thy balance exposures, amongst others.

iPhone 14 Pro Max

The iPhone 14 Pro Max is a versatile phone with a wonderful camera. Coming in with all you may require in a smartphone, the 6.7-inch phone comes in a cute 8.5 ounce package. Its rear cameras sport the new and very powerful, main 48MP sensor to give clear-as-crystal images with lovely lighting and colors. Combined with a wider lens for more light, and double optical zoom on the main sensor, you get a four-times powerful pixel quality on your zoomed images. Finally, with a whopping 14 hour strong battery, this phone has so many reasons to love it.

  • Our pros: Super strong battery life, Fantastic cameras, Immersive display, and excellent video action mode.
  • Our cons: 20W charging and low telephoto features compared to its competition.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

Samsung did not disappoint with this awesome camera phone. The phone for serious content creators, designers, and fab people, this phone does and has it all! Featuring a 200MP main sensor, excellent selfies, 30x optical zoom, and 100x digital Space Zoom, this phone leaves popular brands like Apple and Google in its wake! This year, Samsung added the astrophotography mode which allows the user to take stunning pictures of the night sky and the moon. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is a fantastic phone for videos, able to shoot up to 8K 30 fps.

Google Pixel 7A

Google’s Pixel 7a is a testament to the good work started in the Pixel range of phones. In the 7a model, there have been added great upgrades like a 64 MP larger sensor, AI-powered processor, and computational photography. This phone is sleek, with 6.1 inches OLED display and weighing 6.8 ounces; captures more external light to make shots more detailed and is a phone that can give the Samsung Galaxy A54 a decent run for its money.

Low-light photos come out well in this phone as it favors dark colors, but it struggles a bit in other situations. It is excellent for selfies and portraits though, making it a good phone to buy. The addition of great features via the Tensor chipset like Magic Eraser and the Unblur tool give this phone a boost into our top 8 favorites for 2023.

  • Our pros: Upgraded 64MP camera, Tensor G2 chipset, and bright 90Hz display
  • Our cons: Noticeable bezels around the display, and low performance with dark colors.

The Samsung Galaxy A54

With 6.4 inches, this 7.1 ounce phone is the perfect buy for users looking for a good lower-priced camera phone with great picture quality and a good strong battery (10 hours), all at an affordable price of $449.

  • Our pros: Improved main camera, bright display, and great for low light shots.
  • Our cons: Less than optimum processor in terms of speed, and lack of a telephoto lens.

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Xiaomi 13 Pro

This sleek, brilliant camera phone from Xiaomi stables is extremely versatile, featuring a fast charging battery, and fast processor. However, users have complained about its price and difficult to- use software.

  • Our pros: Brilliant camera sleek design, and quick to charge.
  • Our cons: Very pricey and the software is difficult to use .

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

This is hands-down the best and most versatile camera phone in 2023. With a new and lighter design, social media-friendly camera, and inner screen for videos and games, this phone is a beautiful purchase for anyone! Featuring a 50 MP main camera, a 12 MP wide angle camera, and a 10MP telephoto for 3x optical zoom, with new lenses, upgraded processor, the phone can be folded so the camera controls move to the bottom, and the viewfinder moves to the top. This helps users to adjust the phone to their needed preferences and needs.

  • Our pros: Lighter design, IPX8 and durable chassis , incorporates strong tools for multi-tasking and has a silent but very high-quality hinge.
  • Our cons: Not very cheap, charges slowly and battery life is still the same.

Sony Xperia Pro-I

Starting at $1,750, this phone is fondly called the photographically flexible phone. Known for creating great cameras, it is no surprise that Sony’s camera phones will also be great! This highly priced phone has one of the most exhaustive camera features in 2023. Three 12MP lenses with new sensors, extensive manual controls over picture shots, and a wide range of in-built modes, all make this phone one to reckon with!

  • Our pros: It’s Sony so we love everything this camera phone has to offer, especially the dedicated 2-stage shutter.
  • Our cons: It’s super expensive!

OnePlus 11

This super affordable phone gives users a lot of value for their money. With its stunning design, two day battery life, and fast charging, it’s a unique phone for the creative. Optimized through a Hasselblad partnership, the phone features a 50 MP main camera, 48 MP wide angle lens and 32MP telecamera, all optimized for greater performance and output. With A Sony IMX890 sensor, the phone offers both electronic and optical stabilization, as well as a 115-degree view. Photos show precise color representation, and the phone provides more accurate white balance and exposure for great shots.

  • Our pros: Affordable, unique camera features, and long software update incentive.
  • Our cons: Does not offer wireless charging, and portrait camera is not very good(for close ups).

In conclusion, these are our top 8 best camera phones for 2023. Whether you are a serious creative, or just a fun loving picture taking newbie, one of these phones will work for your needs and budget.

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