Written by Amber

What is the camera quality of a smartphone?

A smartphone's camera is an important aspect for a lot of people. But how do you know whether the smartphone you want has a good camera? To indicate the difference in camera quality, we divided our assortment in 5 classes. In this article, you can read about which classes there are and how they're ranked.

In short

To determine the camera quality of a smartphone, we keep the following specifications into account:

  • Image sensor: The size of the sensor determines the image size, the resolution, and performance of the camera during low light situations.
  • Optical image stabilization: Makes sure photos and videos are stable, even if you move the camera.
  • Aperture: Is responsible for the amount of light that reaches the sensor.
  • Lens type: The lens technique is important for specific types of photos. A telephoto lens is suitable for portraits.
  • Autofocus: Automatically focuses before the photo is taken.
  • Flash type: The more LED in the flash, the more external light is projected onto your photo.
  • Megapixels: Indicates how many pixels are in a photo and in what size you can print the photo without losing quality.
  • Second camera: Creates a depth-of-field effect in your photo, also known as a bokeh effect.
  • Third camera: Makes sure photos are even more detailed and colorful than with 1 or 2 cameras.
  • Optical zoom: Uses the full resolution during zooming, so you can zoom in without losing quality.
  • Video recording quality: Thanks to a high recording quality, you can make sharp and detailed videos.

Excellent camera quality

Excellent camera

Are you choosing a new smartphone based on its camera specifications? If so, a smartphone with an excellent camera quality is perfect for you. Thanks to the wide sensor and large aperture, this camera guarantees razor-sharp photos, in both well-lit and low-lit situations. Optical zoom only occurs in this class. On top of that, a lot of devices have a 2nd or 3rd camera that allows you to create a depth-of-field effect. Videos are high-quality too, thanks to the 4K resolution.

Very good camera quality

Very good camera

Do you think your smartphone's camera is important, but you don't necessarily want the best camera out there? If so, take a look at smartphones with a very good camera quality. These cameras have optical or electronical image stabilization, which means you're photos won't be blurry if you accidentally move the device. In contrast to phones with an excellent camera quality, these devices have a slightly smaller sensor and aperture. This means the camera won't perform as well in low-lit situations.

Good camera quality

Good camera

Don't you use your phone's camera on a daily basis, but do you want your photos and videos to be clear? If so, a smartphone with a good camera quality is perfect for you. These devices sometimes have a second camera, but it's not as advanced in comparison to smartphones with a very good or excellent quality. This is due to the fact that the aperture and the sensor are smaller. Most devices are equipped with (electric) image stabilization. You won't see this specification in smartphones with a basic or poor camera quality.

Basic camera quality

Basic camera

Do you use your smartphone's camera every once in a while? If so, a smartphone with basic camera quality is perfect for you. Most devices in this class allow you to record in Full HD and make clear photos in good light conditions. In low light situations, your photos aren't clear due to the small sensor and aperture, meaning you'll need the flash to make a clear picture. On top of that, a basic camera doesn't have image stabilization, which means your photos are blurry if you move the camera.

Poor camera quality

Poor camera

You don't think a smartphone's camera is important, since you don't take that many photos and videos? If this is the case, you should take a look at smartphones with a poor camera. The camera on these devices has between 0 and 5 megapixels, no wide angle lens or telephoto lens, and a small sensor. On top of tat, the video resolution is no higher than HD, which means your videos aren't very sharp. In short, a phone with a poor camera is suitable for making basic photos and videos.


If you're looking for a smartphone that you can always use to take good photos, opt for a device with an excellent camera quality. Do you take photos and videos on a weekly basis and want them to be sharp? A phone with a good camera quality is perfect for you. Opt for a phone with a very good camera quality if you're in between the above. If a smartphone's camera isn't important to you, a basic or poor camera quality will suffice.

Article by:
Amber Phone Expert.

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