Smartphones with the widest camera apertures

Smartphones with the widest camera apertures
Your smartphone's camera is made up by a number of elements and one of them is its aperture. A camera's aperture is simply a hole through the optics stack through which light travels before it hits the image plane. The size of that hole determines how much light is admitted, and thus, how much light will reach the image, so a narrower aperture (higher F values, like F5.0) will result in a relatively darker image than a wider aperture (lower F values, like F1.8). That is, if all else is equal.

Unlike DSLRs, however, nearly every smartphone on the planet has its aperture fixed and you can't do anything about it. All smartphone have pretty wide apertures in comparison, too, because the cameras on our phones have tiny lenses and need all the light that they can get in order to produce acceptable results. That's why, as a rule, the wider the aperture, the better.

Of course, there's more to smartphone imaging than just aperture. For example, a wider aperture will result in a brighter photo only if all other things are equal. In reality, it's not uncommon for some phones with relatively narrower apertures to produce brighter and better overall results than their counterparts with wider apertures, so do keep that in mind.

We ranked the smartphones with the widest apertures for your convenience below. Check out who they are.

* Arranged in ascending order. Due to the large volume of devices with F2.0 lenses, we've skipped over a few.

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42 Comments

1. android_hitman unregistered

No iPhones? That's sad :)

3. teenaxta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

and still they take better pictures than all of these smartphones!

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I wouldn't say all, but most.

22. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

In daylight it probably doesn't beat any of those. Though I guess the point of this article is low light :p

36. shnibz

Posts: 506; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Yeah man my iPhone 6+ Pictures are impressive but my former Nokia Lumia 928 took even better pics.

16. maherk

Posts: 6704; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No it doesn't.

38. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Iphone is only good in colors, but its not wide, sad

44. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Did you read? He says: my Iphone 6+ and MY Nokia 928.. He can be judge of that... I had iPhone 6, camera was very good, I was satisfied with the results most of the time.. But iOS is horror to use (to me..). That's why I got rid of it..

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

sad but true ;) everyone thinks Apple have the best camera WHICH is NOT TRUE

27. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

45. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nokia's cameras are better, IMO. Just the cameras, though :D

2. PhotoPixel

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

But even with aperture F2.0, Sony has one of the worst post-processing algorithms.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Prepare to get the hate from the Sony employees. Say anything bad about them and you get 10+ comments of "you're wrong" or "you're a troll." Just a heads up. :)

13. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually he is correct, and I have stated that before... Sony┬┤s algorithms are pretty bad... If you get commented by "Sony employees" is because you comment something that isn't true, or just bash senselessly.

17. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

the Note 4 takes much better photos than the camera-centric-whatever-crap Z3

18. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Well, I wouldn't call any of the Xperia Z line "camera-centric"... the 20.7MP thing is more of a Marketing BS... I mean, they do use great hardware, but the combination of algorithms AND the actual camera software that lacks functions at those high resolutions is what kills it.....

23. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Noope manual mode Z3 is better :)

21. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

WTF? What do you mean? SONY is the BEST!!! SMH! I hate you! Good Sensor but bad algorithms. +1 for the honest truth!

29. f35hunter

Posts: 238; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Yeah you are right i bought sony z1 for it's camera but i gotta suprised with it's crappy software although it is excellent device . And now i must thinking twice before i going to buy a sony flagship for it's camera . Now i put my hope on the Z4 otherwise i will buy lumia1020.

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

How would you know you're not a professional photographer or haven't use a SONY phone. I have a Z1 for a year and I have taken a lot of great pictures.

30. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

You don't have to be a pro photographer to realize the 20mp sensors in Sony smartphones (i only tried the Z1 in real life) are just a pretty numbers and thats it, even the "Ultracrap" in HTC phones can take better pics in low light and specially indoors, the Z1 struggles so much with indoors photos... That being said it has its good points, like having a pretty bokeh due to the larger sensor, more detail (that is only an advantage in daylight on the street) and a better dynamic range, but it severely lacks overall. (Not saying you haven't got great pictures with it as what matters is the photographer, just saying Sony's implementation of their own sensors isn't that great)

4. FelipeAmorim

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 14, 2015

Isn't the aperture of the Note 4 F2.2? i don't understand about cameras, but isn't it a signal that this camera is a better option?

14. maherk

Posts: 6704; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yup, Note 4 is indeed armed with a F2.2 camera

41. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Smaller F number means wider aperture.

42. hmmm...

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

@Chris P... Fast lens does not always equal a wider aperture.... This article is written based on false information. A telescope can have an aperture that is a few meter/s long but can have a number of F5 or F13. The F numbers in simpler term is just the focal length divided by the aperture in diameters. To say that a fixed dslr lens that is F2.5 have a smaller aperture than a cameraphone lens of f1.8 is completely wrong

43. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Nokia 925 F/2.0

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

M8 took bright shots and was a good camera, but the MP count was the only thing I severely hated. If it wasn't for that, if say it would easily beat out most phones today.

10. maherk

Posts: 6704; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

True that. I don't know why HTC didn't try to improve on the Ultrapixel technology instead of abandoning it. Imagine a 16UP camera on the m8 instead of the 4UP.

34. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Well the Hima gets 21 megapixels, If Htc m9 takes amazing pics, ill leave my z3 compact to dust.

11. maherk

Posts: 6704; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

True that. I don't know why HTC didn't try to improve on the Ultrapixel technology instead of abandoning it. Imagine a 16UP camera on the m8 instead of the 4UP.

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