How Many Megapixels Does Your Phone’s Camera Have? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Yaara Lancet 20-04-2014

Last week we asked you how many eBooks you currently have on your eReader. When I first came up with this poll, I didn’t expect many people to have way more 100 books. Boy, was I wrong!


416 readers voted in this poll. This is how they voted: 4% don’t have any eBooks at all, 9% have 31-50 eBooks, another 9% own 1-10 eBooks, 10% have 51-100 eBooks, 14% have 11-30 eBooks on their eReader, 20% (!) have over 1000 eBooks, and 33% have over 100 books but less than 1000. Impressive!


Comment Of The Week

When it comes to best comment, I always try to look for the one that was most useful. While there were many interesting and useful comments on last week’s poll, only one made me go in and change the actual poll, and for that, it deserves a reward!

This comment by Bruce G was both informative, and made me realize that the poll was sorely missing the “1000+” option, which I didn’t expect to be popular. As I mentioned above, I was completely wrong about this. So thank you Bruce for enlightening me, and for doing it so quickly after the poll went live. It truly made a difference!

For this comment, Bruce wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt:


Needs more levels on the poll!
1807 books on my e-reader as of this morning. (Granted, about 100 of them are craft patterns or magazines). And yes, I’ve read most of them, although some were in paper and I haven’t reread the ebooks yet. Probably about 1/2 of the books have been read or viewed as ebooks. Some are there for reference, some are “when I get around to it” (Like Churchill’s WWII set – have to be in a specific frame of mind to read that set).

Readers used: Ipad/Iphone – using Marvin for most of the e-books (it only does EPUB) , IBooks and Adobe for the PDFs. Dedicated reader: Kobo (since it has an expansion slot, I can fit everything on there).

Where bought: A lot of them are from the Gutenberg Project or Purchases mostly via Amazon. Baen books for anything they sell (I’ll pay their higher prices to go direct to support the authors).

How Many Megapixels Does Your Phone’s Camera Have?

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While the last decade was marked by an endless race to more pixels in our photos, things have calmed down in the past few years. People still look at megapixels (MP) when buying a phone, but aside from phones such as a Nokia Lumia 1020 Nokia Lumia 1020 Review and Giveaway Is it a phone? Is it a camera? No, it’s the Nokia Lumia 1020! Read More , you usually don’t see crazy numbers anymore. In fact, some manufacturers even go for much lower numbers than before, claiming that it’s other aspects of the camera technology that matter.

For this reason, we’re curious to see where things stand with your smartphones. When answering this poll, please give the number for your rear camera, as front-facing cameras are almost always lower quality. If you’re not sure how many MP your phone’s camera has, you can check on websites such as GSM Arena.

After voting, hit the comments and tell us which phone you own, and if you think having more MP actually makes a difference when it comes to phone cameras. Don’t forget, best comment wins a free t-shirt!


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  1. Agha Salman Khan
    May 3, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I have vivo v7. Front camera is 24MP.. but i think it has 8MP.. So tell me about this phone Camera

  2. Anonymous
    April 22, 2018 at 6:58 am

    I currently have an Oppo F5 with 16 mp back and 20 mp front.. But dont be confused by the numbers. The 16 mp back camera is actually better than my 20 mp front (in terms of groupie) my front camera can only capture 1 person. Example all 5 of you will take a groupie, the man in front of the camera will take the most decent picture while the other 4 in the back will just blur.

  3. Jayne
    January 7, 2018 at 5:52 am

    My Galaxy phone states that its 16 megapixels on its camera. Well...then why are my photos getting kicked off multiple site for under 2 mp? Am i being mislead by a large corporation, or muliple websites? personal opinion is they just dont like (the corporation) my really good photos, that can make money, that they receive no part/royalty in, but I could be wrong. Because I cannot imagine a corporation wanting to make every penny of every move you make? Location services? Thats just for safety reasons too. Crap, if you believe that then you probally believe the internet is always right on all aspects, and no one actually tracks you. A simple photo is now being changed in your phone! Why dont they make something that would really work? No woman would complain if the photos made them look skinnier, but its a fact most corporations are, believe me or not, out for themselves and money. NOT PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS. Screw it,, lets fight back against $1000 phones that steal our info., join together techies! Lets make our own uncrackable phone....whose in? .......I am waiting

  4. Moin
    August 25, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I own an ordinary phone and am embarrassed by my friends I really need a better phone

  5. Sandip Gawade
    June 15, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    I have One plus 3t with 16 MP both front & rear camera

  6. Nandhini
    May 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I own lenovo A6000 plus mobile with 8 MP

  7. Bob Brandt
    April 23, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    16MP on my Galaxy S5. I was astounded at the quality and sharpness of the photos. I usually took 2 pictures on my iPhone 4S 8MP as one was sometimes blurred, but one picture is all that is needed. The S5 shoots so fast it stops motion of the subject and also my hands.

  8. Rudi N
    April 23, 2014 at 10:23 am

    A few years ago I read an interesting article about how any photo ranging from 2mp to 5mp is about the norm for what's acceptable as fairly high resolution for online viewing and sharing. Below that and you're starting to lose a bit of detail and risk it getting too stretched on very large monitors. Above that and the scaling factor to fit on your monitor also causes some glitchy artefacts.

    I've always held that view that, unless you're planning on taking high resolution images specifically for editing afterwards then anything above 5mp is more than enough for the everyday computer user. And if you're planning on being a professional photographer, you shouldn't be looking to using your phone at all - unless you're an iPhonographers by trade.

    With this in mind, I've only ever aimed to have a camera of said range attached to my phone. If I want more, I've got an 8mp point-and-shoot that does a marvellous job and is very speedy as well as a 16mp bridge camera for when I anticipate the need for taking high resolution images. (9 times out of 10, even when using my bridge camera I have it set to sub-10mp anyway) Don't get me wrong - I'd love to wield a 41mp Nokia every time I want a detailed shot, but for everyday memories I'm never let down by whatever is in my pocket.

    After all, the best camera is the one you have with you.

  9. Dalsan M
    April 23, 2014 at 6:34 am

    The lens, sensor, and ability to focus properly and focus means much more than the "effective" stated megapixels of any camera. 5 megapixels are sufficient in many cases for quick and decent shots, but I think 12 megapixels would be great in order to be able to crop or print decent pictures. The 8 megapixel camera on my Galaxy Note 2 works quite nicely for basic shots at good quality, but the HD video recording works much better than my Olympus SP-610UZ 14.1 MP 22x optical zoom camera, though without the extra zoom feature. For easy access in a pinch, my phone is great. For better shots, especially at a great distance and/or lower lighting situations, my ultra-zoom camera is best.

    I've been able to take excellent pictures with a 2.2 megapixel Kodak camera, so the megapixels do not matter as much as the user's ability to work with the product at hand. I have even been able to take great pictures with a homemade pinhole camera, although the pictures were black and white. Knowing how to work a camera is where it counts most, but the optics, sensors, focus type, and megapixels help to make life easier and more convenient for taking good pictures. Heck, I've taken what seemed like good pictures on a 14MP Nikon ultra zoom camera, but turned out to be washed out, out of focus, had aberrations, and were pixelated.

  10. Charles R
    April 22, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Galaxy SII, at 8MP is more than enough for me. I wish the stock app had the option to take a picture by pressing the volume button, but I've been just fine downloading other camera apps capable of doing so.

  11. Bunker Squirrel
    April 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Iphone 5 (white)

  12. Aeon
    April 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I currently own a Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) which does an okay job so far in photography. But I have stepped up to a DSLR with 24 mega-pixels as sometimes it can be valuable when you need to gain that extra bit of zoom.

  13. Vinayak
    April 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I love my sony xperia L with 8mp camera gives me good enough output, I Makeuseof it all the time :)

  14. Csanad SZOVERFI
    April 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

    8MP on my Lenovo A820, pretty happy with it. Sadly it doesn't have flash on it so photos are great only in fair light conditions.

  15. Sreekanth M
    April 22, 2014 at 7:26 am

    I'm using Samsung GT-S7562 also called as "Galaxy S Duos" with a 5 MP camera as specified on website and user manual. However, when I checked system info with AnTuTu Benchmark v3.3.2, it shows me as 3.1 MP !! Not sure which one is correct.

    No matter what, I got satisfied with various camera modes and options provided by Android 4.0.4 :)


  16. Richard Tucker
    April 22, 2014 at 4:15 am

    I have a 34 megapixel camera, and it takes pretty decent pictures. But you know it isn't about sensors, or mega pixels or any of that. if the person running the camera can't hold the camera right or shakes, or whatever, then even a 1 million megapixel camera won't take good pictures

  17. Timothy C
    April 22, 2014 at 2:14 am

    I own an old, second hand LG Renoir. 8MP camera, takes decent photos but its fairly early technology, so its not the best thing in the world. It also features 120fps video recording, which is a nice feature to play around with, filming stuff in slow-mo.

  18. Stergos papadimitriou
    April 22, 2014 at 1:17 am

    My Nexus 5 has an 8 megapixel shot. It isn't bad it gets the job done. I own a DSLR so I don't need it to be amazing .

  19. Ward S
    April 22, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Sony Xperia S 12 MP Main camera and takes great photos and video, like the panoramic feature.

  20. Jo-anne P
    April 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I have an Xperia Z phone. It has 13 MP and it takes the most amazing pictures and HD videos. They are crisp and clear and the colors are so vivid. My phone has replaced my Nokia digital camera which to be honest I never thought I would ever say. I never knew that a camera in a phone could take such wonderful pictures. I am new to the whole smartphone crowd. I only purchased mine in January. Sadly owning a smartphone does not make one smart so some functions still baffle me. I would not trade it in for anything and as an added bonus if I drop it in a sink full of water or the potty (trust me been there done that with my Nokia flip phone, it didn't make it) it will still work because this baby is waterproof!. Love my phone.

  21. Craig
    April 21, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S3. It takes decent photos, though it's bad in low light.

    Megapixels are only important if the device can use them well. I had a Nokia with a 3.2 MP camera that was a dumb phone but took great pictures. I've seen 5 MP devices take far worse.

  22. Kushagra S
    April 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    So I have the phone with the most megapixel count - and that's the Nokia 808. It takes amazing pics, but that's not because of the MP count. One normally does not need more than 5MP to take good pictures. There's more stuff involved, apart from the software, which most phones today can easily boast of. There's the sensor size (this one beats the Nokia 1020 too), then there's the xenon flash - which freezes the moment (try taking a pic of a fan, or capture the moment when your kid is in action). All this translates to an effective whopping 38MP picture. Why do I need a 38MP pic you may ask. That is because, it gives me a better post processing ability to cut off, or crop the photograph to a much better aesthetically acceptable picture which might as well meet the rule of one thirds and two thirds. Plus it gives the ability to perform a lossless zoom without losing detail. I do not know if all this sounds complicated or not, but it is much simpler when I am on this phone camera. Move the pics to an iPad, and one can the observe the true colour reproduction on the retina display of the iPad. There's more - there's a 5MP setting too, which yields superior results as compared to any other 5MP shooter. But there are reasons, which are based on Physics. You can get more info on a google search on Nokia 808. I would recommend

    In conclusion, MP count doesn't matter. We have seen comments above mentioning that they are happy with a Nokia N73 too, which is 3.2 MP. There's more to a good picture quality than the Megapixel count.

  23. Indronil
    April 21, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Yes having a good camera phone does matter.
    I bet you wont ever find a unhappy Nokia 808 or Lumia 1020 user telling I don't need this huge camera phone
    and those manufacturers claiming that it’s other aspects of the camera technology that matter simply couldn't stand up to camera war so they need lame excuse
    the only thing limiting these amazing device is the cost and ecosystem.
    but yes as far as megapixels are concerned more numbers in phones such as Samsung galaxy or other Chinese manufactures doesn't make sense but increase in megapixels for phones made by Sony , Nokia and Apple are a matter of joy

  24. likefunbutnot
    April 21, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    It doesn't matter. The image sensor on a smartphone is going to be teeny-tiny. You're typically going to have fixed focal length and only digital zoom capabilities. That's just fine for impromptu camera shots and I will not argue that some people still manage to take gorgeous photos with smartphones, but megapixel values are just another number that can be inflated to benefit increasingly newer generations of devices.
    If we truly wanted to take the best pictures we could, we'd be looking for the best image sensors, which as far as I'm aware are still found only in DSLRs.

  25. Paul-kristjan A
    April 21, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I have an Oppo Find 5 with 13 MP. I can't really say, if it makes a difference, because my last phone was an Huawei U8500, which had a 2MP (?) camera, which honestly put, sucked. Neither do I think, that Nokia's 40+ MP is any better quality-wise. I'm happy with my 13MP.

  26. Balrog
    April 21, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Considering the fact that the sensors in 'most' mobile phone cameras (Lumia 1020 users, you're in a different league!!!) are so small, increasing the number of megapixels is just useless. It actually decreases the quality of the image and these cameras have horrendous low light performance because the light falling in the sensor is just not enough. Phone manufactures should focus on increasing the size of the sensors in mobile phone if they really want to do something about this.

  27. Matthew U
    April 21, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I have a Lg GS290 (Cookie fresh) and it has a 2 mp camera and it does take awful photos but it is not about the megapixels but about the sensor size and quality and the optics and also the image processing. An example of this is something like the Samsung Galaxy S5 produces similar quality photos to the Nokia Lumia 1020 but has only 16 not 41 megapixels. I have a dedicated camera for taking photos which will take better photos than any phone so when looking for a new phone I will ignore the camera. Also the main use of a phones camera is not likely to be for taking photos which will be displayed large it will mainly be used for sharing on small screens.

  28. cribal48
    April 21, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Number of megapixel does not measure quality of a photo, it's the lens that's being used by that device. Even if you have a lower megapixel when you have a better lens then surely it would be better than those of with higher mp but poor lens.

  29. jamieg
    April 20, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    My nikon d40 is 6mp and takes better pics than any smartphone and equally as good as most modern dslrs. NO havent mattered in about 6 years.

  30. Zoran N
    April 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    My Samsung Galaxy S Advance have 5 Mpix camera, but I set it to make ~2 Mpix photos. Regarding video: it makes very nice 720p videos.

    I think that for regular use of phone camera 2-3 Mpix are more than enough: for uploading to social web-pages (Facebook, Twitter...), sending via e-mail to friends and relatives...

  31. Saumyakanta S
    April 20, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I have a feature phone - nokia X2-00 , 5mp camera ..its pretty good.

  32. Sanket G
    April 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    i own moto g & it has a 5MP camera. And yes as per my experience I do believe have greater megapixel camera do makes difference.

  33. Paul Harris
    April 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Nexus 5/ 8mp.......I don't expect to get great results from a phone/camera. It is handy to have when you're not packing a DSLR with real optics. For quick on the scene snaps of accidents,
    or unusual events, it is invaluable. For photos of friends for phone profiles.
    Increased MP will allow closer cropping, but with digital zoom the picture qualities suffer.
    My phone is with me always, but I only take my DSLR when it's a planned event.

  34. pramod
    April 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Quality of pic depends on many factors, MP is one of them but really don't affect. It is the image processing software which make great difference
    I have HTC1Max with 4MP rear cam. And it produce excellent pic.

  35. Prathmesh
    April 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Having more MPs does not make any difference. I own a Sony Xperia J (5MP) and rarely use it for snaps. I have previously used a Nokia N73 (3.2 MP) and a Nokia X6( 5 MP). The Nokia N73 was no doubt the best ever phone Camera I've ever used ...

  36. Tobias K
    April 20, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    You need a response for Don't Know/Don't Care. My RAZR MAXX has a camera and it takes pictures. Good ones. That's all that's important to me. I don't know nor do I care how many megapixels it has. This is one of those specifications that tries to get everyone so excited but really doesn't affect the majority of peoples buying decisions.

    • Yaara L
      April 26, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Well, if you don't care enough to check, then you don't have to answer the poll. :) It's really easy to check, I even linked to a site where you can do that. It's true that it doesn't always matter, but the poll's trying to see what the majority of people own.

      Thanks for the comment!

  37. Kiril Golov
    April 20, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I own a LG GT540. Ancient phone. It's 3MP - I do not use it for photos. I usually have a camera with me at almost all times for that purpose. But I have played with a lot of phones up until now - and yes, megapixels make a difference, up until a reasonable level - something like 15MP. After that - it's all the same. Phones with 41MP camera - totally rubbish - some with 8MP are even better.

    I'm now looking for swapping out my phone. I am leaning towards the LG G2, with its 13 MP camera and good reviews of it. I just need a phone that combines the good camera I always carry and the smartphone functionality. Looking forward to that.

  38. Toast
    April 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    8Mp on my Nexus 4. The camera is totally rubbish, but once in a while produces an acceptable shot. How they allowed that camera into a Google branded device baffles me. Thanks to Android, Big Brother also gets to peruse "your" photo collection - if you're not careful -- probably even if you are...