Monday, August 7, 2023

Smartphones for Nightscape Photography

"A photo of Me with the Arch and Starry Sky" by Wu Zhengjie. Taken with a vivo X90 Pro+ ~ Night Category 1st Place winner in the vivo VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards 2023 (click image to enlarge).

The technology for smartphone cameras is changing rapidly! When I published version 1.1 of my Milky Way NightScapes ebook there were no mobile phone cameras that could decently capture blue hour twilight photographs, let alone photograph the Milky Way stars during the Astronomical Dusk!

Currently, there are are over a dozen smartphone cameras that can do a fairly good job of photographing starry night skies. I will list them below, in order of my preference (based on my research and some of the reviews listed at the bottom of this blog). This list will be updated periodically, so please come back.


  1. Vivo X90 Pro+
  2. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
  3. Google Pixel 7 Pro
  4. Apple iPhone 14 Pro
  5. Samsung Galaxy S23
  6. Google Pixel 6 Pro
  7. Apple iPhone 13 Pro
  8. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
  9. HUAWEI P50 Pro
  10. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  11. Huawei P40 Pro+
  12. Xiaomi 13 Pro
  13. OnePlus 11
  14. Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro
  15. OnePlus 10 Pro


Best camera phone 2023: Smartphones with stargazing capabilities (March 2023)

The 10 Best Phones for Astrophotography (Apr 20, 2023)

5 Best Smartphones For Night Photography! (July 5, 2023)

Night Photography with vivo X90 Pro! - (May 10, 2023) Note: This YouTube video starts at the "Astro Shooting" — you may wish to rewind to the beginning, to see all the features

The Best Smartphones for Astrophotography in 2023 (April 25, 2023)


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  3. Huawei P60 Pro Features a variable aperture for optimal light capture.
    DxOMark rated it as the front-runner in low-light and night mode photography and if you are using gbwhatsapp it remains photo quality while sending it to your loved ones, with an overall camera score of 156 points and a low-light performance score of 132 points.

  4. The Google Pixel series, particularly the Pixel 6, excels with its Night Sight feature, capturing stunning low-light shots. Apple's iPhone 13 Pro, equipped with Night mode and LiDAR technology, offers impressive results in challenging lighting conditions.

  5. The Google Pixel 6 stands out with its revolutionary Night Sight feature, delivering stunning clarity in the dark. Apple's iPhone 13 Pro, equipped with Night mode and LiDAR, excels in low-light conditions, ensuring exceptional detail.