Nov 22 2010

Outstanding Photos Taken With a Camera Phone


They say the best camera is the one you have with you. Your mobile phone is always with you so I guess you could say it’s your best camera. Obviously, a mobile phone’s camera is no match for a professional level DSLR, but you might be surprised at the great pictures many people are taking with their cell phones. Not only are phone cameras getting better all the time, but there’s all sorts of apps you can get for many of them to edit and improve your pics.

In this post we’ll take a look at quite a number of outstanding photos taken with a camera phone. Some of the pics were edited using apps on the photographer’s phone while some weren’t. Feel inspired and don’t forget to take pictures!


Camera Phone Gallery

Marcelosa — A sunset always make for a good time to take a picture.

Bret Hotchkins — You don’t necessarily have to have a macro lens to take macro pictures.

Domiriel — This one has great textures and vibrant colors.

Simon Marussi — This picture has great atmosphere and a sense of calm and peace.

Yellow Flowers — Closer and closer in this photo sequence.

Somewhere in Rimini — This photo almost looks like a painting.

WHFrank — The reflection, colors and angle make this picture enchanting.

Andrew McGregor — This frog sits atop its lilly pad throne cheesing for the camera.

Amanda — Interesting composition and great color make this camera phone photo great.

Vitaly Marchenko — Never would’ve guessed that this was taken with a camera phone.

99%: “meh” — LoFi look and warm color tones.

Kellyfish — What a wonderful shot of the sky in its sunset colors.

Eight M — The texture of this marble statue comes through nicely in this photo.

What it do lips — Great picture. The expression, angle and textures all make it a standout.

Sara Montour — The expression on the baby’s face is just priceless.

Joe Nobody — This lovely portrait is proof that the photographer takes good pictures – not only the camera.

Jonas Peterson — What an amazing shot! Great composition.

Sharonerde — This black and white photo perfectly captures a perfect moment in time.

Sara Montour — The depth of field and abstract nature of this one is quite appealing.

Robert — This one has a lonely feel to it. Nice perspective.

Dude, Walking, On — Close-up revealing the rough texture of a cork in a jar.

Taolston — Superb photograph; regardless of what type of camera it was taken with.

Ftlauderdalesun — Stark contrast to the violent and swift water of the beach.

Valduur — This is a nice close-up with impressive clarity.

Bit N Bobs — The radial blur in this photo make it seem to move.

Carlos Zoilo — This candid portrait is just classic.

Xell — This portrait really has superb lighting.

CricKetvn — Vivid colors.

Roman Keller — This close-up shot has great clarity and textures.

David Wignal — Ahh, the boundless wonder of children.

Niels Sangmager — The photographer had to get really close on this shot since there’s no zoom lens on a camera phone.

Marco Welt — This picture looks like something straight out of the 20′s.

Mat — Vintage look.

Naenzie — Great expressions and a LoFi filter help to make this photo really cool.

Chris Whitehead and Pancho Gutierrez — Self portrait.

Further Resources



About the Author

Tim Mercer is a photography enthusiast, graphic designer, artist and blogger. His blog offers free resources for the digital artist and graphic designer, as well as tutorials, artist interviews, inspiration and more.

Comments and Discussions
  • piyansitll, 22 November 2010

    very nice photos thanks a lot

    • ferg, 28 November 2010


  • Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes, 22 November 2010

    Nice!! I love it. Doubt my Bold 2 could take photos like that…

  • jazz, 22 November 2010

    Hi very nice collection but 1 mistake please chek this and correct it “Niels Sangmager” there is link mistake ok.. no prob nice collection

    • Noupe, 23 November 2010

      Thanks for the note – corrected! :-)

  • Vivek Parmar, 22 November 2010

    nice collection, just imagining a camera phone took these high quality images??

  • Phoenix2life, 22 November 2010

    Wonderful Photos. Interestingly all these photos are taken from mobile phone. Very cool. Guessing these photos may be through a mobile phone which has at least 5 MP .

  • Daniel, 23 November 2010

    Nice, would this photo i took on my iphone be a contender for this XD

  • Paul, 23 November 2010

    The Ftlauderdalesun shot is perfect. Perfect lighting + Location – right time, right place and a great shot!

  • Hitesh Mehta, 23 November 2010


  • ArenaCreative, 23 November 2010

    Really nice collection of cell phone pics – I sometimes forgot I have a camera in my pocket at all times :) Have to start whipping my smartphone out more.

  • jeff, 24 November 2010

    hope ther would be gallery for the best pre nuptial pictures..

  • Retheesh, 24 November 2010

    OMG..can’t believe that these are camera phones photos… Suuperb, great post, thanks for sharing

  • Johan, 27 November 2010

    they are nice, but most of them has huge amount of photoshop work on them.. So it doesn’t really count

    • Denise, 10 February 2012

      I AGREE!

  • armmafia, 28 November 2010

    better than my DSLR …

  • Curtis Scott, 29 November 2010

    Wish my cell cam was this good. Some of these are freaking amazing!! I look forward to reading up on macro photography, besides the links in the above any other links to effective macro photography using non high-end cameras?

    I’m looking to purchase one for aquarium and underwater macro shots.


  • annroxie, 29 November 2010

    love the shots…

  • sara montour, 02 December 2010

    Thanks for the shout outs!

  • darwin, 22 December 2010

    Ow great photos…just use camera from phone…may be i will try it too :-P he2

  • Cris Gavia, 10 January 2011

    Thanks for the interesting study! Happy New Yr and keep up the rather good get the job done in 2011!

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  • inda, 07 February 2012

    wow, great and stunning pics! I am with Nokia N97mini, and I quite enjoy its result. But your article here has inspired me to work more with it. That’s so true what you quoted here, eventhough DSLR is what I’ve been dreaming of, still I am happy with what I have now-N97, it’s the best one since that’s what I have now :) Thanks for posting a very inspiring article and photos..

  • S.Anand Bangalore, 29 February 2012

    Hi , Amazing & cutting edge photographs thanks for sharing with like minded people…..

  • Vidmantas, 26 August 2012

    Taken with HTC Desire Z (three or so years old cellphone, 5Mpix camera)

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