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Best Camera phones April 2014



This is a list of the best camera cell phones.

Methodology
To be included in the best camera phones, phones must have:

  • ...received a high average review score
  • ...above-average camera requirements: high-resolution camera, special imaging features, etc.

We believe this approach results in a list of the absolute best Camera phones, based on multiple opinions, not just a single one.

* To compare the following phones, just select the compare box under the picture and click compare at the bottom of the list.

#1. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

Sony manages to fit several of its high-end features - a 20.7-megapixel camera with the Exmor RS image sensor that is designed to produce sharp images even in low-light conditions, an HD display with the Triluminos and X-Reality technologies that promise to deliver crisp pictures, and a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor - into a 4.3-inch waterproof and dust-resistant Android smartphone. A 2300mAh battery (with the Stamina mode that works on prolonging its life), a 2-megapixel secondary camera, a 2GB RAM, and a 12GB user-available memory complete the package.

Camera-phone-related features:
  • Camera resolution: 20.7-megapixel
  • Camera options: Burst Mode, Face detection, Geo-tagging, HDR for both Picture/film, Image Stabiliser, Object Tracking, Pan & Zoom, Scene Recognition, Send To Web, Smile Detection, Sweep Panorama, Touch Capture, Touch Focus, White Balance, Red-eye Reduction
  • Camera flash: Pulsed LED Flash
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#2. The ZTE Supreme 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

The ZTE Supreme (also called ZTE Vital) is a mid-range smartphone powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor running on Android Jelly bean 4.1 (although Sprint´s version is said to run on 4.2 already). It is fitted with a 2500mAh Lithium-ion battery that has a advertised standby time of up to 11 days and a talk-time of 15 hours. This smartphone is equipped with a main rear-facing 13-megapixel and a front-facing 1-megapixel camera, the main one is capable of recording full HD (1920×1080 pixels) videos. The Supreme also comes with a pre-installed version of Real Racing 3 by EA.

Camera-phone-related specs:
  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera flash: Yes
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#3. The Nokia Lumia 1520 20-megapixel (PureView) Camera Phone

Description :

Nokia´s Windows Phone 8 phablet offering seems to have a lot going for it: a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20-megapixel camera (with PureView technology and Carl Zeiss lenses), a 6-inch super-sensitive ClearBlack LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, and a 3400mAh battery with a reported standby time of 768 hours or 32 days. It also touts its four digital microphones that support directional stereo recording. Finally, it comes with 32GB of storage memory, 2GB RAM, and the Storyteller app that (along with the HERE maps) arranges photos into stories.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:
  • Camera resolution: 20-megapixel (PureView)
  • Camera options: Light sensitivity (Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 3200, ISO 400, ISO 4000, ISO 800), White balance modes (Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Automatic), Scene Modes (Night, Sports, Automatic), Camera Roll, Month, Timeline, Photos viewd by: Photo editor, Photos from social networks, Favorites, Album, Nokia Storyteller
  • Camera flash: Dual LED Flash
  • Focal length: 26mm
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#4. The Sony Xperia Z1S 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

The Xperia Z1S is a waterproof and dust-resistant phablet that Sony showers with some interesting features, namely: A 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera with the Sony G Lens and the Bionz engine (which all try to deliver pictures that are crisp and bright in any light), and a 5-inch Full HD Triluminos screen with the X-Reality picture engine and 441 pixels per inch (that work on a sharp and clear display). The quad-core 2.2GHz phablet also boasts a 3000mAh battery, a 2GB RAM, a 32GB memory, and a 2-megapixel secondary camera.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:
  • Camera resolution: 20.7-megapixel
  • Camera options: Burst Mode, Geo-tagging, HDR For Both Picture/movie, Image Stabiliser, Object Tracking, Pan & Zoom, Red-eye Reduction, Scene Recognition, Send To Web, Senser-on-lens, Smile Detection, Sweep Panorama, Touch Capture, Touch Focus, White Balance
  • Camera flash: Yes
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#5. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

The newest Galaxy Note wins 0.2 inches of display size but loses weight, going from 180 to 168 grams. It also ends up with a bigger resolution (full 1080p HD, compared to 720p for the Note 2). Even the processor gets beefed up to 2.30 Ghz (quad-core) and the camera goes from 8 megapixels to 13. It looks as though Samsung wants to get serious with the Galaxy Note and its positioning as a smartphone tablet computer combo.

Camera-phone-related specs:
  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera flash: Power LED (1 EA)
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#6. The Sony Xperia Z2 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

Sony declares that the Xperia Z2 can record 4K (ultra-high-definition) videos, take 20.7-megapixel photos (even under low light, thanks to its Exmor RS sensor), reduce up to 98 percent of ambient sounds with its digital noise-cancellation system, and reproduce vivid colors on its 5.2-inch Full HD display using Triluminos, Live Colour LED, and X-Reality technologies. The quad-core 2.3GHz Android 4.4 phablet is even impervious to water and dust, like the other flagships before it, and it comes with a 3GB RAM, a 12GB storage memory, a 3000mAh battery, and a 2.2-megapixel secondary camera.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:
  • Camera resolution: 20.7-megapixel
  • Camera options: Geotagging, Burst mode, Image stabiliser, Object tracking, Red-eye reduction, Scene recognition, Send to web, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama, Touch focus, Touch capture, White balance, Face detection
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#7. The HTC Desire 700 8-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

The HTC Desire 700 probably longs for a good spot in the mid-range category, with its quad-core 1.2GHz processor, Android OS with HTC Sense, 5-inch 960 x 540 display, and 8-megapixel camera. It is even packed with some of HTC´s flagship features such as the BlinkFeed personalized homescreen, the BoomSound technology with dual front speakers and built-in amplifiers, and the Zoe photo function that can (among other things) transform up to 20 photos into a 3-second video. The dual-SIM smartphone also comes with a 1GB RAM, a 4.6GB user-available memory, and a 2100mAh battery - but LTE support does not seem to be available.

Camera-phone-specific features:
  • Camera resolution: 8-megapixel
  • Camera options: Auto-focus, Continuous Shooting and VideoPic, BSI, HTC Zoe with Sequence Shot, Always Smile and Object Removal,
  • Camera flash: LED, Smart Flash (self-adjusts by distance to subject)
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#8. The Nokia Lumia 525 5-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

In creating the Lumia 525, Nokia added a Lumia Black update to the Lumia 520´s OS and 500MB (rounded up) to its RAM, but retained the rest of its features. The result is a dual-core 1GHz smartphone with a 5-megapixel camera that partners with the Nokia Smart Cam photo-editing app, a 4-inch 800 x 480 super sensitive screen, and an 8GB internal memory. Its 1430mAh battery has 1014 minutes or around 17 hours of talk time. It also comes with glossy yellow, orange and white faceplates that have Nokia billing the phone as having a Premium look. Be warned!

Camera-phone-related specs:
  • Camera resolution: 5-megapixel
  • Camera options: White Balance Modes (Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Daylight, Automatic), Light Sensitivity (Automatic, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800), Automatic, Night Portrait, Sports, Night, Close-up, Backlight, Photos viewed by (Photos from social networks, Nokia Storyteller, Camera Roll, Month, Timeline, Photo editor, Favorites, Album)
  • Focal length: 28mm
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#9. The LG G2 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

Packed with a slew of innovations here and there, the LG G2 starts with a 13-megapixel camera (with various functions, such as voice capture) and a video recorder capable of up to 60 frames per second. It also has its control buttons on the back cover (apparently to avoid mistakenly pressing them when grabbing the phone by its sides) and, with its 5.2-inch display, makes it to the phablet class. 22GB of memory are available to the user.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:
  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: And Time Catch, Audio Zoom, Beauty Shot, Burst Shot*, Capture Plus, Dual Camera, Dynamic Tone (HDR)*, Intelligent Auto, Panorama*, Scenes (Normal, Shot & Clear*, Shot & Clear™, Shot*), Tracking Focus, VR Panorama*, Voice Command Capture
  • Camera flash: LED Flash
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#10. The LG G Flex 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

LG´s first curved and bendable smartphone features a rear cover with a self-healing coating, a flexible 6-inch 720p P-OLED display, and a 3500mAh battery that is reportedly the first curved one in the world. It is powered by a quad-core 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, runs on the Android 4.2.2 operating system, sports a 13-megapixel camera that can take UHD (3840 x 2160) videos at 60 frames per second, and has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage memory (but no memory expansion).

Camera-phone-specific specifications:
  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Focus (Auto, Manual, Face tracking), Shot Modes (Normal, Intelligent Auto, Shot&Clear, Dynamic tone, Panorama, Beauty shot, VR Panorama, Burst shot, Dual Camera, Time catch shot, Sports, Night), Geo-Tagging
  • Camera flash: Yes (LED)
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