Best Camera phones May 2015



This page lists the best camera phones.

Methodology
To be part of the best camera phones, a mobile phone must have:

  • ...been given one of the highest average review star rating
  • ...minimal specs requirements: high-megapixel camera, camera options, software, etc.

We think that our approach most accurately results in a list of the very best Camera phones, based on multiple expert and user evaluations, not just one.

#1. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 16-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Its 5.1-inch dual-curved Gorilla Glass 4 display might be the Edge's only edge over the Galaxy S6, which is similarly powered by a 14nm 64-bit octa-core processor (2.1GHz + 1.5GHz) and a 3GB LPDDR4 RAM. Just like the S6, the Edge also mixes the eMMC and SSD memory types for its Universal Flash Storage 2.0 available in 32/64/128GB.

Its similarities with the S6 also include the Samsung Pay mobile payment app, a built-in wireless charging mechanism, and the enterprise solution for business usability. The S6 Edge records 4K videos with its 16-megapixel rear camera, and snaps selfies with the 5-megapixel frontal sub-cam.

Camera-phone-specific specifications

  • Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
  • Camera options: Virtual Shot, Slow Motion, Fast Motion, Pro Mode, Selective Focus
  • Camera flash: LED
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#2. The Samsung Galaxy S6 16-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

The MWC 2015 marks Samsung's unveiling of their 6th Galaxy-S flagship, which lists several innovations under the Korean brand's belt.

Its premium-class specs include a 14nm eight-core 64-bit Exynos 7420 processor, a 3GB LPDDR4 RAM, and a Universal Flash Storage 2.0 memory -- a combination of the SSD and eMMC memory types. The S6 also comes with a built-in wireless charging standard, promising 4 hours of battery life after being docked for just 10 minutes on its charging pad. The Samsung Pay mobile payment system headlines its software offering.

Up front, we found a Super AMOLED 5.1-inch Quad HD Gorilla Glass 4 screen alongside its 5-megapixel selfie cam, while a 16-megapixel 4K-recording camera sits on its back side.

Camera-phone-related specs

  • Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
  • Camera options: Virtual Shot, Slow Motion, Fast Motion, Pro Mode, Selective Focus, Auto real-time HDR, 0.7-second activation
  • Camera flash: LED
Full specs


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#3. The HTC One M9 20-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Unveiled a day before the MWC 2015 in Barcelona, HTC's 5-inch One M9 is bound to be of flagship stature with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit processor, 20-megapixel sapphire-protected 4K-recording camera, and Sense UI v7.0. Its premium-class specs also include an UltraPixel selfie cam, a 3GB RAM, as well as a blend of HTC BoomSound and Dolby 5.1 on the audio front.

We found a 32GB on-board memory and a 2840mAh battery on this ultra high-end Android, which is crafted with a dual-tone metal (single colors are also available) unibody design. The One M9 is the first HTC phone to wear the second edition of the brand's Dot View Smart flip case.

Camera-phone-related features

  • Camera resolution: 20-megapixel
  • Camera options: Camera Tools (Shapes, Elements, Prismatic), Photo Editor, HTC Eye Experience (Voice Selfies/Split Capture/Live Makeup)
  • Camera flash: LED
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#4. The Sony Xperia Z3 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

The Xperia Z3 is the third installment in Sony's Z-series, crafted with an IP65/68-certified (waterproof and dust-tight) 7.3-inch casing. Sticking to its multimedia-oriented roots, the Z3 comes with PS4 support, enabling you to use a standard PS4 controller when playing games -- with PlayStation certification to boot. It sports a 20.7-megapixel rear camera equipped with Sony's Exmor image sensor, enabled for 4K video recording. The Z3's performance also skirts the premiums, running on a 2.5GHz quad-core engine, Adreno 330 graphics, a 3GB RAM and a pretty hefty 3100mAh battery power.

Camera-phone-specific specifications

  • Camera resolution: 20.7-megapixel
  • Camera options: SteadyShot, Superior Auto, HDR, Burst Mode, Social live, Geo-tagging, Object tracking, Red-eye reduction
  • Camera flash: Pulsed LED
Full specs

#5. The Huawei Ascend Mate7 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Huawei's IFA unveiling comes with several previously seen features, but might still serve the phablet market well with its focus on performance. The Mate7's 4100mAh battery supports roughly 8 CPU cores of Huawei's Kirin 925 processor, with Mali-T628 graphics as well. It also borrows from the iPhone, coming in with its own security features built around a fingerprint sensor. Other high-end specs include the 6-inch FHD display, 13-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel selfie camera. The Emotion UI 3.0 also promises to keep its high-end experience simple.

Camera-phone-specific features

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Autofocus, HDR, Panorama, Geo-tagging, Face/Smile detection, Touch focus
  • Camera flash: LED
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#6. The Huawei Ascend G7 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Huawei's third IFA 2014 smartphone looks to be the lowest-specked, but still continues their Ascend G sub-series. This 5.5-inch phablet sports 13- and 5-megapixel cameras, packed with an array of features that probably aim to contend with that of Xperias from Sony and Galaxy models from Samsung. Its performance tells us that it settles for a mid-range seat, with a 1.2GHz quad-core engine (64-bit) and a 2GB RAM. Its 3000mAh battery power is quite decent, though. It also drags the resolution down to 720p, probably in order to retain the flagship look with a cheaper price tag.

Camera-phone-related features

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Touch Focus, Geo-tagging, Face/Smile detection, Panorama, HDR, Autofocus
  • Camera flash: LED
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#7. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Along with the Z3 flagship model, Sony also unveiled its Compact version during the IFA 2014. Running on a quad-core 2.5GHz processor, the waterproof Z3 Compact retains several key features from the Z3, including a 20.7-megapixel ExmorRS camera sensor and PS4 Remote Play. Behind its 4.6-inch TRILUMINOS screen (smaller than the Z3's 5.2-inch), it also packs a 16GB internal memory expandable to up to 128GB via microSD. Its RAM and battery power took slight jabs, but both still fall within high-end territory at 2GB and 2600mAh respectively.

Camera-phone-specific specifications

  • Camera resolution: 20.7-megapixel
  • Camera options: Autofocus, Steady Shot, Superior Auto, HDR, Burst Mode, Social live, Image stabilizer, Geo-tagging, Object tracking, Red-eye reduction,
  • Camera flash: Pulsed LED
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#8. The HTC Desire Eye 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

The Desire Eye is a 5.2-inch Android from HTC primed to be a tough contender in the selfie and audio department. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and an equally capable 13-megapixel front-facing one up front. It complements the cameras with the HTC Eye Experience, which is HTC's version of photo- and video-enhancement tools. Behind its two-toned finish is a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB worth of RAM, and a 2400mAh battery. The Eye also comes with 3 mics, as well as HTC's trademark BoomSound audio technology.

Camera-phone-related features

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: HDR, HTC Eye Experience: Face Tracking, Screen Share, Split Capture, Face Fusion, Live Makeup, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, Photo Booth, Crop Me In
  • Camera flash: Dual LED
  • Focal length: 28mm
Full specs

#9. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 16-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Samsung's S Pen-equipped sub-series moves forward with the Galaxy Note 4, a clear attempt at another premium seat for the Korean brand. Fronting this metal-framed Android is a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, a resolution that is larger than the 1080p FHD ones on most high-end devices. A Gorilla glass panel adds a touch of durability to it as well. Underneath, we found a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 engine paired up with an Adreno 420 (600MHz) GPU - both relatively recent versions. The Note 4's 3220mAh battery promises to maximize usage time with the Fast Charge and Ultra Power-Saving features. Its front and back cameras also saw a boost, this time with 3.7 and 16 megapixels respectively, with 4K-recording loaded as well.

Camera-phone-related specs

  • Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
  • Camera options: Geo-tagging, Dual Shot, Touch Focus, Face/Smile detection, Panorama, Autofocus, HDR
  • Camera flash: LED
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#10. The LG G3 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Sitting among the royals of 2014 smartphones, the LG G3 is an Android 4.4 KitKat boasting an array of high-level features. It runs on a 2.5GHz quad-core engine, doubling up the market average in processing speed in theory. It also boasts an up-to-2TB memory expansion and a 3000mAh wireless-charging-capable battery, both among the highest capacities out there. Fronting it is a 5.5-inch Quad HD touchscreen matched by a 13-megapixel OIS camera on the back. LG adds contrast to this phone by equipping it with a simple UI, as their "simple is the new smart" slogan suggests.

Camera-phone-specific features

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Laser Auto-focus, Optical Image Stabilization,
  • Camera flash: Dual LED
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