Top 10 Best Camera phones 2014
This is a list of the best camera cell phones.
To be included in the best camera phones, phones must have:
- ...received a high average review score
- ...a minimum of camera specs: high-resolution camera, special imaging features, etc.
We believe this approach yields the absolute best Camera phones, based on multiple opinions, not just a single one.
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#1. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone
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 Amazon Fire Phone 13-megapixel Camera Phone
Online retailer of different consumer items, Amazon, has finally entered the smartphone market with their first flagship device - the Amazon Fire Phone. It offers several innovations, some allowing 3D navigation with one-hand (Dynamic Perspective) alongside the Firefly app that allows you to discover useful information regarding different kinds of products right off your phone. It is also connected to Amazon´s customer support line 24/7, to diagnose technical issues. It also comes right on par with high-end phones, sporting a 13-megapixel OIS camera on top of its 2.2GHz quad-core processor and dedicated Adreno 330 GPU.Camera-phone-specific features:
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#3. The OnePlus One 13-megapixel Camera Phone
"The One" is the front-liner model of young smartphone brand (founded in 2013) OnePlus, promising to level with other flagship products through its Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (2.5GHz, quad-core) processor and Adreno 330 GPU. It also runs on a new operating system - the CyanogenMod - that closely resembles the popular Android OS, probably to appeal to a wide audience. Its 5.5-inch display also introduces the TOL technology, which they say is 300% tougher than conventional (One Glass Solution) screens. A 13-megapixel camera sporting six lenses also sits behind its slim body.Camera-phone-specific specifications:
#4. The HTC Desire 816 13-megapixel Camera Phone
The HTC Desire 816 flaunts its 13-megapixel camera (joined by a 5-megapixel front-facer) and its 5.5-inch main display (among the largest main displays for camera phones).
It is equipped with an impressive 2600 mAh battery (up to 1260 minutes of talk time), a respectable 1.6 Ghz quad-core processor, a 1.5GB RAM and 8GB of storage space (additional storage is up to 128GB). It is also 4G-capable and it comes with HTC´s BoomSound system (dual front speakers and a built-in amplifiers) allowing users to view a lot more content with supposedly good quality audio.Camera-phone-related specs:
#5. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone
As its name suggests, the Galaxy K Zoom is one of Samsung´s camera-smartphones. It sports a 20.7-megapixel BSI camera that doubles up the resolution of average smartphones, as far as specsheets go. It also packs a Xenon flash and an onboard ISP chip, which they say facilitate better imaging compared to most other Android phones (and some digicams). Two processors (1.7GHz 2-core and 1.3GHz 4-core) also place it under the Hexa-core category - and there aren´t many of them. Pinch zoom and one-touch Quick Zoom add to its camera functions, not to mention 10x optical zoom on a relatively slim body.Camera-phone-specific specifications:
#6. The LG G3 13-megapixel Camera Phone
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-related features:
#7. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active 16-megapixel Camera Phone
Ruggedization meets the fifth-gen flagship smartphone from Samsung and gives us the Galaxy S5 Active. As their product naming suggests, its MIL-STD-810G certified casing and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is an attempt to cater to different outdoor activities. It also has a feature that automatically launches all adventure-related apps such as maps and compasses onto the screen, which could take some pounds off your backpack. It still runs the same set of features that made the S5 a flagship model, including the 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 16-megapixel camera as well as LTE connectivity.Camera-phone-specific features:
- Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
- Camera options: Auto Focus, Dual-Camera, Dual-Recording, Geo-Tagging, HD Playback: Full HD (1080p), HD Recording: Full Ultra HD (2160p), LED Flash, Online Image Uploading, Photo Editing, Sharing Capabilities: AT&T Locker, Bluetooth®, Buddy Photo Share, ChatOn, Email, Flipboard, Gmail™, Google+™, Group Play, Messaging, NFC, Picasa™, S Beam™, S Memo, Samsung Link, Share Shot, Wi-Fi Direct™, Shot Modes: Auto, Beauty Face, Shot and more, Panorama, Virtual Tour, Dual Camera, Download, Slow Motion Recording
- Camera flash: LED
#8. The Nokia Lumia 1520 20-megapixel (PureView) Camera Phone
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
#9. The Asus PadFone X 13-megapixel Camera Phone
Another addition to Asus´ PadFone series, the PadFone X sports several features that back up its additional function as a 9-inch LTE tablet. The Dynamic Display feature presumably facilitates a smoother transition between phone and tab (and vice-versa), while the tablet dock acts as a wireless charger for the smartphone as well. It also sports a multi-feature 13-megapixel PixelMaster camera with a turbo burst mode that captures up to 35 frames in one second. A quad-core 2.3GHz processor secures its place among several high-tech models.Camera-phone-related specs:
#10. The Huawei Ascend P7 13-megapixel Camera Phone
A high-tech Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone featuring several never-before-seen specs upon its 2014 release. It runs on thermal gel cooling, that presumably saves more energy than the ones found on most models (and Huawei says the handset will feel cooler to the hand). It also introduces the Ultra and Smart power management modes, promising that you will get the most out of the 2500mAh battery. The Ascend P7´s 13-megapixel BSI camera (with an 8-megapixel front cam) and quad-core 1.8GHz processor also out-spec many other smartphones, probably securing its entry to the premium class.Camera-phone-specific specifications:
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