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Top 10 Best Camera Phones 2014/2015



This list shows the best camera phones.

Methodology
To be featured as one of the best camera phones, a mobile phone must have:

  • ...been awarded one of the highest average review star rating
  • ...above-average camera specifications: high-megapixel camera, special camera options and more.

We are confident that our technique most accurately results in a list of the very best Camera phones, based on multiple expert ratings, not just one.

#1. 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 specifications

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Autofocus, HDR, Panorama, Geo-tagging, Face/Smile detection, Touch focus
  • Camera flash: LED
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#2. 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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#3. The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra promises entertainment on-the-go via a 6-inch 1280 x 720 Triluminos display with the Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology that aims to enhance sharpness and reduce noise, and a 13-megapixel camera with the Exmor RS sensor that is said to produce high-quality photos even in low-light conditions. The quad-core 1.4GHz Android phablet also features a 3000mAh battery with the Stamina mode that turns off functions when not in use, along with a 1GB RAM and a 4.8GB user-available memory.

Camera-phone-related specs

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Auto focus, Burst mode, HDR for both picture/film, Geotagging, Image stabiliser, Object tracking, Red-eye reduction, Scene recognition, Send to web, Smile Shutter, Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, Superior Auto, Face detection, Real time beauty mode, Sweep, Panorama, Touch focus, Touch capture, White balance
  • Camera flash: Yes (Pulsed LED)
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#4. The Motorola Moto X 2014 13-megapixel Camera Phone

A picture of the Motorola Moto X 2014.
Average Star Rating:
85.7%

Description

The Moto X´s 2014 follow-up retains the name, but apparently not the specs. It passes the 5-inch mark (5.2 inches) and now has a FullHD 1080p display resolution (423ppi). It also conceals a 13-megapixel 4K rear camera with a choice between 25 different back covers -- including Horween-made leather and patterned wooden designs. The 2014 Moto X´s processor is a Snapdragon 801 clocked in at 2.5GHz, running on four CPU cores. Other high-end features include a 1080p-capable 2-megapixel front-facing camera, Crystal Talk audio technology and LTE connectivity.

Camera-phone-specific specifications

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Face/Smile detection, Touch Focus, Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Quick Capture, Slow-motion video, Burst Mode, Auto HDR, Panorama
  • Camera flash: LED
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#5. 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-specific specifications

  • 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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#6. 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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#7. 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-related features

  • 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
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#8. 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-related features

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Laser Auto-focus, Optical Image Stabilization,
  • Camera flash: Dual LED
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#9. The iPhone 5s 8-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

The iPhone 5s brings its slew of innovations with a new kind of home button that includes a finger identity sensor and touch sensitivity, a better low-light camera (8 megapixels) and the capacity to display multiple languages and characters simultaneously. It also sports a special camera flash called True Tone. The 4-inch display with the classic 329 DPI retina fineness claims a contrast ratio of 800:1 and a brightness of 500 cd/m2.

Camera-phone-specific specifications

  • Camera resolution: 8-megapixel
  • Camera flash: True Tone Flash
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#10. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 16-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Samsung unveils a pretty novel design in the Galaxy Note Edge. Its 5.6-inch screen extends outwards (right-hand side), giving room for an alerts and quick-access panel -- visible even when the cover is closed. Multitasking and productivity features, such as Photo Note and Smart Select, are also built around the S Pen accessory. Performance-wise, this 2014 Galaxy Note model joins the premiums with a 2.7GHz quad-core processor, a 3GB RAM and a 32GB internal memory. Its 3000mAh battery power is also quite hefty, possibly more so with Samsung's Ultra Power-Saving mode. Its 4K 16-megapixel camera and QuadHD display resolution might also secure its shelf among other premium Androids.

Camera-phone-related specs

  • Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
  • Camera options: Simultaneous video/image capture, Dual shot, Touch focus, Geo-tagging, Face/Smile detection, Panorama, Live HDR
  • Camera flash: LED
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