Top-Rated Camera phones As Of October 2014
This list shows the best camera phones.
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
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:
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#2. 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-specific 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 Motorola Moto X 2014 13-megapixel Camera Phone
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:
#4. The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 13-megapixel Camera Phone
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)
#5. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 16-megapixel Camera Phone
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:
#6. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone
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-related features:
#7. The Meizu MX4 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone
Meizu comes in with their own spin of a September 2014 flagship in the Flyme 4.0 OS-based MX4 -- with a little mix of Android in a clearly iPhone-6-looking casing. This 5.36-incher employs the help of Sharp and JDI to come up with its Nega LCD technology, promising an up to 85% increase in color capability. Under the said screen are 2.2GHz and 1.7GHz processors, with a total of eight CPU cores. Its duo of IMX220 Exmor RS camera sensors (20.7- and 2-megapixel) is clearly a nod to their partnership with Sony. Connectivity also saw some attention, with its LTE modem packing up to 433Mbps data speeds.Camera-phone-related features:
#8. The Nokia Lumia 830 10-megapixel Camera Phone
Nokia´s 2014 IFA Berlin contender does not seem to want to contest any premium model. Rather, it aims to bring Nokia´s PureView feature to a mid-level device. The 830 runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with Adreno 305 graphics. As for memory, its 1GB RAM is right on par with its Android friends, but the 16GB internal storage sounds quite hefty - you can also top it up with a microSD card for up to 128GB of extra storage. XBox, OneDrive and Microsoft-based apps also squeeze themselves under its 5-inch display, while a 2200mAh battery powers it from under the lid.Camera-phone-specific specifications:
- Camera resolution: 10-megapixel
- Camera options: Autofocus with two-stage capture key, Panorama, Nokia Refocus, Bing Vision, Cinemagraph lens, Glam Me, Nokia Camera, White balance: Cloudy/Incandescent/Flourescent/Daylight/Automatic
- Camera flash: LED
- Focal length: 26mm
#9. 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:
#10. The LG G3 Stylus 13-megapixel Camera Phone
The G3 Stylus, as made obvious by its name, comes with a dedicated Stylus pen for writing notes or making sketches. It also appears to be a mid-range alternative to the G3, running on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor paired with a 1GB RAM. LG does not mention the laser-autofocus feature with its 13- and 1.3-megapixel cameras, but does offer a gesture-shooting function. It is powered by a 3000mAh battery under the hood, while a protective Quick Circle case allows you to access functions while the rest of the screen is hidden. LG´s signature Knock Code and Smart Keyboard features finish off this mid-level Android.Camera-phone-related features:
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