Best-Rated Camera phones 2015



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
  • ...minimal camera requirements: high-resolution camera, special imaging features, etc.

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

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

#1. The Samsung Galaxy S6

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Average Rating:
87%



Description:

Ranked number 1 is the Samsung Galaxy S6, which by the way boasts one of the most capable back-facing cameras among Samsung flagships at 16 megapixels, with Optical Image Stabilization and Tracking AF among its options.

Camera-phone-specific features:

  • 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

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#2. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 picture.
Average Rating:
89.8%



Description:

This camera phone has a considerably high pixel density at 515ppi on its 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED screen, which likely translates to sharper images.

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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#3. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
Average Rating:
85%



Description:

The 3rd best one records videos in a 3820 x 2160 pixel resolution (aka 4K or Quad HD) with its 16-megapixel rear camera, joining other ultra high-end models imaging-wise.

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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#4. The LG G4

A picture of the LG G4.
Average Rating:
84%



Description:

This camera phone replaces the G3's screen with an IPS Quantum display, which LG says improves both brightness and contrast by more than 50%.

Camera-phone-specific features:

  • Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
  • Camera options: White Balance (variable), RAW capture, HDR
  • Camera flash: LED

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#5. The HTC One M9

HTC One M9 picture.
Average Rating:
84.3%



Description:

The One M9 by HTC builds its front-facing camera with the HTC UltraPixel technology, for the purpose of taking in more light for crisper selfies.

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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#6. The Huawei Ascend Mate7

A picture of the Huawei Ascend Mate7.
Average Rating:
92%



Description:

This camera phone promises simplicity and user-friendliness because of the third generation of Huawei's signature Emotion UI (v3.0),.

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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#7. The Motorola Moto X 2014

A picture of the Motorola Moto X 2014.
Average Rating:
89.1%



Description:

Ranked number 7 is the Motorola Moto X 2014, which by the way sports a 13-megapixel camera that records 4K videos (384 x 2160), a resolution similar to what is found on 2014 flagships from other companies.

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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#8. The Sony Xperia Z3

A picture of the Sony Xperia Z3.
Average Rating:
86.2%



Description:

The Xperia Z3 by Sony records videos in a 3840 x 2160 maximum resolution (4K), with one of the highest camera resolutions for smartphones as well (20.7-megapixel).

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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#9. The Huawei Ascend G7

A picture of the Huawei Ascend G7.
Average Rating:
90%



Description:

The 9th best one comes with preinstalled image/video-editing apps with its 13-megapixel camera, comparable to the features packed by flagship models from Samsung or Sony.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Touch Focus, Geo-tagging, Face/Smile detection, Panorama, HDR, Autofocus
  • Camera flash: LED

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#10. The HTC Desire 626

A picture of the HTC Desire 626.
Average Rating:
100%



Description:

Ranked number 10 is the HTC Desire 626, which by the way sports a duo of 13- and 5-megapixel cameras, which is what we normally see on high-end devices released late in 2014.

Camera-phone-specific features:

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Face/Smile detection, Panorama, Geo-tagging, Touch focus
  • Camera flash: LED

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#11. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

A picture of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.
Average Rating:
83%



Description:

The 11th best handset is run by a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, one of the fastest hardware that we have seen on mini models.

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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#12. The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Photo of the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL.
Average Rating:
79.5%



Description:

This model allows you to quickly check updates at a glance while the screen is turned off through Microsoft's Glance Screen function.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera flash: LED

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#13. The Samsung Galaxy A5

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy A5.
Average Rating:
82.5%



Description:

The 13th best handset is armed with the Ultra Power Saving Mode, a typical energy-saving feature offered by most of Samsung's front-line Androids.

Camera-phone-specific features:

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Geo-tagging, Face/Smile detection, Touch focus, Panorama, HDR
  • Camera flash: LED

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#14. The Huawei P8

Huawei P8 picture.
Average Rating:
77.5%



Description:

This phone relies on a 64-bit octa-core 2Ghz processor.

Camera-phone-related features:

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel

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#15. The BlackBerry Passport

A picture of the BlackBerry Passport.
Average Rating:
81.4%



Description:

The 15th best model displays up to 60 characters on-screen (most rectangular smartphones show only 40 characters), likely making it a convenient business assistant.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Autofocus, Continuous touch-to-focus,
  • Camera flash: LED

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