Top 10 Best Camera Phones 2016



We base our best camera phone list on two criteria: How good are their camera specs and how high they scored in various web-wide reviews.

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#1. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo.
Average Rating:
95%


Description:

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo has something new over the 2014 S5 (quad-core 2.5GHz) in the form of its 1.6GHz octa-core CPU , which could also be a con, as some people prefer higher clock speeds over more operating cores. The accompanying 2800mAh battery and 2GB RAM remain intact, though, the latter we think could have been nicely bumped up to 3GB. Imaging-wise, the 16-megapixel f/1.9 rear camera saw no upgrade , but the Neo favorably sports a more-advanced selfie cam (5-megapixel) than its base model (2-megapixel). The Super AMOLED 5.1-inch Full HD display was untouched as well, with a similar IP67 water- and dust-tight casing housing its pros and cons. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    Camera resolution: 16-megapixel (CMOS)
    Camera flash: LED

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#2. The iPhone 6S

iPhone 6S picture.
Average Rating:
88.5%


Description:

Following Apple's S-version tradition, the iPhone 6S rocks a few tweaks over the base model, but no major overhauls. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 12-megapixel (iSight)
    Camera options: Live Photos, Auto HDR, Exposure control, Burst mode, Timer mode, Photo Geo-tagging, Slo-mo video (1080p maximum), Time-lapse, Continuous autofocus video, Playback zoom, Video Geo-tagging
    Camera flash: True Tone

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#3. The Huawei P8lite

Huawei P8lite picture.
Average Rating:
93%


Description:

The Huawei P8's lite variant does not only come with a smaller screen (5 inches), it also offers a less-capable set of pros and cons. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
    Camera options: Beauty mode

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#4. The iPhone 6S Plus

A picture of the iPhone 6S Plus.
Average Rating:
86%


Description:

Boasting pros like a 3D Touch technology (pressure-sensing screen) , a 12-megapixel 4K-video camera with True Tone flash , and a 64-bit A9 CPU with an M9 coprocessor on its chip , the iPhone 6S Plus is the most capable iPhone as of its release. Another key pro is its leap from a 1.2-megapixel frontal camera to a 5-megapixel FaceTime HD selfie cam , which uses its 5.5-inch screen's LED backlight as its own flash function. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    Camera resolution: 12-megapixel (iSight)
    Camera options: Live Photos, Panorama, Auto HDR, Exposure control, Burst mode, Timer mode, Photo/Video Geo-tagging, Slo-mo video (1080p maximum), Time-lapse, Playback zoom
    Camera flash: True Tone

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#5. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

A picture of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.
Average Rating:
85.5%


Description:

Sony's Xperia Z5 Compact is a more compact version of the brand's 2015 Q4 flagship, reducing the 5.2-inch Full HD screen to a 4.6-inch HD interface , though coming with the same TRILUMINOS and X-Reality engines . It also has a slightly-lower battery power at 2700mAh and 1GB less RAM (2GB total) , but other that, its pros and cons are as capable as the base model. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 23-megapixel
    Camera flash: Pulsed LED

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#6. The BLU Vivo 5

A picture of the BLU Vivo 5.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

Announced during the CES 2016, the BLU Vivo 5 offers a set of specs that takes the brand's Vivo Android family a notch higher, though it's still not safe from a couple of disgruntling cons. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
    Camera flash: LED

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#7. The LG Nexus 5X

A picture of the LG Nexus 5X.
Average Rating:
82%


Description:

LG's September 2015 turn at a Nexus phone brings about the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system alongside a rear-placed fingerprint scanner and a 64-bit hexa-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 CPU , the latter accompanied by an Adreno 418 GPU, but only 2GB of RAM . Similar to the Huawei-made Nexus 6P, its pair of cameras consists of a 12.3-megapixel (1.55um pixel size) back-facing main cam and its 5-megapixel (1.4um pixel size) partner for selfies. Bluetooth v4.2 as well as the reversible USB Type-C standard are also among its largest pros. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific features:

    Camera resolution: 12.3-megapixel
    Camera flash: Dual LED

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#8. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Photo of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.
Average Rating:
81.8%


Description:

While premium-class would be a reasonable way to describe Sony's 2015 Xperia Z5, its offering of pros and cons is outdone by this 5.5-inch Premium variant, which scratches the Full HD 428ppi display for a 4K (3840 x 2160) TRILUMINOS screen on an impressive 806ppi pixel density. Consequently, its screen is the most advanced (as of its release) platform for the PS4 Remote Play feature unique to Sony Androids. In addition, it also has the highest battery capacity among all Z5 versions, standing at 3430mAh (with Quick Charge 2.0) . (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    Camera resolution: 23-megapixel
    Camera flash: Pulsed LED

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#9. The LG V10

A picture of the LG V10.
Average Rating:
83%


Description:

The first of LG's V-series brings a few firsts to the flagship Android market, namely, the Second Screen technology , which is a 2.1-inch IPS Quantum display (160 x 1040) right above its 5.7-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) main screen for enhanced multitasking and function access, and the dual frontal camera setup (5-megapixel) that supports standard 80-degree selfies as well as 120-degree wide-angle shots. Its pro also include a 32-bit Hi-Fi audio DAC with three microphones built-in, while a hexa-core 64-bit processor and a 4GB LPDDR3 RAM do the heavy lifting. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific features:

    Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
    Camera options: Steady Record, 15-second Auto-edit, Quick Share, Manual Video Mode, Snap Video, Quick Video Editor
    Camera flash: LED

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#10. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus picture.
Average Rating:
87.5%


Description:

Judging from its very similar set of pros and cons, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is not only a wide-screen version of Samsung's dual-curved-edged S6 Edge, it is also an alternative to the 2015 Note5, without the S Pen. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
    Camera options: Live Broadcast, Slow Motion Video, Auto real-time HDR
    Camera flash: LED

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