Top 10 Best Camera Phones 2018



For our best camera phone list, we rely on two sets of metrics: What are their camera features and how high did they rank in various reviews gathered around the web.

Also check out our interview with a camera expert about how to choose a great camera phone.

#1. The Huawei Mate 9

Photo of the Huawei Mate 9.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

Huawei's Mate 9 is a 5.9-inch phablet that banks on several premium-class specs, such as a 20-megapixel (monochrome) + 12-megapixel (RGB) dual-rear-camera setup, a 3D fingerprint reader, and a split-eight-core Kirin 960 engine coupled with an i6 co-processor.

Camera-phone-specific features:

    Camera resolution: 20-megapixel (monochrome) + 12-megapixel (RGB)
    Camera options: Bokeh
    Camera flash: Dual-tone LED

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#2. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium picture.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

This 2017 powerhouse smartphone from Sony attempts to be a trailblazer by introducing a 4K HDR screen to the flagship market, accompanied by other premium specs like a 19-megapixel Motion Eye rear camera (which records videos up to 960fps), a Snapdragon 835 CPU, and ultra-classy aesthetics courtesy of an all-around Gorilla Glass 5 design.

Camera-phone-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 19-megapixel (Motion Eye)
    Camera options: 0.5-second Quick Launch and Capture, HDR Photo, Low-light Photo (ISO 12800), Predictive Capture
    Camera flash: Yes
    Focal length: 25

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#3. The Sony Xperia XA1

Photo of the Sony Xperia XA1.
Average Rating:
96%


Description:

Improving on 2016's XA smartphone, the XA1 remains to be a mid-ranger with camera and performance-focused specs, such as a 23-megapixel rear cam, an 8-megapixel front cam, and an octa-core 2.3GHz processor -- although its 720p display and 2300mAh battery evidently didn't receive as much love from Sony.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    Camera resolution: 23-megapixel
    Camera options: Low-light Photo (ISO6400), Quick Launch and Capture
    Focal length: 23

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#4. The Asus Zenfone 3 ZE520KL

A picture of the Asus Zenfone 3 ZE520KL.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

Although coming with a few hardware downgrades, this Zenfone 3 variant stays in the high-end smartphone category with its 2GHz octa-core engine, 16-megapixel camera, and dual 2.5D-arched tempered glass protection.

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
    Camera options: 32-second long exposure, Low-light shooting, Manual mode, Beauty mode, Ultra high-resolution mode, Night mode, Depth mode, Photo Effect mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Animated GIF
    Camera flash: Double Real Tone LED

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#5. The Asus Zenfone 3

Photo of the Asus Zenfone 3.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

This 4GB-RAM Asus phone boasts a 16-megapixel PixelMaster 3.0 camera, an eight-core 2GHz processor, and 360-degree fingerprint recognition.

Camera-phone-specific features:

    Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
    Camera options: All Smiles Mode, Depth Of Field Mode, Manual Mode, Miniature Mode, Night Mode, Photo Effect Mode, Slow Motion Mode, Smart Remove Mode, Time Lapse Mode, Time Rewind Mode, Back Light (HDR) Mode, Super Resolution Mode (64MP)
    Camera flash: Dual LED Real-Tone

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#6. The OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5 picture.
Average Rating:
86%


Description:

The OnePlus 5, just like its predecessor, is a bold attempt to topple the dominance of the most-premium smartphones on the market -- having top-level hardware specs (8GB of RAM and a 2.45GHz processor) a 20-megapixel telephoto lens + 16-megapixel wide-angle lens rear camera setup, and a 3300mAh battery, although its 1080p screen is not as impressive.

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 20-megapixel telephoto + 16-megapixel wide-angle
    Camera options: Clear image, Dynamic denoise, HDR, HQ, panorama, Portrait, Pro mode, RAW image, Time-lapse
    Camera flash: Dual LED

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#7. The Motorola Z Play

A picture of the Motorola Z Play.
Average Rating:
86%


Description:

The Z Play more-than-likely joins other high-ranking Motorola smartphones with its 2GHz octa-core processor (with Contextual Computing and Natural Language processors), 16-megapixel dual-flash camera, and interchangeable Moto Mods accessories.

Camera-phone-specific features:

    Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
    Camera options: Best Shot, Burst Mode, Drag to Focus & Exposure, Panorama, Professional Mode, Quick Capture, Slow Motion Video, Tap (anywhere) to capture
    Camera flash: Color-balancing Dual LED

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#8. The Huawei Mate 10 Lite

Huawei Mate 10 Lite picture.
Average Rating:
84%


Description:

The 5.9-inch Huawei Mate 10 Lite aims for a spot among high-class camera phones, with specs like a 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel rear cam system, a 2.36GHz (top speed) octa-core engine with 4GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel front cam setup in its arsenal.

Camera-phone-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 16-megapixel (with 2-megapixel sub-cam)
    Camera options: 18 preset templates and makeup settings, Moving Picture Mode
    Camera flash: LED

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#9. The Sony Xperia X Compact

Photo of the Sony Xperia X Compact.
Average Rating:
84%


Description:

This high-end 4.6-inch Sony smartphone tilts heavily towards multimedia with its 23-megapixel rear-facing camera (triple image sensing technology), six-core CPU with 3GB of RAM, and up-to-256GB top-up support for its 32GB on-board memory.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    Camera resolution: 23-megapixel
    Camera options: Fast Capture, HDR photo, Low-light photo (up To ISO 12800), SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization)
    Camera flash: LED
    Focal length: 24

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#10. The HTC Desire 10 Pro

A picture of the HTC Desire 10 Pro.
Average Rating:
84%


Description:

HTC's Desire 10 Pro is a top-end 5.5-inch smartphone lugging a 20-megapixel laser-autofocus rear camera, a 13-megapixel selfie cam, and a Helio P10 2GHz octa-core engine coupled with 4GB of RAM.

Camera-phone-specific features:

    Camera resolution: 20-megapixel
    Camera options: Auto HDR mode, Continuous shooting, Panorama mode
    Camera flash: Dual LED
    Focal length: 27.8

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