top Top 10 Best Camera Phones As Of December 2016

Top 10 Best Camera Phones December 2016



For our best camera phone list, we rely on these two criteria: What are their camera specifications and how good they ranked in various reviews gathered around the web.

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#1. The ZTE Axon 7

ZTE Axon 7 picture.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

The ZTE Axon 7 does away with the original Axon's dual-rear-camera technology , yet still screams premium-end with its 20-megapixel f/1.8 PDAF rear camera . (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 20-megapixel
    Camera flash: Dual LED

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#2. The LG G5

A picture of the LG G5.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

Not only is LG's 2016 G5 one of the first major-brand smartphones to run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 2.1GHz quad-core processor , it is also among the earliest metal-framed models to offer battery interchangeability via a modular design concept , though it could have done better than a 2800mAh in-box battery . (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    Camera resolution: 16-megapixel + 8-megapixel
    Camera options: Manual Mode GUI, Raw format, Image stabilizer 2.0, Pause and resume recording, Touch & Shoot, Voice trigger, Timer, Geo-tagging, Snap Video, Multi Shot, Panorama Shot, Expert Mode, Interval shooting, Multi-view recording, Pop-out Picture, Slow-motion/Fast-motion video, Film Effects Up, QuickShare, Picture-in-Picture
    Camera flash: Dual LED

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#3. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Photo of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.
Average Rating:
86.7%


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 specs:

    Camera resolution: 23-megapixel
    Camera flash: Pulsed LED

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#4. The Sony Xperia XA Ultra

Sony Xperia XA Ultra picture.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

Proudly rocking the Ultra name tag, this version of Sony's Xperia XA brings back the 2GHz 64-bit eight-core MT6755 processor , but this time pairs it up with a 3GB RAM (instead of only 2GB). That said, we still caught a couple of regrettable cons among its specifications. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 21.5-megapixel
    Camera options: Quick Launch
    Camera flash: LED

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#5. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Photo of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.
Average Rating:
82.3%


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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#6. 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 specifications:

    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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#7. The Motorola Moto X Play

Photo of the Motorola Moto X Play.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

It looks like the Motorola Moto X Play is not playing around, coming with a selection of pros and cons that we can easily compare to those of other top-line Androids. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific features:

    Camera resolution: 21-megapixel
    Camera options: Quick Capture, Tap anywhere to capture, Slow motion video, Bust mode, Night mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Drag to focus & exposure
    Camera flash: Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) Dual LED

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#8. The Sony Xperia X

Photo of the Sony Xperia X.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

This 5-inch FHD TRILUMINOS smartphone is the first Xperia X model from Sony and, like many other Xperia smartphones, it leans heavily towards multimedia. That said, we still caught a few minor cons within its high-end specs list. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    Camera resolution: 23-megapixel
    Camera options: Quick Launch, Superior Auto Mode
    Camera flash: Pulse LED

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#9. The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL picture.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

As made obvious by its name, the Lumia 950 XL is a wider-screen (5.7-inch QHD, 518ppi) version of Microsoft's 2015 flagship Windows 10 pitch, but that's not the only difference, as this model comes with a Gorilla Glass 4 finish (instead of the 950's Gorilla Glass 3) and runs on an eight-core 2GHz processor (instead of the 950's hexa-core 1.8GHz chip). (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 20-megapixel
    Camera flash: Triple LED Natural

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#10. The Motorola Droid Turbo 2

A picture of the Motorola Droid Turbo 2.
Average Rating:
77.5%


Description:

Motorola follows up their Droid Turbo with the brand's first Moto ShatterShield Android, which, according to them, guarantees its 5.4-inch AMOLED Quad HD screen never to crack or shatter. This feature goes together with their signature water-repellent nano-coating . Topping off its external pros is the Moto Maker , allowing you to tinker with various phone details, including personal engravings and accent colors. The Droid Turbo 2 also scores high internally, with specs like a 21-megapixel CCT-dual-flash 4K-video camera and the Motorola Mobile Computing System (with Natural Language and Contextual Computing processors) at the ready. Moreover, its 3760mAh battery with wireless/TurboPower charging capabilities leaves us with no complaints on the power department. Lastly, its 5-microphone system easily challenges those of other flagships, which usually only have 2-3 mics built in. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    Camera resolution: 21-megapixel
    Camera options: Quick Capture, Tap (anywhere) to capture, Burst Mode, Night Mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Drag to focus & exposure, Video HDR (1080p and 4K)
    Camera flash: Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) Dual LED

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