The 10 Best-reviewed Camera Phones April 2016



ᄊ--This page lists the best camera cell phones.

Methodology
To be part of the best camera phones, phones must have:

  • ...been given one of the top average review score
  • ...above-average camera requirements: high-resolution camera, camera options, software, etc.

We think that our approach most accurately returns the absolute best Camera phones, based on multiple expert and user evaluations, not just a single one.ᄊᄊᄊHere is our list of the best camera phones, chosen based on their specific camera features and their higher review rating.ᄊᄊᄊFor our best camera phone list, we rely on these two criteria: What are their camera specs and how high they scored in various reviews gathered around the web.ᄊᄊᄊFor our best camera phone list, we rely on these two criteria: What are their camera specs and how high they scored in various reviews gathered around the web.

Also check out our interview with a camera expert about how to choose a great camera phone.ᄊᄊᄊFor our best camera phone list, we rely on these two criteria: What are their camera specs and how high they scored in various reviews gathered around the web.

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

#1. The iPhone 6S

A picture of the iPhone 6S.
Average Rating:
90%



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-specific specifications:

    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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#2. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Photo of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.
Average Rating:
90%



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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#3. The iPhone 6S Plus

iPhone 6S Plus picture.
Average Rating:
87.5%



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-related features:

    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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#4. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
Average Rating:
88.2%



Description:

While the premium-tier market has rapidly heated up early on in 2015, the Galaxy S6 Edge's dual curved Gorilla Glass 4 screen might make its list of pros and cons sound more favorable compared to that of its competitors, as it is the first smartphone fitted with such a perk. A couple more things to note regarding its display is the Quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution and 577ppi , which is significantly higher than the 400ppi average for high-end devices. (Full pros and cons...)

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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#5. The Nuu Mobile X4

Photo of the Nuu Mobile X4.
Average Rating:
100%



Description:

While unoriginal, the Nuu Mobiles X4's (released during CES 2016) specs, which are topped off by a zinc-aluminum alloy casing -- most others wear plastic or poly-carbonate shells, apparently satisfies 2015 Q4 mass-tier standards. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
    Camera options: Burst Shot, HDR, Panorama, Tap To Focus, Time Lapse Recording (1080p)
    Camera flash: Yes

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#6. The LG Nexus 5X

LG Nexus 5X picture.
Average Rating:
86%



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-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 12.3-megapixel
    Camera flash: Dual LED

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#7. The Samsung Galaxy J5

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy J5.
Average Rating:
93%



Description:

Samsung's Galaxy J series interestingly jumps from the J1 to the J5 and J7. Sadly, though, this version drew the short end of the stick, sporting a less-capable set of pros and cons. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
    Camera options: Scene modes (Indoors, Night, Sunset, Backlight, Dim light), Self-timer
    Camera flash: LED

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#8. The Huawei P8lite

A picture of the Huawei P8lite.
Average Rating:
92%



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-specific features:

    Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
    Camera options: Beauty mode

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#9. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.
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 features:

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

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#10. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active.
Average Rating:
88.8%



Description:

The Galaxy S6 made over for more outdoorsy purposes, the waterproof and dust-tight S6 Active comes with a set of pros and cons that probably markets it to those who think that Samsung's flagship is too delicate. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
    Camera options: Auto HDR, Optical image stabilization
    Camera flash: LED

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