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Top-Rated Camera phones March 2015



This list shows the best camera phones.

Methodology
To be featured as one of the best camera phones, a mobile phone must have:

  • ...been awarded one of the highest average review star rating
  • ...above-average camera specifications: high-megapixel camera, special camera options and more.

We are confident that our technique most accurately results in a list of the very best Camera phones, based on multiple expert ratings, not just one.

#1. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge 16-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Its 5.1-inch dual-curved Gorilla Glass 4 display might be the Edge's only edge over the Galaxy S6, which is similarly powered by a 14nm 64-bit octa-core processor (2.1GHz + 1.5GHz) and a 3GB LPDDR4 RAM. Just like the S6, the Edge also mixes the eMMC and SSD memory types for its Universal Flash Storage 2.0 available in 32/64/128GB.

Its similarities with the S6 also include the Samsung Pay mobile payment app, a built-in wireless charging mechanism, and the enterprise solution for business usability. The S6 Edge records 4K videos with its 16-megapixel rear camera, and snaps selfies with the 5-megapixel frontal sub-cam.

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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#2. The HTC One M9 20-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Unveiled a day before the MWC 2015 in Barcelona, HTC's 5-inch One M9 is bound to be of flagship stature with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit processor, 20-megapixel sapphire-protected 4K-recording camera, and Sense UI v7.0. Its premium-class specs also include an UltraPixel selfie cam, a 3GB RAM, as well as a blend of HTC BoomSound and Dolby 5.1 on the audio front.

We found a 32GB on-board memory and a 2840mAh battery on this ultra high-end Android, which is crafted with a dual-tone metal (single colors are also available) unibody design. The One M9 is the first HTC phone to wear the second edition of the brand's Dot View Smart flip case.

Camera-phone-specific 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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#3. The Huawei Ascend G7 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Huawei´s third IFA 2014 smartphone looks to be the lowest-specked, but still continues their Ascend G sub-series. This 5.5-inch phablet sports 13- and 5-megapixel cameras, packed with an array of features that probably aim to contend with that of Xperias from Sony and Galaxy models from Samsung. Its performance tells us that it settles for a mid-range seat, with a 1.2GHz quad-core engine (64-bit) and a 2GB RAM. Its 3000mAh battery power is quite decent, though. It also drags the resolution down to 720p, probably in order to retain the flagship look with a cheaper price tag.

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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#4. The Huawei Ascend Mate7 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Huawei´s IFA unveiling comes with several previously seen features, but might still serve the phablet market well with its focus on performance. The Mate7´s 4100mAh battery supports roughly 8 CPU cores of Huawei´s Kirin 925 processor, with Mali-T628 graphics as well. It also borrows from the iPhone, coming in with its own security features built around a fingerprint sensor. Other high-end specs include the 6-inch FHD display, 13-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel selfie camera. The Emotion UI 3.0 also promises to keep its high-end experience simple.

Camera-phone-related specs

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Autofocus, HDR, Panorama, Geo-tagging, Face/Smile detection, Touch focus
  • Camera flash: LED
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#5. The Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

The Vibe X2's sequel is a 64-bit Android geared towards a high-end seat with its 1.5GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, and dual 13-megapixel cameras -- the front one being accompanied by the VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash accessory. The X2 Pro also comes with a pretty sizable 32GB internal memory, which you can top up by the same volume through a microSD card. LTE, Bluetooth (3.0 HS + 4.0 LE), and the VIBE UI 2.0 are also in the mix. Its specs are housed inside a 6.95mm all-metal casing fronted by a 5.3-inch Full HD IPS screen.

Camera-phone-related specs

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Touch focus, Face/Smile detection, Panorama, HDR, Geo-tagging
  • Camera flash: LED
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#6. The Sony Xperia Z2a 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

As far as smartphones go, the Xperia Z2a´s 20.7-megapixel snapper has one of the highest resolutions out there. It also comes with 4K video recording (roughly four times FHD), an 8x digital zoom and a pulsed LED flash. Like many other Xperias from Sony, the Z2a is geared towards multimedia with its PlayStation certification and 3D graphics, running on a quad-core 2.3GHz processor and a 3GB RAM. In addition, its 16GB native memory is expandable to up to 64GB via microSD. It includes the classic Xperia feature set, including the TRILUMINOS display and LTE connection.

Camera-phone-specific features

  • Camera resolution: 20.7-megapixel
  • Camera options: Burst Mode, HDR, 8-bit multiplier zoom, Coordinate marking function, Image stabilizer, Object tracking, Red-eye reduction, Scene recognition, Transfer-to-web, Smile shutter, Wisdom Scene Recognition, Panorama, Touch focus, Touch capture, WB, Face Detection Tracks
  • Camera flash: Pulsed LED
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#7. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Sony manages to fit several of its high-end features - a 20.7-megapixel camera with the Exmor RS image sensor that is designed to produce sharp images even in low-light conditions, an HD display with the Triluminos and X-Reality technologies that promise to deliver crisp pictures, and a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor - into a 4.3-inch waterproof and dust-resistant Android smartphone. A 2300mAh battery (with the Stamina mode that works on prolonging its life), a 2-megapixel secondary camera, a 2GB RAM, and a 12GB user-available memory complete the package.

Camera-phone-related features

  • Camera resolution: 20.7-megapixel
  • Camera options: Burst Mode, Face detection, Geo-tagging, HDR for both Picture/film, Image Stabiliser, Object Tracking, Pan & Zoom, Scene Recognition, Send To Web, Smile Detection, Sweep Panorama, Touch Capture, Touch Focus, White Balance, Red-eye Reduction
  • Camera flash: Pulsed LED Flash
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#8. The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra promises entertainment on-the-go via a 6-inch 1280 x 720 Triluminos display with the Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology that aims to enhance sharpness and reduce noise, and a 13-megapixel camera with the Exmor RS sensor that is said to produce high-quality photos even in low-light conditions. The quad-core 1.4GHz Android phablet also features a 3000mAh battery with the Stamina mode that turns off functions when not in use, along with a 1GB RAM and a 4.8GB user-available memory.

Camera-phone-specific features

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Auto focus, Burst mode, HDR for both picture/film, Geotagging, Image stabiliser, Object tracking, Red-eye reduction, Scene recognition, Send to web, Smile Shutter, Sony Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, Superior Auto, Face detection, Real time beauty mode, Sweep, Panorama, Touch focus, Touch capture, White balance
  • Camera flash: Yes (Pulsed LED)
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#9. The Sony Xperia Z3 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

The Xperia Z3 is the third installment in Sony´s Z-series, crafted with an IP65/68-certified (waterproof and dust-tight) 7.3-inch casing. Sticking to its multimedia-oriented roots, the Z3 comes with PS4 support, enabling you to use a standard PS4 controller when playing games -- with PlayStation certification to boot. It sports a 20.7-megapixel rear camera equipped with Sony´s Exmor image sensor, enabled for 4K video recording. The Z3´s performance also skirts the premiums, running on a 2.5GHz quad-core engine, Adreno 330 graphics, a 3GB RAM and a pretty hefty 3100mAh battery power.

Camera-phone-specific 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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#10. The LG G Flex2 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

LG's G Flex series makes a 2015 comeback with the 5.5-inch G Flex2, a 64-bit 2GHz octa-core-powered model whose ultra high-end specs are sandwiched inside a curved P-OLED Full HD display and a self-healing back cover. The meat in between includes an LTE Cat9 adapter with a 450Mbps maximum data rate, a 2GB RAM capacity, and a whopping up-to-2TB support for external storage. It sports a 13-megapixel laser autofocus rear camera that records 4K videos, and packs a 3000mAh battery that promises to charge up to 50% in just 40 minutes of charging.

Camera-phone-related specs

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: White Balance, Face/Smile detection, Scene mode, Geo-tagging, Timer, Panorama, Burst mode, Cheese shutter, Photo editor, Continuous shooting,
  • Camera flash: Dual LED
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