Best-Rated Camera Phones February 2016



This is a list of the best camera cell phones.

Methodology
To be included in the best camera phones, phones must have:

  • ...received a high average review score
  • ...minimal camera requirements: high-resolution camera, special imaging features, etc.

We believe this approach most accurately results in a list of the absolute best Camera phones, based on multiple opinions, not just a single one.

* To compare some of these phones, just select the compare box under the picture and click compare at the bottom of the list.

#1. The iPhone 6S

iPhone 6S picture.
Average Rating:
90%



Description:

Ranked number 1 is the iPhone 6S, which by the way finally upgrades the iPhone's main camera resolution from 8 megapixels (sported by the previous three models) to 12, which incidentally boasts a 4K video capability.

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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#2. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active.
Average Rating:
88%



Description:

Samsung's flagship gets a rugged makeover with the Galaxy S6 Active, sporting a similar 5.1-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen. This variant focuses on outdoor use, being wrapped in an IP68- and MIL-STD-810G-certified shell that makes it resistant to dust and water among other threats. It also amps the battery power up to 3500mAh.

With the exception of the Active Zone, which is a collection of utilities like an LED flashlight and an e-compass, it borrows the remaining specs from the S6. These include its 16- and 5-megapixel cameras and Exynos 7420 octa-core CPU chip.

Camera-phone-related specs:

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

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#3. The Samsung Galaxy S6

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy S6.
Average Rating:
87%



Description:

The MWC 2015 marks Samsung's unveiling of their 6th Galaxy-S flagship, which lists several innovations under the Korean brand's belt.

Its premium-class specs include a 14nm eight-core 64-bit Exynos 7420 processor, a 3GB LPDDR4 RAM, and a Universal Flash Storage 2.0 memory -- a combination of the SSD and eMMC memory types. The S6 also comes with a built-in wireless charging standard, promising 4 hours of battery life after being docked for just 10 minutes on its charging pad. The Samsung Pay mobile payment system headlines its software offering.

Up front, we found a Super AMOLED 5.1-inch Quad HD Gorilla Glass 4 screen alongside its 5-megapixel selfie cam, while a 16-megapixel 4K-recording camera sits on its back side.

Camera-phone-specific features:

  • Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
  • Camera options: Virtual Shot, Slow Motion, Fast Motion, Pro Mode, Selective Focus, Auto real-time HDR, 0.7-second activation
  • Camera flash: LED

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#4. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge picture.
Average Rating:
85.4%



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 features:

  • 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 ZTE Axon

ZTE Axon picture.
Average Rating:
82.3%



Description:

The 5.5-inch CGS (WQHD resolution) ZTE Axon sends a flagship-level impulse to the Android market, with specs like a dual-lens 4K-enabled back camera (13-megapixel + 2-megapixel), a 2GHz eight-core CPU chip, and a 4GB RAM. ZTE also slaps an 8-megapixel selfie cam onto its facade, with a Hi-Fi sound system (with free JLB earphones) rocking from under the hood. Supporting its high-class feature set is a 3000mAh battery adorned with Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0. The Axon is pretty much limited to a 32GB memory, as it has no microSD card slot on board. It is available in Ion Gold, Phthalo Blue, and Chromium Silver.

Camera-phone-specific features:

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel
  • Camera flash: Dual LED

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#6. The Huawei P8

Photo of the Huawei P8.
Average Rating:
83.8%



Description:

8-core 2Ghz Android 5 flagship smartphone with a multi-lense 13-megapixel camera and a thickness of only 6.4mm.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel

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#7. The HTC One M9

HTC One M9 picture.
Average Rating:
84.3%



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-related 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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#8. The LG G4

A picture of the LG G4.
Average Rating:
81.2%



Description:

Officially entering the flagship market in April 2015, the 5.5-inch IPS Quantum Quad HD LG G4 is the brand's sequel to the G3. This Android 5.1 Lollipop model is powered by a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU chip running at 1.8GHz with 3GB's worth of RAM helping it along. It comes with a 32GB internal memory that can be expanded to a whopping 2TB through its microSD slot.

The G4 brings back LG's laser autofocus technology via its 16-megapixel 4K rear camera and 8-megapixel soft-light-equipped selfie cam. It also introduces new case options -- Brown or Black leather.

Camera-phone-related features:

  • Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
  • Camera options: White Balance (variable), RAW capture, HDR
  • Camera flash: LED

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#9. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Photo of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.
Average Rating:
89%



Description:

Sony puts their Xperia Z5 at a premium (as if it was not already) with the 5.5-inch Z5 Premium, which is one of the world's first 4K Ultra HD smartphones, boasting a 3840 x 2160 resolution on a whopping 806ppi. It also amps up the Z5's battery power to 3430mAh (with QC2.0), while sporting a similar 23-megapixel 4K main camera rigged with a pulsed LED flash and hybrid autofocus. The PS4 Remote Play app for gamers comes back, too.

On the outside, the Xperia Z5 Premium sports a waterproof casing and a fingerprint-integrated power key, while on the inside, it operates on a 64-bit octa-core (2GHz + 1.5GHz) CPU coupled with an Adreno 430 graphics unit. Its 32GB internal memory can be topped-up by up to 200GB.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

  • Camera resolution: 23-megapixel
  • Camera flash: Pulsed LED

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#10. The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Photo of the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL.
Average Rating:
83%



Description:

Similarly lined up for an after-purchase upgrade to the Windows Phone OS 10, the 5.7-inch Cortana-equipped Lumia 640 XL is the 640's more capable big brother. Several of its specs differ from that of the 5-inch model, including the 3000mAh battery, 13-megapixel ZEISS optics rear camera, and 5-megapixel Skype-integrated selfie cam.

Over on the hardware department, it mimics the 640 with its 1.2GHz quad-core engine, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal memory expandable to up to 128GB via microSD. The XL also comes in two variants: dual-SIM 3G and dual-SIM LTE.

Camera-phone-related features:

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera flash: LED

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