Top 10 Best Camera Phones 2017



We base our best camera phone list on two main factors: How good are their camera specs and how high they scored in various web-wide reviews.

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#1. The Huawei Mate 9

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


Description:

Huawei's very first Nougat-run Android happens to be one of its most-advanced, with a Leica dual-camera setup, composed of a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor for picking out fine details and a 12-megapixel RGB sensor for capturing shots in full color , headlining its pros. Its high-caliber imaging specs include 4K-2160p video-recording , quad hybrid autofocus (PDAF, CAF, laser, and depth) , and 2x hybrid zooming . It also features an 8-megapixel autofocus-equipped selfie camera , although it does not come with a front-facing LED flash . (* Full pros and cons...)

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 Motorola Z Play

A picture of the Motorola Z Play.
Average Rating:
87%


Description:

Released as the third installment of Motorola's flagship Moto Z family, the Z Play steps down to a Full-HD-1080p 5.5-inch screen (the first two models boast Quad-HD-1440 displays) and has only 3GB of RAM, instead of its siblings' 4GB , but it nevertheless plays in the high-rollers table with the rest of its pros and cons. (* Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    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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#3. The ZTE Axon 7

A picture of the ZTE Axon 7.
Average Rating:
86%


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-specific specifications:

    Camera resolution: 20-megapixel
    Camera flash: Dual LED

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#4. The Asus Zenfone 3

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


Description:

Unveiled in May of 2016, the Asus Zenfone 3 is a flagship 5.5-incher that fails to deliver a Quad HD screen and does not go beyond the typical (among high-end devices) 3000mAh power threshold , yet packs a high-ranking set of pros and cons notwithstanding. (* Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    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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#5. The Sony Xperia X Compact

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


Description:

A sidekick model (specs-wise) to the flagship Xperia XZ during the IFA 2016 in Berlin, the Sony Xperia X Compact is marred by a couple more cons, but it does pack a few flagship-caliber pros of its own. (* Full pros and cons...)

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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#6. The LG V20

Photo of the LG V20.
Average Rating:
83%


Description:

The world's first smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box is LG's V20, a sequel to the 2015 V10 that brings back its ancestor's chic Second Screen technology , which is basically a 2.1-inch 160 x 1040 513ppi IPS Quantum panel sitting right above its 5.7-inch Quad HD 513ppi main interface . Incidentally, it is the first Android to feature the Google In Apps phone searching function, which helps users find content from both inbuilt apps and user-installed software. (* Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 16-megapixel + 8-megapixel
    Camera options: Auto Shot
    Camera flash: Dual LED

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#7. The Asus Zenfone 3 ZE520KL

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


Description:

Despite reducing the original Zenfone 3's (ZE552KL) 3000mAh battery capacity to 2650mAh and halving the 64GB internal memory down to 32GB , the Asus Zenfone 3 ZE520KL still packs a high-class collection of pros and cons. (* Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific 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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#8. The Sony Xperia XZ

Photo of the Sony Xperia XZ.
Average Rating:
83%


Description:

One of Sony's highest-specked Xperias, the 5.2-inch Xperia XZ, which, despite not rocking a QHD-1440p display (it has an FHD-1080p resolution) and coming with only 2900mAh of raw battery power -- several of its rivals boast roughly-4000mAh battery packs in comparison, is a big step forward for the brand's flagship X-series. (* Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific features:

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

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#9. The Motorola Moto Z Force

A picture of the Motorola Moto Z Force.
Average Rating:
84%


Description:

Though the Motorola Moto Z Force does not necessarily come with a stronger processing force than the plain Moto Z, still running on the 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 chip with 4GB of RAM as well as Natural Language and Contextual Computing processors , some of its specs make it an overall step-up model. (* Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 21-megapixel
    Camera options: Auto Night Mode, Best Shot, Burst Mode, Drag to focus/exposure, Panorama, Professional Mode, Quick Capture, Scan barcodes/QR codes/business cards, Tap anywhere to capture, Slow Motion Video
    Camera flash: Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) Dual LED

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#10. The BLU Life One X2

Photo of the BLU Life One X2.
Average Rating:
79%


Description:

While still rocking a 5.2-inch Full HD Curved Glass display (an upgrade to Quad HD would have been nice , considering its high-tier hardware), the Life One X2 is a clear winner versus the Life One X 2016 when it comes to pros and cons. (* Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
    Camera flash: LED

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