top Top 10 Best Camera Phones (September 2016)

Top 10 Best Camera Phones 2016



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

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#1. The iPhone 6S

Photo of the iPhone 6S.
Average Rating:
92.5%


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 Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 picture.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

This 2016 edition of Samsung's Galaxy J7 offers several upgrades on the performance front, but sticks to somewhat similar cons, such as a Full-HD-only max video resolution (instead of Quad HD, aka 4K) and a 16GB native memory , as several other Samsung models have 32GB or 64GB of storage on board. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
    Camera flash: Yes

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#4. The Oppo F1

Oppo F1 picture.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

Sharing its name with the popular F1 racing competition, Oppo's F1 runs on a relatively speedy 64-bit 1.7GHz octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM , though we caught a couple of cons that potentially slow it down. These include its 1280 x 720 (HD) screen resolution , because a Full HD display makes more sense for an Android rocking a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 panel and its 2500mAh battery capacity is also quite low, relative to its CPU. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
    Camera flash: Yes

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#5. The iPhone 6S Plus

A picture of the iPhone 6S Plus.
Average Rating:
86%


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-specific 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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#6. The LG V10

A picture of the LG V10.
Average Rating:
85%


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 features:

    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 ZTE Max Duo LTE

Photo of the ZTE Max Duo LTE.
Average Rating:
81%


Description:

The ZTE Max Duo takes its name from the (+chic dual-lens (13- and 2-megapixel cams) setup+) gracing its rear side, which only a handful of other Androids offered as of its release. This high-end imaging pro is complemented by a (+maximum video-recording resolution of 4096 x 3072+) that is more-promising versus what the majority of 4K-video-enabled models offer (usually just 3840 x 2160). (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-specific features:

    Camera resolution: 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel

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#8. 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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#9. The Samsung Galaxy A5 2016

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy A5 2016.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

Sitting dead center between the Galaxy A3 and A7 models (2016 editions), the Galaxy A5 features a 1.6GHz octa-core processor , though the accompanying 2GB RAM could have been bumped up to 3GB, a pro offered by its A7 sibling. In addition, this model comes with less battery power at 2900mAh (3300mAh for the A7), despite rocking a similar CPU and 13-megapixel OIS main camera . (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
    Camera flash: LED

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#10. The Alcatel Pop 4

Photo of the Alcatel Pop 4.
Average Rating:
80%


Description:

While not exactly eye-popping in terms of specs, the Alcatel Pop 4 has several pros attempting to offset its dated cons. (Full pros and cons...)

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
    Camera options: Video zoom
    Camera flash: LED

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