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Best Samsung Camera phones March 2015

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This page lists the best Samsung camera phones.

Methodology
To be part of the best Samsung camera phones, a mobile phone must have:

  • ...been given one of the best average review star rating
  • ...minimal specs requirements: high-megapixel camera, camera options, software, etc.

We think that our approach results in a list of the very best Samsung Camera phones, based on multiple expert and user evaluations, 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 Samsung Galaxy S6 16-megapixel Camera Phone

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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#3. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 16-megapixel Camera Phone

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 picture.
Average Star Rating:
88.3%

Description

Samsung´s S Pen-equipped sub-series moves forward with the Galaxy Note 4, a clear attempt at another premium seat for the Korean brand. Fronting this metal-framed Android is a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, a resolution that is larger than the 1080p FHD ones on most high-end devices. A Gorilla glass panel adds a touch of durability to it as well. Underneath, we found a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 engine paired up with an Adreno 420 (600MHz) GPU - both relatively recent versions. The Note 4´s 3220mAh battery promises to maximize usage time with the Fast Charge and Ultra Power-Saving features. Its front and back cameras also saw a boost, this time with 3.7 and 16 megapixels respectively, with 4K-recording loaded as well.

Camera-phone-related specs

  • Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
  • Camera options: Geo-tagging, Dual Shot, Touch Focus, Face/Smile detection, Panorama, Autofocus, HDR
  • Camera flash: LED
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#4. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active 16-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Ruggedization meets the fifth-gen flagship smartphone from Samsung and gives us the Galaxy S5 Active. As their product naming suggests, its MIL-STD-810G certified casing and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is an attempt to cater to different outdoor activities. It also has a feature that automatically launches all adventure-related apps such as maps and compasses onto the screen, which could take some pounds off your backpack. It still runs the same set of features that made the S5 a flagship model, including the 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 16-megapixel camera as well as LTE connectivity.

Camera-phone-specific specifications

  • Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
  • Camera options: Auto Focus, Dual-Camera, Dual-Recording, Geo-Tagging, HD Playback: Full HD (1080p), HD Recording: Full Ultra HD (2160p), LED Flash, Online Image Uploading, Photo Editing, Sharing Capabilities: AT&T Locker, Bluetooth®, Buddy Photo Share, ChatOn, Email, Flipboard, Gmail™, Google+™, Group Play, Messaging, NFC, Picasa™, S Beam™, S Memo, Samsung Link, Share Shot, Wi-Fi Direct™, Shot Modes: Auto, Beauty Face, Shot and more, Panorama, Virtual Tour, Dual Camera, Download, Slow Motion Recording
  • Camera flash: LED
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#5. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport 16-megapixel CMOS Camera Phone

Description

Sprint borrows Samsung´s Galaxy S5 flagship and gives it a slightly sportier profile with the S5 Sport´s IP67-certified casing, Side Grip Enhancements and MapMyFitness app. It also retains the S Health app suite from the S5, allowing it to act as a handheld personal trainer. The original model´s hardware also seems to be intact, as the Sport runs on a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with a 2GB RAM to match. Along with its 5.1-inch FHD display is a 16-megapixel CMOS camera that records in 4K. The S5 Sport starts you off with 16GB of storage and has room for up to 128GB of memory expansion via microSD.

Camera-phone-specific features

  • Camera resolution: 16-megapixel CMOS
  • Camera options: Autofocus, HDR, Panorama, Face/Smile detection, Aqua mode
  • Camera flash: LED
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#6. The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 16-megapixel Camera Phone

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.
Average Star Rating:
76.7%

Description

Samsung unveils a pretty novel design in the Galaxy Note Edge. Its 5.6-inch screen extends outwards (right-hand side), giving room for an alerts and quick-access panel -- visible even when the cover is closed. Multitasking and productivity features, such as Photo Note and Smart Select, are also built around the S Pen accessory. Performance-wise, this 2014 Galaxy Note model joins the premiums with a 2.7GHz quad-core processor, a 3GB RAM and a 32GB internal memory. Its 3000mAh battery power is also quite hefty, possibly more so with Samsung's Ultra Power-Saving mode. Its 4K 16-megapixel camera and QuadHD display resolution might also secure its shelf among other premium Androids.

Camera-phone-specific specifications

  • Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
  • Camera options: Simultaneous video/image capture, Dual shot, Touch focus, Geo-tagging, Face/Smile detection, Panorama, Live HDR
  • Camera flash: LED
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#7. The Samsung Galaxy A5 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

Taking after Samsung's Galaxy Alpha flagship is the 5-inch 6.7mm thin Galaxy A5, replacing the brand's traditional plastic casing with a full metal unibody design. It sports a 13-megapixel camera at the back, with a pretty respectable 5-megapixel one on the front side. Unlike the octa-core-equipped Alpha, it runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with a 2GB RAM -- a duo that we have seen on several other mid-level models. It offers a pretty spacious 16GB internal memory, and allows up to 64GB worth of expansion though its microSD slot.

Camera-phone-specific features

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Geo-tagging, Face/Smile detection, Touch focus, Panorama, HDR
  • Camera flash: LED
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#8. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha 12-megapixel Camera Phone

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
Average Star Rating:
76.7%

Description

Samsung joins in on the octa-core sensation with the Galaxy Alpha´s two quad-core CPUs: Cortex-A15 (1.8GHz) and Cortex-A7 (1.3GHz). It also seems to pack top-notch imaging with its 12-megapixel camera´s 4K max video recording resolution. It lacks a microSD card slot, but does cap off at 32GB with 2GB RAM to boot. The Alpha also offers the fastest data rate available as of 2014, with up to 300Mbps on LTE-Cat6. All of its features, including an Ultra Power-Saving Mode (1860mAh battery) are packed within a metal frame, scrapping the plastic shell from previous Galaxy models.

Camera-phone-related features

  • Camera resolution: 12-megapixel
  • Camera options: Beauty Face, Dual Camera, HDR, Panorama, Selective Focus, Autofocus, Shot & More, Virtual Tour, Face/Smile detection
  • Camera flash: LED
  • Focal length: 31mm
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#9. The Samsung Galaxy S5 16-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

The fifth generation of Samsung's flagship smartphone has a faster Quad-core processor (from 1.9 to 2.5Ghz) and a bigger camera (16 megapixels, compared to 13 for the S4). The camera also promises a faster autofocus and a high dynamic range (HDR). It also bets its future sales on LTE category 4 and an Ultra Power Saving Mode, which switches to black and white and stops unnecessary features. The four available colors are bizarre (charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold) and rather dull, but just like that baby name your in-law chose last year, we may just get used to them.

Camera-phone-related specs

  • Camera resolution: 16-megapixel
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#10. The Samsung ATIV SE 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description

The sequel to the Samsung ATIV S, the ATIV SE features upgrades from its predecessor such as a quad-core 2.3Ghz processor (from a dual-core 1.5Ghz) using 2GB of RAM. It adds a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel Full HD main display (the ATIV S had a 4.8-inch 720p) along with its 13-megapixel rear-facing camera that could record videos in 1080p and a 2-megapixel front camera which can be used for dual recording (add yourself in the picture).

It also offers LTE support, 16GB of on board memory and a 2,600 mAh battery that can reportedly yield a talk time of up to 23 hours.

Camera-phone-related features

  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera options: Geo-Tagging, Online Image Uploading, Photo Editing, Sharing Capabilities: (Tap+Send, Messaging, ATIV Beam, Mini Diary, OneNote, Paper Artist, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter), Shot Modes: (Auto, Continuous, Beauty, HDR)
  • Camera flash: LED flash
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