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Best Samsung Camera Phones September 2014

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This page lists the best Samsung camera cell phones.

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

  • ...been given one of the top average review score
  • ...above-average camera requirements: high-resolution camera, camera options, software, etc.

We think that our approach most accurately returns the absolute best Samsung Camera phones, based on multiple expert and user evaluations, not just a single one.

#1. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha 12-megapixel Camera Phone

Samsung Galaxy Alpha picture.

Average Rating:
80%
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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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#2. The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom 20.7-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

As its name suggests, the Galaxy K Zoom is one of Samsung´s camera-smartphones. It sports a 20.7-megapixel BSI camera that doubles up the resolution of average smartphones, as far as specsheets go. It also packs a Xenon flash and an onboard ISP chip, which they say facilitate better imaging compared to most other Android phones (and some digicams). Two processors (1.7GHz 2-core and 1.3GHz 4-core) also place it under the Hexa-core category - and there aren´t many of them. Pinch zoom and one-touch Quick Zoom add to its camera functions, not to mention 10x optical zoom on a relatively slim body.

Camera-phone-specific features:
  • Camera resolution: 20.7-megapixel
  • Camera flash: Xenon
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#3. 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 features:
  • 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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#4. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 13-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

The newest Galaxy Note wins 0.2 inches of display size but loses weight, going from 180 to 168 grams. It also ends up with a bigger resolution (full 1080p HD, compared to 720p for the Note 2). Even the processor gets beefed up to 2.30 Ghz (quad-core) and the camera goes from 8 megapixels to 13. It looks as though Samsung wants to get serious with the Galaxy Note and its positioning as a smartphone tablet computer combo.

Camera-phone-related specs:
  • Camera resolution: 13-megapixel
  • Camera flash: Power LED (1 EA)
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#5. 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.

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#6. The Samsung Galaxy Grand 8-megapixel Camera Phone

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy Grand.

Gallery: 3 more pictures

Average Rating:
91.5%

Description :

The 5-inch touchscreen of this smartphone gives it a grand look. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with a 1GB RAM. Apart from its large screen, other features also lean towards media and entertainment, like high-speed data, an 8GB user memory with an option for 64GB expansion via MicroSD, and an 8-megapixel camera.

Camera-phone-related features:
  • Camera resolution: 8-megapixel
  • Camera options: Zero shutter lag, Ultra-quick camera start-up, Backside illumination sensor, Auto Focus Camera, Flash
  • Camera flash: Camera With Flash, LED Flash
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#7. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active 8-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active borrows heavily from the original, but gives it a water-resistant Dive Blue casing. It offers the new Aqua Mode, which allows you to take it on pool parties and capture pictures underwater at 1080p. It also mimics the performance of the S4 with the same 1.9GHz quad-core processor and 2600mAh battery, not to mention a 5-inch display (with a 1920x1080 max resolution). If you´re in the market for a high-end smartphone, but need it to live through shocks and splashes for whatever reason, this variant might just do the trick.

Camera-phone-specific features:
  • Camera resolution: 8-megapixel
  • Camera options: Animated Photo, Aqua, Auto, Beauty Face, TV/Video-Out, Video, Video Editing, Zero Shutter Lag, Best Face, Best Photo, Continuous Shot, Drama, Eraser, Night, Panorama, Rich Tone (HDR), Sound & Shot, Sports
  • Camera flash: LED
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#8. The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 8-megapixel Camera Phone

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini picture.

Gallery: 7 more pictures

Average Rating:
79.8%

Description :

The Galaxy S3 had its mini version, so it is not so surprising for the Galaxy S4 to have its own too. As expected, it features the same design as the flagship phone, but with watered-down specifications: A 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, and a 4.3 qHD Super AMOLED display. Nonetheless, Samsung reports that the mini delivers many of the features of its big brother, like special camera tools (Sound&Shot, Panorama Shot, and Story Album function), as well as other services, such as S Health and S Translator. On connectivity, it boasts 4G LTE technology capable of download speeds up to 100Mbps. Overall, the mini may not be as mighty as the Galaxy S4, but it seems quite respectable as a mid-range smartphone.

Camera-phone-specific features:
  • Camera resolution: 8-megapixel
  • Camera options: Sound & Shot, Night (Low Light Shot), Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face (include Live Beauty), HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports, Continuous Shot, Story Album function, Geo-tagging
  • Camera flash: LED Flash
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#9. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini 8-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

The 4.5-inch Mini version of the fifth-gen Galaxy flagship, closely mimicking the IP67-certified physical design, its sensor set (including fingerprint and heart rate monitors) and network capability (LTE Cat4). Samsung also retained the Ultra Power-saving mode that could extend up-time for its slightly lower 2100mAh battery capacity. It runs on a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, and halves the S5´s main camera resolution (16-mp) to 8-megapixel, with a nearly identical 2.1-megapixel camera up front.

Camera-phone-specific features:
  • Camera resolution: 8-megapixel
  • Camera options: Panorama, HDR, Face/Smile Detection, Touch Focus, Geo-tagging, Auto Focus
  • Camera flash: LED
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#10. The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 8-megapixel Camera Phone

Description :

The Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 makes some welcome changes to the original - like the quad-core 1.2GHz processor, the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, and the 5.25-inch HD (1280 x 720) TFT screen. Its larger 2600mAh battery is said to bring 17 hours (1020 minutes) of calls, and its RAM is bumped up to 1.5GB. It still has an 8-megapixel camera that shoots high-resolution (1920 x 1080) videos at 30 frames per second and 8GB of on-board memory. It has dual-SIM support but there is no mention of LTE capability.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:
  • Camera resolution: 8-megapixel
  • Camera options: Geo-tagging, image stabilization, touch focus, face and smile detection
  • Camera flash: LED Flash
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