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Best-Rated Camera phones December 2018

For our best camera phone list, we rely on two sets of metrics: What are their camera features and how high did they rank in various reviews gathered around the web.

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#1. The Huawei Honor 10

Photo of the Huawei Honor 10.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

A photography-driven large-screen smartphone, the Huawei Honor 10 banks on specs like an AI-powered dual rear camera (24- and 16-megapixel lenses), a 24-megapixel selfie cam, and a 5.84-inch 19:9 display.

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 24-megapixel (combined with a 16-megapixel sub-cam)
    Camera flash: LED

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#2. The Huawei P20 Pro

Photo of the Huawei P20 Pro.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

The Huawei P20 Pro is a premium photography smartphone whose specs consist of a triple rear camera (40-, 20-, and 8-megapixel lenses), a 24-megapixel selfie camera, and a 6.1-inch 1080p OLED display.

Camera-phone-specific features:

    Camera resolution: 40-megapixel (RGB main cam combined with a 20-megapixel monochrome cam and an 8-megapixel telephoto cam)
    Camera options: Ultra Snapshot, Night Mode, Super Slow Motion
    Camera flash: Dual LED

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#3. The Huawei Mate 9

A picture of the Huawei Mate 9.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

Huawei's Mate 9 is a 5.9-inch phablet that banks on several premium-class specs, such as a 20-megapixel (monochrome) + 12-megapixel (RGB) dual-rear-camera setup, a 3D fingerprint reader, and a split-eight-core Kirin 960 engine coupled with an i6 co-processor.

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 20-megapixel (monochrome) + 12-megapixel (RGB)
    Camera options: Bokeh
    Camera flash: Dual-tone LED

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#4. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro picture.
Average Rating:
87%


Description:

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a 6-inch (FullView OLED) smartphone that builds around its Kirin 970 eight-core AI processor (2.36GHz + 1.8GHz) with specs like a Leica Dual Camera setup (20-megapixel + 12-megapixel) and 6GB of RAM.

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 20-megapixel (monochrome, with 12-megapixel RGB standard cam)
    Camera flash: Dual LED

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#5. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium picture.
Average Rating:
87%


Description:

This 2017 powerhouse smartphone from Sony attempts to be a trailblazer by introducing a 4K HDR screen to the flagship market, accompanied by other premium specs like a 19-megapixel Motion Eye rear camera (which records videos up to 960fps), a Snapdragon 835 CPU, and ultra-classy aesthetics courtesy of an all-around Gorilla Glass 5 design.

Camera-phone-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 19-megapixel (Motion Eye)
    Camera options: 0.5-second Quick Launch and Capture, HDR Photo, Low-light Photo (ISO 12800), Predictive Capture
    Camera flash: Yes
    Focal length: 25

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#6. The Sony Xperia XZs

Sony Xperia XZs picture.
Average Rating:
87%


Description:

The XZs smartphone hopes to make a mark in the upper-mid-tier market by giving emphasis to specs such as its 960fps Super slow motion video-recording capability, 19-megapixel Motion Eye main sensor, 13-megapixel selfie shooter, and Full HD TRILUMINOS display

Camera-phone-related specs:

    Camera resolution: 19-megapixel (Motion Eye)
    Camera options: 0.6-second Quick Launch and Capture, HDR, Low-light Photo (ISO 12800), Predictive Capture
    Camera flash: Yes
    Focal length: 25

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#7. The Sony Xperia XZ1

Photo of the Sony Xperia XZ1.
Average Rating:
85%


Description:

Sony's 5.2-inch Xperia XZ1 smartphone lands in ultra-high-end multimedia territory, with specs like a 19-megapixel camera with a 960fps slo-mo capture option, an eight-core engine running at 2.45GHz, and 3D Creator in its offering.

Camera-phone-related features:

    Camera resolution: 19-megapixel (Motion Eye cam)
    Camera options: 0.6-sec Quick Launch & Capture, HDR Photo
    Camera flash: LED

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#8. The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

A picture of the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact.
Average Rating:
85%


Description:

The XZ1 Compact smartphone manages to keep the XZ1's flagship-class specs, including its 19-megapixel rear cam (with a 960fps slow-motion video feature) and 3D Creator app, despite dropping to a 4.6-inch 720p display.

Camera-phone-specific features:

    Camera resolution: 19-megapixel (Motion Eye cam)
    Camera options: 0.5-sec Quick Launch & Capture, HDR Photo
    Camera flash: LED

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#9. The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

Photo of the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra.
Average Rating:
83%


Description:

Introduced during CES 2018, the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a photography-first 6-inch phablet whose key specs consist of a dual front camera (16- plus 8-megapixel cams), a 23-megapixel main cam that captures 4K-2160p videos, and 4GB of RAM.

Camera-phone-specific features:

    Camera resolution: 23-megapixel
    Camera options: Quick Launch & Capture, SteadyShot
    Camera flash: LED

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#10. The Sony Xperia XA2

A picture of the Sony Xperia XA2.
Average Rating:
83%


Description:

The Sony Xperia XA2 is an eight-core smartphone that leans heavily towards imaging and multimedia, with specs like a 23-megapixel UHD-video-recording rear camera, an 8-megapixel 120-degree-angle selfie cam, and a 3GB RAM at the ready.

Camera-phone-specific specifications:

    Camera resolution: 23-megapixel
    Camera options: Quick Launch & Capture, SteadyShot
    Camera flash: LED

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