Top 10 Best Sony Camera Phones 2018

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For our best Sony 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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Best Model 2018*
Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

Sony Xperia XA1
23
MP
Main camera
2.3+1.6
Ghz
max CPU
5
in
Display

Given its compound ranking of 87%, we conclude that the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is, as of now, Phonerated's best Sony phone 2018. Phonerated also concludes that our sample of 255 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level that justifies calling it a "no-brainer best choice."

Improving on 2016's XA smartphone, the XA1 remains to be a mid-ranger with camera and performance-focused specs, such as a 23-megapixel rear cam, an 8-megapixel front cam, and an octa-core 2.3GHz processor -- although its 720p display and 2300mAh battery evidently didn't receive as much love from Sony.

Average rating:
(86%) (55 reviews over 5 sources)   



Second Best
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
19
MP
Main camera
2.45
Ghz
max CPU
5.5
in
Display

With its 4.5 stars averaged from 55 reviews, here is second best Sony phone. * Our list is based on a full analysis of hundreds of reviews from across the web.

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.

Average rating:
(87%) (255 reviews over 6 sources)   


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Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High
Sony Xperia XZ1
19
MP
Main camera
2.45
Ghz
max CPU
5.2
in
Display

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.

Average rating:
(84%) (112 reviews over 4 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

Sony Xperia X Compact
23
MP
Main camera
1.8+1.4
Ghz
max CPU
4.6
in
Display

This high-end 4.6-inch Sony smartphone tilts heavily towards multimedia with its 23-megapixel rear-facing camera (triple image sensing technology), six-core CPU with 3GB of RAM, and up-to-256GB top-up support for its 32GB on-board memory.

Average rating:
(85%) (374 reviews over 5 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
19
MP
Main camera
2.45
Ghz
max CPU
4.6
in
Display

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.

Average rating:
(83%) (93 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
Sony Xperia XZs
19
MP
Main camera
2.15
Ghz
max CPU
5.2
in
Display

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

Average rating:
(80%) (131 reviews over 4 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High
Sony Xperia X Performance
23
MP
Main camera
2.1+1.6
Ghz
max CPU
5
in
Display

This high-end Sony smartphone puts a 23-megapixel hybrid AF camera, a 13-megapixel selfie cam, and PS4 Remote Play on the shoulders of a Snapdragon 820 processor with 3GB of RAM.

Average rating:
(80%) (98 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#8
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
Sony Xperia XZ
23
MP
Main camera
2.2
Ghz
max CPU
5.2
in
Display

One of Sony's chief Xperia smartphones, the 5.2-inch, splash-proof (IP68/65) Xperia XZ boasts a high-resolution pair of 23- and 13-megapixel cameras, a 2.2GHz quad-core engine, and fingerprint recognition.

Average rating:
(76%) (486 reviews over 4 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#9
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
23
MP
Main camera
2.3
Ghz
max CPU
6
in
Display

The XA1 Ultra places a lot of emphasis on its 16-megapixel and 23-megapixel front and back cameras, respectively, with which it aims to dominate the mid-range phone market (with the help of other specs like its 6-inch edge-to-edge 1080p display and up-to-2.3GHz Helio P20 CPU).

Average rating:
(75%) (382 reviews over 6 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#10
Our
Score:
3.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
23
MP
Main camera
2.3
Ghz
max CPU
5.5
in
Display

This Plus variant of Sony's XA1 phone brings back its mother model's 23-megapixel camera and 2.3GHz (max clock speed) octa-core engine, but adds a couple more high-end specs, which include a 3430mAh battery and a 4GB RAM.

Average rating:
(74%) (242 reviews over 3 sources)   



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