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The best smartphone cameras in 2022

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What is the best smartphone for photography? Does it come with or without a telephoto lens? What is the best camera smartphone that costs less than $400, $300, or $200? In this selection of the best camera smartphones in 2022, NextPit helps you choose the camera smartphone of your dreams, which has been tested and approved by the editorial staff.

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Product
Image Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Apple iPhone 13 Pro Google Pixel 6 OnePlus Nord 2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Samsung Galaxy A12
Pros
  • Excellent 120Hz QHD+ display
  • Very elegant sleek and square design
  • More consistent S Pen integration
  • Still the champion when it comes to versatile photos
  • Unrivalled Android update policy
  • Superb 120Hz screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent camera module
  • Potentially iconic design
  • Well-calibrated 6.4-inch 90Hz AMOLED display
  • Tensor SoC performs well and does not overheat
  • Pixel-like photo rendering
  • Adequate battery life
  • 5 years of security updates
  • IP68 + wireless and reverse charging
  • Its price
  • 90 Hz AMOLED screen is fluid even without a 120 Hz refresh rate
  • Powerful MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI SoC
  • No overheating
  • Warp Charge 65T is fast
  • Solid battery life
  • Detail level of the main 50 MP lens is high
  • Effective Night Sight
  • Promise of 2 Android updates and 3 years of security updates
  • Excellent overall impression
  • Great 120Hz AMOLED display
  • Good performance
  • Good main camera
  • Long battery life
  • Triple slot for dual SIM + microSD card
  • NFC support
  • Strong and decent stereo sound
  • Nice finish
  • Smooth performance
  • Headphone jack included
  • Large battery capacity
Cons
  • Disappointing Exynos 2200 performance
  • Poor battery life
  • Fast recharge is not fast enough and the $60 charger is not included
  • Expensive price
  • Basic 8 GB RAM/128 GB storage configuration is too limited
  • The USB-C port is long overdue
  • "Fast" charge at only 20 W
  • Camera module is not versatile enough without a telephoto lens
  • Fast charge  is too slow and there is no charger included
  • Night Sight mode  is unnatural for night shots
  • 128 GB storage without a microSD port
  • "Only" 3 Android updates
  • No dedicated telephoto lens
  • No wireless charging/ IP rating/ microSD port/ 3.5mm jack
  • Colorimetry of photos not very accurate
  • Software photo processing is inferior to the OnePlus 9
  • Lack of clarity on High Performance mode
  • Camera module is a bit bulky
  • Average photo quality in low light
  • No 5G
  • No wireless charging
  • Will not receive 4 years of updates
  • Single speaker can be easily covered
  • LCD display
  • 15-watts quick-charging
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The purpose of this selection is obviously to recommend the best camera smartphones available on the market today. The selection has been discussed and debated internally and, with very few exceptions, each model has been reviewed by a NextPit journalist. But the final goal is not to focus on the camera itself and forget about everything else.

As with every product, the purchase of a smartphone, camera-centric or not, is the result of taking multiple criteria into consideration. Hence, this selection focuses on the quality of the camera of each smartphone while taking into account the rest of the hardware specifications and the overall value-for-money of the smartphone.

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The best camera smartphones in 2022

In this section, we list the best camera smartphones available in 2022 according to NextPit. These are the best models across all categories. The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Apple iPhone 13 Pro share the podium and is followed by the Pixel 6.

Apple's best camera smartphone: iPhone 13 Pro

Apple iPhone 13 Pro
The iPhone 13 Pro is Apple's best smartphone this year in my opinion / © NextPit

Rating

Bewertung Design und Handling

Pros

  • Dedicated telephoto lens
  • Autofocus also in ultra wide-angle
  • Natural colorimetry and powerful HDR
  • Multiple photo and video editing modes
  • ProRes 4K30 codec
 

Cons

  • Price
  • Night Mode is too natural, shots are too dark
  • 3x zoomis rather limited
  • No autofocus for selfies

NextPit's full review of the iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro is the best camera smartphone in 2022, having tied down the top spot with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. I didn't include the iPhone 13 Pro Max since it offers exactly the same camera specifications, so you might as well go for the cheaper model. Last year's iPhone 12 Pro Max is still very competitive obviously, but the iPhone 13 Pro brings improvements that really make a difference.

We're still at 12 MP on all sensors, but they've been enlarged to capture more light. The main wide-angle lens now measures 1.9 µm (compared to 1.7 µm for the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max and 1.4 µm for the iPhone 12 Pro), and it has a better aperture (f/1.5, compared to f/1.6 on the iPhone 12 Pro). The same goes for the ultra-wide angle, whose aperture increases to f/1.8, against f/2.4 on the iPhone 12 Pro.

At night, the difference between the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro is therefore rather obvious, especially since all sensors are now compatible with the Night Mode. Finally, the telephoto lens features a 77mm equivalent with an aperture at f/2.8 and 3x zoom, versus a 2x zoom on the iPhone 12 Pro and 2.5x zoom on the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The best Android camera smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Camera Closeup
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most versatile camera smartphone out there. / © NextPit 

Rating

Bewertung Design und Handling

Pros

  • Excellent 120Hz QHD+ display
  • Very elegant sleek and square design
  • More consistent S Pen integration
  • Still the champion when it comes to versatile photos
  • Unrivalled Android update policy
 

Cons

  • Disappointing Exynos 2200 performance
  • Poor battery life
  • Fast recharge is not fast enough and the $60 charger is not included
  • Expensive price
  • Basic 8 GB RAM/128 GB storage configuration is too limited

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra full review

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is among the first Android flagships released in 2022 – and it's also still the best in my opinion, both for photos and in general.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra only ever so slightly overhauls its camera module compared to last year's Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. The main camera still features a 108 MP resolution, plus there are two telephoto lenses with 3x and 10x magnification at 10 MP each. And of course, Samsung flagships again comes with an exceptionally wide 12 MP ultra-wide sensor that features a broader field of view than most competitors.

It's the most versatile camera smartphone on the market and the most efficient when it comes to zooming capability, and Samsung provides you with a whole host of software aids and assistants to capture the best shots possible even without any photography skills. It's clearly the most capable camera, although the results don't look as natural as the iPhone 13 Pro's pictures.

The best value-for-money flagship: Google Pixel 6

Google Pixel 6
The Pixel 6's price/performance ratio is excellent for a flagship and its photo quality is worthy of a Pixel / © NextPit

Rating

Bewertung Design und Handling

Pros

  • Large main sensor
  • Excellent level of detail and sharpness
  • Good exposure except in ultra wide-angle
  • Artificial but very effective night mode
  • Quality 4K 60 FPS video
 

Cons

  • Colorimetry lacks naturalness
  • Less good exposure in ultra wide-angle
  • No dedicated telephoto lens, limited digital zoom

NextPit's full review of the Google Pixel 6

I was privileged to review the Pixel 6 and it's definitely my slam dunk of the year. In terms of value-for-money, the Pixel 6 is the most recommended flagship in my opinion. And the camera configuration, although it is imperfect, it is still excellent and remains at the very top of the bracket.

The main 50MP lens is based on a Samsung GN1 sensor with a size of 1/1.31 inches (with 1.2µm pixels) with f/1.85 aperture and optical stabilization (OIS). The ultra wide-angle uses a 12 MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture (pixel size 1.25µm) with a field of view of 114 degrees.

The photos from the main sensor are simply excellent in terms of sharpness, level of detail, and exposure. The colorimetry is not the most natural but I find that it handles those well. The Night Sight is also too aggressive and won't please those used to Apple's Night Mode, for instance. Portrait photos are also very good but the zoom, which is purely digital, remains rather limited.

I don't think the dedicated telephoto lens on the Pro model justifies the $250 price difference, but my colleague Camila, who reviewed the Pixel 6 Pro, doesn't share my opinion. And maybe the 128GB storage will also make you lean towards the Pro model. The choice is yours.

The best value-for-money mid-range smartphone

Logically, the best camera smartphones on the market are flagships or top-of-the-line handsets. But there are also good camera smartphones in the more affordable price ranges, especially under the $400, $300, or even $200 mark.

The best camera smartphone under $400: OnePlus Nord 2

OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus has whipped up a winner in the mid-range market this year / © NextPit

Rating

Bewertung Design und Handling

Pros

  • Good daytime detail
  • Correct dynamic range
  • Digital zoom usable in 2x or 5x
  • Effective night mode
 

Cons

  • No dedicated telephoto lens
  • Software processing is sometimes too aggressive
  • AI mode distorts colorimetry
  • Secondary lenses is too limited in low light conditions

NextPit's full review of the OnePlus Nord 2

OnePlus may have lost its identity and everything else that made the brand, but the manufacturer has still succeeded with its Nord range. I've been using the OnePlus Nord 2 on a daily basis since its launch and it's the best smartphone for under $400 euros in my opinion.

As far as photography is concerned, the OnePlus Nord 2 packs a triple camera module that is spearheaded by a Sony IMX766 ultra wide-angle main sensor, which is the same one found in the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. I was not taken in by the photo rendering but I found the level of detail to be correct and the dynamic range rather wide. The purely digital zoom is usable and the night mode is quite effective.

Add to that the excellent overall value-for-money proposition as well as an extensive update policy (2 major Android versions and 3 years of security updates) of the smartphone, and I'm hard-pressed to find a better choice in this price range.

The best camera smartphone under $300: Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

NextPIT Redmi Note 10 Pro
With the Redmi Note 10 Pro, you'll have a budget smartphone that doesn't break the bank / © NextPit

Rating

Bewertung Design und Handling

Pros

  • Realistic and detailed photos in daylight
  • Decent macro photos
  • Versatile camera
 

Cons

  • No optical image stabilization
  • Big loss of quality in low light conditions

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro full review by NextPit

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is still the best smartphone under $300 according to NextPit. There is a quad-camera module that is powered by a 108 MP main lens. The Redmi Note 10 Pro also packs an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens (118° FOV, f/2.2 aperture), a 5MP macro sensor (f/2.4 aperture), and a 2MP depth sensor.

Unlike OnePlus, Xiaomi hasn't resisted integrating the anecdotal macro+depth lenses. As for the rest, image rendering is still quite satisfactory for a mid-range smartphone. I find it to be less versatile than a Google Pixel 4a which is sold for a little less. But in terms of overall value for money, Google's affordable camera phone is too technically outdated.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

The best camera smartphone under $200: Samsung Galaxy A22 5G

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G Camera Module
The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G delivers a solid camera performance for an entry-level smartphone. / © NextPit

Rating

Bewertung Design und Handling

Pros

  • Nice finish
  • Smooth performance
  • Headphone jack included
  • Large battery capacity
 

Cons

  • Will not receive 4 years of updates
  • Single speaker can be easily covered
  • LCD display
  • 15-watts quick-charging

NextPit's full review of the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G

For a smartphone that costs less than $200, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G delivers a decent image quality—and quite exceptionally for this price range—comes with an ultra-wide sensor. During day-light shots, the image quality is pretty nice with true-to-life colors and decent sharpness. Also the portrait mode delivers really good results. Night shots on the other hand are disappointing, but that's no surprise in this price range.

As the name suggests, the Galaxy A22 5G comes with a 5G module, which is also not a given in this price range. The display features a decent refresh rate of 90 Hz, but don't expect the display to knock your socks off. The same goes for the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC coupled with 4 GB of RAM.

I don't think you can get a real camera smartphone for under $200. But in this price range, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G is a decent, stop-gap solution, at least on paper.

What are the criteria for choosing the best photo smartphone?

You'd like to know more about focal length, aperture and the likes? We've condensed NextPit's camera knowledge into a detailed guide about how to find the best camera smartphone. Below you'll find some explanations to the most used terms that you'll encounter when looking for a new camera smartphone.

What is aperture?

The term aperture describes the focal length of the system in relation to the diameter of the entrance pupil of the lens. This ratio is usually expressed as a fraction normalized to the numerator one in the notation "f/1.8" or "1:1.8". It is quite counter-intuitive but the larger the aperture is going to be, the smaller the number behind the f will be. Hence, f/16 is a very small aperture, while f/1.4 will be a large aperture.

Aperture is particularly useful in conjunction with sensor size to play with background blur and low-light performance. The larger the aperture - and therefore the amount of light captured - the blurrier the background behind the subject being photographed. This is a parameter that can be interesting to highlight in portraits but is also a good indicator of low light performance.

What is the focal length?

The focal length of a lens indicates the distance between the lens and its focal point, where all the light rays converge. An optical system with a very long focal length therefore focuses the light very far behind the lens. A long focal length therefore means a small angle of view—or in more colloquial terms, a "powerful zoom".

What is optical zoom?

A focal length in 35mm equivalent defines exactly the size of a given object imaged on the sensor at a given distance from the camera. Now, an optical zoom means that the camera is able to achieve different image angles or image sizes by varying the focal length.

In short, take a 3x optical zoom for example—it means the largest focal length of the camera module divided by the smallest focal length that results in exactly three. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, for example, optically reproduces equivalent focal lengths of 13 to 103 millimeters—and therefore has an optical zoom of around 8x.

What do you think of this selection? Which models do you think we have forgotten and should be included? Do you find the advice and methodology sections useful? Give us your feedback in the comments!

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  • Kris R 9 months ago Link to comment

    Really good article, thanks!
    An acquaintance of mine takes pictures on a pixel (he is a professional photographer) and the pictures turn out unreal)


  • Robert Vadra 9 months ago Link to comment

    Wonderful post


  • Ant Kan Dec 1, 2020 Link to comment

    I think Xiaomi is the best one to capture very nice photos without spend a lot of money.


  • Adrian Palmer Edwards Nov 25, 2020 Link to comment

    How narrow minded can you be, every true photographer online says this new Sony Xperia 1 ll has the best camera by a mile, they all say it every single one. But, tech reviewers stick to what they are spoon fed, very narrow minded. People read these reviews before they spend $1k+ on a new smartphone, waste of time, by the way I have a Blackberry.


  • S K Oct 8, 2020 Link to comment

    this article is great with all the relevant information required for mobile photography.thanks


  • Dean L. May 23, 2020 Link to comment

    I have a Sony alpha 6000 and love using it for taking pictures. Bottom line is I always have my phone with me which I probably take >90% of my pictures with. So I have both sides covered. The other key feature I love with my phone is I can shoot video and take pictures at the same time. Just my two pfennig...


  • marco sarli
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    May 22, 2020 Link to comment

    If your interest is photography then you need a real camera


    • Franz Fifty May 22, 2020 Link to comment

      no, unless you can shoot with a "real" camera by taking it out of your pocket, point towards something and take great night pictures without a tripod... but since smartphone cameras have become more versatile and far superior in processing, that statement is not true anymore


      • Rusty H. May 26, 2020 Link to comment

        I take night photos without a tripod. If your d-slr/lens has great stability, it can be done. I've taken some fantastic moon photos without a tripod. Now, if you are talking more than 1/2 second exposure, yeah, you'll need a tripod.


  •   46
    Deactivated Account May 22, 2020 Link to comment

    If you want the best pictures buy a DSLR camera. No smart phone with a tiny lens can ever compete with a real quality camera. They can replace the old point and shoot camera but that is about it


    • Franz Fifty May 22, 2020 Link to comment

      didn't know a DSLR can make phone calls or browse the internet..or did i miss something in an article talking about "camera PHONES"?


  • storm May 22, 2020 Link to comment

    You've managed to pick no phone of interest to me. A camera isn't everything.


  • MirandaStown Aug 25, 2019 Link to comment

    Samsung phone models take truly superb photos and videos. The quality is excellent!


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    Deactivated Account May 31, 2018 Link to comment

    S9+'s Variable apeture is fire tho


  • harshatecordeon May 25, 2018 Link to comment

    i think Huawei is the best one to capture


  • Rusty H. May 25, 2018 Link to comment

    Another vote for the Mate9, VERY good camera. Using Camera FV-5 or Open camera, it does very well.


  • CJ Brown Mar 21, 2017 Link to comment

    ZTE Axon 7
    20 Megapixel Back

    #nuffsaid


  • Marius Viney Mar 21, 2017 Link to comment

    What about the LG G5 camera?

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    Deactivated Account Mar 20, 2017 Link to comment

    The Mate 9 is doing very well, and also the nubia Z11, both have excellent cameras, but I can not say how good they are in comparison with the Pixel or Galaxy S7. But anyway they are better then my old S6 edge plus and the honor 5x :)


  •   46
    Deactivated Account Mar 20, 2017 Link to comment

    Really no LG phones. This is a very biased incomplete article.


    • Dean L. May 26, 2018 Link to comment

      The article has been updated and now has the LG v30 and iPhone X as well as other 2018 models. For what it's worth I still like the photos I'm getting with the Pixel 2.


  • Chad_Higgins Mar 20, 2017 Link to comment

    LG V20


  • Andrew Burgin Mar 20, 2017 Link to comment

    S7 Edge is a Super Camera phone


  • Peter Harwood Mar 20, 2017 Link to comment

    Z5 for me, best natural colours.


  • nathan chisholm Jan 10, 2017 Link to comment

    My samsung s7 camera is so fast to focus it's unreal! Plus the photos are stunning. The other day my friend had a promo on at his bar and i took some pics and they looked awesome the low light photos came out great...


  • Kari Melby Jan 4, 2017 Link to comment

    Sony xz har det beste kamera 🎥 men man må lære å bruke det 😊 😊


  • Siniša Ružičić Oct 2, 2016 Link to comment

    LOL first site that doesnt claim that s7 is the best camera phone. i mean the fastest autofocus is found there not in z5 are you blind? the best low light performance, best camera app along with v10. best detail and sharpness. you must be paid from sony for this kind of shit


  • Denys Zaiats Sep 9, 2016 Link to comment

    I found amazing resource www.facey.top with photos from mobile devices.


  • Terie Mumby Aug 16, 2016 Link to comment

    Ahem! No mention of the LGG5. Not sure why not. The camera's at least as good as the S7. Besides.. It's got that extra-wide second camera that should put it on the list for sure. You guys are so biased. I'm shocked, Scott. I don't know why I keep reading this stuff.


  • Atli Örn Hilmars Aug 16, 2016 Link to comment

    Fine review. I had almost bought Samsung 6 edge plus yesterday but thougth better wait and read more about it and see if 7 is a better choice and worth the diffrence in price. Upgrading from Samsung Galaxy 2 gt plus. Maybe older Galaxies could serve as well or another brand. I mostly use it for pictures, surfing, seeing news and videos, skype and orientering (maps). I not into games and talking to my phone or jerking it around. Which models should I check first?


  • Hans G Aug 11, 2016 Link to comment

    You can add one very soon. The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe.. Great camera 👍


  •   45
    Deactivated Account Aug 1, 2016 Link to comment

    DxOMark has given 88 to Xperia X Performance. Z5 has 87.


  • Peter Harwood Aug 1, 2016 Link to comment

    Sony phone's are shit and over heat some people say! Well I've just spent 3 hours none stop on the Internet and my Z5 isn't bearly warm never mind hot, think some people don't like Sony! thats OK stick with a phone that your happy with but don't rubbish a phone just because you don't like it or more likely you've never had one?As for the Sony Ericsson arc what you expecting from a low budget phone with low end specs? But then you jump up to the Z5 premium! problely just in your mind!


    • Chad_Higgins Mar 20, 2017 Link to comment

      Nobody has Sony in USA. Dont even offer them anywhere to buy. But i know they are good.


  • btyce Jul 30, 2016 Link to comment

    Sony phones are shit stacked they should stick to playstations. Was using experia arc which kept corrupting boot partion and z5 premium same thing and alwaus over heating esp when m using Internet


  • btyce Jul 30, 2016 Link to comment

    I choose to have a Samsung any tyme not the sony Z series. They all die the same way


  • Peter Harwood Jul 29, 2016 Link to comment

    Looks as if the Sony x has just gone to the top of Dxomark so looks like Sony has done it again.


  • Dummy_001 Jul 29, 2016 Link to comment

    Everyone is blabbering on how good the camera of Samsung.

    Sony be like: Aren't those phone's using my Sensor?
    d - .. - b


    • nathan chisholm Jan 10, 2017 Link to comment

      Samsung doesn't use sony sensors


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        Deactivated Account Mar 20, 2017 Link to comment

        The s6 edge does I know for a fact not sure about the s7/edge though.


  • Kodiak Dog Jul 27, 2016 Link to comment

    What about the Nexus 5x?


    • Robin van Dijke Aug 1, 2016 Link to comment

      The 5X has the same camera as the 6P, so don't worry buddy, it's also the best!


    • Chad_Higgins Mar 20, 2017 Link to comment

      Its o.k. nothing great about it!


    • cybertec69 Mar 21, 2017 Link to comment

      I own both a Nexus 5X and a Samsung S7, both take great pictures, the S7 is just faster, the Nexus 5X pictures look more natural than the S7 pictures. I also shoot with a DSLR Nikon D500, and no smartphone comes close to the larger sensor DSLR.


  •   46
    Deactivated Account Jul 26, 2016 Link to comment

    I find it hard to believe you put the P9 on the list. It is a marginal picture taker at best. The monochromatic lens does nothing unless you are taking black and white pictures. Leica had nothing to do with this camera except maybe making the lenses. It is all hype and BS.


  • peter Jul 25, 2016 Link to comment

    The best camera on my opinion Spny xperia zx 5

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  • JD Weaver Jul 16, 2016 Link to comment

    Keep in mind the LG G4 Panorama setting is not as good as on the Samsung phones. Also the megapixel rating is only part of the equation. You need to consider aspect ratio. My 16MP S5 isn't any better than the S7 12MP due to the S7's aspect ratio.


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    Deactivated Account May 5, 2016 Link to comment

    Z5 camera over crapsung trash 13MP slow autofocus garbage.

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    • Luke Thorpe Jun 13, 2016 Link to comment

      The S7 has the fastest autofocus on any phone, and possibly the best camera. I'm not a samsung fanboy - I've never even owned a samsung phone or tablet.


      • Andrii Gritsevskyi Jul 27, 2016 Link to comment

        No, it is not. You should try it yourself for a day or so, and I bet you will change your opinion. And, honestly, I can imagine it is not so much camera problem but combination of driver/library/software.


      • Peter Harwood Jul 27, 2016 Link to comment

        Thought the S7 has an autofocus speed of 0.05 think you'll find the Z5 has a speed of 0.03


    • Mikio Jul 28, 2016 Link to comment

      Hahahahaha😂
      Trashsung


  • Mikio Apr 30, 2016 Link to comment

    Unfair.

    The photos are need to be same to compare.

    ~I wish there are original downloadable photos taken from those phone. Especially from XPERIA Z5


  • CJ Brown Apr 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Still impressed by the Nexus 6P, although every Android smartphone mentioned in this article has a top notch camera ... I guess it's only a matter of time before the HTC 10 is reviewed and added to the list


  • Admire You Apr 19, 2016 Link to comment

    s7 is the best sodar forget all others but htc 10 could be as good or better we have to wait and find out

    xperia z is crap phone brake easy camera r blury i had xperia z3 dead sfter 2months will never byt sony mobile again previously i had sony experia same storry brake easy stay away from sony mobile


    •   6
      Deactivated Account May 5, 2016 Link to comment

      My S5 was a plastic piece of crap that got water leaking in and rusted all the internals, so much for IP58. I bought a Sony Xperia Z5 Premium and I will never buy Samsung phones again. This Xperia camera destroys Galaxy phones any day.

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    • Andrew Albano Jul 26, 2016 Link to comment

      You should treat your GIFTS with great care young man!


    • Peter Harwood Jul 28, 2016 Link to comment

      look after them they don't break?


  • LatinoMicz Apr 16, 2016 Link to comment

    Really? Z5 is good? I had a Z3 and hated it so bad. The camera with 20mp was dreadful. Felt so much worse than my 4ultra pixel M7 that I switched from. That plus horrible bluetooth connection issues made me ditch the phone quick and vow never to touch a Sony phone again.


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      Deactivated Account May 5, 2016 Link to comment

      I had a Z3 and I rooted it. Everything improved with the Marshmallow update but I bought a Z5 Premium now. All those problems are now gone and Sony listens to all our suggestions and their development community hosts votes and requests for features. Yes, the Z3 has issues but if you're vowing not to buy Sony phones again, you're at a big loss.


  • surya kumar Apr 16, 2016 Link to comment

    I think s7 have lesser resolution than 6P.But you mentioned 6p has the lowest resolution in this list


  • Alex W. Apr 15, 2016 Link to comment

    So the best camera award goes to Z5, but what about it's overheating issues and is the software ok? Cause I heard something about lags.

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    • tariq Apr 15, 2016 Link to comment

      I had Sony phones for past 3 years. They have some heating issues, but opening all of the ports helps it cool down or u can just put it under cold water for a few secs. And the camera; its great and all but only outside, the camera on Sony phones is awful in the dark and flash doesn't help since the camera can't auto focus quick enough... S7edge wins camera test for me, especially in the dark!


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      Deactivated Account May 5, 2016 Link to comment

      No overheating issues for me on my Z5 Premium. Software is running excellently. All problems were fixed after the marshmallow update.


  • Peter Harwood Apr 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Just love the camera of the Z5 so easy to use and pictures are very good in all situations

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  • Precision Apr 15, 2016 Link to comment

    All the cameras aren't as good as they should be. But if they were, how many people would upgrade ?

    I think there was a wasted opportunity here also because cameras perform differently in different lighting conditions. And comparisons were not made.

    People should also be aware that reviewers often get sent better models with better components than the ones that get delivered to people.


  • lianne john Apr 15, 2016 Link to comment

    LG makes a good choice!


  • Matt Schutte Feb 7, 2016 Link to comment

    My Fruit Loops cereal box pin-hole-camera may be a bit older than the smart-cam competition of 2016, but megapixels and sensor size can't beat the tiny Gnome behind the lens that renders crayon sketches in 64 colors, all in less than 5 minutes!


  • walter white Jan 29, 2016 Link to comment

    This review is so dense, and biased toward SHAMESUNG it's sad. The v10 is the most innovative, and includes the most features people actually want, plus it's military drop test specced. Applesung offers nothing but cheated benchmarks, and touchpizz. This site is weak, Android central ftw.


  • Khalid Jan 24, 2016 Link to comment

    you should name this Samsung Pit/Huawei Pit instead Androidpit


  • Hariyanto Sahabuddin Jan 22, 2016 Link to comment

    Unfortunately most of those phones are very expensive ones. I wish I could buy one.


  • Parvind Chahal Jan 21, 2016 Link to comment

    u cant make people fools s6 camera is better than v10 moto and nexus 6p.....i can bet


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    Deactivated Account Jan 21, 2016 Link to comment

    Best cameras of 2016? They are all 2015 phones. The 2016 phones have not even been released.


  • Michael Cook Jan 21, 2016 Link to comment

    I got my LG V10 last week, and it really does have an awesome camera!


  • bharath Jan 21, 2016 Link to comment

    u didnt mention about lenovo vibeshot


  • chetan Jan 21, 2016 Link to comment

    my canvas knight has also the best camera to use for 4ever


  • hotspring21 Dec 26, 2015 Link to comment

    How about Panasonic DMC-CM1? True this is 2014 phone, but it still beats any android camera out there for sensor size and stills picture quality


    • Guto Nobre Jan 14, 2016 Link to comment

      Yep, but Android version has stopped in 4.4... No update....


  • James Rodwer Dec 24, 2015 Link to comment

    I have to go with Galaxy Note 5. It is the best phone you can have at this moment and it provides you with anything you ever wanted from a smartphone.
    The screen is really great and you can easily watch your favourite tv show on it without realising you are on a smartphone.
    The camera is awesome! It has a 16 MP Rear Camera and 5 MP Front Camera. However, the clarity of the phone is very clear and the additional features make the photos even more interesting.


    • Michael Cook Jan 21, 2016 Link to comment

      Except it has a back made of very breakable glass (who thought that was a good idea?), and they removed the removable battery and SD Card, they took form over function, the Note 5 is basically a blown up S6 with an S Pen. It's sad to see Samsung go the Apple route.


    • walter white Jan 29, 2016 Link to comment

      Obviously you've never used a v10.


  • William K. Dec 15, 2015 Link to comment

    My M9 takes just fine pictures. I think all flagship phones have cameras basically on par with one another and the average person can't tell the difference. I don't understand the obsession with smartphone cameras.


  • Tamara C. Dec 14, 2015 Link to comment

    Wow! With SoOooo many ideas n inventions in your head how do you you get it to Industry??? I would really love to help the plant be a better place for all life. Good for you, for putting this out there. It's still in it's Infancy..Give it time to grow. It's a Brilliant idea


  • Peter Harwood Dec 12, 2015 Link to comment

    all i can say is I've had a z5 now for a couple of months and i think it's probably the best out there at the moment


  • Kong Ling Dec 12, 2015 Link to comment

    Bad author for mentioning Samsung name in Nexus/LG Pit.


  • rick Dec 10, 2015 Link to comment

    i have the the S5, i think the camera is as good as any. At least for a phone camera.


  • Ian Shore Dec 10, 2015 Link to comment

    Interesting that the Note 5 missed the cut.


    • Chavanel Dec 27, 2015 Link to comment

      S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+/Note 5 all use the same camera sensor and image processing. In other words, they are all the same.


  • James William Dec 10, 2015 Link to comment

    What I really like is Sony Xperia Z5's snap. It was just cool. I liked it a lot.


  • Josee Bouthillette Aug 4, 2015 Link to comment

    LG G3 does also great pictures even better than Samsung Galaxy Alpha


  • SNault Aug 3, 2015 Link to comment

    Is this a paid Samsung ad or have you never heard of the LG G4? The G4 beats the heck out of the S6 camera.


  • Lau6304 Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

    Where is Sony? Where is LG?


  • wasimariflone Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

    i compared s6 and xperia z3c side by side , only thing i liked about s6 was more details when zoomed in, other than that z3 wins


  • wasimariflone Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

    No Sony ? certainly they take good pictures


    • Chad_Higgins Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

      Never saw anyone in USA with a Sony? But I'm sure given there reputation they take GREAT pictures.


  • Chad_Higgins Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

    Anyone who has a HTC Desire 816 will tell you, this phone also takes incredible pictures, whether you use the front or back camera. 5mp, 13mp


    • Elena R Jun 8, 2016 Link to comment

      Agree! I'm on prepaid with Virgin mobile and love the camera of the Desire 816, unfortunately I was running out of memory so I "upgraded" to the Galaxy J7, the camera is awful in the J7, a lot of noise and blurry pics and takes a long time to focus and on top of that I got a defective phone, LOL, so I have to return the galaxy, now I'm checking which phone I will get


  • Sebastian Marr Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

    I agree with everyone else. There are a lot of better cameras, and not necessarily Samsung, Apple and all of this big names.


  • Miguel Gonçalves Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

    The title should be: "Samsung advertisement"


  • prince kesarwani Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

    how abt thinking of sony xperia z3+


  • otillee lee Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

    It's all about Samsung! Bad joke you make in this article! -1!


  • Randy Walsh Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

    Where is the LG G4? Most every Android site and it's reviewers say it's Camera is as good or even better than the S6.


  • Miguel Gonçalves Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

    Where is Huawei P8???


    • Chad_Higgins Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

      They don't sell those here in USA. Is it any good?


  • Moni Mihailov Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

    I can't believe you didn't mention the Galaxy S5 :/ It's the 2nd best camera after the S6.


    • walter white Jan 29, 2016 Link to comment

      Are you joking? That phone flat out sucks donkey balls.


  • Paolo Jul 4, 2015 Link to comment

    Did you just legitimately give an 'Honorable Mention' to 4 Megapixels, aggressive software processing, and a gimmicky dual lens setup that creates a poorly created Bokeh effect? My Note 3 camera is much better than, I dunno, every 2013-onwards HTC phone ever?

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