It should be no news by now: smartphones have been stealing market share away from traditional point-and-shooters, as the general public has quickly realized their undeniable advantage. In the past, one needed the foresight to bring a camera along for any photography to take place, whereas we all now simply reach out for our pockets. What's more, while this added comfort has long come at the expense of quality, these days are honestly starting to sound like ancient history.
Today, flagship models from brands around the globe tout camera modules that have bridged the quality gap to a great extent. And though there's still no comparing your smartphone's camera to your DSLR, it's safe to say that an overwhelming majority of people prefers not to lug around such a heavy piece of machinery in their everyday wanderings. Instead, we rely on our smartphone for the type of spur-of-the-moment shots that you'd just hate to miss. That's precisely why pretty much every manufacturer worth his salt is investing heavily into the imaging department -- a great phone camera is a universally sought-after feature.
So which smartphones are best suited to be tagged camera phones? There are a few, but the club is as exclusive as these get. Check out its roster right below.
* Note: Devices are listed in alphabetical order.
Best camera phones
Best camera phones
The 8-megapixel snapper with two-tone LED flash on the iPhone 5s ranks high on our list of certified camera phones to this day. The 5s makes use of an average-sized, BSI 1/3'' sensor with f/2.2 lens, and produces some very respectable stills.
The iPhone 5s' predecessor, the iPhone 5
, also gets a honorable mention for its overall reliability.
As far as camera phones go, the G Pro 2 is LG's Wonder Boy. The 13-megapixel, 1/3.06'' sensor and f/2.4 lens come with an Optical Image Stabilization Plus, which has proven itself as quite the improvement over the standard OIS modules found in phones like the LG G2
and the Nexus 5
, which, nevertheless, get an honorable mention.
The Lumia 1020 is Nokia's ultimate camera phone, packing a massive, 1/1.5'', 41-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 lens for some drool-worthy photography. You also get the added benefit of an LED and Xenon flash combo.
Two other Nokia offsprings, the Lumia 1520
and the Lumia 930
(Icon), are also worth a mention -- their 20-megapixel cameras offer very agreeable results.
Considering the underwhelming performance of Oppo's camera-centric N1
phone, it was quite surprising to see that its newer Find 7/7a models introduce such a tremendous improvement. Simply put, the 1/3.06'', 13-megapixel Sony sensor with fast, f/2.0 lens inside the 7 and 7a shot Oppo right into the camera phone league. Of course, a dual LED configuration, and the ability to shoot 4K video doesn't hurt, either.
A 20.7-megapixel, 1/2.3'' sensor, a Xenon flash with an LED sidekick, and 10x optical zoom -- that's quite the impressive feature set for a camera phone. And that's exactly what the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is -- a point-and-shoot, that doubles up as a phone.
Samsung has clocked a whole bunch of hours slaving in the camera department, and the Galaxy S5's ISOCELL camera is a testament to the fruits that labor bore. Equipped with a 1/2.6'', 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 lens, the S5 churns out some impressive results. Of course, 4K video capture is also available.
Samsung's previous top-shelfers -- the Galaxy S4
and Galaxy Note 3
-- are no wusses, either, and also offer consistently great results.
The Sony Xperia Z2 features one of the largest sensors found in a cell phone - 1/2.3" with resolution of 20.7 megapixels. It is coupled with fast f/2.0 lens, and, like the Galaxy S5 and Oppo Find 7/7a, can also shoot 4K video recording. The older Xperia Z1
and Z1 Compact
have the same camera specs and also deliver fantastic results.