Best camera phones
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.

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75 Comments

1. Smokin

Posts: 120; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

iPhone? You gotta be kidding me.

9. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

You should exclude Nokia camera phones, because they are only comparable with themselves

12. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

If you are referring to Lumia 1020 then although it has a great cam the fact that it carries 2012 specs doesn't help. Camera is an important feature not the sole factor when choosing a phone.

30. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

thats why they said best cameraphone and not best smartphone

34. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

And best cameraphone is judged by quality and control not just by quality.

61. sgodsell

Posts: 7567; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The 1020 is really slow in between camera shots.

67. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You mean to say that the iPhone 5S deserves to be in that list in spite of even outdated specs than the L1020? Cuz the only advantage the iPhone 5S has over the L1020 in terms of specs is the 64-bit architecture of its CPU. I sense a certain level of bias in this article.

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Extreme fanboyism led to ignorance and lack of knowledge. Almost all android flagships mentioned here beat nokia in cam speed and video recording and a lot better camera software support.

23. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Well sorry, but you gotta be kidding me when you put cam speed first before anything else.

26. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Well his statements look like overexaggerated. Its not like the lumias are perfect and all. Android flagships are not way too behind, gsmarena's smartphone roulette clearly tells the story. Also cam-speed is important and something to be considered.

69. Peeyushmalik96

Posts: 75; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

well I am sorry but its no fun of capturing something extremely well if you cant capture it in time

24. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

you mean android they beat nokia camera software? can you explain why nokia camera(software) win best application (overall) in phonearena and many sites? 1.phonearena best app of the year nokia camerahttp://www.phonearena.com/news/PhoneArena-Awards-2013-Apps-of-the-year_id49847 2.best overall wp app of 2013 nokia camerahttp://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-central-best-2013-awards

31. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Custom kernels tweaks, great third party camera apps is what i was meaning about software not app. And that was 2013. Galaxy s5 has the best camera app i've ever seen so far. And second link wpcentral? huh!

27. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Hahaha....what about the quality.

47. x_maly_x

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

If you mean video without audio,and speed over quality....But I still prefer shot video + audio and have a better picture quality-and in this Nokia is the best.

18. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

the only reason iphone topped was that iphone pic was clearly known that that was an iphone snap.. bcoz it produces darker and unnatural colors than other phones so i dont agree with phonearena .. check my comment no. 60 in that i did made an other comment b4 the results but couldnt find it ..

19. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

68. XperiaX

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

this result shows that iphone 5s have more supporters... xD

57. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

iPhone produces very natural images, not oversaturated like other devices.

60. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

I think you hav not read dat, * Note: Devices are listed in alphabetical order.!! They have not given such ranks or any conclusion.

66. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

7650 then N90 then N93 then N95 then N82 then N86 then N8 then 808 then 920 then 1020.......they were classic and will stay in heart forever.

72. Epicness1o1

Posts: 312; Member since: May 30, 2013

In terms of camera software HTC One m8 should be here,but this is about pic quality I think

73. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

What iphone is doing in the list? is it mandatory to put iphone in all listings/comparisons? even if it is irrelevant?... when there will be a post of best camera minis then it will be fair to put iphone in that list

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Really like the Lumia 1020, G2 pro and Xperia Z2 but I'm hoping to get my hands on the Galaxy K!

3. AndroidStuff

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

my opinion is 1. Nokia Lumia 1020 2. G pro 2 3. Galaxy S5 4. Xperia Z2 5. iPhone 5S 6. oppo 7 no idea about galaxy k zoom, i have camera experience of all other devices :)

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Lumia isn't best overall. The video recording is pretty bad and there is significant time to wait in between two shots. Also, the color are highly oversaturated in images.

28. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

its because they use auto setting, in the hands of real photographer nothing can beat 1020. good low light pics, large sensor, oversampling, best ois, good low light images, losless zoom, output raw images (.dng files) and good microphone (haac) they put 1020 in another level. have you ever seen video taken with 1020 recorded in noise area like dancing club or stadium?

36. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

I always bring my lumoa 1020 whenever were going ona gig and in the club.that was awesome !!!

37. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'in the hands of real photographer nothing can beat 1020' - A 'real photographer' would carry a real camera. BTW, Dxomark agrees with me:http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Nokia-Lumia-1020-overview-Has-the-best-got-better. If they aren't 'real photographers', who is ?

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