Best camera phones on the market right now


Best camera phone


Cameras are an increasingly important part of smartphones and as specs start to level out they’re one of the main ways that manufacturers try to make their handsets stand out. Whether it’s a high megapixel count, a laser auto focus, an optical zoom or any number of other things there are a lot of interesting and powerful smartphone cameras around and these are the five best.


Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia Lumia 1020


The Nokia Lumia 1020 has the honour of having just about the highest megapixel count of any smartphone out there at 41 megapixels.


That alone is just about enough to get it on this list as it can take more detailed photos than most of the competition and they can stand to be blown up to A3 and above while retaining an impressive level of quality. All those megapixels also mean that it supports up to 3x lossless digital zoom, but there’s more to it than just megapixels.


The Lumia 1020 also has optical image stabilisation, so the effects of camera shake are minimised, avoiding blurry shots even in low light. Plus it has a dual flash, with both a Xenon and LED unit, so there’s a lot of power there, allowing it to brighten up even the darkest scenes.



The LG G3 has a 13 megapixel camera along with optical image stabilisation and a dual-LED true-tone flash, which is better able to replicate skin tones than most smartphone flash units. All of which makes it a pretty great camera phone, capable of high quality photos.


But the real stand out feature is its laser auto focus, which allows it to focus faster than any other smartphone available. Other phones are getting fast already so it doesn’t always make a hugely noticeable difference, but when time is of the essence you’ll be glad to have it.


Sony Xperia Z2

Sony has put a 20.7 megapixel lens in the Xperia Z2 and it certainly impresses. Aside from the Lumia 1020 this is one of the highest megapixel smartphones cameras out there, so pictures are highly detailed as you’d expect.


It’s also a wide angle F2.0 lens, which allows more light in than much of its competition and in turn makes it an admirable performer even when the light is bad. Plus its Exmor RS sensor is designed to reduce noise in images, which further helps its performance even in low light. Add a bunch of scene modes and tweakable settings and you’ve got a camera phone to be reckoned with.


Samsung Galaxy K Zoom


Is it a phone? Is it a camera? Your guess is as good as ours, because it fills both roles and for the most part it does both well.


The Galaxy K Zoom is the successor to the Galaxy S4 Zoom and it does many of the same things as that oddity. It’s got a 20.7 megapixel lens, which is certainly a good start. It also has optical image stabilisation and both LED and Xenon flash, so photos are high quality, blur free and it can perform well in both good and bad lighting.


But it goes even further because it also has a 10x optical zoom. That’s almost unheard of on smartphones and makes it a true compact camera alternative. The flip side is that the lens makes it a little bit bulky, but it’s still a lot better than carrying both a phone and a camera around.


Apple iPhone 5S

Apple iPhone 5S


Apple always equips its phones with quality cameras and the iPhone 5S is no exception. Its 8 megapixel lens is dwarfed by most of the offerings on this list, but it has 1.5 micron pixels, which are larger than most other camera phones, so each one can let more light in resulting in enhanced low light performance.


It also has a dual-LED true tone flash, which does a surprisingly good job of keeping images and skin tones natural, rather than looking washed out like can sometimes happen with flash.


The iPhone 5S can’t take the most detailed or sharpest photos and nor can it take the best low light ones, but it’s well above average in all of those areas and has no real weakness, making it a great all round camera phone.

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By Simon Thomas on 06th August, 2014

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