The best cell phone cameras coming out this year

If you’re like me, the camera quality of a phone is a major factor in deciding which smartphone to get. In fact, according to smartphone surveys, most people’s purchasing decisions are heavily influenced by the camera quality. A lot of today’s high-end cell phones pack powerful cams, producing great photos with little effort on your part. But what sets them apart from one another? Let’s take a look at the best cell phone cameras to find out.

What are the best cell phone cameras of the year?

Today’s smartphone market is filled with a plethora of great products. It’s no wonder that people often find themselves lost in the sea of offers. If you are looking for a phone with an awesome camera, this list should help you narrow down your options.

LG V10

V10 will attract your attention with its sleek design, stainless steel sides and sharp display. It’s also extremely durable and shock resistant. LG V10 combines a number of cool features, including a back and front camera, awesome manual controls for photos and videos, laser guided autofocus and image processing technology.

V10 comes with a 16MP primary camera and OIS (optical image stabilization).Thanks to its f/1.8 aperture lens, the phone has excellent low light performance. V10 produces vivid and detailed images, with accurate color reproduction. The phone boasts DSLR-like manual controls and the ability to shoot in a RAW format. Just like a digital SLR cam, you can adjust the shutter speed, white balance or control focus manually.

Young woman taking photo of herself and her pet with mobile phone camera

Videos can be recorded in 4K, 1080p and slow motion. Thanks to the adjustable individual volume controls, you can adjust the front or back microphone to record sound or fine tune the settings so that quiet voices can be audible. The two front-facing 5MP cams allow you to switch between an 80-degree and 120-degree angle for great selfies or group shots.

The built-in Steady Mode takes care of motion blur even better than the OIS. V10 comes with the so-called Multiview Recording option, where all three cameras are used simultaneously. To reduce the size of the recorded videos you can use video editing software to transform a video into a 15-sec highlight clip, making it easier to share.

Google Nexus 6P

The P in Nexus 6P stands for Premium and you definitely won’t be disappointed by its design and features. With its all-metal body frame and flat sides for effortless handling, the 6P is the larger and more sophisticated version of Nexus 5X. The 6P packs several great camera components, including high-performance lasers, light sensors and advanced image processing software. The phone also boasts impressive low light performance.

The primary camera features a 12.3MP sensor originally devised for compact standalone cameras. The 6P lacks OIS (optical image stabilization) which can be a problem since the OIS serves to prevent motion blur in handheld smartphone photos. Still, the sensor’s large pixels (1.55µm) pretty much compensate by allowing more light to come in. This, in turn, feeds better raw images to the image processing software.

The 6P hosts a powerful Snapdragon 810 processor, which allows for a Special Burst (continuous shooting) mode. The phone has the ability to capture slow motion videos at up to 240fps, too. You can also experiment with the Panorama and Lens Blur modes.

The fast and accurate laser autofocus of the 6P model significantly improves image clarity by scattering points of laser light that are reflected back to the sensor in a fraction of a second. The dual-tone LED flash on the back produces vivid images by enabling more accurate color reproduction.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

S6 Edge Plus is indeed a stunning device. Its flawless finish and curved screen create a unique visual experience, as the screen seems to roll off the sides of the phone. Edge Plus features both OIS and VDIS (video image stabilization), so you can rest assured your camera creations will be smooth and blur free.

The phone comes with a 16MP, f/1.9 aperture rear camera, and a 5MP front camera with the same aperture for some excellent selfies. The camera takes less than a second to launch, with a simple double tap on the home key.

The phone’s sensor produces high quality images, as expected. Daytime photos are sharp and full of detail. Although S6 Edge Plus lacks the low light performance of the 6P and the V10, the photos are still very realistic.

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The camera software comes with a number of great features, such as selective focus, HDR, virtual shot and slow/fast motion. The auto real-time HDR (high dynamic range) uses separate exposure levels for different areas of the image, creating dramatic results for photos and videos.

If you feel creative, use the Video Collage feature to stitch up to four 6-sec clips into one video. You can also try the Broadcasting feature and live-stream your videos on YouTube.

iPhone 6S Plus

With its smooth and shiny metal exterior, 6S Plus is a combination of premium appearance, build quality and great features. The full HD resolution screen displays vibrant images with solid contrast levels, whereas the standout 3D Touch feature takes user-phone interaction to the next level.

By sensing different levels of pressure, the phone displays additional options when harder pressure is applied. A simple touch on the camera icon launches the camera app (there is no dedicated camera button), while a harder pressure brings on additional options such as Selfie Mode, Slow Motion Mode etc.

The primary 12MP camera comes with 50% more focus-pixels compared to iPhone 6s. In video mode, the camera can record 4K footage and wide 63MP panoramas. The front 5MP camera has the ability to use the display brightness instead of flash in low-light environments. 

You can switch between modes (Photo, Video, Slow-Motion, Time-Lapse, Panorama and Square) by using the scrolling selector next to the shutter button. The camera app is easy to use, but for manual control and advanced options, you’ll have to use third-party apps such as Camera645, Camera+ or Manual Cam.

Sony Xperia Z5

Under the smooth metallic frame and frosted glass backside, Z5 packs some serious technology. Its camera is located at the top left corner with the LED flash underneath. The location of the camera button (bottom of right hand edge) makes taking landscape pics very convenient.

Xperia Z5 boasts an impressive 23MP shooter, but this isn’t its best feature. The improved autofocus engages within 0.03 seconds, so even if your hand is unsteady or you’re snapping photos very quickly, the images will still come out great and with good clarity. The Z5 also comes with a face detection feature, geo-tagging, HDR and powerful zoom (up to 5x). 

The phone produces great videos, including 4K footage, despite the absence of OIS. The front 5.1MP camera is great for high-resolution selfies and 1080p video chatting. In normal light, both cameras produce vivid, highly saturated photos. In lower light, the front camera outperforms the primary camera.

Choosing from the best cell phone cameras can be quite challenging

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What are your best cell phone cameras?

Did we miss any smartphones with awesome cell phone cameras? Let us know about them in the comments below. If you use any of the best cell phone cameras listed above, share your thoughts and experience with them in the comments as well!

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