This Year’s Best Cell Phone Cameras

A phone’s camera is a top selling point. Here are some of the best.

The mobile phone camera has come a long way. Today’s models can create remarkable imagery, all with a slim camera phone that slips into your pocket. From amateur shutterbugs snapping photos of family and pets, to bloggers capturing fashion, food or fun, to professional photojournalists on the go—and everyone in between—a top camera smartphone can be an invaluable tool. Here’s our rundown of the best on the market.


Two rear cameras on the LG G5 mean you can easily capture two versions of each shot. This feature is great for landscapes, allowing you to include more space in the frame. The camera creates images in bold, saturated color, but even bolder is its groundbreaking swappable bezels. Users can replace the bezel, or the standard frame, with the Cam Plus, a sturdy camera grip with a shutter button, zooming wheel and extra battery power.

Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge

This sleek model has an exceptionally impressive camera for smartphones. With 12 megapixels, optical image stabilization and a wide aperture, users can expect consistently high-quality shots. Images are bright and sharp, even in low light, and a crisp autofocus means high-motion moments can still be captured without blurriness or shadow.

iPhone 6s/6s Plus/SE

The iPhone really shines in, well, bright sunlight, giving users images in true color and rich texture. Both the front and rear cameras are improved from previous models, and there are new features like Live Photos that give it an edge. Live Photos are somewhere between a video and a static image; when you snap a shot, the camera will record a three-second video of the moments before and after, almost like a homemade gif. (One drawback—these do take up lots of storage.) Plus, the 6S Plus has added optical image stabilization to their video capacity.

HTC 10

The impressive range of the HTC 10’s 12.1 megapixel sensor is attracting everyday and professional users alike, and it’s ideal for photographers who like to adjust the exposure as they shoot. The sharp autofocus creates photos rich in texture and contrast, and even low-light photos come out high-resolution. One extra fun feature: a wide-angle front lens for selfies that feel less crunched and crowded.

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