The latest sales charts show that point-and-shoot cameras are about to become obsolete, and it’s all happening because of smartphones. These days, you can get a pretty great smartphone for just around $300, and it will come with not one but two high-definition cameras with the same resolution as found on many point-and-shoot cameras in the same price range.
Best Camera Phones
|Samsung||Samsung Galaxy S7||502.86|
|Huawei||Huawei Mate 9||449.99|
|Samsung||Samsung Galaxy J7 LTE (2016)||209.94|
Given that smartphones can do some much more, are always connected to the internet, and allow users to run countless different photo apps, it’s no surprise that so many consumers would rather spend some extra money to get a great camera phone rather than purchasing another electronic device. In this article, we have selected top 5 best camera phones for photography enthusiasts and selfie addicts. Each phone on this list can replace virtually any point-and-shoot camera on the market.
Best Overall Camera Phone – Google Pixel
The Google Pixel isn’t just great camera phone—it’s the best-rated camera phone on the market. DxOMark gave the phone 89 points out of 100. For comparison, the S7 Edge from Samsung received 88 points, and the iPhone 7 received 86 points.
The rear camera has 12.3 MP, f/2.0 aperture, and 1.55 μm large pixels for great low-light shots. You can record 4K videos at 30 frames per second, or lower the resolution to record 720p videos at whooping 240 frames per second. Everything you capture with the Pixel is automatically stored in Google’s cloud storage.
Apart from the great camera, the Pixel has a few other tricks up its sleeves. For starters, it’s the first phone with the Google Assistant, an intelligent personal assistant developed by Google capable of engaging in two-way conversations. You can use the Google Assistant to manage everyday tasks, get answers to your questions, or find your way around when traveling.
The Google Pixel is powered by the latest Snapdragon 821 chipset and Adreno 530 GPU. You can get it either with 32 GB or 128 GB of internal storage, and both versions come with 4 GB of memory. The display has 5.0” and the resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.
Best Low Light Phone Camera – Samsung Galaxy S7
Rated just below the Google Pixel, the Samsung Galaxy S7 makes it obvious why many consider the South Korean tech giant to be the best manufacturer of high-end camera phones. At f1.7, the rear camera of the Galaxy S7 is very bright, resulting in amazing low-light shots. The camera has 12 MP, and it features optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, and powerful LED flash.
Thanks to IP68 water and dust protection, the smartphone is remarkably versatile, allowing you to take underwater pictures or bring it with you to the shower. If 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage space isn’t good enough for you, it’s possible to add up to 256 GB of additional storage space using a microSD card.
The non-removable 3000 mAh battery should last you an entire day, and you can charge it to 60% in just 30 minutes. What’s also fast is the Exynos 8890 Octa chipset with Mali-T880 MP12 GPU. The powerful hardware allows you to use TouchWiz UI to its fullest potential.
Best Selfie Phone – Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
In many ways, the J range of Samsung smartphone doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves. Tech reviewers focus on the S range, often completely ignoring such great, affordable smartphones as the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) . This 5.5” smartphone with the HD resolution sports the Snapdragon 617 chipset and Adreno 405 GPU.
Unlike most Samsung smartphones these days, the J7 features a removable a removable battery with 3300 mAh capacity. Depending on how you use your smartphone, the battery should last you 2 days of moderate use or 1 day of heavy use.
The highlight of the show is the 13 MP rear-facing camera with f/1.9 aperture. The camera has a dedicated LED flash, and it can record Full HD video footage at 30 frames per second. The front-facing camera is pretty good as well. It has 5 MP as well as an front facing LED flash for nighttime selfies.
For around $200, you would be hard-pressed to find a better selfie phone—or a better budget smartphone in general. What’s more, as with all Samsung phones, you get to choose from a wide range of first- and third-party accessories, included cases, car phone holders, and so on.
Best Dual Lens Camera Phone – Huawei Mate 9
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are taking over the world, and smartphones are no exception. The Huawei Mate 9 is one of the first smartphones to use these groundbreaking technologies. According to Huawei, the company’s cutting-edge machine learning algorithm delivers consistent performance by automatically prioritizing CPU, RAM, and ROM resources based on user habits. Thanks to machine learning and artificial intelligence, this already super-fast smartphone with Kirin 960 chipset and 4 GB of memory remains fast years after purchase.
But the Mate 9 isn’t just about speed—it’s also about art. On one hand, the phone itself is a work of art. The meticulously crafted metal unibody has 30% thinner bezels than the Mate 8, and the large, 5.9” display with 2.5D glass is a true head-turner. The EMUI user-interface is just as smart as it is beautiful, making everyday tasks more accessible.
On the other hand, the second-generation Leica Dual Camera allows you to create stunning art. It features two sensors—one monochrome sensor with 20 MP and one RGB sensor with 12 MP—as well as an innovative hybrid zoom technology that quite literary puts the world around you at your fingertips.
Best Mid-Price Camera Phone – OnePlus 3T
The OnePlus 3T is a mid-price camera phone that can do it all. The Snapdragon 821 chipset is fast enough to run all the latest games and applications with plenty of power to spare, and the 5.5” AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with the Full HD resolution is downright stunning.
Look at the back side of the smartphone and you’ll see a small lens which hides the 16 MP camera with phase detection autofocus and optical image stabilization. The rear-facing camera can record 4K video at 30 frames per second or HD video at 120 frames per second, allowing you to achieve that mesmerizing slow-motion effect. The front-facing camera has 16 MP and f/2.0 aperture for excellent low-light performance.
The OnePlus 3T is built from aluminum, making it durable and beautiful. Instead of stock Android, you get to play with the most recent version of OxygenOS, a sophisticated yet easy to use user-interface with extra functionality and polish.