Best camera phones you can buy right now

We pick the best cameraphones that you can buy in 2016, for all price points. From budget shooters like the Moto G4, which boasts an incredible camera for under £200, to premium mobile phones with the very best camera tech like the iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7. These are the greatest smartphone snappers that we've tested in 2016.

One of the most important features for a modern mobile phone is the camera tech. After all, we've pretty much all ditched our digital cameras in favour of the tiny snapper built into our smartphones, which is responsible for capturing our precious memories and family moments.

Whether you want a no-fuss automatic camera or a feature-packed shooter that can record 4K Ultra HD home movies, here's our selection of the very best mobile phone cameras around.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Release Date:March 2016
Our Review:Samsung Galaxy S7 review
Camera specs:12-megapixel rear, 5-megapixel front

If you're after a simple-to-use point n' shoot smartphone camera, then the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge from Samsung won't disappoint. This 12-megapixel snapper is the same on both phones and brilliant in almost any conditions, with low light proving its specialty. Home movies also look great, with Full HD, Quad HD and 4K recording all on offer.

Our Galaxy S7 camera review tells you everything you need to know, and we've also taken an in-depth look at the Galaxy S7's many camera features, including the Pro mode for confident photographers and the streaming feature for live broadcasting on platforms like Facebook.

The Galaxy S7's camera tech will also be packed inside the new Note 7, so if you want a phablet device that can capture amazing photos and sharp video, check back soon for our full Note 7 review.

Sony Xperia X

Release Date:June 2016
Our Review:Sony Xperia X review
Camera specs:21-megapixel rear, 13-megapixel front

Sony has plenty of experience when it comes to world-class camera tech and so it's no surprise that the optics on the latest Sony Xperia phones is brilliant. The Sony Xperia X can take beautiful, vibrant and supremely sharp photos, as well as crisp Full HD video footage with excellent image stabilisation. Even better is the impressive front-facing camera, which snaps excellent selfies with accurate skin tones even in very low light.

Check out our full in-depth Sony Xperia X camera review for photo and video samples and more of our thoughts on this highly capable smartphone snapper.

Moto G4

Release Date:July 2016
Our Review:Moto G4 review
Camera specs:13-megapixel rear, 5-megapixel front

The Moto G4 is the cheapest mobile in this cameraphone round-up but it's still a brilliant snapper, with a pleasingly simple camera interface and dependable auto mode. Just point and shoot and the chances are you'll have a sharp, detail-packed photo. Great news if you take lots of spontaneous shots too, as the Moto G4's camera app can be activated just with a double-twist of the phone, even when the G4 is hibernating.

For photo and video samples and a closer look at the Moto G4's impressive camera tech, check out our Moto G4 camera review.

Moto G4 Plus

Release Date:August 2016
Our Review:Moto G4 Plus review
Camera specs16-megapixel rear, 5-megapixel front

For a few tenners more, you can upgrade from the Moto G4 to the Moto G4 Plus. This 'Plus' model boasts even smarter camera tech, include phase detect autofocus that helps to capture your photos the instant you tap the shutter button. And like the Moto G4 before it, the Moto G4 Plus boasts the same cool wrist-twist activation and another simple, straightforward camera app.

For our in-depth thoughts as well as a comparison to the Moto G4's snapper, check out our Moto G4 Plus camera review.

iPhone 6s

Release Date:October 2015
Our Review:iPhone 6s Review
Camera specs12-megapixel rear, 5-megapixel front

Apple really raised its cameraphone game for the iPhone 6s, packing in its best optics to date. The iPhone 6s' 12-megapixel snapper is another simple-to-use point n' shoot camera just like the Galaxy S7's, and once again is capable of capturing 4K home movies when needed.

Have a gander at our full iPhone 6s review for camera photo samples and video samples.

Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus

Release Date:April 2016
Our Review:Huawei P9 review
Camera specs12-megapixel dual-lens rear, 8-megapixel front

The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus boast the same dual-lens Leica camera on the rear. These two lenses work together to produce sharp, accurate photos, complete with some sexy boche in those up-close shots with the Depth of Field option.

You can shoot Full HD footage but not 4K, although the quality of video isn't as strong as some of the P9's rivals here.

Check out our Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus camera review to see more on the P9's camera features, plus photo and video samples.


Release Date:April 2016
Our Review:LG G5 Review
Camera specs:16-megapixel and 8-megapixel rear cameras, 8-megapixel front camera

If you're after something rather unique, the LG G5's dual-lens snapper is one of the most intriguing and feature-packed smartphone cameras here. The G5 doesn't make do with the excellent 16-megapixel snapper which can capture detailed, gorgeous shots across a range of conditions; you also get a funky 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, which is ideal for capturing landscapes and group shots.

As for video, you can shoot up to Ulta HD 4K movies on the 16-megapixel camera, or Full HD footage with Optical Image Stabilisation, while the 8-megapixel wide-angle lens can also shoot Full HD video.

Take a look at our LG G5 camera review for more info. And check out our LG G5 vs Sony Xperia Z5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 vs iPhone 6s camera comparison to see how these awesome cameraphones stack up.


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