In recent years, smartphones have effectively replaced point-and-shoot cameras, and many have even outperformed them. For many of us, these portable computers have even become our main camera, making photo quality a priority when picking a new smartphone.

Are you looking to get a new phone? In this post we put together a list of the very best camera phones out there. These are all stunning performers, but there are different factors that put them on this list. Some are better in some ways, but not in others. Let’s just go through the list and find out which one is the right one for you!

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.
Update, March 2016: No changes were made to our list this month.

Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

Shall we start with Google’s very own Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X? Listing Nexus phones here is definitely refreshing, as these devices are usually not known for their camera prowess. But this time around Google and its partners have really outdone themselves, and many argue that the Nexus 6P and 5X have two of the best Android smartphone cameras currently on the market.

The Nexus 6P and 5X both feature a 12.3MP sensor, and the old “megapixels don’t matter” saying certainly applies here. Instead of making images larger, these two Nexus devices take advantage of 1.55µm pixels. The pixels are larger and let in more light, making for faster shutter speeds, crisper images and vibrant colors. And optics are equally important, which is why both devices sport an f/2.0 aperture.

In addition to being great camera phones, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X also pack high-end specs that make the entire phone experience an epic one. These are some of the best smartphones on the market, and should definitely be considered if you’re looking for a device with a great camera.

Specs

Nexus 6P

  • 5.7-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 12MP rear-facing camera, 8MP front-facing camera
  • Non-removable 3450mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, 178g

Nexus 5X

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 423ppi
  • 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2700mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm, 136g

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Buy the Nexus 6P from the Google Store
Buy the Nexus 5X from the Google Store

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+

When it comes to smartphone photography, Samsung is definitely a manufacturer we can’t ignore. The Korean giant keeps pushing the barriers of mobile photography with industry-leading handsets. The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ come with the same 16MP sensor and f/1.9 aperture we saw on the regular Galaxy S6. They also feature OIS (optical image stabilization).

They may not hold the crown for the best cameras in mobile anymore, but they did for a while, and they both continue to be some of the best around. Your images will look gorgeous if you use these bad boys, and you’ll be backed up by equally high-end specs.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518ppi
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, no microSD card slot
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Note 5: 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6mm, 171g / S6 Edge+: 154.4 x 75.8 x 6.9 mm, 153g

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Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 from Amazon
Buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ from Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sport some of the best cameras on the market. They feature the same 16MP rear sensor with f/1.9 aperture as the one found on the Galaxy Note 5, along with optical image stabilization.

The camera applications on these devices are simple, easy to use and come with tons of great features that really make the best of those powerful sensors. What’s more, each device comes with high-end specifications and a premium build that helps them stick out from the crowd.

Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB storage options, no microSD expansion
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,550mAh battery (S6), 2,600mAh battery (S6 Edge)
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm, 138g

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Buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 from Amazon
Buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge from Amazon

LG V10

The LG G4 was known to have one of the best smartphone cameras in 2015, so it’s no surprise that the V10 continues this tradition. In fact, they both have the same 16MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. The main difference is that the newer LG V10 includes more editing features for both imaging and video. Actually, the V10 is the first smartphone to sport a camera with manual video controls. And just like the LG G4, it does have laser autofocus for super quick focusing.

On the front side things are a little more different though. The LG V10 comes with dual 5MP front-facing cameras that capture wider angles in order to better include all your friends in those casual selfies. While it might not have the highest end Qualcomm chip available, make no mistake, this phone is a premium flagship both in terms of the camera and its general performance.

Specs

  • Main display: 5.7-inch IPS Quantum Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513ppi
  • Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2TB
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP Dual Lens front camera
  • Removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm, 192g

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LG G4

While the LG V10 camera is amazing, the LG G4’s is just as good. The main difference here is that the LG G4 is not nearly as large. It’s still a big smartphone, but much more manageable. And it also comes with great specs and high-end performance. In addition, you can enjoy an 8MP front-facing shooter that will make for slightly bigger images.

The LG G4 has been met with somewhat mixed reception, though it is still easily one of the best phones out there for those looking for a good camera experience at a decent price.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch LCD Quantum Dot display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • 1.82 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 3,000mAh  battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 148.9 x 76.1 x 6.3 – 9.8 mm, 155 grams

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Sony Xperia Z5

Sony doesn’t quite get the reputation it deserves when it comes to smartphone cameras. They make their own sensors and actually sell plenty of them to other phone makers, so there’s a high chance you use a Sony camera right now. The Japanese manufacturer’s Exmor technology is one of the best in the industry and it’s no surprise to see them go all out with their very own flagship smartphones.

The Sony Xperia Z5 features a powerful 23MP Exmor RS sensor. But what good is a great sensor if you can’t get yourself to capture the moment in time? This is why Sony is loyal to their dedicated camera buttons, making it silly easy to access the camera. In addition, you won’t be wasting time focusing, as the Xperia Z5 comes with Hybrid AF technology. This translates to 0.03-second focus times! And let’s not forget that 5x Clear Image Zoom, which allows you to zoom in without losing quality.

For those looking for high-end performance outside of just the camera, the Z5 should do wonderfully here as well.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 428ppi
  • 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 23MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera
  • Non-removable 2900mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 146 x 72 x 7.3mm, 154g

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Motorola Moto X Style (aka Pure Edition)

Motorola is another manufacturer not commonly known for mobile photography, but they have made some changes with the Moto X Style (otherwise known as Pure Edition). 2015 was a good year for mid-range smartphones, at least in the camera department. The Moto X Style comes with a 21MP Sony IMX 230 sensor and an f/2.0 aperture. This does make for some great shots that competes with the best of the best.

It also offers great specs, awesome customization, and a large screen that’s great for media consumption.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 520ppi
  • 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 21MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06mm, 179g

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Buy now from Motorola
Buy now from Amazon

There you have it – our picks of the best Android camera phones you can buy right now. Missed anything? Tell us in the comments!

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  • i’ve actually read a lot of bad things about the OnePlus cam…..did i miss something? nice list :) i wish u would have put it in a particular order though.

    • sithishs

      People are bad photographers?

  • Peter Vernelen

    Note 5 and S6 line all the way

  • Lim Ming Quan

    nice list, but kinda expected

  • ahsanpetarian

    is it in order from 1st to last??

  • rocketryan

    S6 camera is excellent. This is the first time ive heard the nexus camera was a great one, just thought it was leagues ahead of previous nexus devices. Still not sold on the looks of the 6p

  • Allyn K C

    From the title, I was expecting some sort of ranking system. Instead we get what appears to be a randomly ordered list of all high-end smartphone cameras currently on the market.

    Slow news day?

    • Rachel

      Nexus 5X, 6P, 5, 6, 7, 9 and more are now available online only on NexusPhoneOffers:com

  • No Oppo device under the top 10?

    • Benjamin

      Also it’s odd considering they put one in the title picture

  • V-Phuc

    Redundancy for 2 Samsung phones. Correct me if I’m wrong. The same can be said about 2 LG phones, though the V10 offers more feature control in video taking.

  • Dominick Wheeler

    Really disappointed no mention of the Priv in there. It’s in Dx0mark’s top 10, it should definitely be in this list considering iphones are excluded here.

  • patstar5

    I’ll be travelling abroad this summer and I might be upgrading from my Oneplus One to something else with a better camera. Any phone suggestions that are under $400 and will be available before July?

    • omar mohamed

      Lg nexus 5x
      Or moto pure edition

  • Arman

    Good to know Oneplus 2 has a great camera, even my Oneplus One has a decent camera it just lacks OIS.

  • You might as well name all android phones. Like, why name so many?

  • Daggett Beaver

    It [the Galaxy S6 Edge+] may no longer be considered “the best camera in mobile”

    Dx0mark still considers it the best.

    • coldspring22 .

      That’s odd – why did Galaxy S6 Edge+ get better score (87) than Galaxy Note 5 (86) or Galaxy S6 Edge(86)? These should be identical camera modules as well as identical mobile chipset.

      • Daggett Beaver

        No idea. They should all have the same score, I agree, unless there’s something unique about the S6 Edge+ that I don’t know about.

        But my point was that only that the 6P takes the #1 slot on cheap webzines like AA and AC (and of course, Nexus Police, but that always goes without saying).

        The 6P has a great camera, of course, but it would never be ranked #1 if it wasn’t a Nexus.

        • Kieran Mesquita

          The difference is the optics, not the sensor.

    • DaHitman

      S7 has taken the crown now

  • Paul

    Sorry not related to the phones at all but what is the watch strap in the pictures of the 6P? The watch looks like a peeble time.

    • Paul

      Found it, it’s Hammer by Richard Tracy brand if anybody else wanted to know.

  • 404

    After using an S6, i now cannot live without OIS

  • Gamma

    come on i was with my friend today and he had the g4 and i had the priv and the priv shits all of over the g4

    • Emil Vasilescu

      No. It does not.

  • Vince Lupe

    Hmm mm, that’s interesting that the G4 would be mentioned but not the Note 4?

  • saksham

    i preordered my s7 edge ! surely it has the best camera ?

  • Kaspars

    I would love to have that Samsung Galaxy S7 in black.. *saliva drips.