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, October 2016: Now that Samsung has permanently discontinued the Galaxy Note 7, we’ve decided to remove it from our list.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

As we mentioned in our Galaxy Note 7 entry, Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have some of the best Android smartphone cameras out there. They feature 12MP dual-pixel rear camera sensors with an f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus and an LED flash. The end result is a camera with noticeably faster autofocus over competing flagship smartphones, especially in low light.

To read more about these two devices’ cameras, see our full reviews here and here.

Now let’s talk about the other things the S7 and S7 Edge do well. These devices have now made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32 GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4 GB of RAM and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.


Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 152 g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g

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Buy the Samsung Galaxy S7
Buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Moto Z and Moto Z Force (Droid Editions)

While the Moto Z and Moto Z Force have their differences, they do have some of the best smartphone cameras around. The Z Force sports a 21MP shooter and the Z proper has a 13MP sensor, though they both come with f/1.8 lenses, OIS, laser autofocus, and 5MP front-facing cameras. Now, if you could choose one of these devices just on camera alone, go with the Z Force; it has a higher megapixel count. While that normally doesn’t matter too much when comparing smartphone cameras, you will see a noticeable difference when cropping photos. Both devices do a great job in both bright and low lighting conditions and their camera apps are very easy to use, making the cameras on the Moto Z fantastic pocket photography companions.

To learn more about the Moto Z and Moto Z Force cameras, head here.

As for the overall design, features and under-the-hood specs, Motorola (well, Lenovo actually) is doing something different with their flagship phones this year. Instead of releasing just one flagship under the Moto X moniker, they’ve decided to release two new smartphones that do things a bit out of the ordinary. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force not only bring flagship-level specs, but also support for modules.

These modules, called Moto Mods, attach to the back of both phones via magnets. There are only a few available right now, but they actually bring some handy features to the phones. You can purchase an external battery module, a powerful speaker, and even a projector!

They both have killer specs, too. Both devices come with a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage, expandable memory, and run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. You might be wondering – what’s the difference between these two phones? The standard Moto Z is super thin at only 5.2mm in thickness, but it only comes with a 2600mAh battery. The Moto Z Force is thicker, has a 3500mAh battery, and also has a shatterproof display.

These aren’t the cheapest phones on the market, but they’re certainly some of the best.


Moto Z

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 535ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2600mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2mm, 136g

Moto Z Force

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 535ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 21MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3500mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 155.9 x 75.8 x 7mm, 163g

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Buy the Moto Z from Verizon
Buy the Moto Z Force from Verizon

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.


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 7.0 Nougat
  • 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 7.0 Nougat
  • 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

HTC 10

HTC needed a saving grace this year, and the 10 just may be it. The Taiwanese company finally designed a phone that’s different enough from its predecessor yet still sports a familiar design language. With an all-metal chassis, front-mounted fingerprint sensor and a new-and-improved speaker setup, the HTC 10 easily made its way to our best Android phones list.

HTC has never had a good reputation in the camera business, but that’s changing now. The company is now prioritizing pixel size over megapixel count, and as a result, we get a camera with a 12 Ultrapixel sensor with 1.55 micron pixel size, in addition to an f/1.8 aperture. Overall, the HTC 10 has a great rear-facing cameras. It performs will in both well-lit and low-light settings, and colors are accurately depicted in most situations. Plus, if you’re a selfie lover, you’ll be happy to hear that the 10’s 5MP front-facing camera with OIS is one of the best for taking selfies.

To learn more about the HTC 10’s camera, head here.

Under the hood, the 10 comes with some killer specs. A 5.2-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB of RAM are in line with most other flagships this year, and it also comes with expandable storage up to 200 GB and a 3000 mAh battery that will have no problems lasting an entire day on a single charge.

All in all, the HTC 10 is an awesome device. Great specs and a solid build quality are what you’ll get here… what more could you ask for?


  • 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 565 ppi
  • 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm, 161 g

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Traditionally, LG has offered a single camera array in its flagship devices, but that changed with the V10 and stuck around for the G5. The LG G5 has a dual-camera setup on the back, comprised of a 16MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and a second 8MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture and wide-angle 135-degree view. It delivers sharp images with excellent amounts of detail, and, like past devices, the camera is definitely one of the best in the business.

To learn more about the LG G5’s camera, head here.

While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4 GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32 GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”


  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 16 and 8 MP dual rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Removable 2800 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm, 159 g

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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.


  • 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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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

    • The One

      Even worse, they barely even mention the cameras on these devices. Instead they just list the phone specs and price. I learned nothing from this article about the camera performance.

      The HTC 10 just says “the camera has improved over the One M9”

      What the heck is that?!?

      • Jack_Package

        and that’s not saying a lot :D From what I saw, HTC-s camera is still subpar, but maybe not as shitty as is was for so long now.

  • 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.

  • Nithin

    ONEPLUS 3 does a pretty good job

  • phatmanXXL

    But overall iPhone 6s plus takes the best photos and videos.

  • Daniél Lecoq

    No Huawei P9 in the list????

  • Mehul Jain

    AndroidAuthority is on a stay decline of their article quality.

    and they want us to download their app!

  • Acnologia

    what happened to the p9

  • sym

    The Huawei P9 has a nicer camera than the Nexus 5X/6P. It probably beats the V10 too.

  • Alessandro

    No Huawei P9? No OnePlus 3?

  • Arie Kembario

    thank for this giveaway, nice smartphone