Apertures are getting smaller, the megapixel count is rising and the sheer range of features smartphone cameras now boast has made the traditional compact camera market a redundant business. So, is it any wonder that most of the 80,000 people who responded to our survey told us that their smartphone buying decision is usually based on the capabilities of the camera?
Winner- LG G4
The best camera phone out there is good enough to beat a DSLR. The f/1.8 aperture lens ensures superb low-light performance and incredibly detailed close-up shots, as well as boasting the fastest focusing camera on any phone. The three-axis Optical Image Stabilisation feature ensures you won’t get blurry shots and enables longer exposure times. The manual mode is as smooth as a DSLR, while the laser focusing helps you grab those touristy snaps in a rush.
Apple iPhone 6
You would usually not expect a phone camera with a single digit megapixel count to get on the shortlist for best camera phone… unless it is an Apple. This iteration came with optical image stabilisation and an improved, quicker focus capability. Slower shutter speed deliver better low light images, while improved front-facing camera and phase detection auto-focus are just some of the other improvements.
Samsung Galaxy S6
A champion of low light picture taking, the camera on Samsung’s flagship has remained almost the same as that on the Galaxy S5, but the tiny changes do make a difference. Launching the camera and focusing are superfast; contrasts are on the money without being over-saturated and garish; and the Optical Image Stabilisation feature does nightscapes well, while a clutch of mode options, such as wide selfies and the all-important beauty shots, are also excellent.
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Small in size, but mighty by number - the Z3 Compact has the same camera as its elder Z3 sibling. Superior Auto mode locks your images to 8-MP size to ensure you never run out of space. It also yields crisp images. The fact it is waterproof makes it extra desirable for holiday picture taking and social media bragging.