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5 Best Camera phones of 2016

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The camera is now the most important thing people look for in the smartphone. This year, we saw the huge improvement in the smartphone camera. Now we can say that the smartphone camera has outperformed point-and-shoot cameras. Not just photos, smartphones are also good in video recording.

This year, we saw many different smartphones boasting a lot about the camera. In this post, we have picked best camera phones of the year.

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5 Best Camera phones of 2016

1. Google Pixel / Pixel XL

Google Pixel

When Google launched Pixel phones, it claims to bring best smartphone camera. Of course, they did and Pixel phones are at the top of the list with best smartphone camera of the year. Pixel phones got 12.3 megapixels camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture. It captures sharp and crisp photos. It also offers brilliant low-light photos. It has Phase detection autofocus + laser detection autofocus. At front, it has fixed focus 8 megapixels camera with f/2.4 aperture.

This phone comes with Snapdragon 821 with 4GB RAM, Android 7.1 with 3 years security update promise and 2770 mAh battery in pixel with 3450 mAh battery in Pixel XL. Both phones differ in screen sizes. Pixel has 5-inch FHD AMOLED display while Pixel XL has QHD AMOLED display.

Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel

2. Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge

Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge both have same camera sensor. These phones are the very close competitor of Pixel phones and few may even put Galaxy S7 phones before Pixel phones on their list. Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge have the best Android camera. These phones offer 12-megapixels dual-pixel rear camera sensors with a f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus and a LED flash. This camera setup offers good camera experience even in low-light.

In terms of specifications, it has quad HD Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM, Android 7, and 3000mAH battery.

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

3. Huawei P9

Huawei P9

It claims to re-invent smartphone photography with the revolutionary dual camera made with Leica. The camera got not just good hardware but nice software. It captures brilliant colors with two sensors, one RGB, and one monochrome. It has built-in dual core ISP, professional DSP and depth measurement ISP for improved focus and processing.

You also get various camera modes including monochrome mode and professional mode. The 8 megapixels front camera also captures nice selfies.

It comes with octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 955, 5.2-inch Full HD display, 4GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage and 3000 mAh battery.

Huawei P9

4. Apple iPhone 7 Plus

This year, Apple brought an entirely new camera. The iPhone 7 Plus got 12 megapixels dual rear camera capable of offering optical zoom up to 2 times and digital zoom up to 10 times.  It has Quad LED True Tone flash, Hybrid IR filter, Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Six‑element lens and Noise reduction. The camera can record 4K videos and offers Optical image stabilization for video.

It also offers 7 megapixels front camera with Retina Flash, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Wide colour capture for photos and Live Photos, Auto HDR and full HD recording.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus got Retina HD display, IP67 certification to become Splash, Water and Dust Resistant, A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture, Embedded M10 motion coprocessor, Touch ID and improved battery life.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

5. LG V20

LG V20

LG V20 also offers great camera experience. It has dual rear camera setup with the first camera of 16 megapixels and a second camera of 8 megapixels pixels. This setup is capable of capturing good details, close to natural colors. You also have the option to capture wide-angle photos that make it perfect for landscapes photography. It has LDAF, PDAF and Contrast AF technologies to give you good camera experience. It also comes with 5-megapixels front camera with f/1.9 aperture.

The phone offers 5.7-inch Quad HD display with Gorilla Glass 4, Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM and 4000 mAh battery.

LG V20

Final Words

There were also few good camera phones including OnePlus 3T, Xiaomi Mi5, LG G5, HTC 10, and Moto Z with camera mod. I created this list based on my perceptions and experience. Few may like OnePlus 3T’s camera more than the camera of LG V20. It all depends on the personal choice and the way we look at photos.

What are your picks for best smartphone cameras? Let us know your views in comments below.


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Deepanker Verma
Author Deepanker Verma

Deepanker Verma is a well-known technology blogger and gadget reviewer based in India.

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