Updated on 2 December 2015 by

ReviewGist's list of top camera cellphones for 2015 include those with resolutions of at least 10 megapixels. In our list are cameras that let you snap high-resolution photos, shoot HD video and add effects such as panorama mode. Camera cellphones on our list also support fast-capture mode, enhanced low-light performance and picture noise reduction.

The Resolution Myth

Generally speaking, the more megapixels a cellphone camera offers, the better the quality of pictures you can take with the device. However, this is not always true. While the megapixel resolution is important, it alone does not guarantee the optimal results for picture quality. Other variables such as lens quality, shutter speed, low-light performance play an equally important role in determining the overall quality of pictures taken with a cellphone or smartphone camera. Nevertheless, the best camera cellphones offer resolution ratings of at least 10 megapixels, and a few models support resolutions of 20 megapixels or more.

Video Features

In addition to taking great still photos, today's best camera phones also allow you to capture HD video anywhere you go. While only a couple of years ago, cameras in cellphones were limited to capturing 720p HD video only, most mainstream models today enable shooting HD videos in full 1080p resolutions. A few cellphone cameras even support the latest 4K HD mode, which offers much sharper clarity than even 1080p HD videos can produce.

Panorama Mode

Any cellphone camera can capture a photograph an object directly in front of it or in its field of view, which is about 160 degrees. However, newer cellphone cameras can go even further and capture wide angle photographs of objects/people in front of or around you at amazing fields of view up to 240 degrees. A few models even support total 360-degree captures.

Integrated Sharing

Taking the best photos in the world is kind of useless if you don't have someone with whom to share them. Therefore, to make sharing photos easier, the best camera cellphones include integrated apps for sharing your photos and videos quickly on social media and sharing sites such as Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. With the sharing apps integrated with many modern cellphones, you can share your photos directly from the camera app or from picture gallery.

Top camera cellphones on the ReviewGist list of 2015 come from the most prestigious manufacturers such as Motorola, Sony ,HTC and the iPhones. Even though most of the best smartphones in 2015 are coming with super-13 megapixel range, the iPhone 6s is by and large considered to be one of the best snappers around, even though it stands out at a relatively low 12-megapixel spec. Hopefully, 2016 should be able to launch a smartphone out there which can beat the dominance of the iPhones in the camera department.


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Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone SE
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone SE
$645 - $1,087
$753 - $1,264
$630 - $800
$499 - $855
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Apr 2016
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.1 inch
5.5 inch
5.3 inch
4.0 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
1.2 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz octa-core, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, 2.15GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister, A9
Battery Capacity
3000.0 mAh
3600.0 mAh
2800.0 mAh
1624.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0, Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0.1
iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3, iOS 9.3.2
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Average Rating
 4.7 stars
 4.6 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.3 stars
Look and Feel
54% Positive
46% Negative
78% Positive
22% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
54% Positive
46% Negative
Camera
94% Positive
6% Negative
100% Positive
93% Positive
7% Negative
68% Positive
32% Negative
Display
81% Positive
19% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
Waterproof
100% Positive
100% Positive
Storage
57% Positive
43% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative