Best Smartphone Cameras 2016

With their high-quality sensors, powerful shooting modes and multitude of camera settings, smartphones have shown point-and-shoot cameras the door. Based on our in-depth testing, the iPhone 6s Plus is the best camera phone around. Its 12-megapixel sensor captured bright and sharp photos, offering vivid colors in both bright and low-light conditions.

The Nexus 6P is a close runner-up, thanks in part to the relatively large 1.55-micron pixels its sensor supports. It edged out competitors such as the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy Note 5/S6 Edge Plus in our head-to-head comparisons.

How We Test Phone Cameras

We put the market's leading handsets through a variety of common shooting situations, such as landscapes, portraits and selfies in daylight and at night. Then, we analyzed each set of images on a color-calibrated monitor to see which smartphone had the best combination of color accuracy, clarity and contrast. The iPhone 6s Plus stood out for its superior performance both in daylight and low light, but more so for its ability to adeptly render a variety of skin tones.

In each of our smartphone reviews, we also factor in the phone's camera performance by testing it in bright, indoor and low-light conditions, as well as by recording and analyzing video clips.

Check out our all of our top picks below.

Apple iPhone 6s Plus By Carrier: AT&T |Sprint | T-Mobile | Verizon

Apple iPhone 6 Plus By Carrier: AT&T | Sprint | T-Mobile | Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active By Carrier: AT&T

HTC Desire Eye By Carrier: AT&T

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