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Best Smartphone Cameras 2015

Best Smartphone Cameras 2015
By , Michael Prospero

As smartphones become ubiquitous, they're quickly replacing traditional point-and-shoot cameras as the go-to devices for taking quick photos. The quality of smartphone cameras is quite good, and smartphones make it easy to share those images with others, wherever you are.

But not all smartphone cameras are created equal. The iPhone 6 Plus, for example, has extremely fast autofocus and a dual-LED flash, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 Active can survive dunks underwater and drops to the ground. Here are the best smartphone cameras available now. (All prices are with a two-year carrier contract.)

Samsung Galaxy S6 By Carrier: AT&T |Sprint | T-Mobile | Verizon

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

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active/Sport By Carrier: AT&T | Sprint

HTC Desire Eye By Carrier:AT&T

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Best Smartphones
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Best Digital Cameras

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    jakjawagon , October 13, 2014 2:27 PM
    Seems odd to call a camera with severe white balance issues the best (unless they fixed it with an update and I didn't read about it yet). I agree that the autofocus is exceptionally good though.
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    Nuckles_56 , October 13, 2014 4:23 PM
    No lumia 1020, I am a bit surprised about that
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    SR-71 Blackbird , October 13, 2014 6:43 PM
    I thought there was an issue with the iphones camera?
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    Colin Lee , October 14, 2014 2:02 AM
    I thought there was an issue with the iphones camera?

    Lol, when has having severe problems stopped reviewers putting Apple top?
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    uhfhduhgf , October 14, 2014 2:06 AM
    This article is just fapping to Apple, it's lies, crap and garbage, this website will forever be blocked on my end now.

    The "Best" Camera phone is still the Lumia 1020 (42 Megapixel, large sensor surface area and a tiny 1.12? sensor size) or Sony Xerpia X1, heck even the Lumia 1520 all poop on the iPhone.
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    Omar Fadul , October 14, 2014 5:14 PM
    No Lumias?? Haha! Especially... no Lumia 1020? So, we should have absolute pristine quality in those phones showed here once lumia 1020 is really very, very, very good at taking pictures.
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    SR-71 Blackbird , October 14, 2014 7:14 PM
    HTC cameras are very good.
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    Janyahera , October 25, 2014 9:29 PM
    Someone is trying to promote Apple products. No smartphone camera comes near the Lumia 1020.Fact !!
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    Asif Md , October 25, 2014 9:50 PM
    I have Nokia Lumia 1520, my phone is having 20 megapixel camera, this type of camera i have never seen before, it gives excellent photo with very good contrast. Autofocus, duel led flash, nose reduction, sports cam, zeis lens, clear black, full hd zoom, auto subject detection and much more. Dear Web Administrator please check this Lumia 1520 once. Request.
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    Nitesh Mehta , November 1, 2014 11:57 PM
    I have iPhone5s and lumina 1520. I liked lumia camera.. It's awesome. But in lumia editing is not soo good...
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    Photo pro , November 24, 2014 10:37 AM
    Has Tom ever seen a Lumia around??????? Looooool
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    Durishin , November 24, 2014 10:43 AM
    What a joke! The best smartphone camera is the Carl Zeiss lensed, optical image stabilized, 41MP sensor-ed Lumia 1020. Nothing else is remotely close.
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    RektoDesu , November 24, 2014 6:51 PM
    Wow,you guys must be quite well informed about photography, still getting stuck at the "amount of pixels=quality" common misbelief. You can hate all you want, but there's a reason why the new iphones win almost every camera test done by anyone. This whole conspiracy theory about promoting apple (strangely enough, i read these comments on almost every page) is making you even more ridiculous.
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    Dell_Calderon , November 25, 2014 2:29 AM
    Technically speaking, right now the iPhone 6 Plus camera is the best. Its killer feature is superfast phase-detection autofocus ('focus pixels' in Apple terminology). It is also perfect for shooting in bright sunlight. The conservative 8-MP resolution enables relatively large 1.5-micron pixels for great low-light capability.The phone also allows full manual camera control through a number of third-party apps.
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    tagenikang , December 22, 2014 9:14 AM
    You all are wrong. The best camera phone is micromax canvas 4 with 13 is more than an iphone 6 or any of the phone.
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    tagenikang , December 22, 2014 9:16 AM
    Better buy it
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    hjuwarow , December 27, 2014 10:48 PM
    Apple products are nice and good engineered products at a price to be part of a the family. OK!
    But please consider this when you write down a judgment. 41Mp to finally shoot at 5Mp (or 8Mp in case of the 808) is a step to digital zooming and not ridiculous at all. Squeezing into a Smartphone a real optical zoom (even if I don't like Android) is another approach to give some closer camera feeling to the user has to be analyzed. So please don't title your article "the best..", just call it " the photophones I prefer". Let's agree that Nokia & Samsung are going different ways with quite different results. It all depends on everybody's expectations. I can't get excited about so simple solutions like Apple offers. But ok it's the save way to make business, without any interest for high tech development.
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    tagenikang , December 28, 2014 10:04 AM
    The best camera phone is note edge. It has 42 mp which is more than a lumia 1020 and 34 mp more than an i phone 6
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    hjuwarow , December 28, 2014 10:20 AM
    Dear Tagenikang, do You mean the SM-N915G with its incurved screen? I Read in the tech specs 16MP !?
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    tagenikang , December 29, 2014 10:07 PM
    I know , but the quality of the image is 42 mp.
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