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 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the best camera phone around. Its 12-megapixel dual-pixel sensor is a first in smartphones, enabling superfast autofocus so you never miss a shot. Large 1.4-micron pixels and a wide f/1.7 aperture let in more light than before for bright, vivid and sharp photos especially in low-light conditions.
Even better news: that camera isn’t limited to the Edge. You’ll also find it on the slightly less expensive Galaxy S7 as well as on Samsung’s Note 7 phablet. And if you want something that's tough and rugged, Samsung's Galaxy S7 Active offers the same sharp-cameras but with a shatterproof screen that can withstand drops of up to 5 feet and water-resistance of up to 5 feet for 30-minutes.
The S7 Edge knocked off former champ the iPhone 6s Plus, which boasts vibrant, clear pics in its own right. The LG G5's second wide-angle camera enables stunning landscape photography, and its regular 16-MP shooter is solid, earning the device a spot on this list. While it came out last fall, the Nexus 6P remains an excellent choice, thanks to the relatively large 1.55-micron pixels its sensor supports.
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 Galaxy S7 Edge stood out for its superior performance both in daylight and low light, but more so for its ability to swiftly focus on subjects.
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 all of our top picks below.
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