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Best camera phones

By Ryan Shaw

We round up the top-scoring camera phones to help you find the mobile phone that takes the highest quality photos.

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The best camera phone for you

How good is your camera phone for photos? If you’re looking to buy a new digital camera, then you’ll want to be sure it’s a step up in picture quality. That’s why we’ve run the latest flagship smartphones through our imaging lab, to see how they compare to traditional point-and-shoot cameras.

From the Apple iPhone 6 to Samsung Galaxy S7, we’ve got the definitive verdict on which camera phone is best. The table below lists the top ten camera phones we've tested, however; if you don't see a specific model listed, it's not that we haven't tested it, it just means it didn't make the cut. 

A score of 71% is equivalent to that of a Best Buy digital camera and the scores listed below are based purely on photographic performance.

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79%

The best camera phone available; great photos and high scores across our tests. This phone offers sharp focusing, minimal shutter delay and has impressive image stabilisation to avoid blur from camera shake.

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78%

An improvement upon its predecessor, this camera phone is up there with the best we've tested. It has blindingly fast shutter speed, great for capturing action shots, and fantastic image stabilisation keeps your photos free from blurriness.

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77%

Faster, sharper, and easier to hold, the latest iteration of this camera phone is the complete package. Low light performance is the big selling point for this smartphone, with the sensor letting in more light than rival handsets. 

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75%

With 4K video resolution and impressive photo quality; this phone will give your compact camera a run for its money. Excels across our focusing, shutter delay and image stabilisation tests, although the flash is only average.

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Jostling for position amongst other high-profile phones, this phone includes image stabilisation for both the rear and forward-facing cameras, so you can be assured of blur-free shots. Photo and video quality are on-par with other handsets, and it even includes a microSD card slot for saving your images.

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74%

A phone with top-notch photo and video quality, plus excellent image stabilisation. Outstanding scores for the focusing, however, this camera's flash isn't as powerful as other phones.

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74%

This camera phone is especially good for video, but it takes great photos too. Despite sturdy all-round test scores for ease of use and focusing, this camera’s flash is a little disappointing.

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74%

This well-built phone has a great point-and-shoot camera. Its great touchscreen and effective image stabilisation make for pleasing snaps, although a weak flash can’t be relied on in low-light scenarios.

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72%

With a unique and robust design, this camera phone overtakes its predecessor with high quality photos and video. However, like most phones, it stumbles slightly with low-light shots and an under-powered flash.

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71%

Available for half the price of other high-end phones, this smartphone has the fastest shutter speed we've ever tested. It's great for taking action shots without the blur, but some photos taken in dim conditions featured not-so-accurate colours.

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