2016 is going to end and we are proceeding towards a new 2017. Holiday season is the perfect time to get your dear ones a deserving gift. A good camera phone is perfect gift for teenagers or family members who like to take pictures either for fun or store it for memorable moments. Here is a list of the best Android camera smartphones of 2016.
Google Pixel / Pixel XL:
When Google announced the release of new smartphone Google Pixel, they bragged it carry the best camera ever released for any mobile device.
The smartphone come with 12.3 MP camera to take photo. The images are brighter, clear and sharper than most of its competitors. There is a 8 MP camera in front for selfies. Both cameras provide f /2.0, 155μm, EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization). Google Pixel is good for taking photos in low light situations with Auto HDR. Keep the Auto HDR turned to get the most out of your Pixel camera. Google’s camera software is also superior enabling Pixel to take the best photos among all smartphones.
The camera is one of the best available for any smartphone in market now. Pixel scored an impressive 89 in DxOMark benchmark tests. Google Pixel camera competes neck and neck with Galaxy S7. But when compared to taking pictures of moving objects, S7 is better than Pixel. Another drawback is the presence of optical stabilizer.
Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 edge:
Samsung comes with 12 MP, f/1.7 apertures, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and LED flash. There is also a 5 MP front facing camera with Dual Video call and no flash. The front facing camera use wide angled lens to accommodate more faces.
The picture from S7 look absolutely fantastic with colors that are vibrant and accurate. Pictures taken at low light are excellent as it is capable of capturing much details. It uses dual pixel technology to capture low light pictures. But it may not be as good as Pixel.
Samsung also use Dual Pixels which help in auto-focus working perfectly. This explain why the camera perform well when taking pictures of moving objects.
LG G5: for wide-angle fans
LG comes with 3 cameras – two in rear and one front camera. The rear cameras are Dual 16 MP (29mm, f/1.8) + 8 MP (12mm, f/2.4) which comes with laser autofocus, OIS (3-axis), LED flash. The front camera is 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, 1080p.
LG G5 is famous for taking wide angle pictures. To be precise, 135-degree field of view which is more than the eye sight of human eye. This was made possible with the presence of second 16 MP camera sensors. Colors on the pictures from LG G5 are natural, the laser-auto focus system is spot on, and each shot is packed with details.
The front facing selfie camera is not the best, but average.
LG G5 also have a module to take pictures and videos at 360 degrees and the quality is still good.
HTC 10: for lovers of selfies
HTC is experienced when it comes to using camera in smartphones. The company behind UltraPixel technology is still able to churn out smartphones that are capable of capturing high quality pictures. HTC 10 is one of the best cameras of all HTC phones.
The camera is capable of capturing lovely pictures both indoor and outdoor.
HTC camera app is one of the best Apps around. It supports normal mode, RAW support, Pro modes. The App is designed optimally to enable quick access and navigation between the available options.
HTC 10 might be one of the best selfie camera owing to presence of image optimization in front facing camera which is not there is most of high end games.
One of the problem with HTC camera is the delay in opening camera.
Sony Xperia Z5
This is one of the best camera from Sony competing against iPhone 6, Samsung S6 and Nexus 6P.
The pictures are vibrant, crisp and clear. Quality of pictures taken at low light conditions are average, but less blurry. However, the detail rendition especially the softness at the edges are poor. However, these changes are only noticeable when the picture is displayed in big monitors such as on PC screens.
The camera comes with Manual, Camera App modes, Superior Auto and Video modes for faster access. Most of the shooting functions and special effects are in Camera App modes. You can choose to take pictures between 8MP (16:9), 20MP (16:9) and 23MP (4:3). Videos can be taken in full HD mode, but not in 4K video.
Sony Xperia Z5 scored an impressive 87 in DxOMark benchmark tests. The camera does have disadvantages, but the picture quality is almost as good as iPhone 6 or Samsung S6.
Moto G4: The best camera phone for budget buyers
A heads-up on the phone camera quality – In DxOMark benchmarking, Moto G4 was placed above iPhone 6 in picture and camera quality.
Color accuracy and contrast are brilliant. There is a Motorola camera App which allow changing the settings such as Auto HDR (High Dynamic Ranging) and use flash. Setting the phone to Auto HDR is highly recommended as the best quality picture is achieved from it.
Moto G4 may not be the best camera phone in the market. With low spec on hardware compared to other high end phones and low budget, Moto G4 is the best camera phone on a budget.
Nexus 5x comes with a 12.3 MP, f/2.0, 26mm camera with laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash. The front facing camera comes with 5 MP, f/2.0, 1/4″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size and HDR. The camera is able to record video in Ultra-HD / 4K at 30 fps and 300 fps in 720p HD.
Only default, the Nexus does not offer 5X optical image stabilizer but Google believes that the phone is able to compensate this lack with fast laser autofocus. Regarding the quality of the images, as I said, this is the best possible experience met for a Nexus device. The images are sharp and rich in detail. They offer a good color because they are not very saturated.
Pictures taken under normal light conditions are sharp with decent contrast and good color vibrancy levels. The picture quality under low light conditions were average. Quality of pictures in general is good and the distortions are mostly noticeable only when the pictures are zoomed on big screens.