2016 is going to end and we are proceeding towards a new 2017. The holiday season is the perfect time to get your dear ones a deserving gift. A good camera phone is a 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 comes with a 12.3 MP camera to take photos. The images are brighter, clear and sharper than most of its competitors. There is an 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 the market now. Pixel scored an impressive 89 in DxOMark benchmark tests. Google Pixel camera competes for 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 an 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 the camera with Dual Video call and no flash. The front-facing camera uses a wide angled lens to accommodate more faces.
The picture from S7 looks absolutely fantastic with colors that are vibrant and accurate. Pictures taken at the low light are excellent as it is capable of capturing many details. It uses dual pixel technology to capture low light pictures. But it may not be as good as Pixel.
Samsung also uses Dual Pixels which help in auto-focus working perfectly. This explains why the camera perform well when taking pictures of moving objects.
LG G5: for wide-angle fans
LG comes with 3 cameras – two in the 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 eyesight 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 has a module to take pictures and videos at 360 degrees and the quality is still good.
HTC 10: for lovers of selfies
HTC comes with 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, OIS, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash. The front-facing camera is a 5MP front camera with OIS, F1.8 aperture and 1.34µm pixel size.
HTC is experienced when it comes to using the 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 the presence of image optimization in front facing camera which is not there is most of the high-end games.
One of the problems with HTC camera is the delay in opening camera.
Sony Xperia Z5
Sony Xperia Z5 comes with 23 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, phase detection auto-focus and LED flash. The front facing camera comes with 5.1 MP, f/2.4, 1080p and HDR.
This is one of the best cameras 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 is 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 a 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
Moto G4 comes with 5 MP, f/2.4, autofocus and LED flash. The front-facing camera is 1.3 MP.
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 allows changing the settings such as Auto HDR (High Dynamic Ranging) and uses 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 released by Google is the best camera phone among all Nexus phones. The previous versions were filled with poor performance and bugs, which was compensated by releasing Nexus 5x.
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 was average. Quality of pictures, in general, is good and the distortions are mostly noticeable only when the pictures are zoomed on big screens.