Best smartphone cameras 2016 (Q3)

If you love taking a lot of photos with your Android device and demand the est, here are some of the best smartphone cameras as of early September, 2016.

Smartphone cameras are getting better and better. They are so good that it’s not really easy to tell the difference between two smartphone cameras. So, with that in mind, here are some of the best smartphone cameras, as of early September, 2016.

Best smartphone cameras – Samsung Galaxy S7

The Galaxy S series has been always regarded as having the best everything (well, maybe not battery life). And the camera is no exception. Sporting a 12 MP shooter at the back with a f / 1.7 aperture, it’s one of the best on the market. Thanks to the big sensor, a lot of light can come in, so low-light scenarios can come out really nice. The camera app also allows you to play with a lot of different things. Of course, video recording is smooth and crispy. It also features really nice optical image stabilization for shaky hands.
If you tend to go outside, do sports or are generally active AND tend to take a lot of pictures, then it may be a good idea to get a Samsung Galaxy S7 Active, since it is more rugged that the normal S7, o be it rather ugly.

Best smartphone cameras – iPhone 6S

You’ve probably seen this one coming. It’s almost the same story as with the S7. One of the key features of the iPhone’s camera is that it can record slow motion (120 fps), but at 1080p, while others only go to 720p. It, too, can capture 4k video. However, the optical image stabilization is only available with the Plus model.

Best smartphone cameras – Lenovo Moto G4 Plus

Coming at around 300$, the camera is really awesome at this price point. Featuring a 16 MP camera at the back with a f / 2.0 aperture, and laser focus combined with phase-detection. The manual setting will really help you get the most out of this camera, even tho it’s not that feature-rich, it will suit most of your needs. Only downside is when taking pictures in low light, where the camera does struggle a bit. Don’t forget it has two LED flashes. For video, you’ll have to settle with 1080p @30 fps.

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Best smartphone cameras – Huawei P9

The main standout of the Huawei P9 is it’s camera. Well, two cameras at the back, to be precise. In partnership with a German manufacturer Leica, they made an awesome, and rather interesting, camera combo. One of the sensors is RGB, while the other one is a monochrome sensor. An image is taken with both sensors, giving you a crisp photo, or a really high-quality black and white image. You can also take RAM and JPG images at the same time. And thanks to it’s dual sensors, low-light images are really awesome. Leica also had a huge influence on the camera app, and you can also focus on the different parts of the image after taking the picture.  For video, you have to settle with 1080p, but at a smooth 60 fps, or slow motion at 720p and 240 fps.

Best smartphone cameras – Asus Zenfone Zoom

The Zenfone Zoom has something none of the previously mentioned phones have – optical zoom. Other phones have a digital zoom. That can have a really negative effect on the image quality…unless you have a 41 MP camera, like the Lumia 1020. The 3x isn’t much different than the digital zoom you can find on the Nikon, Cannon or Sony camera.
This does come at a price, tho. This makes the phone a bit more bulky. It stars at 399$.

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