Best Camera Phones of 2015

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2015 has proven itself already as yet another brilliant year for smartphones, whether it’s been the launch of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, or the LG G Flex 2’s appearance, we’ve all had something to cheer for.

But which of this year’s releases continue to perform on the photography front? With so much focus being put on social media and picture heavy applications, cameras have now become a key part of any mobile device – so which of this year’s efforts rule the roost?

Sony Xperia Z3+

Sony always brings the goods on the camera front!

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It took its time, but Sony finally showed off the Xperia Z3+ in April, and it was well worth the wait. Whilst the overall look of the handset might not be too different from the Z3, the specs have been improved greatly.

The same old 20.7 megapixel lens shows up on the back of the once again, but that’s definitely not a complaint. The front side sees the 2.2 megapixel camera replaced by a 5 megapixel effort – bringing the selfie snapper up to task.

As always, Sony’s cramming in all of the camera apps it can, ensuring that you’re not going to get bored with the snapper anytime soon as well.

Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge

Does Samsung boast a good snapper?

Samsung rung in a number of changes this year as it launched the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, with the design and specs of the phone getting a very friendly boost.

The design has seen arguably the biggest change, but there should also be talk held back for the improvement on the photography front as well. This time around we’ve seen a 16 megapixel lens supported by a 5 megapixel selfie snapper, providing plenty of quality.

Samsung is even bigging up the 2K video recording that’s been made available this time around, which is great for wannabe directors out there.

HTC One M9

Can HTC showcase the M9's camera effectively?

HTC’s always been an advocate of having a good camera, but that hasn’t always played in its favour, with the company sometimes trying too hard. This time around we’ve seen HTC play it nice and simple, ditching the UltraPixel camera for a 20 megapixel lens on its rear side.

The UltraPixel tech has now transferred smoothly onto the front of the phone, where it’s much more at home, whilst the Sense UI has added some great camera additions.

HTC has also crammed in a bunch of brand new specs other than the camera as well, making it run faster than ever before – so you won’t be making a mistake if you invest.


Does LG rule the roost with the G4 Camera?

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LG’s been something of a dark horse in previous years, doing brilliant work without drawing too much credit. However, this year it looks like the hard work’s getting recognised, with the LG G4’s camera proving a brilliant case in point.

Sporting a 16 megapixel rear lens, the G4’s real power is on the front side with a whopping 8 megapixel effort handling all of your selfies. This makes the G4 an ideal phone for those who find themselves using Instagram and Snapchat more than their texts and calls.

LG is even keeping the Laser Autofocus feature than guarantees faster focusing than almost any other camera on the market, so if speed’s your thing then the G4 should impress.

Huawei P8

Does the Huawei P8 rock a brilliant snapper?

We don’t like to ignore some of the smaller names on the market, so we’re letting the Huawei P8 top off our list with a very solid camera going along with its superb specs.

It might not seem all that special with a 13 megapixel rear lens, but like the LG G4 we find an 8 megapixel selfie snapper making an appearance on the Huawei phone. This makes it ideal once again for serial selfie snappers, whilst also proving effective on the rear side.

Huawei hasn’t held back with the specs in the P8 either, so you needn’t worry about being slowed down by the phone itself when you decide to take some snaps, which is always nice…

So, what do you make of our selection of the best camera phones of 2015 so far? Do you think we’ve missed one out? Why not drop us a line on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to let us know about it?

Written by Luke Hatfield