Our smartphone cameras have come a long way from the grainy VGA snappers of yore. Today, they've replaced our old point-and-shoots and in most cases, have become our primary cameras. Here are the nominees for best camera phone of 2015.
It’s a relief that most manufacturers have quit the megapixel game in favour of better imaging sensors for their smartphones The result? Smartphone cameras that can easily replace most point-and-shoot digicams. Here are the nominees for best camera phone of the year.
No camera phone shortlist can be complete without an iPhone. The iPhone 6s Plus goes all out with upgraded sensors, phase detection autofocus, OIS, 4K video recording and the new Live Photos feature. The super-simple UI and consistently good results make it one of the best camera phones in the market.
Related read: Apple iPhone 6s Plus camera review
Samsung raised the bar for its cameras with the S6 and S6 edge, but the Note5 took mobile photography to a whole new level. The smartphone’s 16MP camera delivers impressive results across daylight and low light, and delivers punchy colours that can make any photo look good.
Related read: Samsung Galaxy Note5 camera review
The LG G4’s camera is the real deal. Apart from stunning bokeh results, the camera performs very well in low light, and is known for its impressive night shots. The wide array of manual controls plus the ability to shoot in RAW are cherries on the cake.
Related read: LG G4 camera review
Google’s Nexus smartphones haven’t exactly been praised for their cameras, but the Nexus 6P has atoned for the sins of its predecessors. The impressive sharpness and natural colours, coupled with the super fast laser autofocus put the Nexus range back in the ranks of the top camera phones.
Related read: Google Nexus 6P camera review
Lenovo’s Vibe Shot is the only mid-range smartphone to feature in this list, and with good reason. A dedicated toggle to let you switch between auto and pro modes, plus a physical shutter button make this the ultimate digicam-smartphone hybrid. The beautiful images aside, the Vibe Shot is also capable of some neat tricks using light trails.
Related read: Lenovo Vibe Shot camera review
It was a tough choice to make, but ultimately the Samsung Galaxy Note5 takes the crown for this one. The camera is a truly versatile shooter, and the lively colours and sharp detail make it the best camera phone of 2015 in our opinion. The iPhone 6s Plus with its consistently good results and simple camera UI comes in at a close second.