“From dual cameras to dual pixels, 2016 has been an enticing year for shutterbugs”

With the year finally coming to an end, it’s time to shortlist the smartphones that deserve the trophies for the 91mobiles Awards 2016. Here, we will be looking back at all the smartphones that redefined smartphone photography in the past twelve months. From dual cameras to dual pixels, 2016 has been an enticing year for the shutterbugs. So without further ado, here are the nominees for the Best Camera Phone of the Year 2016.

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus


The larger of the two new iPhones that came out this year gets a few more camera tricks up its sleeve than its smaller sibling. To begin with, the iPhone 7 Plus (review) is the brand’s first ever device to sport a 12MP dual camera sensor with a six-element lens. This result is optical zoom-like capabilities, as well as the ability to shoot professional level portraits with background defocus. Apart from these, Apple has also crammed in optical image stabilisation, 4K video support and a new quad-LED true tone flash… making the iPhone 7 Plus a true-blue Apple flagship. Add to that the fact that the software processing from Apple is always top-notch, and you’ve got yourself a serious contender for the title.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge


The list of the best camera phones of the year cannot be complete without the mention of a Samsung Galaxy flagship. Though the Galaxy S7 edge (review) reduced the megapixel count of the rear snapper to 12MP this year (compared to the 16MP shooter on its predecessor), it still managed to deliver in an improved level of optics. And thanks to the dual pixel technology, the S7 edge focusses on to the subject in a jiffy. Features like OIS and 4K support makes shooting videos a pleasant experience, while the front camera takes some loveable selfies.

Google Pixel / Pixel XL


For some of us, the Google Pixel (first impressions) and Pixel XL (review) seem to be the top contenders for the title, owing to their eye-catching captures with the 12MP rear cameras. What gives the Pixel devices an edge is the high dynamic range on offer, which results in stills with vibrant colours. And even though the smartphones lack OIS, Google has done an impressive job with the Electronic Image Stabilisation, giving phone cameras with OIS a run for their money.

Huawei P9

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Huawei’s take on a dual camera setup was quite different from other manufacturers. The P9 (review) was launched sporting Leica-branded dual 12MP rear snappers with laser autofocus. One of the sensors captures monochromatic images, while the other is an RGB sensor. Once both parts of an image are captured, the phone intelligently combines the two resulting in a brighter and sharper image. But does it do enough to guarantee the prestigious award?

LG V20


LG V20 (first impressions), the brand’s successor to the dual screen-toting V10 smartphone, comes with dual cameras as well. One of the sensors has a 16MP resolution and comes with all the features you’d expect in a flagship. On the other hand, you can quickly switch to the other 8MP wide-angle sensor, which allows you to capture more area in the same photo, just like the LG G5. This earns the smartphone a deserving spot among our nominees.

So just sit back and relax, while our jury puts on their thinking caps and select the winner. Meanwhile, you can cast your vote for the 91mobiles Phone of the Year User’s Choice award.