Smartphones with best camera features

Galaxy S6 in India

Smartphones are replacing traditional cameras as the go-to devices for photos as they also allow users to share images quickly.

From the photo enthusiast to the professional shutterbug and disgruntled ‘ex’-es to professional blackmailers smartphones have become a tool in the hands of the ‘needy’.

Under the circumstances, here are some of the best picks in the market if a camera forms the top priority in your decision to buy a smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 boasts a 16MP camera with an aperture size of f1.9. It is 34 percent more efficient in capturing images in low light compared with its predecessor the S5.

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It retains features of the S5, including Auto HDR mode and optical image stabilisation, besides automatic tracking mode that can follow faces and other moving objects without the need to refocus.

Further, the device comes with an improved 5MP front camera that offers the same low-light performance, enhanced shutter speed and auto HDR mode.

The company has also added time lapse and slow motion features to the rear camera. Slow motion allows users to capture videos at 240fps and lets them choose the speed at which the slowdown happens.

Huawei Honor 6 Plus

Huawei Honor 6 sports a bionic, dual parallel 8MP rear camera that can capture pictures of up to 4160x3120p (13MP) resolution.


The company has stated that the dual-lens setup helps capture depth especially in panoramic images. The device offers wider aperture of f/0.95–f/16, found only in very expensive DSLR lenses. The phone also features the fastest focus within 0.1 seconds.

Unlike HTC One, the M8’s duo camera setup offers more control on depth of field with a software slider. Other features include HDR, Panorama and Timer modes.

The phone records video at 1080p. Its front camera also shoots pictures of good quality and offers tools to make a user look good.

Gionee Elife S7

Gionee has a 13MP primary camera and an 8MP front-facing camera. Pictures taken using the primary camera in incandescent light are vividly detailed.

The rear camera has a Sony lens, which can take in a lot of detail while keeping the noise down even at zoom.

The front camera has 8MP resolution, which means that it offers a lot more detailed photos than the front cameras of most phones. The photos taken with the front camera have a glazed look as the software tries to edit out the blemishes.


The OPPO R5 also packs a 13MP sensor manufactured by Sony, with a 5MP sensor on the front. Oppo has added a single LED flash alongside the camera.
oppo r5 camera

Preinstalled options include a slow shutter speed, colourful night shot, HD picture and Beautify. There is also an expert mode that allows users to manually toggle the white balance, exposure and even the focus levels.

The camera also includes HDR and slow motion modes. The front camera offers a range of different filters that can be applied. With both cameras, the standard shooting mode is 4:3.

Xiaomi Mi4

One of the best things about the Mi4 is its camera. It packs a 13MP rear camera (f1.8) and 8MP front camera (80-degree wide-angle, f1.8).

The shutter is snappy and MIUI has built-in manual controls that let users adjust exposure and shutter speeds.


The phone is capable of taking really good pictures even in low-light conditions.

It comes with 12 filters and features such as HDR, Refocus, Panorama, burst shooting mode and so on. It has a manual mode wherein users can select white balance, focus, and exposure time.

It features chroma flash which basically allows you to click one picture with flash, one without flash and then combine the two pictures to get a picture which has the foreground and background well lit.

The Mi4 can shoot in 4K and full HD mode. The default video shooting mode is set to HD.

Vishal Kawadkar & Ajith Kumar S