Best camera phones of 2016

CNET editors picked the phones with the best cameras you can buy today.

  • $599.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Camera
    Samsung Galaxy S7

    Low-light champ

    Amped-up low-light shots help the Galaxy S7 capture scenes that other phones can't. It also takes excellent photos in ample sunlight.

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  • Apple iPhone 6S

    Ole reliable

    The iPhone 6S, 6S Plus and SE all share the same camera and software -- these phones may not have all the fancy features, but they're consistently good in virtually every lighting scenario.

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    $515.00 at eBay See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 9 Camera
  • $499.00 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Camera
    Google Nexus 6P

    Cheap shot

    Even if the Nexus 6P here weren't such a good buy, the camera would still stand out. The fact that it saves you cash along the way earns it a spot on this coveted list.

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  • Sony Xperia X

    A great one-handed phone

    You can count on Sony to pack some great camera know-how into its phones. The X and X Performance share the same skills.

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    $549.99 at Beach Camera See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 7 Performance
    • 8 Camera

Still not convinced?You may want to consider these other options...

  • Big screen, big power, big battery
    Oppo R9 Plus
  • Bulky and overpriced
    Motorola Moto Z Force Droid Edition
  • A 'modular' phone that just clicks
    Motorola Moto Z
  • If Superman was a phone
    Cat S60
  • An unbeatable Android bargain
    Motorola Moto G4
  • A minor step up, but not the best deal
    Motorola Moto G4 Plus
  • A water-resistant speed demon
    Sony Xperia X Performance