Best camera phones of 2016

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

  • $672.00 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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  • LG G5

    Mix-and-match design can't beat Samsung'...

    This is the phone to get if you want a removable battery, but it fails to live up to its world-changing Swiss Army Knife potential.

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    $727.22 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Camera
  • $1,159.99 at Adorama See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 9 Camera
    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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  • 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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    $498.89 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 8 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Camera

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

  • Big, cheap and comfortable
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
  • A great camera is the best thing about the Huawei P9
    Huawei P9
  • HTC 10 brings the noise, but it's not a Galaxy killer
    HTC 10
  • Small wonder
    Apple iPhone SE
  • This fantastic phone gives Samsung's S7 a run for its money
    Xiaomi Mi 5
  • The ultimate splurge
    Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Not quite ready to leave the nest
    Nextbit Robin