Best Camera Smartphones of 2017

Here are my top lists of Smartphones that offer the best cameras of 2017. The phones included here are only those that I have tested and reviewed personally. However, this is list is purely subjective, so my opinions might be different from yours.

Best Camera Phones that I have tested

1. OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T isn’t just powerful but it also has one amazing camera. read more

What makes it great?

  • 4K looks amazing and takes amazing videos even on low light
  • IS (Image Stabilization) works 100% and it is Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1080p @ 60fps also looks great and offers much usable shot compared to the Huawei P10 on low light
  • Pro mode allows a lot of options
  • Amazing Audio Quality pick up  from the Dual Microphones and noise cancellation actually works
  • Front Camera takes decent 1080p videos with EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
  • Still Photos look amazing on good lighting and above average on low light

Some issues:

  • Camera UI needs a bit more polish
  • Wide Angle/Portrait/Bokeh isn’t as good compared to the Huawei P10 and Xiaomi Mi 6
  • 4K video shooting is only limited to 10 minutes per video.

Availability? OnePlus 5T (Red 8+128GB) $589 (price until Feb 20)

2. Huawei P10


The Huawei P10 is a bit dated now but the Dual Leica Cameras still offers the best camera on a Smartphone today. read more

What makes it great?

  • The Camera UI is a shutter bugs dream, a lot of customization available and shooting modes
  • Amazing camera performance especially on good lighting
  • Bokeh or Wide Angle Shots look great, creamy looking bokeh
  • Low light performance is one of the best too on this price range
  • 4K video has similar performance with the OnePlus 5T
  • Very good audio quality pick up from the Dual Microphones
  • 1080p @ 60fps brilliant quality on very good quality
  • Front camera can capture 1080p@30fps with EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
  • Front Camera is best for Video Blogging

Some Issues?

  • 1080p@60fps only has EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)
  • 1080@60fps low light performance isn’t that good compared to the OnePlus 5T

Availability? Huawei P10 Gold version $439

3. Xiaomi Mi 6 or Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is tied

 


The Xiaomi Mi 6 and Xiaomi Mi Note 3 has essentially the same dual rear cameras. Honestly, both Smartphones performs the same overall.

What makes it great?

  • These two phones are actually identical in terms of the rear camera performance.
  • Amazing Bokeh or Portrait shots
  • Camera performance is impressive especially on good lighting
  • Capable of shooting 4K @ 30fps with great quality on very good lighting
  • 4K and 1080p@30fps has Optical Image Stabilization
  • The Front Facing Camera of the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is actually slightly better than the Xiaomi Mi 6

Some Cons:

  • Low light performance isn’t the best
  • No 1080p @ 60fps, only limited to 1080p
  • Audio Quality is average from the Dual Microphone

Xiaomi Mi 6

  1. Xiaomi Mi 6 (6+64gb) $409 Use Coupon Code: mi6hkgb
  2. Xiaomi Mi 6 (Black 6+128gb) $439 Use Coupon Code: gpmi6qc

Xiaomi Mi Note 3

  1. Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (6+64gb) $319 Use Coupon Code: note3qc
  2. Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (6+128gb) $379 Use Coupon Code: qcnote3gb

4. Xiaomi Mi A1


The Xiaomi Mi A1 is identical to the Xiaomi Mi 5x with the exception that it comes with Android One. It doesn’t have the best camera in this list but it is clearly one of the better cameras on a budget midranger. Read More

What makes it great?

  • Dual 12 mp Camera with secondary Telephoto lens
  • Great shots especially on very good lighting
  • Portrait mode offers very similar performance to the Xiaomi Mi 6
  • Bokeh shots look good and creamy
  • Fast Shutter speed and capture
  • Camera performance is comparable to the Xiaomi Mi 6 in terms of overall quality
  • Essentially the same camera UI and features available are identical to the Xiaomi Mi 6

Some Cons:

  • 4K video is less than 20fps, unusable on most uses
  • No IS (Image Stabilization on Video)
  • No the best on low light
  • no 1080p@60fps
  • Poor Audio Quality from the Microphones

Availability? Xiaomi Mi A1 (Gold 4+64gb) $219

Xiaomi Mi 5x (4+64gb) $197 Use Coupon Code: js5xqcbj read more

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