APPLE IPHONE 6S PLUS
Apple's mantra is that a good camera is never about the megapixel (MP) count.
While the iPhone 6s Plus' upgrade to a 12MP camera means the device still lags behind competitors with 16MP or even 23MP cameras, the photos themselves tell a different story.
A full slate of automatic and manual features, alongside software that brings out ideal colours and well-balanced images, shows that Apple still knows how to satisfy shutterbugs.
GOOGLE NEXUS 6P
It took Google and Huawei a while to start a partnership, but their first attempt on the Nexus 6P has brought about a laser-autofocus 12.3MP camera capable of shooting beautiful images with great details and colours. Packed with features such as HDR+ and the ability to shoot video at 240 fps, the Nexus 6P handles well in both low-light and outdoor conditions. What is missing is the previous model's optical image stabiliser, which was dropped in favour of having larger pixels on the sensor.
When LG introduced laser autofocus for its phone cameras, some saw it as a gimmick. But other manufacturers soon followed suit, as a way for their smartphone cameras to quickly focus on a subject, be it in normal or low-light conditions.
The LG G4 throws an f/1.8 lens into the mix and the combination of features produces some of the best-looking images from a smartphone. It also comes with a fully manual mode.
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 5 4G+
After years of trailing Apple in the camera department, Samsung has finally produced a camera that Apple would be proud of. Packed with manual controls that allow users to lock focus and aperture size, the 16MP camera here is a great union of hardware and software features.
Samsung has also introduced live broadcasting, which allows users to broadcast videos directly from the camera to YouTube. A new user interface makes it easier to switch between camera modes.
SONY XPERIA Z5 PREMIUM
Sony did not just increase the sensor size for its flagship device to 23MP, it also included a camera with a larger field of vision, which means that more of a scene can be captured. And the new hybrid autofocus technology makes focusing and shooting faster, even if the subject is moving quickly.
A tweaked interface makes it easy to produce beautiful photos, and a manual mode that comes with HDR offers more control. To match the 4K display, the camera is capable of shooting 4K video at 30 fps.