The 6 best camera phones

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The 6 best camera phones

The best camera phones available to buy

They say a picture tells a thousand words, and for that reason, the smartphone camera is more important than ever these days. To make sure you're up to date on the best camera phones, check out our list, all available to buy from Carphone Warehouse.

HTC U11

The HTC U11 offers a spectacular camera experience, with its 12MP lens and large f/1.7 aperture. For a while it held the crown as the best camera on a phone, as decided by DxOMark, the industry standard for image quality. It was recently moved a little further down the list, when Google Pixel 2 showed up. More on this below.

The U11 has plenty more to offer, however. Give it a squeeze, and you can launch customisable shortcuts without touching the phone’s screen at all. And it's got a pin-sharp 5.5-inch Quad HD display.

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Samsung Galaxy S8

The S8’s curved infinity display isn’t its only highlight. The camera sensor is a large 12MP, and with Dual Pixel autofocusing technology you’ll be able to capture sharp, bright photos every single time.

Photos are pin sharp, brightly coloured and full of fine detail in both bright spots and shade. And you can launch the camera and take a shot faster than you can with any other phone.

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iPhone X

iPhone X features a larger and faster 12MP sensor. It also boasts a second OIS system in the powerful ƒ/2.4. The two cameras work together to create deep pixels and enable optical zoom - bringing you closer to your subject.

Apple has even enabled Face ID for added security, as well as Portrait mode through the 7MP selfie camera. And if you fancy transforming into a furrier version of yourself, the Animoji feature analyses more than 50 different muscle movements - bringing out that panda, pig or robot within.

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Google Pixel 2

Pixel 2 is the 2017 follow up to Google's first smartphone. It has a 12.2MP camera on board, which has received much acclaim throughout the mobile industry. Portrait Mode is an incredible tool, producing a deep blur in the background without and special editing or filters.

As we said above, this smartphone is - at time of writing - considered to have the best lens available on a smartphone. It also features a 5-inch Full HD display, and has the helpful Google Assistant on board, always on-hand to answer your questions.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

This new Sony smartphone - fresh out the gates from Mobile World Congress 2017 – has one of the best smartphone sensors available. The Xperia XZ Premium has a 19MP camera with f/2.0 aperture. But the real headline is the fact you can film super slow-motion HD video at 960 frames p/sec.

The rest of the phone is pretty impressive, too, with a 5.5-inch 4K HDR display and IP68 water and dust-protection.

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Huawei P10

The Huawei P10 is a direct follow-up to 2016’s P9 - the first phone to team up with the biggest name in camera lenses, Leica. And this year is no different. With one lens shooting in black and white and the other capturing vivid colour, you get razor sharpness and really natural hues.

Spec-wise, the dual camera is made up of one 12MP and one 20MP lens, working seamlessly together.

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We'll be keeping this list of the best camera phones updated whenever something worthy comes along, so keep checking back for the latest. And in the meantime, why not check out our camera comparison of some of the other phones vying to make it into our top six?

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