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6 Best compact smartphones with powerful cameras

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List of Top Compact Cameraphones

Compact smartphones deliver great handling easiness, as well as the ability to store them anywhere. However, when a compact smartphone is combined with a very capable camera, then it’ll deliver a greater convenience to its user, in more ways than one. With that, we figured to highlight 6 compact smartphones with beastly cameras.

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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

The Sony Xperia Z5 trio is one of the highlight show makers of the 2015 smartphone lineup. They delivered really amazing performances in the camera category, as well as in the performance category. Though, the littlest of the three, the Xperia Z5 Compact become one of our personal favourites. Our reason? well because it’s rather cute. Its toyish and petite size hides the fact that it is quite a capable shooter, which is quite interesting. Sony’s steady shot feature also played a huge role in how the Z5 trio’s camera performance was top-notch. The steady shot feature minimizes movement and shakes, which makes every shot, as accurate as possible. The Xperia Z5 Compact delivers a convenience like no other, as well as backing it up with incredible camera performances. A

See also Sony Xperia Z5 Compact full review

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact specs, price, release date in the Philippines

  • Display: 4.6-inch 720p HD Triluminos IPS LCD, 323ppi
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 810 octa-core chipset
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Memory: 32GB internal
  • SD card: up to 200GB
  • Main camera: 23MP f/2.0 camera
  • Video: 4K UHD
  • Front camera: 5MP selfie camera
  • Connectivity: Dual 4G LTE cat 6, WiFi ac, Bt 4.1, FM Radio, GPS, NFC
  • Scanner: Fingerprint scanner
  • Battery capacity: 2700mAh battery
  • OS: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, upgradeable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Ports: microUSB v2.0 (MHL 3 TV-out), USB Host
  • Release date: November 2015
  • Official price: Around Php 18K via online stores

Sony Xperia M5

Just recently, we posted a list of budget-friendly smartphones with waterproof features and Sony’s 2015 M-series mid-ranger, the Xperia M5 found its way in it. The Xperia M5 is a capable device, jam-packed with various features and specs that are truly flagship-worthy. Its shooter indeed carries one of the fastest autofocus system at that time and we, ourselves we’re shocked to see how it performed well in the shooting department. Sony’s Xperia M5 price has been brought down, which can give potential users a chance to have one for themselves at a lesser price.

See also Sony Xperia M5 full review

Sony Xperia M5 specs, price, release date in the Philippines

  • Display: 5-inch 1080p IPS FHD display
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio X10 chip
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 16GB internal
  • SD card: up to 256GB
  • Main camera: 21.2MP rear shooter, f/2.2 lens, phase detection autofocus
  • Video: 4K UHD
  • Front camera: 13MP selfie shooter, f/2.0 lens
  • Connectivity: WiFi n, BT 4.1, GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • Scanner: Not Available
  • Battery capacity: 2600mAh battery
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop, upgradeable to 5.1 Lollipop
  • Ports: microUSB v2.0
  • Release date: September 2015
  • Official price: Around Php 17K-17.8K

Nokia Lumia 1020

We’ve already had our time with the Nokia Lumia 1020 and we were quite surprised with it. The now 3-year-old Nokia Lumia 1020 seems to still be able to keep up with the rest of the pack, as it performed quite well on our Lumia 950XL vs  Lumia 1020 shoot off, which you can personally go to by clicking below. The Nokia Lumia 1020 simply was ahead of its time and despite having a 41MP powerhouse rear shooter, the phone itself simply can’t keep up, due to its limited software and hardware. Right now, though, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is still available via online stores.

See also Nokia Lumia 1020 vs Lumia 950 XL camera comparison

Nokia Lumia 1020 specs, price, release date in the Philippines

  • Display: 4.5-inch 768 HD display, 332ppi
  • Chipset: Snapdragon S4 Plus
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Memory: 32GB internal
  • SD card: no microSD card slot
  • Main camera: 41MP rear shooter f/2.2, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS
  • Video: [email protected], 4x lossless digital zoom
  • Front camera: 1.2MP selfie shooter
  • Connectivity: WiFi n, BT 4.0, GPS, GLONASS, FM Radio, NFC
  • Scanner: Not available
  • Battery capacity: non-removable 2000mAh battery capacity
  • OS: Windows 8 OS, Upgradeable to Windows 8.1
  • Ports: microUSB 2.0
  • Release date: July 2013
  • Official price: Php 18K via online stores

Huawei P9

Recently, Huawei released a new 5-2-incher phone, in the form of the Huawei P9. This device carries a pretty intriguing camera and when i mean intriguing, i mean dual rear camera shooters. The Huawei P9 has a 12MP dual camera shooter, backed up by a phase detection autofocus feature. Take note, these shooters are not ordinary, these are Leica optics lens-equipped shooters, which in doubt is top-notch on its own. These dual shooters are truly impressive in their own right and should be considered, when in the sight of a more recent beastly camera phone.

See also Huawei P9 vs P9 Lite vs P9 Plus PH specs and price comparison

Huawei P9 specs, price, release date in the Philippines

  • Display: 5.2-inch 1080p FHD display, 424ppi
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 955 chip
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Memory: 32/64GB internal
  • SD card: up to 256GB
  • Main camera: Dual 12 MP rear shooters, phase detection, Leica optics
  • Video: [email protected]
  • Front camera 8MP selfie shooter, f/2.4 lens
  • Connectivity: : WiFi ac, BT 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NFC (dual-SIM)
  • Scanner: Fingerprint scanner
  • Battery capacity: 3000mAh battery
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Ports: Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Release date: May 2016
  • Official price:  Php 23,990 SRP in the Philippines for 3GB RAM

Apple iPhone 6s

Apple’s 2015 flagship, the iPhone 6s where we saw a lot of success, not only due to its brand and moniker but also to its overall performance. The iPhone 6s is no stranger to excellent camera shooting, despite looking a bit dull in paper. It delivered pretty satisfactorily outputs as well as even beating other top-notch phones in the market today. Apple looks to be as simple as possible when delivering these iPhones, but they also seem to focus on the quality and capability of their phones as well.

See also iPhone 6s full review

Apple iPhone 6s specs, price, release date in the Philippines

  • Display: 4.7-inch IPS LCD 750p display, 326ppi
  • Chipset: Apple A9 chip
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Memory: 16/64/128GB of internal storage, no microSD card slot
  • SD card: no microSD card
  • Main camera: 12MP rear shooter, f/2.2 aperture, dual tone LED flash
  • Video: 4K UHD
  • Front camera: 5MP selfie shooter, f/2.2 aperture
  • Connectivity: WiFi ac, BT 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, Apple pay
  • Scanner: Fingerprint scanner
  • Battery capacity: 1715mAh battery
  • OS: iOS 9, upgradeable to iOS 9.3
  • Ports: USB 2.0, reversible connector
  • Release date: September 2015
  • Official price: Around Php 33K via online stores

Sony Xperia X/ Xperia X Performance

Sony’s upcoming new X-series have a lot of potential, but some criticize Sony for dropping off some of its other well-known lineups, which people have already known and loved. Nevertheless, two upcoming Xperia X-series handsets are already starting to break records and make a name for themselves, despite not exactly arriving yet, there none other than the Xperia X and Xperia X Performance handsets. Both are pretty much the same, specs-wise, with the X Performance carrying a more premium Snapdragon 820 chip, while the Xperia X has a Snapdragon 650 chip. Nevertheless, their main attraction lies on their cameras. Right now, people are hailing it as one of the best upcoming camera phones in the selfie category, which is alone, a very definitive trait.

See also Sony Xperia X Performance arrives in PH on June

Sony Xperia X/X Performance specs, price, release date in the Philippines

  • Display: 5-inch 1080p FHD display
  • Chipset Snapdragon 650/820
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 32/64GB, 32GB internal
  • SD card: up to 256GB
  • Main camera: 23MP rear shooter, f/2.0 lens, phase detection
  • Video: [email protected]
  • Front camera: 13MP selfie shooter, f/2.0 lens
  • Connectivity: WiFi ac, BT 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • Scanner: Fingerprint scanner
  • Battery capacity: 2620mAh battery/2700mAh battery
  • OS: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Ports: microUSB v2.0, USB Host
  • Release date: June 2016
  • Official price: $750 USD or roughly Php 34K for the Xperia X Performance, around Php 21K for the Xperia X

You can also check our top camera comparisons here:

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  2. HTC 10 vs LG G5 vs Xperia Z5 vs Galaxy S7
  3. Mid-range Xperia M5, C5 Ultra, Zenfone Selfie, Galaxy A8 Camera Battle
  4. Premium Phablet Xperia Z5 Premium, Galaxy Note 5, LG V10, Nexus 6P
  5. 2016 Flagship LG G4, Xperia Z5, iPhone 6s, Galaxy Note 5
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