Best camera phone: which should you buy?

What's the top cameraphone on the market?

Gone are the days when 5MP was impressive in a smartphone. Now, the lowest on this test is the iPhone 6 Plus which features an 8 million pixel iSight camera. Apple has stuck firm offering a relatively low pixel count since the days of the 4S.

To open the camera, all you need is a quick upward swipe of the camera icon from the home screen. Once you're in, you can use either of the volume buttons to take a picture, but because it's such a large device, it can be quite easy for your fingers to accidentally obscure the lens.

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There's very minimal control over shooting, but with iOS 8 we have seen the introduction of control over brightness, and you can do a fair bit of editing once the shot has been taken. The overall interface is very clean and simple, and it takes just a short time to get to grips with it.

Focusing times are quick, and it's only in very low light that the iPhone struggles and you might have to refocus a couple of times. It's also somewhat hit-and-miss for close-ups, with a forced refocus necessary here and there. Inclusion of a macro function should be a priority for the next iPhone.

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Colours are acceptably warm and true directly from the camera, while performance in low light is also pretty good, with a minimal noise and smudging especially at normal or small printing and web sizes. The digital zoom is serviceable, especially at small sizes and in good light.

The front facing camera for selfies performs reasonably, but suffers in poor light. Video which is output at 1080p, is very smooth, with the optical image stabilisation doing a good job of keeping it shake free even when shooting handheld.

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