List of Android phones with best front/selfie camera
Selfie (when someone takes his/her own photo usually with the front camera of a phone) taking and sharing is more than a craze now so much so that even celebrities and other eminent personalities are jumping into the action all over the world. This selfie-cult originated from mobile phones about 8 years ago when a front camera became a standard part of these gadgets. As the phone cameras improved, everyone started to play around with his/her photography skills taking own pics in the spare time. Phone makers felt this pulse and rapidly improved the quality of front cameras. Once meant for basic 3G video calling, the tiny front camera (also called selfie-camera) has now become a powerful imaging module with all sort of innovative technologies popping up every day. Dual-front cameras in Lenovo VIBE S1 and LG V10, rotating camera of Oppo N1/N3 and front LED flash in many phones are a few examples of innovations at selfie camera front. The megapixels have also seen a steep rise over time in front camera – from a basic VGA unit of early Symbian era to all the way up to 13/16 MP sensor in many current Android phones. Here is a list of the best selfie-centric phones we know so far –
Oppo F1 Plus
Front camera – 16 MP, screen light used as flash
Oppo F1 Plus is the first ever phone with a better (higher megapixels) front camera module than the rear one. Dubbed as the “Selfie Expert“, Oppo F1 Plus is Oppo’s second phone (after Oppo R9 Plus) with a 16 MP selfie shooter. Camera aside, it is a powerful, high-end droid with sleek and stylish design
2.0 GHz, Octa-core, MediaTek MT6755 (Helio P10) Processor
4 GB RAM
64 GB internal memory, upto 128 GB memory card support
5.5 inches, full HD (1080×1920 pixels) AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 4 protection
13 MP back camera, f/2.2 aperture, LED flash
16 MP front camera, big f/2.0 aperture, ISOCELL technology, soft screen light used as flash
Color OS based on Android 5.1 Lollipop
Full metallic body, 6.6 mm thick and weighs just 145 grams
Front finger print sensor
Dual SIM (Nano SIM + Nano SIM or Nano SIM + microSD) support
2850 mAh Li-Po battery with VOOC Flash charging technology (just 5 minutes charge gives 2 hours talktime)
Price – $389–410 (variable depending upon the market), Rs.26,990 in India
Launched in second half of 2016, Oppo F1s is a mid-range sibling of Oppo F1 Plus. It is a cheaper and trimmed-down avatar of F1 Plus. However both of them share the same camera module (16 MP front and 13 MP rear).
Lenovo VIBE S1
Front camera – 8 MP + 2 MP dual auto-focus, no flash
Vibe S1 is a mid-range droid launched recently in India and some other markets. It has a dual (8 MP + 2 MP) front camera setup – the 8MP main sensor is a BSI autofocus unit to take pics and the second one is a black and white sensor meant to measure DOF (Depth Of Focus). This enables the user to take great selfies even in low-light, besides it can also take 3D pics and adjust focus even after taking pics if required later on. Other specs of Lenovo Vibe S1 – 1.7 GHz Octa-core MediaTek 6752 CPU, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal (expandable), 5 inches Full HD display, 13 MP PDAF main camera.
Price – $245 approx. (variable depending upon the market)
Sony Xperia XA Ultra
Front camera – 16 MP with LED flash
It is Sony’s first and one of the very few phones with a 16 MP front camera. Sony is a pioneer in imaging technology with many amazing camera phones to it’s credit (remember Cybershot brand phones?). Xperia XA Ultra is an improved avatar of Xperia C5 Ultra with a MediaTek MT6755 (Helio P10) CPU, 3 GB RAM, 16 MP f/2.0, OIS front camera and a 21.5 MP rear camera. However Sony phones are very expensive in comparison to most other manufacturers.
Asus Zenfone Selfie
Front camera – 13 MP with dual LED flash
As the name suggests, it is a selfie-centric Android phone with a 13 MP auto-focus front camera with dual-tone, front LED flash. This selfie camera is capable of recording 1080p videos. Other specs – Snapdragon 615 CPU, 3GB RAM, 16/32GB memory (expandable), 5.5 inches Full HD display, 13MP laser autofocus main camera with dual tone LED flash. Price – $230 approx.
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
Front camera – 13 MP with LED flash
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra is a big (6 inches display) phablet with mid-range specs (Octa core Mediatek 6752 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP main camera, full HD display). However it certainly has one of the best front cameras we have seen in a phone. A large f/2.2, autofocus sensor coupled with a powerful LED flash makes it a perfect selfie phone. It can also record full HD videos at 30fps.
HTC Desire Eye
Front camera – 13 MP with dual-LED flash
It was the first Android phone with a 13 MP autofocus front camera with front dual-tone LED flash (launched in November 2014). Specs-wise it was a high-end phone at that time – Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 5.2” full-HD display, water proof and dust resistant.
Front camera – 5 MP + 5 MP dual camera, no flash
LG V10 is LG’s flagship Android phone of 2015 with best-in-class specs and features. Like Lenovo VIBE S1 it has a dual front camera setup (5MP + 5MP) out of which the secondary sensor is meant to measure depth of objects. This way it assists primary camera to focus precisely for better photo taking. However it lacks a LED flash at front.
Front camera – 16 MP with dual-LED flash
Oppo N3 is an innovative phone in terms of its rotating camera module located on top of the display. Thus a single camera works at back and front both. Thanks to this mechanism Oppo N3 is perhaps the best selfie camera phone right now with a 16 MP autofocus sensor (Schneider Kreuznach certified optics) and dual-LED flash. This camera module also has a motorized auto-rotating function which can be controlled by on-screen gestures and can automatically capture panorama photos. Oppo N3 is an expensive, high-end Android phone available only in some countries.
Front camera – 13 MP, without front LED flash
InFocus, a US based phone brand is known for selling high-quality products at a very affordable price. InFocus M680 is their latest selfie-centric Android phone (only available in selected markets like India) with a 13 MP front camera. At just Rs.10999 ($167 approx.) it is an affordable mid-range phone – 2GB RAM, octa-core MediaTek CPU, 16GB internal memory (expandable), 5.5” full HD display, 13MP rear camera, stylish full-metal body.
Micromax Canvas Selfie
Front camera – 13 MP with LED flash
Micromax, an Indian phone maker has a big portfolio of cheap (mostly of sub-standard quality) mobile phones. They launch new devices almost on a weekly basis (with a slight change in model number or feature). Canvas Selfie, as the name suggests, is made for selfie generation. With a 13MP front camera and a dedicated front LED flash it can satisfy the shutter-bug of any selfie-lover out there. Other specs – octa-core MediaTek CPU, 2 GB RAM, 4.7 inches HD IPS display, 16GB internal memory (expandable), 13MP rear camera with dual-LED flash.
Front camera – 13 MP with LED Flash
Dubbed as “the mother of all camera smartphones”, InFocus M530 indeed boasts of an advanced imaging feature-set. On selfie front it has an advanced 13MP front camera (f2.2 large aperture and wide-angle lens) complemented by a bright front-LED flash. While the main camera is also 13MP unit with f1.8 large aperture, OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and dual-LED flash. Price is same as InFocus M680.
Front camera – 8 MP with flash
Another selfie centric droid from InFocus with decent specs at an entry-level price. When launched earlier this year, it was the first phone with an 8MP front camera with a dedicated front flash for taking great selfies. At just Rs.4999 ($70 approx.) it is still one of the best selfie phone in its price range. Other specs – 4.2” HD display, 1GB RAM, 1.3GHz quad-core CPU
Besides above 9, the UltraPixel, 4 MP front cameras of HTC One M9+ and HTC One E9+ are also very good at taking great selfies. iPhone 6S/6S Plus also has a great selfie camera which is capable of recording even ultra-slow motion videos (720p@240fps)