APPLE IPHONE 6S PLUS
The Apple iPhone 6s Plus is our best smartphone camera. Its optical image stabilization is best of class, giving you steady photos even in low light and smooth video that doesn’t make viewers dizzy. It also shoots the best panoramas out of the lot. Samsung’s Galaxy Note5 comes a very close second, with better image detail in good light, but it doesn’t do as well in lowlight, panoramas and video.
The iPhone 6s Plus isn’t perfect. When looked at closely, the iPhone 6s Plus’ images lack fine detail, especially when compared to the Galaxy Note5. Still, its overall strengths and lack of critical weaknesses shared by its competitors, confer the iPhone 6s Plus first place in our shootout — even if it’s not by a wide margin.