Phone cameras comparison: selfies

Love taking selfies? We put eight of the best phone cameras to the test to see which is best

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  • iPhone 6S
  • Nexus 6P
  • HTC 10
  • Huawei P9
  • LG G5
  • Galaxy S7
  • Mi 5
  • Xperia Z5
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Phone cameras comparison: selfies

Even with its upgrade to a 5Mp iSight camera, the iPhone is not the best phone for selfies. It doesn't have a particuarly wide-angle lens and details are surprisingly soft.

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Even with its upgrade to a 5Mp iSight camera, the iPhone is not the best phone for selfies. It doesn't have a particuarly wide-angle lens and details are surprisingly soft.

Phone cameras comparison: selfies

With good colour and detail, only the slight underexposure counts against the Nexus 6P's selfie photo. The field of view is wider than the iPhone's and the image is also sharper.

Phone cameras comparison: selfies

Like the LG G5, the HTC 10 reverses the image for selfies. Colours are washed out and the default beauty mode gives a plastic look to faces. Some may like this, but we'd always turn it off.

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Phone cameras comparison: selfies

Noise reduction leaves soft detail in the P9's selfie, but the wide angle means you can get three people in the frame without stretching too much.

Phone cameras comparison: selfies

Compared to the G5's excellent rear camera, the front one is not great at all. It has a wide-angle lens and reverses the image. The problems, though, are that it's soft at the edges and colours are washed out.

Phone cameras comparison: selfies

The S7's selfie has the widest field of view of all the phones we tested. It's also one of the best photos: loads of sharp detail and well exposed. Rememer to turn off the beauty mode if you don't want to have a plastic face, though.

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Phone cameras comparison: selfies

The Mi 5 has quite a narrow field of view from it's front camera. Detail is soft, possibly due to heavy-handed noise reduction.

Phone cameras comparison: selfies

With it's nice wide-angle lens the Z5 can fit in several people at arm's length. However, the image is soft at the edges and detail levels are below what we'd expect. It's also a bit underexposed.

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