One of the key features of any smartphone is its photograph-taking abilities. Smartphone manufacturers are including ever more high-quality cameras within their devices, and it’s perfectly possible to take superb pictures with the average smartphone nowadays. But which are best mobiles on the market for producing the ideal set of holiday snaps? Here we look at five of the top contenders.

Nokia Lumia 1020 2 Camera

Nokia Lumia 1020

It seems reasonable to begin with this device with the industry leading Nokia purely because the Lumia 1020 features an industry leading camera in terms of megapixel count. The 41 megapixel camera in the Lumia 1020 dwarfs some of its more prestigious rivals and undoubtedly produces some images of incredible quality. Its AMOLED display is also very impressive, and its aperture lens helps snappers achieve a shallow depth of field.

Sony xperia z1 Camera

Sony Xperia Z1

Aside from the Nokia smartphone, the Sony Xperia range has also strongly focused on providing the best quality camera possible. Thus, the Xperia Z1 incorporates a back-illuminated 20.7 megapixel 1/2.3-inch Exmor R sensor which produces photographs of outstanding quality. The Xperia Z1 has performed particularly well in testing conditions, producing some of the most consistent images in a a variety of conditions. It has been stated though that the Xperia Z1 is not the easiest smartphone to grip, which can sometimes cause issues with blurriness.

LG G2 Camera

LG G2

LG is a growing presence in several consumer electronics markets, and its smartphone offering is pretty decent. Similar to HTC devices in appearance, the LG G2 features a 13 megapixel camera which boats more spec than the snapper in the iPhone, for example. Its 5.2-inch screen is also well-suited to displaying your pictures, always a particularly useful feature in a smartphone for those focused on photo taking. The LG G2 does a pretty good job of shooting both photographs and video, although its flash is a little underpowered compared to some of the other cameras that comprise this list.

galaxy s4 camera

Samsung Galaxy S4

Now for the big boys. The Samsung Galaxy range has established itself as the main competitor to Apple’s iPhone, and part of the reason for this is the excellent camera included with the Galaxy range. The Galaxy S5 will in fact improve on this further still, but for now the Galaxy S4 offers an excellent snapper. With a 16 megapixel sensor and zoom option, the Galaxy S4 is an excellent choice for those looking for a smartphone camera, and the quality of the Galaxy S4 camera has definitely contributed to the success of the device itself.

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

Finally, the iPhone 5s is not renowned for the quality of its camera necessarily, and features the smallest megapixel count among the devices listed here. The iPhone 5s has an 8 megapixel camera, but compensates with some excellent digital effects and filters, as well as offering a particularly intuitive point and shoot operation which makes taking exceptional photographs easy even for novice photographers. Furthermore, the iPhone camera is highly customizable via apps, meaning that consumers who fork over cash for the iPhone certainly won’t be let down by its camera.