Best Selfie Smartphones of 2015

August 5, 2015

Selfie picture of a girl

In this article, we’ll take a look at 2015 top 5 best Android smartphones for taking selfie pictures. Since the selfie craze has conquered the market by storm, many phone manufacturers have been adapting to this ever growing trend. We’ve seen front cameras with higher resolution, wider field of view, better selfie-oriented apps and features. If you love taking selfies and searching for the best phone for capturing selfies, you come to the right place. Here I’ll cover what I think, are the best cell phones for selfie enthusiasts, so let’s get started!

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

Sony Xperia C5 ultra selfie camera

The Sony Xperia C5 Ultra was announced on August 3, 2015, and it has an amazing front-facing camera to capture selfies and group photos.  The front-facing selfie camera comes with a 13-megapixel image resolution, which is a relatively very high resolution for a front-facing camera. It uses Sony’s excellent Exmor RS and front-facing Soft LED flash to help you capture the perfect selfie picture with soft shadows, even in low-light. According to Sony, the front LED flash is square instead of being round because it lights up more of the frame.

The C5 Ultra front-facing camera uses a 22mm wide angle lens (88-degree field of view), which means that more of your surroundings can appear inside the frame – great for group selfies. The phone also supports easy on-handed operation to make it even easier to capture a great selfie shot. Other features include autofocus, auto scene recognition, and HDR. IF you are searching for a phone camera that can just take amazing selfies with little effort, the Xperia C5 Ultra is for you. It’s also in the mid-range category, so it won’t be too harsh on your wallet as well. The C5 Ultra phone also has a gorgeous large 5″ Full HD IPS display, so your photos will look great on it. A great affordable selfie-focused smartphone.

HTC Desire EYE

HTC Desire Eye selfie camera

The HTC Desire EYE is considered by many people, an excellent smartphone for taking selfies. Like the Xperia C5 Ultra, it also features a 13MP resolution for the front and back cameras. The selfie camera of the Desire EYE utilizes a Back-illuminated CMOS sensor, front Dual LED flash and a 28mm (35m equivalent) f/2.0 aperture lens to help you take amazing selfies in most lighting conditions. The lens is not as wide as the Xperia C5, but it’s more suitable for portrait than for group shots, so you might need to hold it a bit more forward to allow better coverage if you take a selfie with a friend or friends. It’s still wide, don’t get me wrong, but there are cameras that have wider FOV that makes it easier to capture group shots.

The front- camera has HDR and can also record Full HD videos. You have a dedicated camera button, so you won’t have to touch the screen to initiate a capture. It also has face tracking, Live Makeup, Auto selfie, Voice selfie, Photo Booth and Crop Me In; all those features will help you capture a more interesting and creative view of your selfie-self. Overall, a splendid smartphone with great self-portrait experience for a good price.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 selfie camera

The Samsung Galaxy S6 needs no introduction. The S6 (and S6 Edge) feature a 5MP 1/4.1″ Samsung S5K4E6 back-illuminated sensor with 1.34μm pixels. The sensor is very small, but the pixels are relatively big because the camera doesn’t have such a high resolution. If you don’t intend to print your selfie as a poster in your room, 5MP is way than enough for most uses. In fact, I personally prefer a lower-resolution and bigger pixels so the camera can perform better in low-light. The smaller the pixels, the less light being captured.

The S6 selfie camera has a 22mm (equivalent) f/1.9 aperture lens. So it has the same field of view as the Xperia C5 Ultra, very wide, but it has an even faster aperture. A faster aperture allows the camera to collect more light thus improving the low-light performance.  The S6 camera also has automatic HDR, easy camera gesture control (Show your palm to the camera and a selfie image will be taken after 2 seconds) and a selfie mode which is on by default for the camera. The selfie mode applies some effects automatically to improve the portrait image.

Samsung Galaxy S6 also introduced a Wide Selfie mode for the front-facing camera. In this mode, you can take a 120-degree ultra-wide-angle image, like a selfie-panorama mode, which is very useful for capturing a picture of a large group of people.  This is done by swiveling the camera from side to side, and the camera will merge those photos into one big selfie image. You can also use the interval shot mode that tells the front camera to take four selfie shots at 2 seconds interval.

The image quality, low-light performance, and camera selfie features are among the best you can find, but it’s a high-end smartphone, so those features don’t come cheap.

Oppo N3

Oppo N3 camera

Announced on October 2014, the Oppo N3 replaces the successful N1. Unlike many other phone cameras, this one is is unique. The N3 camera has a motorizes rotating (206°) camera. So instead of relying on an average front-facing camera, the main camera of the N3 is its rear camera as well and what a camera it is!

The N3 camera employs a 16-megapixel 1/2.3″ OmniVision OV16825 sensor that uses a second generation Back-illuminated sensor technology (OmniBSI-2™). This sensor measures 4.54×3.42mm, so it’s larger than the 1/4.1″ of the S6, bit it has a significantly higher resolution. Having said that, this sensor was designed for maximum performance for top quality selfies. Because the sensor is large, the pixels are larger as well (1.34 microns) compared to a smaller sensor with the same resolution.

The Oppo N3 also utilizes a Schneider-Kreuznach certified 27mm (equivalent) f/2.2 lens with superb optics. You get gorgeous selfies with beautiful, accurate colors and less image aberration. Although some reviews did report a relatively high degree of purple fringing. Among its other features are: Auto panorama, Face recognition, photo effects, photo captions, HDRm, slow shutter, 64-megapixel panoramas (using the rotation on the x-axis), ultra macro mode, raw capture, and Dual LED flash. Like the S6, this phone is a high-end smartphone and prices accordingly. But if you want to take high-quality selfies, you should certainly put the N3 at the top of your list.

HTC One M9

HTC One M9 front camera

The HTC One M9 was negatively criticized  quite a lot for its rear camera’s performance (currently positioned at 29th place in DxOMark; as of August 5th, 2015), but its front camera is excellent for selfies. the M9 uses the same 4MP UltraPixel camera from its predecessor, but instead of being at the rear as the main camera, it’s in the front. The front camera utilizes a 1/3″ (3.80×3.60mm) OmniVision OV4699 BSI sensor with 2-micron pixels and a 26.8mm (equivalent) f/2.0 lens.

So what it is good? Well, the pixel size is one of the sensor properties that has among the highest influence on image quality and low-light performance. The One M9 selfie camera features both a sensor with large 2 micron pixels and a fast f/2.0 lens. So the results is an excellent image quality, especially for selfies and the ability to shoot selfies under low-light conditions. The problem is that it’s only 4MP resolution, but between us, who needs more for a selfie image. I mostly share my selfies on Facebook, so I don’t need everyone to watch a gigantic portrait of me in 100% scale and see all my imperfections.

Among the M9 other features: auto selfie capture mode (hold your smile or wait until the white box turns green on the screen), voice selfie (say Cheese or Capture to take a selfie photo), photo booth (four selfies, each shot every 2 seconds.. so change your pose to get a cool looking photo booth like set of images), self-timer and more.


These are in my opinion, the Top 5 best selfie-focused smartphones on the market as of August 2015. Keep in mind that although some cameras will have the best selfie features, it doesn’t necessarily means that they’ll be good in other areas. You should based your buying decision on your particular needs. There are also other smartphones that are also great for taking portraiture images, and you should certainly stay up-to-date with the latest and upcoming phones to see what they have to offer for selfie image capturing.

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