Our favorite camera phones of 2022: the standout handsets of the year

Digital Camera World's top 10 phones of 2022
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2022 has been another great year for the camera phone. We wouldn't go so far as to say the best ever, as there hasn't quite been the same degree of camera innovation that we've witnessed in the past, but the tech evolution has still been strong. Apple and Samsung released their best-ever flagships, the iPhone 14 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra, before Google dropped the stunning Pixel 7 Pro at a more attractive price point.

But this isn't just a practical buyer's guide to the best-buy camera phones available now - if you want that, check out our best camera phone guide. No, this is a round-up of our favorite phones of the year, regardless of price, practical considerations or even widespread availability.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.