Our top 10 camera phones of 2023: the standout handsets of the year

top 10 camera phones of 2023
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2024 is nearly here - but this is our rundown of the best ten smartphones of the last 12 months.

As we've come to expect in recent years, the camera hardware in this year's phones has received fairly incremental improvements compared to previous models. Instead, it's the computational side where the biggest photographic enhancements could be found this year. Google continues to pave the way for advanced AI image capture and auto enhancement, albeit with stiff competition from Apple, Samsung and Huawei. Thankfully it's not just the flagship phones where you'll find great image quality, as in 2023 we've been treated to several top-notch mid-range camera camera phones for shooters seeking maximum bang per buck.

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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.