The top 10 camera phones of 2021: our standout handsets of the year

The top 10 camera phones of 2021
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Despite the ongoing chip shortages and pandemic uncertainties, 2021 has managed to be another exciting year for camera phones. Ever-faster processing power, folding screens, even more intelligent AI image processing algorithms, higher megapixel counts, larger image sensors - it's all helped make the best camera phones of 2021 supremely impressive.

Here's our rundown of the 10 most noteworthy camera phones of the year and why we love them, in order of their release...

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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.