It will be little surprise to anyone reading this, but the quality of a phone's camera remains one of the most sought after features by a large portion of smartphone shoppers. These cameras have taken another impressive leap forward in the phones we've seen so far in 2012, with companies like HTC opting for a dedicated imaging processor in its flagship models, to make these cameras faster and capable of features like burst photography.
If you are looking for a great camera in a phone, remember to look passed the megapixels and the marketing fluff. Just because a camera has an 8, 12 or even 16-megapixel sensor, it doesn't necessarily mean that it takes great photos. For example, we've chosen last year's Galaxy S2 for this update, even though the newer Galaxy S3 has more shooting options, simply because we feel the image quality is more consistent with last year's phone. We've also added the Lumia 610, which is a fantastic option for photo-buffs on a budget.
Below are our picks of the five phones with the best cameras that are available now. These are based on our own experience with the cameras, and sample photos can be found in the reviews for each model.