Gone are the days of choosing a phone based on ease of texting or call quality; there are so many factors to consider when choosing a new phone these days it can be almost impossible to decide on one that has it all because, well, no one phone does have the monopoly on everything. For example, many swoon at the processing speed of the iPhone 5S, but when it comes to gaming, the puny 4 inch screen just doesn’t cut it compared to the mighty Galaxy Note 3 or the LG G2.
Likewise, the Google Nexus 5 has an incredible pixel density, a great CPU, and a slick design, but it lacks in expandable memory. It seems like you have to purchase 3 different phones to get all your boxes ticked, but luckily people generally are after a phone for one or two specific purposes. The focus of today’s article s on the purpose of all things camera when buying a smartphone. Though many phones sell their handsets on screen size, pixel density, memory size, and sound quality, there are few features that divide smartphone users like the quality of the camera, so here’s a list of the best smartphone camera’s that are soon to be or currently available.
In terms of raw megapixel count, the 5S’s camera isn’t the most well-endowed by any means. The Lumia has a few dozen megapixels on the 5S, as does the Galaxy S5 but when taking hardware and software into consideration, it is the 5S that steals the show. 8 megapixels doesn’t sound like a lot for a phone at the top of the list, but couples with the Sapphire Crystal lens cover and is also backside illuminated. This results in a superior photo. The TrueTone flash that the device possesses also greatly enhances the photos that the device is able to take – better and more realistic capturing of subtle features such as skin tone is the result. The phone’s software also helps make for a superior experience and includes features like panorama mode, auto image stabilisation, face detection, burst mode, super slow-mo, and 1080p video recording at 30 frames per second. The combination of sublime hardware and nifty software therefor makes the iPhone 5S a clear winner.
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Nokia Lumia 1020
The only reason that the Lumia 1520 isn’t in this list is that it is more of a phablet than a mere smartphone but the 1020 still has some serious camera action to offer its owner. The 1020 actually packs more megapixels than the 1520, ringing in at a staggering 41 megapixels. The phone is 4.5 inches so you can see your photos a little more clearly than with the 5S, but it isn’t all about the megapixel count here. The software, called the Pro Camera App, lets you do quite a bit with the incredible camera (which has six lenses and can zoom substantially without any loss of image quality) like utilise the xenon flash, play around with the saturation and hues, and record full HD video.
The reason that the Lumia 1020 isn’t number one is that when you take the phone’s performance into consideration, you see a considerable slowing down when using the camera app. Users have reported significant shutter lag and the simple fact is that it just isn’t as nippy as the iPhone 5S when it comes to taking pictures instantaneously.
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Sony Xperia Z2
This is another phone whose megapixel count outperforms that of its competition by quite some way. It has a 20.7 megapixel camera to be exact, and a whole load of nifty features to make the most out of the device as well. It is capable of shooting in HDR mode, digital zoom up to 8x, and a 2.2 megapixel front-facing camera that also can shoot at 1080p resolution. As if it wasn’t incredible enough, this phone is one of the very few devices allowing for the shooting of 4K video, the highest possible video resolution for a mobile device.
What allows Sony’s most powerful cameraphone to sit so high up in the list aside from its aforementioned credentials is that it is also waterproof, allowing you to submerge and take stunning underwater snaps or get close to various aqueous spray and not have your phone damaged.
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Samsung Galaxy S5
With the S5 just being released in April 2014, it received a record number of pre-orders and it's position here is based on the features that Samsung have been pushing repeatedly. To be fair, these features are pretty incredible. The 16 megapixel sensor is the device’s first attractive point but the fact that Samsung claim it possesses an autofocus that can snap a picture in just over 0.3 seconds makes it quite an attractive device for the photo savvy in the smartphone market. An HDR mode is supposed to capture skin tones extremely well, the Ultra High Definition video should make for some pretty sharp videos, and the selective focus mode will take photos that look more like they come from a professional camera than a smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is going to be a serious contender in the smartphone camera market, and is 2.5gHz quad-core processor with 2GB of ram will allow the camera software to run smoothly and without hesitation. The Galaxy S5 microsite has some impressive pictures of the soon-to-be-released phone in stunning detail and with plenty of Samsung galaxy s5 contracts available in the UK many users have already pre ordered the phone from the like’s of EE and O2.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
By releasing the S4 Zoom, Samsung put the focus of their re-release of the S4 solely on the camera, but for good reason. The S4 Zoom’s camera has 10x optical zooming capabilities allowing you to zoom in on subjects without any loss of image quality. Optical image stabilisation allows for less blurry snaps and a xenon flash will let you capture good-quality images in low-light conditions.
Full 1080p video is possible at 30fps, and the software has a huge quantity of features to get to grips with, making it very unlikely that you’re going to ever shoot a poor-quality image or video ever again with the S4 Zoom.
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There aren’t many lists that the LG G2 isn’t on due to its impressive specs and its blistering performance; its camera is also one of the best you can find on an Android device as well. The G2 definitely loses out to the Galaxy S5 because its specs simply aren’t as good and the S5 is the newer phone, but the impressive 13mp camera of the G2 certainly allows it to hold its own. The G2 has optical image stabilisation as an advantage over some of its rivals like the S5 as well. You’ve got different modes like HDR, burst shot, and panorama as well as different scenes like landscape, portrait, night, and many more.
It is only the phone’s age that puts it at the bottom of this list, and what this age means for the phone: others are simply being introduced with better features, and this isn’t the G2’s fault. At one time, it was simply one of the best smartphones around with the best overall smartphone camera.
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