Say Cheese! The Best Cell Phone Cameras

Published On February 22, 2013 | Mobile

Cell phone cameras are getting better every day. With today’s improving cell phone camera technology, many people are leaving their point and shoot cameras and using their cell phone cameras instead.

If you’re in the market for a cell phone with a great quality camera, you may want to consider these top picks.

iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 offers some noticeable camera improvements over the earlier generations of the iPhone. Like the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera, but, unlike the 4S, the iPhone 5 iSight camera has a sapphire-crystal lens and improved low-light capabilities. This means photos taken in low-light are less grainy and much clearer than when taken with previous iPhones.

When it comes to video recording, the iPhone 5’s 1080p video camera stands apart from the iPhone 4S and competing brands with image stabilization and an added feature which allows still shots to be taken while video recording. The front facing camera has been upgraded to 720p for improved image quality for self-portraits and self-recording. The iPhone 5 iSight camera takes photos faster than earlier models and even offers a panorama function to capture up to 240 degrees. With 28 megapixel resolution, the iPhone 5’s iSight camera creates gorgeous images you’ll want to frame.


The HTC Droid DNA comes with an 8-megapixel camera and includes the HTC ImageChip for speedy image processing. Like previous models, the Droid DNA offers Continuous Capture so you can take multiple shots in rapid succession—which is great for capturing sporting events. The Droid DNA camera has an easy to use panorama feature and autofocus for clear images. Photos taken in low-light with the Droid DNA are sharp and clear thanks to backside sensor illumination specifically designed for low-light conditions. Like the iPhone 5, still shots can be taken while video recording. The Droid DNA creates images with true to life colors to capture the moments you want to remember.

Samsung Galaxy S3

The Samsung Galaxy S3 offers an 8-megapixel camera with backlit sensor and LED flash. The Galaxy S3 comes with added features to improve image quality. Some of these features include HDR, Burst mode, and Best Shot. Burst mode will take 20 shots in succession which is a great feature when trying to capture action. The Best Shot feature allows you to pick the best shot out of eight pictures taken in Burst mode. The Samsung Galaxy S3 also comes with face-tagging software, Share Shot and Buddy photo share options to make photo sharing easier. The Galaxy S3 has almost no shutter lag so you can be sure to not miss a shot. The front-facing camera offered with the Galaxy S3 records at 720p HD quality. Overall image quality is crisp and vivid, however, the white balance can be thrown off from time to time creating a ghostly haze over the image. Despite occasional white balance issues, the Galaxy S3’s extra camera features help ensure you’ll get a great photo.

Since the image quality obtained with today’s cell phones is proving comparable to point and shoot cameras, you may never need to lug a camera around again!

— By Stephanie Willingham



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