Which Smartphones Take the Best Pics?

Published On March 18, 2014 | Mobile

Sure, smartphones are so much more to us than just handy pocket cameras. They are part phone, part computer and virtually required for modern life. Still, for many consumers, a camera is a major factor when shopping for a new smartphone.

So if you’re one of those smartphone users who value the quality of the camera, here’s our Top 5 List of smartphone cameras that take the cake for taking the best photos and videos.

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a 13 megapixel auto-focusing main camera as well as a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. The camera will accommodate stills as well as full HD 1080p video. For the crispest photos, the user must select the 4:3 aspect ratio, which means black bands bookend either edge of the photo for a more squared view.

Image quality is okay at best, but the camera comes with plenty of standard features you would expect with this type of device as well as others that are more particular for this model. For instance, the camera allows you to find the best image and crop unwanted people out of the background.

Apple iPhone 5s

With a mere 8 megapixels, the Apple iPhone 5s camera provides enough detail for most photo applications, proving that sometimes “less is more.” The four inch display of the 5s is small in comparison to the larger screens of most of its competitors.

Also, there is no dedicated shutter button (either volume control button acts as the shutter button, and the controls lack a two-stage function to lock focus, meaning more pressure must be placed on the button, which increases the chance of blur-inducing movement).

However, the features included with the 5s’ camera more than make up for such deficiencies. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the panorama mode, which has been updated for this iPhone version.

Huawei Ascend G6

The Huawei Ascend G6 sports an 8 megapixel camera on the rear, but it is the front-facing camera that garners the attention. With a wide-angle, 5 megapixel lens on the front, the Huawei Ascend G6’s camera also includes a “selfie window.” This feature allows you to size up your self-portrait before actually going ahead and taking the photo.

Other features include a built-in Beautify mode and the ability to tag your photographs by talking to the phone.

Nokia Lumia 1020

With a 41 megapixel camera sensor, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has massive resolution. The Lumia is so precise in its image capture that you can zoom in after the photo has been taken and still see a high level of detail.

Optical image stabilization prevents shaky images. The Pro Camera app allows the user to change everything from ISO to shutter speed, white balance and exposure compensation.

Sony Xperia Z1s

The Sony Xperia Z1s the best camera phone for users who like to take photos and videos outside. This phone can be submerged in water up to five feet deep for approximately 30 minutes, making it possible for you to take amazing underwater photographs.

The 20.7 megapixel camera has an advanced Exmor-RS sensor which accommodates stunning photographs even when taken at low light. With plenty of other features in the mix, this camera phone is certainly one to keep your eye on.

Today’s smartphones are so advanced that they have largely replaced standard point and shoot cameras. Did your camera phone make our top 5 list? If not, which brand and model are you using to capture the world around you?

– By Jennifer Thayer



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