I remember the day when a mobile phone was simply that, a phone. Then came the introduction of coloured screens, and eventually came the integrated camera. Over the past 15 years mobile phones have evolved drastically, and are now a huge part of our everyday life. One feature of the mobile phone that has continued to evolve and innovate are the cameras.
But what is the best Camera Phone on the market today? This post will look at 5 of the best camera phones available today and explore their pro’s and con’s.
1. HTC One X
The HTC One X has two cameras, a rear facing 8 Megapixel lens and a front facing 1.3 Megapixel lens. The handset itself is rather large and this can cause problems when trying to operate and hold the camera steady for a shot. The One X is extremely user friendly, allowing you to quickly get the hang of taking pictures and editing them. It also comes equipped with a number of shooting options such as panorama, High Dynamic Range (HDR), auto shooting as well as a large number of preset effect filters similar to those found on the popular App Instagram. You can chose from a range of image resolutions, as well as the ability to manually adjust the ISO and white balance. Photos are crystal clear and pack a lot of punch in terms of colour and vibrancy.
2. Samsung Galaxy S3
The Samsung Galaxy 3S, like many of its competitors has an 8 Megapixel camera and is a similar shape and size to that of the HTC One X. Two features I liked about the Galaxy S3 were the best shot feature, which allows you to choose the best of 8 rapidly shot photos, and the face recognition feature, which can recognise faces using your contacts list, this is a great feature for those that share a lot of photos on social media channels. The handset boasts one of the largess screens out there, ideal for composition and shot review. It also features a wide range of built in effects that are fun and easy to edit. However the Galaxy’s screen is extremely sensitive and this can lead to selecting settings by accident.
3. Nokia 808 PureView
The Nokia 808 PureView literally blows all camera phones out the water in terms of amount of Megapixels, boasting a whopping 41 Megapixels! The handset itself is shaped more like that of a compact digital camera making it very comfortable to hold and shoot with. On a downside the PureView is a little clumsy to operate when navigating the various features and shooting options. That said the quality of the photos once downloaded to a desktop computer are up there with decent compact cameras. Colours are rich and sharp giving the photos a true to life appearance.
4. i-Phone 5
So there was a lot of hype surrounding Apples new i-Phone 5, but has it lived up to it? The i-Phone 5 is the thinnest and lightest of the series so far, and benefits from an 8 Megapixel isight camera. The most noticeable difference is the 4-inch Retina screen which delivers an outstandingly bright, crystal-clear screen resolution. Photos look good, and video can be shot fluently in HD. Like other phones, the i-Phone 5 features face recognition and auto focus functions. Downsides include a more basic range of camera options that its rivals, and battery life is dramatically affected when taking or reviewing photos.
5. Sony Xperia S
The Sony Xperia S boasts a 12.1 Megapixel camera, which is more than the average pixel count among smartphones which is 8 Megapixels. Two features that stand out on the Xperia S is the sweep panorama shooting mode which allows you to create impressive panoramic photos simply by sweeping the phone along your scene in one shot. The second feature is the touch shutter function, which allows you to direct the cameras focus and capture certain subjects simply by tapping the screen on it. A downside is that the display screen is cropped by the functions tool bar, limiting the amount of your subject that you can see in real time, also we found that the placement of the camera makes it very easy for finger tips to spoil photos.
Best Camera Phone of 2013
The best Camera Phone of 2013 is the Nokia 808 PureView. The quality of photo that you can produce with the cameras extremely large 41 Megapixel sensor are incredible. The handset itself is compact and comfortable to hold, making shooting an effortless task. If you are buying a smart phone on the basis of its camera then look no further, the Nokia 808 PureView is the phone for you!