In today's time, when people want to carry their world with them, camera
performance for any smartphone is one of the critical focus areas.
Bearing this in mind, companies too have been packing in higher
megapixels lenses in their smartphones and also adding bunch of cool
features that would make clicking images with these phones easy and fun.
A lot of emphasis has been laid in making sure that it is not only
easy to capture images, but also easy to share them. Towards this end,
companies are offering free cloud space and integration with social
networks to make the experience seamless. All in all, one cannot
rule out the importance of smartphone cameras in our day-to-day life.
Here's our list of top six smartphones with the best camera experience, currently available in the market.
Nokia PureView 808
latest Symbian device had made a big splash at the Mobile World
Congress (MWC) 2012, and rightly so for packing in a 41 MP sensor
camera with Carl Zeiss lens. The company claims that it took them a full
five years to develop this technology and their efforts are quite
evident from the image quality that Nokia PureView is capable of
delivering. Zooming on clicked images on this smartphone is quite
breezy as all one has to do is slide their finger up along the frame to
the element one wishes to focus on.
This smartphone is also
capable of capturing videos in Full HD 1080p videos at 30fps. For all
those who are serious about photography and want their images to have no
jerks at all, Nokia is also selling an optional tripod mount adapter.
on the flipside, there's no burst mode setting available for Nokia
PureView 808 but one can capture sequential shots by holding down the
physical shutter button.
41-megapixel Nokia 808 in pictures
Sony Xperia S
Sony Xperia S comes
is another handset that packs in a good camera. The rear camera is
12.1MP with f2.4 aperture that helps in taking some nice and detailed
shots. The smartphone has a Exmor sensor and the quality of the images
taken through this camera is good.
Sony has also included a
dedicated camera key that gets you to the camera app even when the phone is locked. There are no lags in focusing or
while using the burst mode.
Sony Xperia S's rear camera also
offers 1080p video recording support. There is also front-facing 1.3 MP
camera on board of Sony Xperia S, which is capable of recording video at
Sony Xperia sola in picturesNokia N8
Till the time Nokia had not announced its
much talked about PureView 808, the Nokia N8 enjoyed the
title of being the best camera smartphone from the stable of this
Finnish handset giant. Though the title is no longer with this handset, it still makes it to our list of top six camera smartphones that are
available in the market.
Nokia N8 packs in a 12MP autofocus lens
with Carl Zeiss optics and xenon flash. It has a 1/1.83-inch image
sensor and the images that are captured through this smartphone are
quite crisp. However, the flash on board is not the best one would find
on a camera smartphone.
The Nokia N8 is capable of recording videos in 1280 x 720 resolution at 25fps.
HTC One X
One X comes with an 8 MP rear camera. There is also a dedicated image
processor packed in, which helps capture images at a very fast speed. On a
continuous shooting mode, HTC One X is capable of capturing up to 4
frames per second. The smartphone comes with a wide f2.0 aperture
through which one can capture nice images even in low-light conditions.
video camera can capture 1080p full HD at 30fps. HTC One X also comes
with a 1.3MP sensor on the front. One of the USPs of this smartphone
is that is can capture a photo even while recording a video.
HTC One X in pictures
Samsung Galaxy S III
Galaxy S III also packs in an 8 MP camera and the images captured
through the same are sharp and clear. On a burst mode one can capture 20
shots in one go with around 6 shots per second.
The company has
added HDR mode to Galaxy S III, which takes multi shots at various
exposure values and combines them to create a single image. This HDR
feature is useful in situations where two parts of your photo frame have
different lighting conditions.
Samsung Galaxy S III comes with 1.9MP front camera and delivers a decent output.
the video recording front, thanks to the ultra-fast processor inside
the device, recording video worked as expected, however the auto-focus
is slightly spotty. Galaxy S III also allows tap-to-focus in video
recording, thus helping you in capturing even better videos.
only missing part is on the optical side, Galaxy S III only supports a
maximum aperture of f/2.6, which is well behind than f/2.0 on HTC One X.
It means, Galaxy S III will be slightly worse in low-lighting
conditions as compared to the HTC One X.
Samsung Galaxy S III in pictures
Apple iPhone 4S
iPhone comes with an 8 MP camera with LED flash. The images captured
through this snapper have almost life like colours detailing and the
f/2.4 aperture further helps in clicking one's precious moments.
The camera can also record full HD 1080p video and get functionalities like touch focus and Geo tagging.
iPhone 4S in pictures