There is no doubt that camera phone have surely come a long way since they were first introduced a few years ago. Nowadays, you do not have to actually own a DSLR or a point-and-shoot digital camera to take great pictures; you can just grab your smartphone and take your best shots.
The results, of course vary depending on the camera resolution of you smartphone and on how you apply the basic rules of photography.
The following are the top five smartphones with the best camera resolution:
On top of the list is the iPhone 5S, as it is by so far, the device to beat when it comes to camera resolution. Apple is actually next to Canon, when it comes to the most popular camera brand used on Flickr. This means that Apple has successfully overtake other camera manufacturers like Nikon.
The iPhone 5S comes with the 8 MP iSlight camera (that is about 15 percent larger than what’s in iPhone 5), which in turn comes with lower aperture of f/2.2. Along with that resolution and aperture combination, the dual LED flash adds to the phone’s capacity to take great shots in any situation – even in low lights. The good thing about this iPhone model is that it has been proven to be able to deliver impressive shots. The images are sharper and focus is quite rapid. The iPhone 5S camera app has also been improved by Apple. Now aside from the Panorama and HDR modes, it is possible to shoot videos in slow motion. The big bonus is that you can capture large amounts of quick and good shots with just a few taps on the screen. This is made possible by the addition of the Burst mode that allows you to take up to 10 frames/second.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
On the number two spot is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s camera feature. This Samsung phone model features 5.7 inches of screen display with 1080p, which is about the perfect combination for viewing images. This phone comes with a 13 MP rear camera resolution and a 2 MP front camera resolution. The auto focus feature is helpful enough, but the 13 megapixel resolution of the rear camera seems to be struggling when trying to retain details in low lights. The good thing though is the noise is easily cleared despite the soft appearance of the images. The images are really pleasantly sharp, and if you are a photography bluff you would love the idea that you can play around with key settings like the white balance, light sensitivity and light metering. The Drama Shot app adds to the functionality of the Note 3’s camera as it allows you to capture multiple successive shots and then have them displayed in sequence.
What’s the best thing about the Note 3? It’s the camera’s response, which is undoubtedly rapid. If the competition is for the camera responsiveness, this Samsung models definitely takes the crown. With minimal focus time, this smartphone has the ability to set up and take succeeding shots. With this kind of speed, the phone’s shortcomings when it comes to picture quality can be overlooked and forgiven. After all, smartphone photography is more about capturing the moment than taking professional looking shots.
Nokia Lumia 1020
Supposedly, with a very powerful 41 megapixel camera resolution, the Nokia Lumia 1020 is the king of smartphone photography. This phone’s PureView camera feature is a class all its own. In reality, the image produced by the Lumia 1020 is sharp, balance, saturated and has very little noise. The problem here is the camera responsiveness; it just takes long to take the shots and in low light situations, focus is a bit sluggish. In real-time smartphone photography, the responsiveness of the Lumia 1020’s camera app is a bit disappointing. The phone simply takes a lot of precious time in capturing an image and then getting ready for the next shot. With such delays, you could be missing some precious moments.
Thanks to that huge resolution though, once the image is captured you can expect fantastic result. The pictures really look great even in situations and surroundings that are filled with moving objects or with different sorts of light sources.
The fun in using the Lumia 1020 camera starts as soon as you fire up its Pro Camera app. This innovative application allows you to modify everything from shutter speed to ISO, exposure compensation and white balance. If you feel a bit overwhelmed, there is a tutorial that can guide you in how to use all the settings.
Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a good camera phone already and here comes the Galaxy S5 that proves to be the better one. From the 13 megapixel camera resolution of the Galaxy S4, the S5 comes with an enhanced 16 megapixel camera resolution. Aside from that the autofocus time has been effectively decreased to 0.3 seconds.
To bring out more detail in shadows and highlights while shooting videos or photos, the Galaxy S5 has been added with real-time HDR. There is also the Shot & More mode that allows users to decide the mode to use. For instance, if you want to remove the photobombers, you can do so easily with the Eraser option.
One benefit that the SamsungGalaxy S5‘s high 16 megapixel count is that the cropped images can still be displayed at moderately high resolutions. This means that you don’t lose too much detail as what might happen if you are using a lower-resolution camera phone.
The Galaxy S5 also comes with the Selective Focus feature that allows you select a shallower depth of field once you have taken the shot. It’s easy to use and really works quite well. Another good thing is that the selective focus can be edited in as many times as you wish.
Other great features include the Virtual Tour (similar to the Photo Sphere app of Google) and Panning. The Virtual Tour compiles a 360-degree view of the surroundings that can be played in video mode. The Panning feature works by providing action freeze-frame shots – after taking the shot, you can easily edit the background and make it blurred while keeping the main subject in focus.
Sony Xperia Z1S
The Sony Xperia Z1S is said to be the best camera phone for outdoor use. That is not all; you can also take this smartphone for a swim. This Sony phone model can actually be submerged under 5 feet of water, and you can do that for half an hour at a time. When underwater, you can take shot using the phone’s dedicated shutter button and the touch screen can also be used when wet.
The Xperia Z1S also has a big 20.7 megapixel camera resolution that comes with innovative Exmor-RS sensor, which is as advanced as the low-light camera technology used in the stand-alone cameras from Sony.
With the use of the HDR mode, you can easily bring out the details that usually get lost in some parts of the images that are rather too bright or too dark. The Timeshift Burst and the Background Defocus are two other very useful and handy modes to use.
With the Xperia Z1S, Sony has proven once again that they are a company to beat when it comes to cutting-edge photography. For many years now, Sony has given the world with the most advanced compact cameras and BRAVIA TVs. Now, with the Xperia Z1S’ 20.7 MP camera resolution, traditional photography has been pushed to the limits as you can use this camera phone in more ways than you have ever imagined.