Smartphone Buying Guide 2014: Phone Camera Features Compared

By Campbell Simpson and Luke Hopewell

In general, Samsung’s custom camera app adds a huge number of scene modes, and a nifty Dual Shot mode that snaps a photo using the phone’s front camera at the same time as the rear, taking your portrait and inserting it into the scene you’re photographing.

The stock Android camera app is simple but powerful, letting you choose scene modes, adjust exposure, shoot in HDR, set a countdown timer, and use a novel Photo Sphere mode that creates a 360-degree spherical panorama.

The 1020 stands out with its 41-megapixel PureView snapper, but all three high-end Nokias have dedicated shutter buttons and use the Lumia Pro Camera app, which offers the most natural, manual control over camera settings like ISO, focus and exposure that we’ve seen.

It’s that is really owning the smartphone camera arms race right now — the Lumia 930, Lumia 1520 and the still unbeatable Lumia 1020 all have excellent cameras, that are easily the equal of anything that Apple, Samsung or HTC can offer.

The new camera on the iPhone 5s doesn’t boast more megapixels than that of its predecessor, the iPhone 5, but Apple has gone down the route blazed by the HTC One M8′s Ultrapixel camera by making the pixels on the sensor larger.

Sony’s Xperia Z2 also deserves special mention. Its 20. 7-megapixel camera has a whole lot of tech behind it. The camera boasts a 1/2. 3-inch sensor, roughly on par with the one in the Galaxy S4 Zoom (a phone that is possibly more camera that phone, with 12MP snapping in 16:9).

What you want in a smartphone camera is simple: a high megapixel count, good low-light performance, and a swathe of features to make your phone more versatile.

The 8-megapixel photos from older iPhones and the iPhone 5c are good in both bright and low light, although the 1. 2-megapixel front camera isn’t great.

HTC also has a camera app with a sequence shot to capture the best possible action photo, smart object removal to get rid of accidental intruders into your photo backgrounds, and a Zoe mode that captures a 3-second ‘moving photo’ video.

Despite the fact that Nokia is more or less the only player in the Windows Phone space, Lumia is the final word on camera phone technology.

HTC has taken a completely different approach to the camera in its smartphones, trading megapixels for mega-sensitivity, with a 4-megapixel sensor that is far more useful in low light than almost any other competitor.

This UltraPixel tech found in the HTC One M8 and One M7 has an optical image stabiliser and wide aperture, so the camera is able to capture clean and detailed photos even in dim light.

Read more here: Gizmodo


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