Top 5 camera phones – August 2013
Camera phones today feature advanced optics, complex image sensors and a whole lot of new technology running inside them that can easily give some serious competition to any dedicated camera. With megapixels now reaching the 13 megapixel range today digital cameras are having a tough time selling in the numbers that they used to earlier. So while there is a wide variety of camera phones out there that offer near professional imaging quality, here we have shortlisted the top 5 best ever camera phones available in the market today. So read on to find out which you would like to have as your pocket powerhouse.
The new Apple iPhone 5
The new Apple iPhone 5 is lighter, thinner and faster compared to its predecessor model, the iPhone 4S. In short, it is in every sense better and improved overall. Featuring a bigger 4 inch Retina display, the iPhone 5 features a new design and packs a faster Apple A6 mobile processor inside. The iPhone 5’s 4 inch Retina display comes with 1136 x 640 pixel resolution having 326 pixels per inch density. This Retina display is based on IPS panel technology and supports multi-touch. It also comes with finger-resistant oleophobic coating on the display.
The new iPhone 5 is 18 per cent thinner and 20 per cent lighter compared to the iPhone 4S. Sporting a new design, the iPhone 5 is 7.6 mm thin and weighs a mere 112 grams. Inside the chassis, it packs a new Apple A6 quad core mobile processor comprising of ARM Cortex A15 core architecture.
Apple has used the new iSight camera that features an 8 megapixel image sensor, which is 25 per cent smaller than the iPhone 4S’s sensor. Apple has also introduced Panorama mode, which will allow the user to capture images in up to 28 megapixel resolution.
Apple has added three high-density microphones for enhanced video recording in full 1080p HD video resolution. The front facing camera has been bumped to 1.2 megapixel and now it can offer 720p HD video resolution for Apple’s FaceTime video chat feature. Now users can engage FaceTime even over cellular networks as it was limited only to WiFi networks previously.
Nokia Limia 920
Nokia has used the same unibody polycarbonate design as its previous generation of Lumia devices, which was nicely accepted by consumers globally on the Lumia 920.
Inside, Nokia Lumia 920 runs the Microsoft Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system with bundled Nokia apps such as Maps, Music, City Lens and more. Nokia has implemented PureMotion HD+ on the 4.5 inch LCD ClearBlack display with the default resolution being 720 x 1280 pixel. The phone is slightly curved at the edges.
Nokia has used a dual core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait mobile process with an Adreno 225 grahics chip, as well as 1 GB RAM and 32 GB on-board storage. Since there is no microSD card slot, the only way one can get more storage is by using cloud services.
Nokia has managed to implement PureView camera imaging technology in the Lumia 920. This flagship Windows Phone 8 device features an 8.7 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture and Carl Zeiss optics. A dual LED powered flash promises better luminance in low light conditions. Nokia has added optical image stabilization technique that makes it stand out from the crowd, and it has placed the camera assembly on a shock absorbing movable platform inside the unibody polycarbonate chassis. So whenever the user attempts image capture or video recording with a slight shake of hands, there is minimal blurriness in the resultant image or video.
Sony Xperia Z
The Sony Xperia Z is a perfect mix of Sony’s cutting edge technologies with its superior design. Xperia Z is water and dust proof with Ingress Protection 57 certification, which also allows the device to shoot videos and images underwater. It can be submerged in water for up to 1 meter depth for up to 30 minutes without damaging the device at all.
Its 13 megapixel camera at the back features “Exmor RS for mobile”, which offers best imagery on the go. The Sony Xperia Z features HDR for both photos and film, and superior auto mode automatically activates HDR and noise reduction when needed.
It features a 5 inch display with full HD Triluminos technology display for better visuals. The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. To supplement this configuration it gets 2 GB of RAM and Android Jelly Bean operating system.
The device features 16 GB of onboard storage along with an expandable memory card slot for additional memory.
The HTC One features a 4.7 inch Super LCD 3 display with full 1080p HD resolution. The display has pixel density of 469 ppi and Gorilla Glass for added protection against scratches. HTC One has an anodized aluminum unibody. Inside its 9.3 mm thick chassis, One comes with a quad core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T mobile processor and 2 GB RAM. HTC One offers 32 GB onboard storage but there is no memory card slot.
The most talked-about feature of the phone is HTC Zoe, which is a new image gallery with image editor inside. By default, the HTC One packs a 4 megapixel camera with Ultrapixel technique to capture high quality images with more clarity and less possible noise. The Ultrapixel camera also enables a plethora of features such as 360 degree panorama, high dynamic range, burst mode, time sequencing, and even object removal.
The smartphone comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5.0 user interface that brings a new home screen feature called BlinkFeed. This feature basically collates all the news, web feeds and social network updates to the home screen. HTC One has stereo speakers in its front and comes loaded with Beats Audio amplifiers that deliver high fidelity sound.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 is the first Android smartphone to feature an eight core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 mobile processor clocked at 1.6 GHz and the new PowerVR SGX544MP3 graphics chip. It has 2 GB RAM and comes in a 16 GB storage variant.
The Galaxy S4 features a 5 inch full HD Super Amoled display, built using Corning Gorilla Glass 3 technology. It is just 7.9 mm thick and is still slimmer than the 8.6 mm thick Galaxy SIII. In terms of weight, S4 measures 130 grams compared to the Galaxy S III, which weighs 133 grams.
At the back, Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 13 megapixel camera with LED flash, autofocus and zero shutter lag features. This camera is capable of recording full HD videos and clicking high quality images. There is also a front facing camera capable of clicking high quality self portraits and video.
For connectivity, the Galaxy S4 has high speed WiFi support, Bluetooth 4.0 and infrared LED for remote control. The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with a layer of the latest Nature UX as part of TouchWiz UI