Couple of years back, a mobile phone with a camera used to be a rarity and is usually priced on the higher side. But now the scenario has changed with almost all mobile phones now equipped with lenses of varying capacity.
Today mobile phones come with advanced cameras with features like advanced optics, complex image sensors and a whole lot of technology running in the background. In fact, today digital cameras are having a tough time selling in numbers all thanks to the camera phones.
Since our last Top 5 Camera Phone installment , lots of things have changed in this arena. From the last list the Galaxy S2, HTC Sensation, and even the iPhone 4 have been replaced with newer more powerful devices.
So here we have this month’s installment of our top 5 camera phones money can buy, read on.
Apple iPhone 4s — 8 Megapixel (Price Rs 44,300)
Touted as the fastest iPhone, this handset is truly a remarkable device from Apple. The iPhone 4s comes with a sleek, sharp and thinner design that is similar to its predecessor — the iPhone 4. The fifth-generation model of Apple iPhone comes with a similar 3.5 inch screen with 640 X 960 pixel resolution which is known as the Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, and FaceTime for video calling. The display has also been treated with a special oleo phobic coating which is very useful for the Indian environment.
The phone has got an 8 megapixel camera as compared to the 5 megapixel of iPhone 4. The camera has an LED flash also for illumination. The 8 megapixel snapper uses the one of the best image sensors to reproduce life like colours with detail and variance. The camera can also record full HD 1080p video and get functionalities like touch focus and Geo tagging. Along with this, the upgraded OS 5 and a mighty faster dual core processor makes it easier to edit and share pictures.
Apple users can also make use of the Apple iCloud service to store their pictures. Apple is offering 5 GB of space free on iCloud to all its users. ###PAGE###
Nokia N8 with Anna — 12 Megapixel (Price Rs 22,000)
Many camera phones have come and gone but this device of Nokia continues to top the charts due to its amazing camera quality. The Nokia N8 boasts of Carl Zeiss optics, a 12 megapixel 1/1.183 inch optical format CCD image sensor, Xenon flash with automatic red-eye removal and auto focus. This type of a sensor has never been used in a camera phone before that makes the N8 unique to its technology and allows it to capture images that are far better in terms of resolution and variance as far as pictures are concerned.
With the Symbian Anna upgrade, the Nokia N8 has gotten newer video recording capabilities such as continuous auto focus, 720P video recording capability. Besides, N8 users can record videos in 30 frames /second as opposed to present 24 frames / second earlier.
Not just the camera, the N8 is an equally excellent device with good hardware and a very responsive and vibrant 3.5 inch touchscreen which makes usage of this device a breeze. The speedy 600 MHz processor might sound puny in front of the bigger multi core competitors but it has been optimised so beautifully that there is virtually no lag in anything you do on this device. ###PAGE###
Samsung Galaxy Note — 8 Megapixel (Price Rs 32,299)
Apart from having the biggest smartphone screen, the Galaxy Note is by far the fastest Android smartphone available to the Indian customers. The Galaxy Note is powered by a faster 1.4 GHz dual core processor and comes with a 5.3 inch Super Amoled plus screen and 16 GB inbuilt memory. This phone is almost 200 MHz faster than the Galaxy S2 which is very useful for doing memory intensive tasks like photography and image editing
The device has an 8 megapixel auto focus camera with LED flash. The device manufacturer has managed to keep the size of the device slim even while incorporating a higher resolution sensor. In terms of video recording, the Galaxy Note offers 1080p HD video recording at 30 FPS. In fact, it is the highest ever frame rate attained by a smartphone in terms of video recording.
The 5.3 inch display is very useful for seeing pictures and especially while editing them on the go. The device has all the necessary hardware for speedier operation and is a breeze to operate even with the included stylus. ###PAGE###
HTC Sensation XL — 8 megapixel (Price Rs 38,800)
The Sensation XL is HTC’s first ever phone to feature a 1.5 GHz processor supplied by Qualcomm and a whole new interface with the latest HTC sense 3.5 UI. Backed by the latest Android operating system, this device works flawlessly and offers users unparalleled performance. The Sensation XL comes powered with Dr Dre’s beats audio enhancement system along with a pair of tuned “Beats’ headphones.
The Sensation XL, like its predecessor HTC Sensation, features an 8 megapixel camera which is capable of recording high definition videos in 720p HD resolution. The quality of the camera is good with both stills and videos. The camera also features auto focus to give precise but automatic control to the user. The Sensation allows manual tweaking as well with its touch focus feature that makes the camera focus on the point where the user wishes to.
The device features a 4.7 inch qHD resolution based touchscreen that makes watching pictures and videos fun. The device is complete with its great camera capabilities along with exceptional sound quality thanks to the Beats audio enhancement. ###PAGE###
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc -8 Megapixel (Price Rs 29,000)
Although Sony Ericsson has upgraded the Arc to Arc S, somehow the former gives better camera wise performance than the later. In the past, we have seen world class camera phones that offer best in class photography options and results coming from the brand Sony Ericsson and the Arc is no exception to that.
The Arc features an 8.1 megapixel camera with HD video capability featuring Sony’s exclusive Exmor R (CMOS) based image sensor that enhances still images and videos even in low light conditions. The image quality is impressive while the device meets all expectations any shutterbug might have. It records 720 P videos and has a very capable flash for low light shooting as well.
The Xperia Arc is powered with a 1 Ghz processor from Snapdragon including a dedicated Adreno 205 graphics engine for faster operations and a 4.2 inch touchscreen display. The phone features a 512 MB of RAM and a 364 MB of ROM for speedy operations and the phone also comes bundled with an 8 GB microSD card and can manage up to 32 GB of external storage.
The phone also features touch focus, which allows users to manually select which area to focus on while capturing an image. Users can also leave the phone on full auto mode or can select smile detection for that perfect shot.