How to Choose the Right Camera When Buying a Smartphone

It's feature-rich, handy and affordable. Little wonder that mobile cameras are fast replacing digi-cameras (at least on a daily-use basis). In terms of the sheer number of moments and occasions it lets you capture (after all, you can carry it everywhere – your office dinner, shopping or a road-trip), the mobile camera has little competition. So here are the things to look out for, when buying your mobile camera.

Megapixels

When it comes to mobile phone cameras, the first thing that most of us check out is the megapixel count. And while the rule of thumb certainly is that the higher the megapixel the better the picture quality, an MP count of 7 is decent enough for everyday use (unless you are looking at it as a stepping stone for a career in photography).   Click here to shop for smartphones with 7 MP+ Camera on Junglee.com.

Lens

The quality of the lens is an important consideration when it comes to your mobile camera. By exposing the sensor to more sunlight, the lens can indirectly impact the quality of the photography. This is because sensors (with low pixel count) can be sensitive to illumination – which will lead to better-than-expected results even in relatively low-light conditions. The elements to keep in mind while deciding upon the lens are focal length, maximum aperture, lens mount and format type. The higher the Focal length, the bigger the zoom. The larger the aperture, the more light it can capture.

Image processors

There are handsets that come with image processors (‘digital signal processors’ actually, or DSP) which employ parallel computing to increase speed and efficiency. From noise (visual distractions) reduction to contour (edge) sharpening to tone adjustments to auto-focussing, image processors enhance photograph quality in a variety of ways. Indeed, they even come with extra horsepower to drive performance.

An image processor not only helps you optimize lighting and other adjustments (which, in turn, make your images look good), it also helps the camera take snaps quickly, and that indirectly affects the photograph quality, especially when lighting conditions are less-than-perfect. So while not all cell cameras come with one, it’s always a good idea to go for an image processor.  

Sensor

The silent (and often unsung) hero of your mobile camera is its sensor. The function of the sensor is to convert light coming through the lens (the bigger, the better) into actionable data, which directly influences image quality.

Optical image stabilizers

Then there are optical image stabilizers that employ hi-precision sensors to help you take smoother videos and blur-less images.

Flash

Your phone’s Flash can come in 3 avatars – Xenon, LED and Photo Flash (in essence, reinforced LED light that produces intense illumination for a very short period of time). Photo Flash is the traditional way of ‘lighting up’ your scene, and works fine, till you want to shoot a video. For that, turn to a LED flash.LED flashes can be economical (since they are easy to install), but are not bright enough, which can lead to poor image quality. Xenon affords a much brighter burst of light, but are bulky, power sapping devices.

Optics

A recent trend is to feature lenses made by well-known brands. While ‘fancy value’ is the reason most go for them, the difference they can make to photograph quality is debatable.

Optical Zoom

Not all cameras will have this, since it affects the size of the handset. However, if present in your smartphone, it will let you zoom into the subject without compromising on the quality of the image (a good thing to have!) Some phones with optical zoom are Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy K, Asus Zenfone and Nokia Lumia 1020.

Selfies, of course!

Selfie-buffs, remember that a front-facing flash help take better selfies. Try to go for a minimum MP count of 2. 

Best Camera Phones Recommendations

(in no particular order)

1. Sony Xperia Z3

  • Has 20.7MP primary camera with 8x digital zoom, touch focus, geotagging,
  • HD video recording, face detection, red-eye reduction
  • 2.2MP front facing camera
  • Price starting INR 35,000

Click here to compare price of Sony Xperia Z3 on Junglee.com and buy online.

2. iPhone 6

  • 8-megapixel iSight camera with Focus Pixels and True Tone flash
  • 1080p HD video recording at 60 fps
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • Price starting INR 51,000

Click here to find the best deal on iPhone 6 on Junglee.com and buy online.

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

  • 16MP primary camera with fast auto focus, HDR, smart OIS 
  • 3.7MP front facing camera with 90 degree (wide angle) lens
  • Price starting INR 39,000

Click here to buy Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on discount online.

4. LG G4

  • 16MP rear camera
  • F1.8 aperture for impressive performance in low-light
  • Read full review by us here
  • Price starting INR 43,000

5. HTC One M8

  • Ultrapixel Duo Camera
  • HD video recording, auto focus, dual LED flash, geotagging
  • 5MP front facing camera
  • Price starting INR 34,000

Click here to compare and buy online HTC One M8 in India.

Now that you have understood which camera to go for, read our next article to find out how to choose the right operating system for your smartphone.

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