Which is the best mobile phone for photography?
Smartphones have conveniently eaten away the compact Point & Shoot camera segment.
Over the last 2-3 years smartphone sales have gone up while the demand for smaller trendier compact cameras have taken a nose-dive.
Smartphones are, for many, the only camera they ever use. With a smartphone they always have a camera on them, convenient and ready to share images that they shoot on the fly.
IPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
The new iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are two phones that deserve a mention first up.
While some would argue that the Samsung Galaxy S5 with its 16 megapixel sensor should have been the best smartphone for photography, one thing that works in favor of the new iPhone is its phase-detection auto-focusing system. It is blindingly quick and accurate.
Add to that image stabilization (only with the iPhone 6) and large 1.5 micron pixel sizes meaning the camera is better sensitive to light and yields sharper images when shooting.
If you are wondering if there is any other differences between the two new iPhones then the iPhone 6 shoots at a faster shutter speed compared to the iPhone 6 Plus. The later obviously takes advantage of image stabilization resulting in better low light performance and reduced noise.
The Samsung Note 4
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features a 16 megapixel camera.
It is a significantly large amount of resolution and you can make large prints especially when the camera comes with optical image stabilization. OIS really works especially if you are shooting in bright conditions. The camera however suffers from issues in low light situations. You will be forced to hold the camera steady for several seconds while the image is being processed.
If you are the one-selfie-a-day type you would love the 3.7 megapixel front camera. However, when shooting selfies take care to switch off the Beauty Face mode which automatically applies filters to dial down the years from your age. Could be something that is useful for others though.
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The Samsung Galaxy S5
The Galaxy S5 is a serious upgrade from the S4, and I am only referring to the camera bit and not the other features of the phone. Samsung has upped the game from 13 megapixel to 16 megapixel, making the Galaxy S5 a serious contender for the title of the best smartphone for photography.
Galaxy S5’s auto-focusing system is quick as well with some tests claiming it locks focus in 0.3 seconds. Compared to the iPhone 6 though it is just a tag slower making the iPhone the best in its class.
A neat feature of the Galaxy S5 is the selective focusing system. Using this you can toggle between focusing distances that you wish to use for your images. Meaning you can either select near focus in which case the camera will lock focus on something that is close to the lens, or select far focus where the camera focuses on something far away.
The HTC Desire Eye
2014 is the year of the selfie. HTC got it absolutely right when they decided to launch the Desire Eye. It boasts a 13 megapixel camera both at the front and the rear. The front camera has a wide 22mm lens, meaning it serves more than just delicious selfies but also group shots that you can take hand-held.
The cameras come with BIS or Backside illuminated sensors. This means the camera are expected to perform much better in low light conditions compared to other cameras. For that extra tricky lighting conditions, however, there is a dual-LED flash.
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