Until recently, photography was considered an expensive hobby. Cameras worked with rolls of film that had to be stored carefully and developed professionally. With camera phones becoming ubiquitous, everyone is free to tap their love for photography. A reasonably good camera phone is a great entry-point for photography enthusiasts who want to test and hone their skills before they splurge on expensive SLR cameras. Even casual photographers who want to capture special occasions and vacation memories find camera phones convenient since they are built into their phone device and don’t have to carry around an additional gadget.
Read on to narrow down your search for a great camera phone.
Great Camera Phones in India for 2013
Apple iPhone 5
The iPhone range of phones needs no introduction. If you want the Apple experience go for the iPhone 5.
It comes with an 8 MP primary and 1.2 MP secondary cameras and a 4-inch display. With HD recording and advanced features like geo tagging, panorama mode, and face detection, the iPhone doesn’t disappoint.
Make sure you get a good camera app such as Camera+ and a photo editing app such as Photo Editor by Aviary to make your photography more efficient.
Samsung Galaxy Camera GC100
The problem, when it comes to phone cameras, is that digital zoom is never as good as optical zoom. Samsung solved that problem by giving us a device that is truly a hybrid gadget. Samsung Galaxy Camera GC100 is a camera which lets you insert a SIM card and use as a phone.
At 16.3 MP, this camera bests most if not all other camera phones in the market. Add to that the 20.9x optical zoom, and you cannot want more in your phone device.
But wait – there is more! The device runs on Android Jelly Bean (4.2), thereby giving you all the benefits that the latest smartphones have to offer.
Nokia Lumia 920
The Nokia Lumia 920 is another phone meant for photography enthusiasts.
It has an 8.7 MP Carl Zeiss optics-enabled primary camera that is equipped with PureView and Optical Image Stabilization technology that capture blur-free images even your hand shakes or you have low light.
The display is a generous 4.5-inches that makes viewing your photo gallery a pleasure.
Check out this video review that tests the Lumia 920’s camera in low light, and gives it the thumbs up.
The Micromax Canvas 4 is a bargain. It packs in most of the features of high-end phones at a much lower price.
What sets it apart from other phones in its price range is a primary camera that is a whopping 13 Megapixels. This puts the phone in the league of other bigwigs like the Sony Xperia Z or the Samsung Galaxy S4. The secondary camera is also an unheard of 5 MP and the display is a neat 5 inch HD screen.
One of the unique features of the camera is that you can take pictures that pan a vertical panorama.
Sony Xperia ZL
The Sony Xperia ZL is a dream phone that marries the best of Sony’s technology into a phone device. And by this, I mean the 13 MP camera that works great in low light as well as strongly backlit conditions. The camera allows Full HD recording, and a digital zoom of 16x.
To top it, the display is a super-compact 5 inches which means that the width of the phone is almost entirely the display. Sony claims it is the world’s sharpest 5# smartphone display, and the reason behind it is the well-loved Bravia Engine 2 that runs the display.
Check out the other features of the camera on this phone in this short video review.