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I know that the answer many will give is "none" but in this modern era we do need to have a good backup camera or even a good initial camera in our phones to record things day to day. But there's a lot to choose from as the market gets more competitive. Camera phones are always changing and improving (or getting worse!). If you're main camera is going to be your phone, it's best to put some time and research into making sure you get what you need for the level of photography that you carry out. So here are the top contenders this year, in terms of camera phones.

Nokia Lumia 920


This is one of the newest camera phones - the latest windows 8 handset. It has something called 'Pureview Technology' which means that if an object or person comes into view in the picture at the last minute, you can erase it completely using PureView.

It also has an 8.7 megapixel camera. Generally with d-slr's the megapixels don't differ all that much between makes and models. But with a camera phone you are more likely to notice the difference.

The lens for the Lumia is Carl Zeiss and it has an F2.0 Aperture and advanced image stabilisation. This definitely helps for overcoming blurs and shakes, something that's more common with a flimsier handheld phone camera than with a heavy dSLR. An added bonus is that this is the first Lumia which will accept miscroSD cards meaning you can store so much more on the camera.


Apple iPhone 5



I have the 4S iphone and find the zoom function disappointing but everything else works really well. The iphone 5 according to reviews, is a major hit. It has 8 megapixels and a crisp panoramic mode letting you shoot fantastic landscapes and scenes. The video footage function has added video stabilisation meaning that image shake is reduced during recording and - the best bit I think - is that the camera lets you take photos whilst you are recording a video.

The FaceTime camera is now high definition compared to the 4S. Reports suggest not much difference in comparison, but a nice function for clearer video calls.

HTC Windows Phone 8X


This camera is fantastic with an 'ultra' wide angle lens. Fantastic for capturing scenery, landscapes and group shots. There's also an in-built flash adjuster which adjusts the brightness of the flash depending on light available. In terms of spec, it's high with regards to the front facing camera. It offers an aperture of F2.0 and 1080p Video capture.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2


8 megapixel camera on this tablet type phone and 1080 HD video recording capabilities. There's autofocus and fantastic photo editing features. There's the 'Best Photo Feature' - the camera takes eight shots of one scene and selects the best one based on focus and even smiles. There's also 'Best Group Pose' where the note will take a selection of fast shots. It will use face detection tools to select the best smile for each person and...wait for it...generate an image with all the best smiles in! This one sounds like the best for those family and group shots.

Sony Xperia T


This phone is becoming increasingly popular because it was 'The' smartphone used in Skyfall. It has fantastic HD and a THIRTEEN megapixel camera - highest resolution between all the top competing camera phones of the year. It has a Sony mobile image sensor built in which aids with capturing shots in low light and a 16x digital zoom and image stabilisation so you can get close but remain without blur. Definitely the phone for you if you're looking for something you can use fast, clearly and without complications.

These are just a few of the more popular releases, any thoughts and feedback on the camera you use (your phone) is greatly appreciated! The best critic is someone who tries it out everyday! ;)

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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013   Writer
I take a lot of pictures with my Motorola Xoom (tablet). It takes decent shots, and has a pretty cool panoramic mode and, of course, picture editing on a 10" touchscreen is breezy.
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Sarah-BK Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The iPad camera is pretty neat too :) Obviously doesn't compare to and SLR but hey... :D
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yes :nod: although when i was on a bus scenic trip last year and saw someone holding up their ipad to take a photo...it just looked weird to me :D
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Sarah-BK Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well it is quite big compared to a phone so I agree :P - though if that's all I have, as long as I get pics...! :la:
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myanalove Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist
Camera phones arent really the best and soon im going to get a better camera and hopefully i can take better photos
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No indeed, but if it's all you have..there are some good ones :)
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LOLg95 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I had an HTC Wildfire S, and it really does have a good 5MP camera. It isn't great quality or focus, but for the price, it was the best I could ask for.
I do, however, prefer a camera, if for nothing but macro.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: :)
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Dooonster Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have the HTC titan II and i love it the quality of the camera is brilliant plus having a image stabilizer is a massive bonus when taking 1080p video. i don't use it that much but when i do it always impresses me with the depth it can capture 16+ megapixels it was a sure winner for me... 4G phone with great camera and the windows operating system for $200

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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh that's amazing!
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TheMaidenInBlack Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I recently bought a Galaxy Note (1, not the 2) and it has the same camera of the Note 2. I don't know about that thing about smiles, but both video and pictures are definitely AMAZING. Indoors under artificial light quality suffers, but outdoors, during daytime, even the front camera is really excellent. One of the best buys for me. :heart:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That's fantastic!
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ibendit Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
I use a Nokia N8, great for documenting my work. Not looking forward to upgrading it.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah i hate upgrading purely because of losing an awesome camera, they only really ever get worse :P
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miontre Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Interesting :nod: I took a photo on my phone which I really like, probably one of my better photos! Too bad I can't upload it, but ah well.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Why not? :O
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miontre Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Contains a family member, they don't want me to upload it :lol:
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tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What about the Galaxy Camera, or the Nokia Pureview 808?
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
There hasn't been a galaxy released this year as far as I'm aware, I think there are rumours of one in the works :nod: but the article focuses on 2013 releases rather than 2012! :)
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tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the late reply (and for not having read the previous comment).

All those phones were released during September-November 2012, but my point is that the Galaxy Camera is more a camera that a phone since it has a 16.3 Mpx sensor and a 21x optical zoom (It can't make voice calls, though, only data); and the Nokia 808 PureView has a 38 Mpx camera (not a typo, Thirty-Eight Mpx) but can take 5 Mpx images that, thanks to oversampling, reduces the noise significantly and allows loseless digital zoom (that sounded like an add :D) but it's still Symbian, not Windows.

My point is that these two have, IMO, enough "camerability" to be considered.
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seth2012chaos Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
And where's the 808 Pureview?
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a bunch of 2013 releases/prospective releases - the pureview was 2012 I think? :)
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seth2012chaos Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
iPhone 5 - September 2012
Galaxy Note 2 - September 2012
Xperia T - September 2012
Windows Phone 8x - November 2012
Lumia 920 - November 2012
All phones listed are 2012 releases :D I just asked 808 Pureview cause I've sen it being even Compared to 5D Mark II in specific light comditions :)
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tvlookplay Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the info! maybe when i decide to upgrade to a smart phone i'll take this into consideration xD
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent! :D
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regularjane Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have a htc mozart phone and the camera is excellent! I am really happy with its quality but gutted that windows phones are not Instagram compatable :(
I always find when using camera phones that if you are in natural/good light you can get some pretty good results... :)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes that's definitely a shame about instagram. :(
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regularjane Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
... and it's not even on the horizon to become a Windows app which is pants. Windows has Lomogram which is actually a really good alternative but it just doesn't have the following...
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome article!

I just want to add that the Galaxy S3 phone has an awesome camera in it as well x)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah yes, I had one of those a while back, not sure what it was but the camera was awesome! :D
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KrisColey86 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Galaxy S4 is going to destroy them all. Predicted date : April 15th. Start saving now cuz it's going to be insane.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:la:
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Oouh an S4?! I WANT :squee:
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KrisColey86 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Me too! And my big upgrade is around the same time! I'm dying waiting!
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Aww lucky! My upgrade happened at the same time as the S3 was released, so I got that XD Love it though.
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KrisColey86 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
The S3 is an amazing device. Very good choice. That's what I would have gotten if the S4 so close to it.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
As soon as the contract is ready to renew will get the newest version of the iPhone. I have the 4, too, and you're right, the zoom leaves a bit to be desired!
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent! It does sadly! :(
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petrova Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Great article :aww:

If I could afford (and didn't like my phone overall) I would change from my Galaxy S II since it shows off a green splotch in the middle and become a bit extra red around... I even changed several times but still the same issue :noes: so I settled for it since it's mostly just visible on some skins and on white backgrounds.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Really? I think I had an S II a while back and never noticed this :noes:
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Savaliste Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
nice :nod:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:la:
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