6 Outstanding Smartphones for Photography
In year 2000, Sharp Corporation introduced the first camera mobile phone in Japan, the J-SH04. The SCH-V200 by Samsung and the VP-210 Visual Phone by Kyocera Corporation of Japan were also camera phones released almost at the same period but the official record is attributed to the J-SH04. Since then, cameras have become a standard feature on all cellular phones and the sale of digital cameras have started dropping significantly, year after year. It is observed that worldwide, more photos are taken on mobile phones than on digital cameras.
Camera phones have presented the opportunity for nearly everyone to try their hand at photography. Some camera phones are even capable of delivering better photos than professional cameras. In this article, we introduce you to the top 6 of present-day smartphones that come with the best built-in cameras.
Google Nexus 6P
The Nexus 6P is an android smartphone made by Chinese telecommunications equipment company, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., co-developed with Google. The rear camera boasts a Sony Exmor IMX377 CMOS image sensor with a maximum resolution of 12.3 mega pixels. It’s comparatively larger pixel size of 1.55 µm makes it ideal for shooting even in low ambient light conditions. It can also record ultra high definition video at 4K resolution and slow motion video at 240 frames per second. Additionally, the phone comes with a front camera with IMX179 CMOS sensor with 8 mega pixel resolution.
Apple iPhone 6S
The Apple iPhone 6S, released in September 2015, is the only non-Android phone in our list. The 12 mega pixel rear camera of the phone features a Sony Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with a pixel size of 1.22 µm and can also record 1080p video at 60 frames per second. It has novel features such as burst mode, digital image stabilization, time lapse image capture, facial recognition and 63 mega pixel panoramic shooting, to name a few.
Sony Xperia Z5
Sony Xperia Z5, the latest of the flagship Xperia series from Sony Mobile Communications Inc., was also released in September 2015. The Xperia Z5 sports a 23 mega pixel rear camera and a 5 mega pixel front camera. The rear camera also features a Sony Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with back side illumination. It can record 4K video at 30 fps and 1080p video at 60 fps.
Unveiled recently in April 2016, the HTC 10 is manufactured by Taiwanese consumer electronics major, HTC Corporation. It has a 12 MP rear camera with autofocus and dual tone dual LED flash. The front camera has 5 mega pixel resolution and both the rear and front cameras feature optical image stabilization.
Samsung Galaxy S7
The latest model in the Galaxy series from Samsung Corporation, the Galaxy S7 features a 12 mega pixel rear camera with a Sony Exmor R IMX260 CMOS sensor and a 5 MP front camera. It can also record 4K resolution video at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps and 720p video at a whopping 240 frames per second.
The last one in our list is the G5 made by LG Electronics. Unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in February 2016, LG G5 features a 16 MP resolution rear camera with OIS 2.0 optical image stabilization and hybrid infrared autofocus. The front camera also boasts a decent 8 MP resolution.