16th Jan 2017The Selfie trend has taken the world by storm. You can blame the millennials and social media for this this self-portrait photography craze. As if duck face, pouts, no-makeup, selfie trends weren’t silly enough, we now have bizarre ‘One finger Challenges’ becoming rage amongst the youth. With NASA’s Curiosity Rover sending a selfie from Mars, you simply cannot ignore this trend anymore. As they say, if you can’t beat it, join it. So here are the best smartphones that help you get to the dark side:Apple iPhone 7Price: Rs 60,000 onwardsOne of the best imaging smartphones out there extends its selfie capabilities further. Apple has plonked in a 7-megapixel front facing camera for the iPhone 7 & 7 Plus. It provides great image quality, colour accuracy, and a good dynamic range. The low-light photography is very good on this one and also takes aid of the Screen Flash feature. The only gripe though being it doesn’t provide a wider shot.Other key features:• 4.7 inch IPS HD display• IP67 certified dust and water resistant• Apple A10 Fusion Quad-core CPU clocked at 2.34GHz & PowerVR 7XT Plus GPU• Comes in 32/128/256GB versions, 2GB RAM• 12MP, f/1.8, 28mm, PDAF, autofocus, OIS rear camera with dual tone flash• 7MP, f/2.2, 32mm front facing camera• Dual stereo speakers, Type-C usb• Fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer• Non-removable 1.960 mAh batterySamsung Galaxy S7 EdgePrice: Rs 51,000 onwardsA 5-megapixel camera may not sound impressive on paper, but thanks to its 1/4.1-inch sensor, the front-facing camera takes impressive shots. The dynamic range is near perfect with adequate detail and accurate colours. Much like the iPhone, the S7 Edge also uses the LCD screen as flash for low-light shots. The wide-angle lens is ideal for group selfies. Moreover, it supports dual video calls and has Auto-HDR system for the front camera. The water-resistant body enables you to take shots without worrying about those spilling drinks.Other key features:• 5.5-inch Super AMOLED Quad-HD display with Gorilla glass 4• Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset & Adreno 530 GPU• 4GB RAM, 32Gb inbuilt storage, expandable up to 256GB• 12MP, 1.4 UltraPixel rear camera with f/1.7, 26mm, PDAF, OIS, LED flash• 5MP, 1/4.1-inch sensor size, 1.34 UltraPixel size, f/1.7, 22mm, auto HDR• Fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate• Non-removable 3600mAh battery with fast charging supportOne Plus 3TPrice: Rs 30,000The One plus 3T gets a bump in resolution for the front camera which is rated at 16 megapixels as opposed to the 8-megapixel one on the One Plus 3. It is a bit brighter than its predecessor and with a higher pixel density for sharper images. The dynamic range is also improved with images in the background are much more detailed. The low light camera performance is good although nothing to boast about. It can record videos at FullHD 1080p. It is great value for money handset and offers very good camera performance for its price.Other features:• 5.5-inches Optic AMOLED FullHD display with Gorilla glass 4• 4G Volte Dual SIM, dual standby• Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU with Adreno 530 GPU• 6GB RAM, 64GB inbuilt storage• 16MP rear camera with 1/2.8” sensor size, 1.12 UltraPixel size, f/2.0, PDAF, OIS and LED flash• 16MP front facing camera with f/2.0, 1.0 UltraPixel size, 1080p video• Fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass• Non-removable 3400mAh batteryXiaomi Mi5Price: Rs 22,000The Xiaomi Mi5 is equipped with a 4-megapixel front-facing snapper boasting of f/2.0 aperture and 1/3-inch sensor. The pictures produce great levels of detail and natural colours. The bigger pixels enables it to work its magic in low light conditions. It has lower noise than most of the similarly priced camera smartphones. The selfie-shooter can also shoot videos Full HD 1080p at 30 fps.Other features:• 5.15-inch IPS FullHD LCD with Gorilla glass 4• Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU with Adreno 530 GPU• 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory which is non expandable• 16MP rear camera with f/2.0, PDAF, (OIS 4-axis), dual LED flash• 4MP front camera with f/2.0, 1/3-inch sensor size, 2 UltraPixel• Type-C usb, Fast charging tech• Non-removable 3000mAh batteryVivo V5Price: Rs 16,400The Vivo V5 packs in a monstrous 20-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. Little wonder then, that it delivers excellent dynamic range and detail. It also gets the selfie LED flash, which enables it to produce great images and videos in low or no light situations. The Vivo V5 records videos at Full HD resolution. Vivo is trying so hard to impress the selfie-aficionados, that the phone’s main camera on the rear is only 13-megapixel.Other features:• 5.5-inch HD IPS display with Gorilla glass• 4G dual sim VoLTE• Mediatek Octa core CPU• 32GB onboard storage and 4GB RAM• 13MP primary camera, PDAF, LED flash• 20MP secondary camera, f/2.0, 1/2.8-inch sensor size, 1080p video• Fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, proximity, compass• Non removable 3000mAh battery
Though Ajinkya mostly writes about gadgets, he prefers things that guzzle gasoline more than those running on lithium-ion batteries. He is a Features Writer at Compareraja.in
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