Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
16th Apr 2014
Cellphone cameras have come a long way. From the humble VGA beginnings, their megapixel count have reached double digits. Today's smartphones can challenge point-and-shoot cameras. It may not give you the flexibility to interchange lenses like a DSLR, but camera phones clearly have an edge when it comes to portability. So if you’re planning to buy camera phone, here are your options at different price bands.
Under Rs 10,000
XOLO Q800 X-Edition
Street Price: Rs 8500
The XOLO Q800 may not be the best smartphone under 10k, but it definitely the best camera phone in this price range. The handset sport an 8 megapixel camera with BSI (Back-Side Illuminated) sensor. It helps you capture relatively sharper images in low-light conditions. The Q800 sports a 4.5-inch IPS display with 960x540 pixels. It’s powered by a run-of-the-mill 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 chip. It comes with 1 GB RAM, which is enough to handle Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s a dual-SIM handset comes with 4 GB internal storage and microSD card slot. Connectivity features include Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, Wi-Fi, A-GPS (Assisted GPS).
Under Rs 20,000
Street Price: Rs 17,000
Nokia Lumia 720
Nokia’s mid-range Lumia 720 comes with a 6.7 megapixel autofocus camera. It’s backed by Carl Zeiss optics that delivers incredible low-light photography. The Lumia 720 comes with Nokia camera app that debuted with the Lumia 1020. The software combines Smart Cam, video recorder, and DSLR-like Pro Cam in a single easily accessible suite. Apart from that, you get a 4.3" WVGA IPS screen, 1 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 8 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, and 2000 mAh battery. Although the phone only packs in 512 MB RAM, the Windows Phone 8 experience is smooth. To further sweeten the deal, the Finns have thrown in Nokia Music (free music download for a year) and HERE maps (offline sat nav).
Under Rs 30,000
Samsung GALAXY S4
Street Price: Rs 27,900
In the Android world, the Samsung GALAXY S4 has a great camera. The 13 megapixel auto focus snapper comes loaded with plethora of camera features including Dual Shot, Drama Shot, Cinema Shot, Sound & Shot, Eraser, Best Face, and Beauty Face. It is powered by the Exynos 5410 chipset that features 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor, and 2 GB of RAM. Other features include GALAXY packs in a 5" Super AMOLED screen, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD support for up to 64 GB, , 2 mp front-facing camera, Wi-fi, A-GPS with GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0, and 2,600 mAh battery. After the recent price cut, it’s a great deal for Rs 27,900.
Nokia Lumia 925
Street Price: Rs 28,000
In addition to its elegant design, the Lumia 925 offers an excellent camera. The module boasts of Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Back Side-Illuminated image (BSI) sensor. To achieve OIS, Nokia has suspended the entire 8.7 megapixel Zeiss lens assembly on springs. This help cancel the shakes to produce sharper pictures even in low-light. Other specs include Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.5-inch HD AMOLED screen, 16 GB internal storage, and 2000 mAh battery. The phone runs Windows Phone 8 Black out-of-the-box and is eligible for WP 8.1 update. It comes with productivity apps Office Suite, SkyDrive integration, and HERE Maps.
Cost No Bar
Nokia Lumia 1020
Street Price: Rs 38,000
Nokia’s camera wonder, Lumia 1020 isn’t only about 41 megapixel sensor, but how the Finns have tapped its full-potential with a thoughtfully designed camera app. The 1020 offers total control over parameters such as shutter speed, exposure, white balance, and ISO. With so many settings to play around with, creativity is only limited by your imagination. The interface is so convenient that we wonder why Canon or Nikon couldn’t come up with something like this. Thanks to the Xenon flash, you can take snaps in pitch dark conditions. Long story short, the 1020 is way ahead of the competition. Click here to check out a few sample images.
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