Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
05th Jul 2014
The best camera is the one that's with you. For most of us, it's the smartphone. Knowing this, the phone-makers have started paying attention to the camera capabilities. The modern day cameraphones can comfortably replace the point-and-shoot counterparts. If you're a shutterbug, planning to buy a smartphone, here are the options you should consider:
Nokia Lumia 1020
Price: Rs 44,000
A fitting tribute to the 808 PureView, this 41 megapixel camera monster is backed by Zeiss optics. Thanks to its barrel shift actuator type Optical Image Stabilisation and six-lens assembly, the phone can take amazing shots even in low light. Nokia taps into its full-potential with a thoughtfully designed Camera app. This app gives total control over parameters such as shutter speed, exposure, white balance, and ISO. Camera enthusiasts will be pleased to know that this phone squeezes in a 1/1.5” 41 megapixel sensor, mechanical shutter, and Xenon flash in a little over 1 cm of thickness. Get more info and untouched camera samples in our Lumia 1020 review.
Price: Rs 45,000
Without touting the megapixel count, Apple delivers the quality in images. The iPhone 5S comes with a sensor, which is 15% larger compared to its predecessor. To solve the stabilisation issue without adding up the bulk, Apple has introduced digital Auto image stabilisation in its latest smartphone. To catch-up with its Android counterparts, the iPhone 5S offers multiple camera features including Burst, Panorama, and slow motion video recording. The 8 megapixel camera is blazing fast. More importantly, it produces sharp images with accurate colours.
Nokia Lumia 925
Price: Rs 26,000
The metal-clad Lumia 925 features an 8.7 megapixel snapper with Zeiss optics. It’s backed by Nokia PureView phase 2 tech that includes Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Back Side-Illuminated image (BSI) sensor. To achieve OIS without making the handset bulky, Nokia has suspended the entire lens assembly on springs. By eliminating shakes, the Lumia 925 produces sharp images even in low-light. Similar to the Lumia 1020, this phone comes with the software that lets you tinker with shutter speed, exposure, and manual focus. Get more information about the Lumia 925 in our review.
Samsung GALAXY S5
Price: Rs 45,000
Photography performance has never been the USP for Samsung's GALAXY smartphones. However, by adding a 16 megapixel sensor to its latest handset, Samsung has proved that it can on take on Nokia in the photography department. Compared to high-end Lumias, the S5 is impressively quick at locking focus. The camera packs in interesting features such as Selective Focus, Beauty Face, Shot & more, Panorama, and Dual Camera. It produces very good results in well-lit conditions. Plus, compared to its predecessor, the S5 delivers much better results in low-light environments. Don't forget to read our comprehensive review.
Price: Rs 30,000
Like most Android flagship phones, the G2 comes with a 13 megapixel camera. However, what makes LG's offering special is the two-axis optical image stabilisation. With this addition, the G2 is the only Android handset to challenge the Lumia phones in low-light conditions. LG has thoughtfully used a layer of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass to protect the lens. The G2 offers 12 modes including HDR, Panorama, VR panorama, Burst, Beauty shot, Dual camera, Times catch shot, Sports, and Night. For more details, go through our LG G2 review.
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