as you all know, I am an avid snapper (photographer, not a fish) so I love lots of the new Tech
I own an SLR, but more photos are now taken on mobile phones than on dedicated cameras worldwide - in fact, 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day. 300 million :)
Apps such as Flickr (Facxebook is pretty crap for photos as they are heavily compressed / check out out imageflash) now offer the chance to store and share high-quality photos - but the key is choosing a cameraphone that delivers the goods.
Camera phone quality is improving too, with top-end models now more than a match for budget dedicated cameras. And companies such as Samsung and Nokia often outpace Apple's iPhones when it comes to phones for 'serious' photographers or semi-serious
But not all camera phones measure up, but here we have a few of the best
Nokia 808 PureView - Symbian mobile packs the biggest camera phone punch ever thanks to its detail crunching 41-megapixel snapper. With that kind of resolution you’d expect it to trump almost any camera out there – and it does. But it’s not all about the megapixels.
The secret lies in its PureView technology incorporating an over sized 1/1.2-inch sensor and Carl Zeiss f/2.4 lens, which conspire with the impressive 8.02mm focal length to create genuinely pro-quality images.
Remarkable depth of field, punchy xenon flash, two-tier auto and lossless zoom and fantastic low-light performance make this the best camera on a phone available. It also shoots full 1080p HD movies too. It’s just a shame the 808 is let down by Nokia’s now-euthanised Symbian operating system.
Nokia Lumia 920 - The Nokia Lumia 920’s is a 8.7-megapixel camera with a phone built in with a more common 1/3-inch sensor, its daylight photographs are par for the camera phone course and come with some useful extras like Cinemagraph for creating animated files.
Where it does raise its head above the pack is in its low light capabilities. The f/2.0 aperture and excellent optical image stabiliser combine to create clean, almost noise free shots in typical low light situations, as well as great full HD movies. If you take most of your photos in the pub, it’s a great option.
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Samsung Galaxy S3 - the first true challenger to the iPhone thanks not only to its simple UI, but also because its 8-megapixel camera stands up.
Despite the slightly higher than its rivals f/2.6 aperture, the S3 has a lightning 1/10000 sec shutter speed and one-second exposure which helps it shoot fast-moving and super detailed daylight shots with great results. Only in its low light photos does noise and image blur start to make an appearance.
There are some nice added features too – simultaneous HD video and image recording and best shot function that recommends the best photo based on colour, light and sharpness. And on that big, vivid screen your photos will almost always look great.
Apple iPhone 5 - sint much of an improvemtn on the 4s - we cant see the point in an upgrade or paying the extra - 8-megapixel iSight camera and f/2.4 lens.
Photos are as sharp and vibrant as the iPhone 4S, just it fires 40% faster snap time and new low-light mode
Sony Xperia Z - due for release in March, Sony’s Xperia Z is shaking things up in the smart and camera phone market. The most powerful phone the Japanese giant has ever made also comes with a serious 13-megapixel snapper benefiting from the upgraded Exmor RS sensor and f/2.4 lens that promises far improved low light photos.