Taking pictures to capture our most precious and enjoyable moments is one of our greatest passions. But, instead of buying digital cameras, many smartphones are now equipped with some of the best digital camera technology available. Camera phones today are capable of taking pictures with crisp quality, and have features including photo editing tools that can really enable users to share their favorite pictures on social media.
If you are looking for a quality camera phone, you would be pleased to know about a range of quality camera phones this year. The following are 4 that you should definitely consider buying.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung this time round may have fallen back from the 16 mega pixel camera on the previous edition to the current 12 mega pixel camera phone, it has nevertheless combined stylistic features with a high performance camera. Its camera can shoot in 4K video including in 1080p 60fps option allowing you to experience the highest video quality. The 4K video option, in addition, also includes a HDR option. To activate the camera, you only need to double tap the phone. Overall, the S7 provides an impressive camera and its features exceed expectations.
Apple iPhone 7The camera on the iPhone has developed such a reputation for excellence that it’s one of the device’s central selling points. It’s worth upgrading to a new phone just to get the latest and greatest camera. After a week of rigorous shooting, one thing is totally clear: the iPhone 7 has a damn fine phone camera that’s the best you can buy right now..
How good are the new RAW photos?
The iPhone 7 is the first Apple handset to have RAW shooting powers. This format has a larger file size than your average JPEG because it stores a lot more data—specifically unprocessed/lightly processed light data—which means it’s easier to fix a bad photo after the fact. And when you convert a RAW file into a smaller JPEG (after processing it in Photoshop) it is still often of higher quality than the JPEG quickly produced on the fly by a phone
If you’re a photographer who for some reason hopes that shooting RAW would finally let an iPhone compete with a DSLR or high-quality mirrorless camera, then apologies, that is not the case. It’s clear in this quick head-to-head comparison between the iPhone 7 and the $700 Olympus OM-D E-M10 II with a 12-40mm zoom lens that smartphones can’t really keep up. Shooting the same subject with the same lighting, and both devices set on the same table, the images came out substantially different. Try as I might I could not replicate the Olympus image with the iPhone.
The Olympus, or any camera with a sizable sensor, maintains a much better gradient of light to shadow than a smartphone camera can. The lens is also just much higher quality and is thus much sharper. The point here is that no matter what tricks you do with software, fancy hardware wins out.
The comparison also illustrates the limitations of the iPhone 7's f/1.8 aperture. That very low number means that you are going to have very shallow, flat, slightly blurry images. With its f/2.8 aperture, the Olympus lens just creates a sharper photo with a better sense of depth than the iPhone can.
How does the new camera do in low light?
Of course, sometimes wider aperture is a good thing. The iPhone 7's f/1.8 aperture lets in more light than the the f/2.2 lens on its predecessor. So when lighting conditions get difficult, you can use a faster shutter speed without totally juicing the sensor’s ISO sensitivity. That technical jambalaya theoretically translates to crisper, cleaner, less noisy images that are free of camera shake. The iPhone 7 also has improved image processing that should help reduce noise as well.
How is the detail reproduction in photos?
Besides that extraordinary color reproduction—and some exceptional contrast—the iPhone 7 does a great job capturing detail. But it’s still a toss up between it and the S7 on the detail front. In the above photo both cameras do a nice job capturing the fine veins on the leaves and the intricate details of the seed pods, but the great color of the iPhone 7 seems to give it an edge.
However in the below photo of the best dog in Brooklyn, you can see how sharp and in focus each hair on his face is on the S7. Things are just a little blurrier and less detailed in the iPhone 7 photo. The S7 has better contrast—specifically midtone contrast. That kind of contrast makes details a little clearer without making the image darker or lighter.
The P9 reflects Huawei’s ability to pack a monster of a camera in the phone. The phone contains 3 cameras, 2 on the back and 1 at the front. The dual camera belongs to Sunny Optical Technology, a firm based in China. One of these cameras is monochrome while the other is a standard RGB sensor. Along with the camera is a camera app that is inspired heavily by Leica. It provides a wide range of settings and features including the option to take pictures in JPEG or RAW as well the shooting options such as ‘beauty video’ and light painting.
The HTC 10 also has something extraordinary to bring to the tablet with its auto HRD mode and 4K video recording mode. The camera allows you to take pictures in RAW format and process the DNG files by yourself. The camera is robust enough to take brilliant pictures both at night and day. What makes the HTC 10 camera truly stand out is the option to record Hi-res sound in the video mode. This means that you can shoot HD quality videos with crisp clear sound quality.
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