Top 5 camera phones for summer 2012
We’ve seen plenty of great phones this year, but when it comes to fabulous smartphone snappers, a select few stand out. As the time comes to book our summer getaways we’ve been thinking about some of our favourite cameraphones to help capture our sunshine adventures. Here’s a handful of our favourite to pick up, or look forward to this summer.
Each of the smartphones below are guaranteed to leave your holiday snaps looking spick and span. And because megapixels aren’t everything, we’ve picked only the cameras with the best additional photography features such as image stabilisation, great lenses, and on-board editing tools to make the most of your phone photos. Take a look.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S3 may have been delayed but it’s nearly here. The Galaxy S3 has a an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus and an LED flash. The galaxy S2 was an able performer, and the Galaxy is even better. Features to help take great shots include touch focus for precision focussing, face and smile detection, and image stabilsation. You can also geotag shots that your friends will be able to see on a map. And if you want to shoot video, it will do so in full 1080p high definition.
Sony Xperia Arc S
The Sony Xperia Arc S is helped out massively by its Mobile BRAVIA Engine that makes its 4.2-inch screen shine. It means pictures look even better when looking at them on screen. They look greta when you share them, too, thanks to the 8.1-megapixel sensor and Exmor R lens, capable of taking great shots even in darker conditions. Other great features include a 16x smart zoom to help you get real close to subjects without physically doing so, and 3D panorama sweeping.
Nokia 808 PureView
The Nokia 808 PureView will be a big hit with cameraphone fans this summer, overtaking the Nokia N8 as Nokia’s premier phone snapper. The attention grabber here is its 41-megapixel sensor, but the real talking point should be the PureView technology inside, capable of using that large sensor to cram in lots of detail into 5-megapixel shots that are full of enough detail to amaze, yet memory efficient enough to share easily with friends.
Apple iPhone 4S
the camera on Apple;s iPhone 4S is its best yet. The beauty of Apple’s camera is how easy it is to work. That it takes great shots is even more of a bonus. It uses an 8-megapixel sensor with a f/2.4 aperture. It has face detection, great colour balance, and easy-to-use quick editing tools activated in just a couple of quick swipes. The iPhone 4S also shoots full HD video.
Sony Xperia S
Sony’s Xperia S is a beautiful device with an equally good camera. For a start, it has a colossal 12.1-megapixel sensor, but because megapixels aren’t everything it also uses Sony’s Exmor R mobile CMOS optics, and a f.2.4 aperture to take shots that capture enough light to ensure great images in all types of light. You also get 3D sweeping panoramas, a 16x digital zoom, face recognition and full HD video recording.
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