The best camera phones – Top five [Update]
With mobile phone cameras becoming increasingly sophisticated and starting to rival dedicated point and click cameras we take a look at five of the best camera phones.
From the iPhone 5 to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 – so Which? puts each to the test to see which perform the best in a variety of conditions. You can find out more in on our how we test mobile phones page.
The five best camera phones
Nokia Lumia 925
The Nokia Lumia 925 features an impressive 8.7-megapixel resolution and Carl Zeiss lens optics meaning it compares favourably to the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4.
Pre-loaded apps also takes advantage of the Lumia 925′s photographic abilities, unlocking the ability to take cinemagraph and panorama shots and upload them to Instagram. Though a small minority of the photos we took during testing did return a slightly yellowish tint, there was no doubting the phone’s general image quality.
Most significantly, the well-documented ability of the Lumia 925 to take quality shots at low-light levels means it’s ideal for anyone looking avoid the use of an often distorting flash lens.
Find out how it compares with its rivals in our Nokia Lumia 925 review.
Apple iPhone 5
The camera on the iPhone 4S was a huge improvement on previous iPhones – bumping up the resolution to 8-megapixels, adding a fifth lens to improve picture quality and increasing the size of the aperture to help in low-light conditions. While the iPhone 5 camera has all these features, it didn’t quite match the camera on the 4S.
We found that photos with a bright light near the edge of the image created a ‘purple haze’ style effect, which was missing from equivalent photos on the 4S. Still if you’re after a great phone with a solid camera, the iPhone 5 remains a decent choice when compared to its competitors.
Check out the gallery below to see how the iPhone 5 camera compares with the 4S.
iPhone 5 outdoors iPhone 4S outdoors iPhone 5 indoors iPhone 4S indoors
Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4′s camera is a further improvement on its predecessor’s already impressive 8-megapixel snapper. For starters, its camera boasts a 13-megapixel sensor, LED flash and autofocus, alongside numerous photo modes like Drama Shot, Eraser mode and Dual Shot.
Dual Shot is entertaining but particularly useless, as it allows you to superimpose an image taken with the S4′s front-facing camera onto on taken with its rear-facing camera. If you’re interested in more practical tasks like shooting video at a full HD 1080p resolution, then Samsung’s latest flagship mobile caters for this too.
Read out first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 to find out what we thought of the picture quality its camera.
Sony Xperia Z
The Xperia Z has a very impressive sounding 13.1-megapixel camera with a Sony Exmor sensor for quality photos in low light conditions. Additionally, Sony’s flagship phone has a handy burst mode that takes 10 shots in rapid succession. This means you’re able to pick out the best photo from a selection and ditch the snaps where you’re not facing the camera or have your eyes closed.
Plus, a Superior Auto setting automatically sets up the mobile to get the best possible results in the lighting conditions it’s faced with.
Our Sony Xperia Z review has the full verdict on this phone’s camera and
Although the HTC One only has a 4-megapixel camera, its pixels are larger in size than usual and should perform well in low light scenarios. Its ‘lesser’ sensor also means the HTC One can photos more quickly while you’re out and about. As with the HTC One X, you can change the exposure, ISO levels and switch on HDR mode for your shots through the HTC One’s onscreen menu.
Read what we thought of the HTC One in our first impressions verdict.
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