Nowadays, cameras are no longer considered a special feature on phones. For new devices–and especially smartphones–a high-definition camera is a must. With better and better capabilities, it is becoming easier to snap high-quality pictures. But for consumers that focus on taking pictures or recording videos with phones, picking out the best one is difficult. There are no professional phone-photographers that can recommend a specific brand. In addition, even entry-level point-and-shoots are clearly better than any phone camera, though they are more clunky and harder to carry around. Among the many brands that offer the best cameras are the Apple iPhone and its Android competitors. Tests have shown that although the iPhone has lower megapixel count, it currently has the best camera on the market at this time.
The iPhone 4 is widely regarded as having the best-quality photos at this time. Beating out its Android competitors with only a 5-megapixel camera, it offers high-resolution photos that maximize lighting. Color is also not forgotten, as the iPhone outscores the opposition there as well. With its clear images, it is the perfect device for snapping casual pictures that are also sharp and distinct.
Motorola’s Droid X beats out the iPhone in sharpness of its images, but still loses out overall. It sports an 8-megapixel camera that has lower exposure quality as compared to the iPhone, but does offer decreased distortion, which can be important when taking pictures in low light. It also has slightly better white balance, but not enough to be noticeable.
HTC’s Evo 3D boasts an impressive 8-megapixel camera as well, but ends up behind the other two. Though lacking in exposure and color, it does produce sharp images that are not too compromised. While it does perform slightly worse than the iPhone and Droid X overall, it offers the same or better quality when taking high-exposure shots.
Clearly, the iPhone is the best choice when it comes to smartphone cameras. All phones included in this review also have the latest in applications as well though, so they are not lacking in those features. However, if to you the camera is the most important feature, you really can’t go wrong with Apple. But, with the advent of the new iPhone 5, it is up to you to decide whether or not the current version is worth it. Apple has already broadcast the superior camera features of the new iPhone, but that increase in picture quality will doubtlessly include an increase in price.
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