Best Smartphone Cameras Of 2013

The camera in a smartphone is probably one of the main considerations while buying them. With so many image editing and social networking applications such as Instagram, Twitter, Path, etc, consumers are uploading a lot more images on the web in a year than they did in their entire life. Let us have a look at some of the best smartphones in 2013 in terms of camera performance.

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a 13 MP autofocus camera with LED flash at the rear and 1.9 MP camera at the front. Both the front and the rear cameras can record full HD videos @ 30 frames per second. The camera is capable of clicking full resolution images and record full HD videos at the same time with no lag at all. With the Exynos Octa processor and 2 GB of RAM under the hood, this phone can process images and videos very fast. As a result, this phone has some awesome features when it comes to camera. There is practically no lag between shooting multiple images. You can even shoot real-time HDR images and videos, which wasn’t possible even in high end cameras until last year. There are other features which lets you remove unwanted objects and correct the faces in the images. You can click normal and 360 degree panorama images with resolution as high as 60 MP. The phone can even record images and videos from both the rear and front camera at the same time and render those videos in picture-in-picture mode. The only downside of the Samsung Galaxy S4 camera is that it can’t shoot better in the low light conditions when compared to other phones in this list. The Samsung Galaxy S4 price is currently INR 40K.

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HTC One

HTC tried to do something really different with the Ultrapixel camera in the HTC One. It has a 4 MP ultra pixel autofocus camera but actually has larger sensor than others so the per pixel quality of the images and videos is much better than others. This results into more light and less noise even when you are viewing the images at 100% zoomed in mode. The HTC One also has the optical image stabilisation so the videos and images come out without much of distortion even if your hands are a bit shaky. There is also a 2 MP camera at the front which can record full HD videos at 30 FPS. Full resolution images and full HD videos can be recorded at the same time, similar to all other flagship Android devices. Due to the F/2.0 aperture lens, the low-light performance of the camera is just amazing and trumps every other phone in the world in this regard. HTC One can click ultra-wide panoramic images and record real-time HDR videos. HTC Zoe present in this phone clicks lot of images in burst mode and lets you do some amazing stuff afterwards. You can  remove unwanted images from the image or adjust faces properly as you like. There are a lot of in-built effects for images as well. The HTC One also records full sound profile voice in videos with a pair of two ultra high frequency sound recorders. They even help in cancelling out the background ambient noise. The only downside is that, you get only 4 MP images so it would be hard if you want to crop out specific parts of an image. But most of the time you would be only using these images to mail them to family and friends or upload them on social networks and in such situations, 4 MP resolution is well enough.

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Lumia 920

The Nokia Lumia 920 was the first smartphone in the world to feature an in-built optical image stabilisation. It has an 8.7 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and an F/2.0 aperture lens. This results into excellent low light images and ultra-smooth video recording. It has a 2 MP front facing camera which can record 720p videos at 30 fps while the rear camera can record full HD 1080p videos at 30 frames per second. The low light images come out quite well but it lacks behind HTC One in terms of sound quality of videos. It can’t even record images and videos at once like other Android smartphones but that is due to limiting Windows Phone 8 platform. Nokia has used the Scalado technology in the Lumia 920 which actually starts taking images before and after you click the shutter button. So that you can go back or forth a bit in time after an image is click and improve some of the shots. Although it has such a great performance in low light, it doesn’t perform that well in the day light.

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Apple iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is the best smartphone camera from Apple. It has an 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and full HD video recording. There is also a 1.3 MP camera at the front which can record 720p videos at 30 FPS. Although it doesn’t have too many hardware and software features such as OIS, F/2.0 aperture lens and burst mode, it still performs very well in all the conditions. The level of detail in the image is excellent during day times and it only lacks behind others in terms of low light performance. Apart from that, the colour balance, saturation, focus and level of details as well as amount of noise is almost on par with others. This phone can also click excellent panorama images with resolutions as high as 28 MP. The iPhone 5 is the go to camera if you don’t want a lot of features but desire a good image.

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Blackberry Z10

The most impressive thing about the Blackberry Z10 apart from its screen, was the 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash. There is a 2 MP fixed-focus camera at the front which can record 720p videos @ 30 FPS. The camera software is very bare bones but the final image quality comes out pretty well with lots of details and a bit of over saturated colours. With an upcoming software update, Blackberry is adding the HDR images capability with the Z10.

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