Looking for a camera phone that takes high quality pictures without a sky-high sticker price? That has all the features you look for in a traditional photographic camera without sacrificing everything you need in a phone? Then you’re in luck! We examined everything the market has to offer to compile this report of camera phone reviews.
We did our best to pick a winner for all types of people, whether you’re looking to snap a selfie with your friends while you’re out on the town or to capture important moments that will soon find their way into a picture frame on your wall. In our considerations, we took into account each phone’s features, its camera quality, its flash capability, its price (of course), and much more.
Read on, and let us help you choose the camera phone that is just right for you!
Best Smartphone Camera Flash
The importance of the flash function on a camera phone cannot be understated. A flash which is too strong will overwhelm and ruin your picture, while one that is not strong enough will leave your picture looking dim and dull. So we took special time and consideration in choosing our favorite smartphone based on camera flash.
Our winner was the Samsung Galaxy S5. One of the leaders in the marketplace, the S5 boasts a wide-range of features that would require an entire article all of their own. But the phone also has the best camera phone flash we tested, continually impressing us with its ability to take quality pictures in all types of lighting due to its superior flash function.
It features a professional quality 16 megapixel camera with fast focus, so you’ll never miss those important ‘action shots’ life is always throwing at us, regardless of the time of day. It also offers you the ability to frame, capture, and edit the photos you take with ease, while still producing expert-level quality.
Best Cheap Camera Phone
So you want the phone with the best camera, but can’t afford to pay the hundreds and hundreds of dollars today’s newest and greatest phones cost? No problem! Fortunately, technology has advanced to the point that you can still get a terrific camera phone with many great features without paying a huge amount. Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a phone that will be the envy of all your friends.
Our pick in the category of best budget camera phone is the Motorola Moto G. The Moto G can be found few less than $200 unlocked or for mere pennies if you’re looking to a sign a contract. It won us over due to its wide range of features that rival that of industry leaders like the Apple iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy line.
Among the features our reviewers kept mentioning were the excellent, vibrant colors displayed by the Moto G’s 4.5 inch 720p display, and the blazing fast speed delivered by its quad-core 1.2Ghz processor. What’s that all mean? Basically, this is a budget phone that not only looks great, but also handles all your apps simultaneously, without getting bogged down to a crawl.
Reviewers also loved the slick look of the Motorola, with many remarking that it looked to be the more expensive phone when compared to models which actually ARE more expensive. It ships with a matte black back plate and an edge-to-edge screen made from Gorilla Glass 3.
Of course, there were some drawbacks, though we feel they’re minor considerations given a phone of this price. The Moto G’s SIM card requires complete removal of the back plate to get at, which some felt was difficult to take off. With a thin material making up the backing, this could potentially lead to problems down the road if you’re not the type to be gentle with your electronics.
Still, the drawbacks were few and small compared to the overall great quality of this low price smartphone, which has an excellent camera which should satisfy even the pickiest of users.
Best Sprint Camera Phone
We’ve had many of our faithful readers here at Photographic Blog asking us to review more carrier-specific items, so we thought we’d kick things off by reviewing phones by one of the largest providers in the United States today: Sprint.
This was no easy task, as given that it is such a large provider of service in the country, it also features one of the largest selections of phones to choose from. But after much careful thought and perhaps far too much time snapping fun test shots, our group of reviewers arrived at a favorite in the Sprint smartphone with camera category.
We looked at many Sprint prepaid phones as well as Sprint contract phones, but couldn’t help ourselves from coming back over and over to the big daddy on the market right now, the Apple iPhone 6. A name you either love or hate, our choice here is sure to be a controversial one, but one that we feel is worthy of holding the title of best Sprint smartphone on the market right now.
What did we love about the Apple iPhone 6 from Sprint? What’s not to love? But this is a photographic-focused site, so we’ll start there. The iPhone 6’s camera is a big step-up from its previous models, producing photos of quality which can be rivaled by few others in the current smartphone market. The Galaxy S5 and Note 4 are also impressive, but the iPhone 6 sets itself apart from them thanks to its excellent software making photo taking and editing easy, quick, and fun.
Reviewers were unable to tear themselves away from the camera, which makes modifications to pictures taken on the phone that in the past required a well-trained hand and photo editing software on a desktop computer.
The camera is 8 megapixel with autofocus, and is capable of resolutions up to 3264 x 2448 pixels. A dual-LED flash provides your lighting, and 1 GB of ram keeps your photo projects moving along at a quick pace. All in all, the iPhone 6 is a tremendous smartphone for users of all types, but will especially please those looking to take great quality photos that rival those of professional cameras.
Whatever your choice, any of the above camera phones will be a wise decision that you will not regret.
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