2013 Best Smartphones for Photography



We hear professional photographers report that smartphone cameras, in-built or accessorized, perform well enough for professionals to start using them on a regular basis, not to mention amateur users boosting their hobby’s quality with their latest smartphones. Let us have a look at the selection of 2013 smartphones that offer excellent camera characteristics and high quality photos, as well as photo-editing tools. In addition, smartphones make it easy to upload and share the most exciting moments of your life giving way to millions of wanna-be webmaster- bloggers and social media stars.

While the selection of smartphones is eclectic, cameras range widely. For example, Nokia Lumia 1020 sports a 41 megapixel camera, while iPhone 5S has dual LED flash and image stabilizer, and Samsung Galaxy S4 boasts of a rich plethora of features few advanced stand-alone cameras offer.

All publishers agree in one thing – number one is Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41 megapixel BSI sensor, OIS, Video zoom and 3x photo zoom, 4.5-inch screen, f/2.2 lens and Xenon flash. This smartphone sports optical image stabilization and a lot more advanced features for a reasonable price of $615 with a 2-year contract.

iPhone 5s comes packed with an 8 megapixel sensor 15% larger than that of iPhone 5, and a f/2.2 lens. Dual LED flash, combined with image stabilization, makes it one of the best smartphone cameras for taking pictures in the conditions of low light. HDR and Panorama modes, motion videos and a Burst mode for capturing multiple shots per second make it a valuable asset for photography geeks. Let us not forget about the cool iPhone accessories USB Fever, which offers a whole load of attachable lands and lens.

Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 13 megapixel camera for detailed images and a wagon-full of capabilities; you can remove any element from the image, or create animated GIFs, or take a picture with the front and rear cameras simultaneously. Drama Shot combines multiple photos of the same person into one; Best Face Mode monitors the facial expressions of the people to ensure everyone is smiling.

Sony Xperia Z sports a 13 megapixel camera and is best for taking pictures outdoors. The smartphone is waterproof and can be submerged under water for 30 minutes, so you can even go scuba-diving with it. Exmor-RS sensor is the low-light technology that allows taking great photos in conditions of limited lighting; HDR mode is great for still shots and video. Xperia Z also sports all Sony’s digital cameras features, including the Panorama, Burst and Superior Auto+.

HTC One has only 4 megapixel camera, but it takes great shots in low light environment, and you probably won’t notice the low resolution unless you do extensive cropping. A Bright f/2.0 lens and optical image stabilization are its major benefits photo-wise, not to mention that it is overall beautifully crafted almost perfect smartphone.

Gizmag Camera Phone Chart
Gizmag Camera Phone Chart

Comparison Chart from gizmag shows a wider choice of smartphones with camera resolutions, but we have chosen the most apparent leaders. Lumia 1020 is undoubtedly the best smartphone camera one can buy today, and it’s a camera-phone hybrid with an unprecedented 41 megapixel sensor. Logically, it also has one of the most advanced cam control apps with the possibility to manually tune all the camera features. iPhone 5s, on the other hand, stands out with its dual LED flash and excellent low-lighting images, plus the smart burst mode that automatically selects the sharpest shot. Xperia Z is the best for outdoor shots and HTC One is excellent for low-lighting photography.