Thanks to recent improvements in smartphones and their photo-taking capabilities, no longer are the days where a photo snapped via your mobile phone leaves you wishing your paparazzi-sized SLR was in reach. Whether you’re an occasional picture taker, or a photography junkie like us, these five smartphones will leave you swooning over the endless photo ops to come.
- iPhone 4
With features like 5x digital zoom, resizing for emails and MMS messages, and the ability to view all photos in landscape and gallery mode, Apple’s newest phone has perhaps the most powerful new camera phone on the market. In addition to being a great camera on its own, there are boatloads of photography-related apps available to download, some of which allow you to edit and add professional, comedic, and vintage touches to your photos all while in the palm of your hand.
Motorola fully equipped this Android phone with a 5-megapixel camera, dual LED flash, image stabilization for any shaky hands out there, and a 4x digital zoom- perfect for both impromptu and planned photo opportunities.
- Sony Ericsson Cybershot c905i
This 8.1-megapixel smartphone allows you to directly upload your images and videos to your blog, Facebook, and YouTube, without the hassle of cords and outside programs. Its built-in “smart contrast” balances light and color, while its face detection technology helps you focus on people.
- Samsung Behold 2
Also belonging to the Android family, the second version of this smartphone holds a 5-megapixel camera with an autofocus lens and has unique capabilities like capturing your photos and turning them into short videos to send to family and friends. It also contains wide dynamic range (WDR), which prevents backlight issues, leaving you with a vibrant and clear image.
- Samsung i8910 Omnia HD
Perhaps the most complex of all camera phones, the 8-megapixel Omnia HD contains autofocus, LED flash, face and blink detection, image stabilization, and an option for time-lapse or slow-mo video recording. Geo-tagging, or adding geographical identification to your photo, is also an option. This might be the perfect marriage between phone and camera, thus leaving you with the tough decision to ditch your digital camera altogether.