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Reviewed: Smartphones with cameras to watch

Reviewed: Smartphones with cameras to watch

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The camera feature has become a key factor that consumers focus on when making decisions to buy their next smartphone.

With the number of smartphones contending for the wallet of consumers, users are always left with a wide variety of options when making their buying decision.

Certainly, some features and capabilities ranging from Internet access, screen size, operating system and others also drive buyers to make their choice.

However, the camera feature is a notably one of the major factors that buyers consider when purchasing a smartphone. This even becomes more significant with the innovation of selfie (front) cameras and the introduction dual lens rear cameras by an growing number of phone makers.

Let’s check out some of the smartphones with cameras that are contending for the top spots in the world of smartphones randomly listed below:

Samsung Galaxy S7 Camera Review

The rear camera of Samsung Galaxy S7 which was released into the tech market by Samsung Electronics comes with 12 megapixel which is higher than its predecessor, S6 and this makes the S7 one of the best smartphones for photography.

The front camera features a 5 megapixel camera that produce sharp picture quality both indoor and outdoor. It has a decent wide-angle lens which produces sharp, well-exposed self-portraits.

With optical stabilization, 4K video and the option for 60fps in 1080pixel resolution, it can shoot slo-mo, albeit not in 1080p, and will shrug off a downpour because the whole phone is water resistant and with larger pixels, photos are sharper and much more detailed with vibrant colour even in low light.

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12Mega pixel rear camera of Samsung Galaxy S7

4K video is also highly detailed and thanks to an HDR option, its audio is also decent from the built-in mics.

Camera can be launched by double-tapping the home button and there is minimal focus lag which avoids missing the moment. Its AMOLED screen also helps for reviewing photos.

Key features:

-Rear camera: 12Mp, 4K video with 1080pixel resolution at 60fps

-Front camera: 5Mp with 1080pixel resolution video

-Optical stabilization

-Panorama and motion panorama

-Slo-mo: 720p 240fps

-Time-lapse

 

iPhone 6S Camera Review

The iPhone 6S, since it was released by Apple last year September has been a strong force for its competitors to contend with.

Its rear camera features 12Mp and 4K video with 1080pixel resolutions at 60fps while its front camera features 5Mp with 1080pixel resolution video.

It features a strong auto-focus which often produces usable photo where a technically better camera might fail to focus on the subject or get the wrong white balance.

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Image showing the front and rear camera of iPhone 6s

The native app shoots panoramas, time-lapse and slo-mo videos with the option of 120fps at 1080p while most flagship Smartphones only allow slo-mo at 720p.

It supports a couple of seconds record of low-frame-rate video before and after the main photo, after which the 3D Touch screen is pressed hard to bring the photo to life.

Key features:

-Rear camera: 12Mp and 4K video with 1080pixel resolutions at 60fps

-Front camera: 5Mp with 1080pixel resolution video

-Panorama: up to 63Mp

-Slo-mo: 1080p 120fps, 720p 240fps

-Time-lapse

-Live Photos

 

LG G5 Camera Review

The rear camera of LG’s G5, which was released last month is one of its striking features. The device is designed with dual lens rear cameras of 16MP and 8MP respectively with optical images stabilization (OIS) and dual-tone flash and also a front camera of 8MP.

The rear camera which include the main camera with a 16:9 sensor and its back-up, the 8MP with a 135 degree wide-angle lens camera enables the smooth transition from standard angle to wide angle and all the points in-between.

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LG G5 Smartphone camera

It allows easy swapping between the cameras in all the shooting modes in which they are available and while the wide-angle camera does not even come close to the main camera for quality, it opens up a whole load of interesting shooting options which would either require a GoPro-type camera or an add-on lens such as those from Olloclip.

UHD video can be selected with both cameras and using the main camera, the G5 is capable of excellent photos in whether landscapes, portraits or close-ups modes.

Key features:

-Rear camera: 16Mp with 8Mp wide-angle, 4K and 1080pixel resolutions at 30fps

-Front camera: 8Mp with 1080pixel resolution video

-Optical stabilization

-Panorama

-Slo-mo: 720p 240fps

-Time-lapse

 

Huawei P9 Camera Review

The highlight of the Huawei’s  P9 flagship which was released early last month is undoubtedly its cameras which the company says is co-engineered with Leica.

The smartphone features a 12MP dual rear camera with 1080pixel resolutions at 60fps and a 8MP front camera with 1080pixel resolution video.

One of the rear cameras has a standard RGB sensor, while the other is monochrome. Images are taken with both cameras and combined to give better light sensitivity, but can shoot high quality black-and-white photos using only the mono camera.

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Picture showing dual rear camera of Huawei P9 Smartphone

The camera app, which has been influenced by Leica, has plenty of options including a manual mode and the option to shoot in RAW and JPG at the same time. There’s also a depth-of-field mode which gives a blurred background and sharp subject.

You also get Huawei shooting mo es such as light painting and also ‘beauty video’ and the HDR which is a separate mode will have to be invoked manually when a scene demands it.

Key features:

-Rear camera: 12Mp dual camera with 1080pixel resolutions at 60fps

-Front camera: 8Mp with 1080p video

-Panorama

-Slo-mo: 720p 240fps

-Time-lapse

HTC 10 Camera Review

HTC 10 comes with a 12MP rear camera with a normal sensor. Each pixel is relatively large at 1.55µm with optical stabilization which help to give decent photos both day and night.

The camera features auto HDR mode along with a decent manual mode, and an option to self-shoot in RAW and then process the DNG files. However, you can’t tap to set a metering point, which is disappointing.

The camera comes with 4K video feature that provides plenty of detail and the optical stabilization also helps to smooth things out when on shaky hands.

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HTC 10 rear camera

It supports record Hi-res audio with videos recording. It also comes with a notch quality of mics and a quality revamped camera app.

Key features:

-Rear camera: 12Mp with 4K video and 1080pixel resolutions at 30fps

-Front camera: 5Mp with 1080pixel resolution video

-Optical stabilization

-Panorama

-Slo-mo: 720p 240fps

-Time-lapse

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Elizabeth Edozie Technology Journalist @Technology Times 08077671659 elizabeth.edozie@technologytimes.ng