DSLR cameras are becoming as common a commodity to have as mobile phone these days, but for the person who wants to take a photo the moment a photo moment arises, you cannot waste time fumbling around with attaching the correct lens or configuring the IS0 settings. When a photo moment arises, a loved ones smile, a friend’s comical moment of shame or just a beautiful view, you want to capture it there and then before the moment passes you by.
Camera phones are just a convenient solution to this as we always carry them around in our pockets or bags, easily accessible to us. They’re lightweight and though the photo quality may not be quite that of a professional, they get the job done, when we need them to.
However, standards for mobile phone cameras have definitely been raised in recent years, especially with the rise in the popularity of smartphones. For apple fans, there is a whole sub-field of photography called ‘iPhoneography’ which is on the increase given the popularity of photo sharing apps such as ‘instagram’ and also due to the ease of sharing your photos via social networking sites such as facebook and twitter.
Not only is the camera for the recent iPhone 4S the best one yet, with its 8megapixels and created to collect more light (which any photo enthusiast knows, is the key to good photography) but with fantastic photo editing applications from the app store, it makes post-processing images fun too. The camera also has face recognition and a larger aperture of f/2.4 making pictures brighter, better and sharper. Like the iPhone 4, it saves 2 photos – one with HDR and one without. The iPhone camera however, attempts to be what it is not, a DSLR, but with an SLR mount you can attach your Canon or Nikon lens to the camera and shoot with stunning depth of field and even create a beautiful bokeh effect (as shown below).
The Samsung Galaxy S2, like the iPhone 4S also features a generous 8 megapixels camera. It also comes with useful settings such as smile and blink detection to ensure your subjects are always snapped looking their best. Its’ macro mode means it can capture shots to around 10cm and it also features Smile Shot, Beauty, Action, Cartoon and Panorama scene modes. In a sense, it is like a mini-DSLR and you can even change ISO, white balance and metering settings to suit the situation.
The Nokia Lumia 800 also features a decent camera, again with 8 megapixels and comes with panorama, sport mode, self timer and smart group shot. The Lumia 800 has a wider angle lens than the iPhone 4S but in terms of quality, it falls behind the galaxy S2 and iPhone 4S.
Whatever your choice in mobile phone cameras, it’s safe to say that the quality has dramatically improved from the noisy and blurred photos we used to take on our phones, and with Apple releasing iPhone 5, Samsung releasing the Galaxy S3 and Nokia releasing their 41 megapixel cameraphone PureView 808 this year, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top for their photography capabilities.