The Best Cameras on a Smartphone: A Comparison Guide

Posted by Ruben Corbo — 11 Oct 2011

Taking professional photographs while on the go can seem like a challenge, particularly if you are not able to take a camera or if the camera is too cumbersome for your needs. Fortunately, with the improvements to technology and the development of the best mobile phone deals that include Smartphones with advanced cameras, it is possible to take professional grade photographs while moving. While it is possible to take the photos on the go, picking the best camera for photography needs on the Smartphone is another consideration.


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iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is expected to improve on the camera of the iPhone 4. Since the iPhone 4 camera is already among the top rated for Smartphones, even though it is only five megapixels, the fact that the iPhone 5 should have a better camera means that it is likely to take amazing photos.

The expected camera for the iPhone 5 is rumored to be an eight megapixel camera. Furthermore, the rumors suggest that the LED flash that sometimes caused problems with picture quality will have improvements to manage that particular problem, allowing the new phone to take better pictures than the previous generation.


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Samsung Galaxy S2

The original Samsung Galaxy S had a camera that was behind other Smartphone options in terms of quality and picture. Though the original camera needed improvements, the new Samsung Galaxy S 2 has improved upon some of the previous quality problems.

The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has a decent camera, but when compared to other phones, the sharpness, color accuracy and amount of distortion is still behind. While this is true, the phone does have numerous camera options such as a smile mode that detects smiles to prevent pictures where the people in them are not smiling or cartoon mode to obtain interesting cartoon-looking pictures.


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Motorola Droid Bionic

The Motorola Droid Bionic offers a decent camera with numerous features and controls that make it possible to take a wide range of photographs in any preferred style. In terms of picture quality, the photos have good color quality and are accurate to the image taken.

While the pictures and the camera are good, the main problem that the Motorola Droid Bionic faces is the focus and slow timing. The phone does not include touch-to-focus options, so it will require the use of a tripod to take clear images. It also has a delay that might not appeal to many users.

Google Nexus Prime

The Google Nexus Prime has made minimal improvements to the Nexus S, making it far below the quality available on other Smartphone options. The five megapixel camera remains a standard camera where Smartphones are concerned and the photos are not as clear as many other phones.


In general, most Smartphone options provide a decent camera for on-the-go needs. While this is true, for those looking for best mobile phone deals that provide professional grade photographs on their phone the two best options are either the iPhone 5 or the Motorola Droid Bionic. The Bionic will require a tripod to keep it steady and focused, but otherwise the photos are very clear. The iPhone 5 will likely have excellent picture quality due to the improved megapixels.

This is a guest article by Ruben Corbo, a writer for the website Mobile Phone Expert where you can get the best mobile phone deals. When he's not writing about technology, he's producing and composing music for visuals or enjoying a good post-apocalyptic novel or film.

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