Things to be aware of with smartphone cameras?

Is there anything I should be on the lookout for with smartphone cameras?
For example, I know to make sure to get one with a flash!
But what about dual flash? Is that beneficial?
Anything else?

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 7, 2013 at 14:21

There is no simple answer to that.
Single LED, dual LED or Xenon? If the sensor and actual lens are rubbish the flash won't help you get good low light shots. Add more confusion with both the 41MP Lumia and Symbian devices made by Nokia and the 4MP camera in the HTC One getting better results than many 8MP cameras. In fact, the 5MP camera in the classic Nokia N95 still beats most of today's 8MP smartphone cameras.
There's video quality to consider, also.
Speed. Example: I recently used a Lumia 820. Good camera, no doubt. But the delay between hitting the camera key and the shutter getting its butt into gear was significant.
I rarely got 'the moment' ...

You are best off narrowing down your device choices, reading a lot of reviews about those handsets - and then go and buy a Nokia Lumia 1020, 925 or Pureview 808. Cause if the camera IS that important to you, they are your 3 choices.
If you want a decent snapper, the range widens - iPhone 5, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy...

Again: read reviews. And loads of them, and read between the lines. Example: a lot of Blackberry Z10 reviews give credit to the camera, but they really talk about some software tricks in the camera app. The actual photos are not that great. Okay, but not great, and in low light perfectly useless.
Other devices take so-so photos but shoot great video or vice versa.


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