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What factors make a good smartphone camera?

What makes a smartphone camera good? I realise it's not just the megapixels that are important :)

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matt101101 / MOD  May. 17, 2013 at 02:20

Low light capabilities, basically.

JanSt / MOD  May. 17, 2013 at 07:15

Yeah, in a nutshell matt nailed it. Most highend smartphones these days take decent pictures in good conditions. They let you shoot impressive video. It's low light where the truth comes out.
And since different brands achieve good results with different technology, it is not a simple thing to answer your question - otherwise, they'd all make good cameras. Certainly the Lumia 920, 720, the HTC One and the iPhone 5 stand out right now. Oh, and the Xperia Z possibly.
All employ different wizardry to 'get there'!
Remember, e.g. The One only takes 4MP images. But they are great. And in near darkness the One I tried picked up objects quite clearly where my BH's Galaxy Camera saw nothing at all!

CTPAHHIK  May. 17, 2013 at 08:14

Size of light sensor - bigger size means better light capture = better camera. Unfortunately only high end cameras (SLRs) publish this information.

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