Is Your Camera Phone Your Only Digital Camera?

Is Your Camera Phone Your Only Digital Camera?

Joel Pirela
Sep 10, 2010

Depending on your line of work, you may be able to replace your point and shoot digital camera with the phone you are using right now. When was the last time you actually printed a photo you'd taken? Do you really need 20 megapixel resolution? Nowdays with the internet and mostly everyone having email, print is a thing of the past. You can have all your pictures in digital format on your computer using something like iPhoto and share your memories via Flickr to everybody you want.

Of course this doesn't apply to the pro-sumer or hi-end DSRL crew, but we have seen excellent results coming from professional photographers using camera phones with professional grade lights and tripods. One more time, the old saying goes that the part that matters is the one behind the camera. You just don't buy a professional camera and become a professional photographer, the same goes for buying Adobe CS5 and calling yourself a designer.

With that in mind, we are checking the new smart phones in the market to see what they have inside, camera wise.

The Apple iPhone 4

The camera features a 5-megapixel back-illuminated sensor with 5X digital zoom. Tap to focus and macro lens for great close-ups. You'll take better photos in low light. And the LED flash works with both photos and videos. A second, front-facing camera allows video chats with other iPhone 4 owners over Wi-Fi. Now it adds native HDR photography (this is a popular photographic technique that combines three exposures to create a single image with a greater amount of detail in the highlights and shadows)

HTC Droid Incredible

The 8-megapixel camera is one of the Incredible's more attractive features. It has autofocus and dual LED flashes. Unlike other phone cameras, you have a fair amount of control over settings. It will record video, but only in standard definition.

HTC Evo 4G

There's an 8-megapixel camera on the rear with dual LED flashes. A front-facing camera can be used for video calls. The rear camera records 720p video at 25 frames per second. You may notice some choppiness in your videos. A micro HDMI port connects the Evo to your television.

Samsung Galaxy S

720p video recording at a cool 30fps is on offer, along with a 5 megapixel imager on the back and a 1.3 megapixel one on the front. Both picture and video processing are done rapidly, in part thanks to the latest Android version 2.1.

Just to tell you how important and convenient is to have one device that, kind of does it all, see this chart from Flickr, in which you can see the penetration of the iPhone as a camera:

(Thanks Sean Meyers for supplying the first 2 photos on the HTC Evo 4G)

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