As cell phones become more powerful, they're quickly replacing our point-and-shoot cameras. In fact, the point-and-shoot camera market is on the verge of collapse, as the compact cameras have failed to remain competitive with smartphones.
At the same time, top smartphone makers have been trying to come up with better camera phones to take on established compact camera makers, such as Canon and Nikon.
The quality of smartphone camera is quite top notch, and also it is easy for a user to share images easily with others wherever you are.
But not all smartphones boast an excellent camera. That's why it's not an easy job to find the best camera phones of your choice. Some may like to have a dedicated camera phone that can give a professional quality photographs.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, for instance, offers advance controls and preset modes that are easy to use. The device gives top-notch image quality, and has built-in 10x optical zoom.
Aside from the Galaxy S4 Zoom, you can also consider the Samsung Galaxy S5. It's a brand new flagship phone with a 16MP rear-facing camera and offers real-time HDR for superior quality pictures.
Then there is the Gionee Elife E7, which not only comes with a massive 5.5-inch Full HD display, but also has a most sensitive 16MP rear-camera and 1/2.3-inch sensor with large 1.34µm pixels.
So, are you looking forward to buy a great phone with an excellent camera inside? We've handpicked top 5 smartphones with a 16MP rear-facing camera. Take a look at them in the sliders below.
Samsung's Galaxy S5 is a new beast in the town. It is much improved over its predecessor, when it comes to the camera and its supplied features. The resolution has been bumped from 13MP to 16MP. The biggest change comes in the form of a real-HDR feature. And the new Shot & More mode allows you to edit pictures and apply various effects immediately after taking your shots. Talking about the spec sheet, the Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch FHD Super AMOLED display, Exynos 5420 octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.4 Kitkat, 16GB of on-board storage, a microSD card slot ( support up to 128GB), the heart-rate sensor, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity.
The Elife E7 is an excellent camera phone under Rs. 25,000 price bracket. The Gionee Elife E7's biggest strength lies in the camera. The 16MP with 1.34 pixel sizerear-facing camera offers better experience than any normal point and shoot camera. Also, the makers have added an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Other than that, it offers a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 16GB/32GB internal memory, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi, AGPS and 3G, amongst other features.
Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom looks more like a bulky point-and shoot camera. Being a dedicated camera phone, Samsung has added a lot of new camera features. Its killer image quality and optical zoom makes the device one of best camera phones in the market. The S4 Zoom is more about the camera, rather than its spec sheet. The handset comes with a 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED display (960x540), a 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, a 16MP rear-facing camera, 10x optical zoom, a 1.9MP front-facing camera, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared port and a 2,330 mAh battery fitted inside.
The Canvas Knight A350 is a premium high quality smartphone. There's a massive 16MP rear camera imaging sensor paired with OmniVision's CameraChip sensor and a new generation M8 Largan Lens, through which users can record videos at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at a speed of 30frames/second. The 8MP front-facing shooter has an added voice command capabilities wherein a user just needs to say ‘Cheese' or ‘Capture' to click images while on-the-move. The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean powered phone powered by a 2-GHz True Octa-Core MT6592T processor, backed by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. It also packs a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080p.
The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is not exactly a 16MP shooter, but it features a high quality 20.7MP rear camera. The Xperia Z1 Compact comes with a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, Wi-Fi, 3G, and a non-removable 2,300mAh battery. However, the Xperia Z1 Compact offers a 20.7MP rear-facing camera, backed by Carl Zeiss optics, OIS (optical image stabilization), Auto Focus, LED flash. It also has a 2MP front-facing camera. The device runs on the latest version of Android.