Chase Jarvis, the social artist, visionary, and award-winning photographer created a visual notebook called ‘The Best Camera Is the One That’s With You’ using photos he clicked on his phone. Following that trend in 2017, apparently, around 1200 billion photos were taken worldwide.
Today, people carrying phones which double as a digicam is as common as using a social media network! Of all the devices people used in 2017, 85% were expected to be a smartphone.
It’s handy too, as you get to capture every moment. But, when it comes down to camera options, and you are looking for something that suits you and there are multiple choices staring back at you, how can you pick the phone which offers you the best camera benefits you can afford?
Features That Matter
From low-end models to the ones that cost a few thousand, the market has an abundance of options. Just try to Google smartphone’s features, and you’ll get many results with every detail about the camera, from the number of megapixels to the lens, image storage, relative sensors, etc.
Which ones of these matter for you and how you should prioritize them according to your budget- that’s the real question? And that’s what we have attempted to answer.
- Megapixels in a Smartphone Camera
Megapixels essentially define the extent to which you can resize an image without destroying its sharpness or quality. However, more megapixels do not guarantee better picture quality in all cases.
5 megapixels is often considered the standard you need. As you move up from 5 megapixels, the image detailing improves. You get smoother edges, better resolution, and an overall sharper image.
However, the real difference between an 8 megapixel and a 13 megapixel phone can be better seen when you print the photos. The former would look best on an 8”x 10” paper while the latter would look best on an 18”x 24” paper. Increase the paper size and the image will begin blowing up into pixels.
So, while determining the number of megapixels you need, also factor in the size of the image sensor(s.)
- Image Sensors- Single and Dual
Light sensors are critical because they capture and analyse light signals, which affect the actual output image. Traditionally, using larger image sensors is suggested as they catch dynamic ranges with less noise.
The Intex Elyt Dual, for example, has a dual-selfie camera of 8 and 2 megapixels respectively, and hence two ambient light sensors. These can help you capture a sharper image, wide angle, shallow depth of field, achieve the blurry effect, and more details. The final picture you see is the optimal output.
- Autofocus Lenses for Crisp Photos
Many smartphones, including the ELyt-e6, come with an autofocus lens. As opposed to the fixed-focus lenses, autofocus produces pictures with minimum blurring and loss of detail. It’s one of the features which, when matched with the opposite megapixels, can create a sharp and focused image.
- The Perfect Flash Settings
Poor flash directly affects photos taken in dim lighting. A good one can act as equivalent to an expensive lens and studio lighting.
Intex smartphones have LED flashes, which work efficiently in low-power light sources. The dual-LED flash, as can be found in Intex Aqua Crystal Plus, offers twice as bright photos, without the shine that can cause reflections to appear in pictures.
- Smartphone Features That You Need to Assist You with Photo Sessions
Without any doubt, you will need a clever combination of megapixels (between 5 and 8 preferably), autofocus, LED flash, and image stabilisation setup to capture an image worth marvelling at. However, a stable network connection, battery backup, fast processor, and interface are equally valuable features to have on a phone.
They act as assisting columns, supporting your ability to transfer photographs, edit them, upload them, and share them at any time using any number of applications with ease.
Choose a Smartphone Camera with Caution- Know What Your Photography Needs Are
It’s important to understand what you’ll be needing more from your device’s camera. Would you be shooting mostly in low lights? Would you take more selfies? Would you be photographing still objects or moving things?
Once you know what you need most, prioritise and pick the device as per your budget. Intex smartphones, for instance, offer different combinations of megapixels, lenses, image sensors, flash, and camera settings including scene detection, burst shot, low light enhancement, face recognition, panorama mode, geo-tagging, and HDR options at sensible prices.