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All eyes on 2014: what's next for smartphone cameras

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All eyes on 2014: what's next for smartphone cameras
Smartphones have long been said to be able to replace point-and-shoot cameras. Ever since the arrival of the iconic Nokia N95 in 2007 (that some of you may still remember), it was clear that what was happening was a fundamental shift in the way we take and share images. In 2011, we finally started seeing smartphones like the iPhone 4 topping the list of most popular cameras on services like Flickr. Today, with record levels of smartphone penetration, there’s no arguing that a huge amount of people have already replaced their point and shoot cameras with a phone camera.

A lot of amazing things have already happened for smartphone cameras. 2013 - with all else - brought us unprecedented variety exactly in the camera area. Starting with state-of-the-art cameraphones like the Nokia Lumia 1020 with its 41-megapixel PureView camera and unmatched image quality, to the more polished smartphone camera interfaces coming from point-and-shoot lands with Samsung's high-end Galaxy devices and LG's phones, and finally ending with the large-pixel experiment of HTC One's UltraPixel camera. There was something for all tastes, and consumers could not complain about lack of choice.

With all this in mind you might be wondering: “Can 2014 bring us a new revolution in smartphone cameras?” There are a few technologies that have been ripening in the past couple of years and may finally land in real devices in 2014. We lay them all out below, and we're looking forward to hearing what are you most excited about. Have you heard about an exciting camera technology? Sound off in the comments below with your thoughts and opinions.

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posted on 03 Jan 2014, 09:53 22

1. jellmoo (Posts: 1696; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


2014 will bring two things to smartphone cameras:

1) What Nokia does.
2) What everyone else does.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 10:15 4

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I'm really wating for GS5, it might have one of the best smartphone cameras ever. And I really hope the camera is so good there is no need for S5 Zoom.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 15:20 2

50. Darkhell (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)


No it won't, it will have the best smart phone can for the average person unlike the Lumia 1020 with a monster can. Samsung sells practical, faster, more convenient and wants to be over the majority. I doubt they will rival Nokia.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 17:30 1

52. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Exactly❕❕

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 13:11 1

58. mzetko (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


WHAT THE F****? Samsung is more practical than Lumia? In what way? More Addroid ads? More lagging? Less integration? More viruses? Tell me!

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 13:52 2

17. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Well samsung's camera results are very good without being 41mp... what if samsung come up with 41mp? It will beat the butts of nokia... but 13mp or 16mp is fine, no need to jump to 41mp and make the shooting lover like me to run out of phone's memory...

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 15:39 2

26. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Why would Samsung's be better❔ We couldn't possibly know that until we had a full, unbiased, comparison..

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 15:40 4

28. kenjoe (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


I havent yet to see any talk about Samsung camera that good compare to Nokia 808 and 1020 could bring

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 15:46 2

31. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Or the 1520..

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 18:06 1

38. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Have you seen the comparison on GSMArena? The outdoor photo of Not e3 is equal to 1520, or a little bit sharper, night photo is worse(but not much) due to the lack of OIS, but video capture is outstanding.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 18:17 1

39. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Let's just consider this the best camera phone with best overall performance...

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 15:26

51. Darkhell (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)


41 MP only shows with proper light, the best thing about the Nokia cam is the zoom, it has an actual camera like zoom. Nokia was stupid to not have an SD slot on a phone that takes 38mp pictures.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 17:32 1

53. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Yeah, that was dumb.. Or they could've had a 64gb version..

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 13:12

59. mzetko (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


No Nokia can't be beaten with a Korean crap.

posted on 11 Jan 2014, 08:57

63. x_maly_x (Posts: 72; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


2 years pass Lumia 920 and Slamdong still don't have OIS... Samsung = copy + pastle

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 14:15 3

20. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


MEMS and pelican technology sounds convincing

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 23:16

40. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)


those two vs. PureView..
now thats sounds convincing...

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 14:21 7

21. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nokia cameras vs others cameras

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 15:25 2

22. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Right❕..At this point we're talking about Lumia devices, and what they are to bring, and how everyone else follows.. Microkia is at the forefront of Smartphone camera technology, and they're not going to let that go anytime soon..

Lets not forget Nokia's investment in Pelican's 16 lens technology this past year.. We have a lot to look forward to..

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 15:40 2

27. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


It's not about microkia. Ms just bought device department. Nokia is still alive. I don't care what ms will bring, but we only care what nokia will bring. We r talking about nokia not lumia. And Please you don't know what nokia is. Nokia is still alive.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 15:59 1

32. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


This article is about what's to come in 2014❕.. Nokias entire team is still making Lumia devices.. I'm sorry, but if you're talking about what Nokia is to bring in 2014 then you're talking about a Lumia device.. As much as you don't like that, and aren't willing to accept it, this is reality..
Now, I understand how you feel about one of your favorite brands because I would be pissed off too. I love my 920, my 1520, and I'm 36 years old so I may have been using Nokia devices way before you ever got your hand on a mobile phone.. I still have old Nokia devices from the 90's so don't tell me what I do, or don't know.. I love Nokia,, but that doesn't mean that I can't face the reality of the situation... Nokias device division is still Nokia no matter what it's called, and nothing is new about Nokia making Lumia devices.. They've been doing it for years now...
Now, if Nokia makes devices again then great❕... But, we're talking about what's to come in SPCT this year.. Are you expecting for Nokia to pump out a device under the Nokia name in 2014?..
Be for real man..

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 16:02 1

33. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Well, they could make a device under the Nokia name in 2014, but it's most definitely still going to be a Lumia.. Sorry, but this is they way it is for now.

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 02:00 1

45. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


i wonder if nokia can make a camera with kinect capabilities

posted on 04 Jan 2014, 19:40 1

54. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


There's so much that Microkia can do to make devices much better, but they hold back.. For example, your Kinect idea..

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 02:59

55. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


1) How about a Lumia 1020 - OIS + 5" 1080p screen + S800 + 4K recording??

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 09:57 9

2. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


Ive already decided what Im gonna do this year. Im gonna either buy iphone with 4.7 inches or galaxy s5. Camera isnt important so much to me. (I have dslr)

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 11:30

11. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I really want to see what apple brings to the table with the 4,7 and 5,7 inch smartphones :). I've been an android user since I switched from Iphone 4 to Various android devices. Also own a Lumia 520 (bought it to test WP, not really a big hit imo) But It would be nice to see what apple will do with a Note type of iphone.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 10:00 5

3. Teja171 (unregistered)


I want 10 ultrapixel camera.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 10:25

6. aayupanday (Posts: 576; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Guess they'll have to make the device very thick in order to accommodate something like that.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 12:52

14. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


I hope second gen HTC One will come with atleast 8 megapixel camera. All HTC have to do is improve their camera on their next flagship (Don't you dare mess it up HTC).

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