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It should be no news by now: smartphones have been stealing market share away from traditional point-and-shooters, as the general public has quickly realized their undeniable advantage. In the past, one needed the foresight to bring a camera along for any photography to take place, whereas we all now simply reach out for our pockets. What's more, while this added comfort has long come at the expense of quality, these days are honestly starting to sound like ancient history.

Today, flagship models from brands around the globe tout camera modules that have bridged the quality gap to a great extent. And though there's still no comparing your smartphone's camera to your DSLR, it's safe to say that an overwhelming majority of people prefers not to lug around such a heavy piece of machinery in their everyday wanderings. Instead, we rely on our smartphone for the type of spur-of-the-moment shots that you'd just hate to miss. That's precisely why pretty much every manufacturer worth his salt is investing heavily into the imaging department -- a great phone camera is a universally sought-after feature.

So which smartphones are best suited to be tagged camera phones? There are a few, but the club is as exclusive as these get. Check out its roster right below.

* Note: Devices are listed in alphabetical order.

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posted on 08 May 2014, 03:24 25

1. Smokin (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


iPhone? You gotta be kidding me.

posted on 08 May 2014, 03:30 9

5. tech2 (Posts: 2354; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/iPhone-5s-tops-our-blind-camera-comparison-Xperia-Z1-Compact-takes-last-place_id51894

posted on 08 May 2014, 03:43 13

9. Johnnokia (Posts: 545; Member since: 27 May 2012)


You should exclude Nokia camera phones, because they are only comparable with themselves

posted on 08 May 2014, 03:58 4

12. tech2 (Posts: 2354; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


If you are referring to Lumia 1020 then although it has a great cam the fact that it carries 2012 specs doesn't help.

Camera is an important feature not the sole factor when choosing a phone.

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:33 11

30. hemedans (Posts: 204; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


thats why they said best cameraphone and not best smartphone

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:45 2

34. androiphone20 (Posts: 1512; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


And best cameraphone is judged by quality and control not just by quality.

posted on 08 May 2014, 10:25 3

61. sgodsell (Posts: 1395; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


The 1020 is really slow in between camera shots.

posted on 08 May 2014, 12:04 3

67. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2057; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


You mean to say that the iPhone 5S deserves to be in that list in spite of even outdated specs than the L1020? Cuz the only advantage the iPhone 5S has over the L1020 in terms of specs is the 64-bit architecture of its CPU. I sense a certain level of bias in this article.

posted on 08 May 2014, 03:58 8

13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3597; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Extreme fanboyism led to ignorance and lack of knowledge. Almost all android flagships mentioned here beat nokia in cam speed and video recording and a lot better camera software support.

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:10 8

23. refillable (Posts: 652; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Well sorry, but you gotta be kidding me when you put cam speed first before anything else.

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:28

26. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3597; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Well his statements look like overexaggerated. Its not like the lumias are perfect and all. Android flagships are not way too behind, gsmarena's smartphone roulette clearly tells the story. Also cam-speed is important and something to be considered.

posted on 08 May 2014, 12:39

69. Peeyushmalik96 (Posts: 67; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


well I am sorry but its no fun of capturing something extremely well if you cant capture it in time

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:26

24. hemedans (Posts: 204; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


you mean android they beat nokia camera software? can you explain why nokia camera(software) win best application (overall) in phonearena and many sites?

1.phonearena best app of the year nokia camera
http://www.phonearena.com/news/PhoneArena-Awards-2013-Apps-of-the-year_id49847

2.best overall wp app of 2013 nokia camera
http://www.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-central-best-2013-awards

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:33 1

31. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3597; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Custom kernels tweaks, great third party camera apps is what i was meaning about software not app. And that was 2013. Galaxy s5 has the best camera app i've ever seen so far. And second link wpcentral? huh!

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:30 1

27. sip1995 (Posts: 925; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Hahaha....what about the quality.

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:06

47. x_maly_x (Posts: 69; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


If you mean video without audio,and speed over quality....But I still prefer shot video + audio and have a better picture quality-and in this Nokia is the best.

posted on 08 May 2014, 04:09 2

18. mayur007 (Posts: 460; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


the only reason iphone topped was that iphone

pic was clearly known that that was an iphone snap.. bcoz it produces darker and unnatural colors than other phones

so i dont agree with phonearena ..

check my comment no. 60 in that

i did made an other comment b4 the results but couldnt find it ..

posted on 08 May 2014, 04:13

19. mayur007 (Posts: 460; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


http://www.phonearena.com/news/Blind-Camera-Comparison-vote-for-the-smartphone-camera-you-like-best_id51786

check this my comment is no. 5

so its not blind camera it was a waste

posted on 08 May 2014, 12:27 1

68. XperiaX (Posts: 23; Member since: 20 Feb 2014)


this result shows that iphone 5s have more supporters... xD

posted on 08 May 2014, 08:25 1

57. aksa123 (Posts: 229; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


iPhone produces very natural images, not oversaturated like other devices.

posted on 08 May 2014, 09:37 1

60. apexKBC (Posts: 92; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


I think you hav not read dat,

* Note: Devices are listed in alphabetical order.!!

They have not given such ranks or any conclusion.

posted on 08 May 2014, 11:59 2

66. akki20892 (Posts: 3621; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


7650 then N90 then N93 then N95 then N82 then N86 then N8 then 808 then 920 then 1020.......they were classic and will stay in heart forever.

posted on 08 May 2014, 14:00

72. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 215; Member since: 30 May 2013)


In terms of camera software HTC One m8 should be here,but this is about pic quality I think

posted on 08 May 2014, 14:19

73. Ashoaib (Posts: 2380; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


What iphone is doing in the list? is it mandatory to put iphone in all listings/comparisons? even if it is irrelevant?... when there will be a post of best camera minis then it will be fair to put iphone in that list

posted on 08 May 2014, 03:24 1

2. Duketytz (Posts: 515; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Really like the Lumia 1020, G2 pro and Xperia Z2 but I'm hoping to get my hands on the Galaxy K!

posted on 08 May 2014, 03:24 1

3. AndroidStuff (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


my opinion is

1. Nokia Lumia 1020
2. G pro 2
3. Galaxy S5
4. Xperia Z2
5. iPhone 5S
6. oppo 7

no idea about galaxy k zoom, i have camera experience of all other devices :)

posted on 08 May 2014, 03:29 4

4. tech2 (Posts: 2354; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Lumia isn't best overall. The video recording is pretty bad and there is significant time to wait in between two shots.

Also, the color are highly oversaturated in images.

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:32 6

28. hemedans (Posts: 204; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


its because they use auto setting, in the hands of real photographer nothing can beat 1020. good low light pics, large sensor, oversampling, best ois, good low light images, losless zoom, output raw images (.dng files) and good microphone (haac) they put 1020 in another level.

have you ever seen video taken with 1020 recorded in noise area like dancing club or stadium?

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:52 2

36. Super3310 (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 May 2014)


I always bring my lumoa 1020 whenever were going ona gig and in the club.that was awesome !!!

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:52

37. tech2 (Posts: 2354; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


'in the hands of real photographer nothing can beat 1020' - A 'real photographer' would carry a real camera.

BTW, Dxomark agrees with me:http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Nokia-Lumia-1020-overview-Has-the-best-got-better.

If they aren't 'real photographers', who is ?

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:07

48. x_maly_x (Posts: 69; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


You are idot.....

posted on 08 May 2014, 10:29 1

62. sgodsell (Posts: 1395; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Real photography don't use a 1020.

posted on 08 May 2014, 06:37 1

40. elitewolverine (Posts: 1937; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


video is pretty bad? I guess Nat Geo's video recording with the 1020 and it's OIS just sucked right?

Wait between shots? Actually no not that bad, and if you absolutely have to have a shot between shot, no phone will capture it that fast unless your in burst mode...

Difference is that the droid will need 3 shots, the lumia one.

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:42

54. tech2 (Posts: 2354; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


What sort of logic is that ?! Just because Nat Geo used it, which is sponsored by Nokia, makes the video recording not bad ? Post processing by professionals can make anything look good.

By your logic, the entire Burberry fashion show was recorded on the iPhone 5s, does that mean it is great too and has no bad quality ?

Even Dxomark, an INDEPENDENT REVIEWER, agrees with what I am saying,http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Nokia-Lumia-1020-overview-Has-the-best-got-better.

You need to do some research before you speak, all the top, android phones, have zero shutter lag (also iPhone 5s) which means you can take your picture immediately with no processor hog AT ALL. Burst mode goes even further and allows user to take picture every 0.13 seconds.

P.S.: 'Droid' is only used for android phones (mostly Motorola) on Verizon. All android phones aren't called droid.

posted on 08 May 2014, 08:35 3

58. sbw44 (Posts: 404; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


You know what's funny is you guys keep bringing up this color crap about the 1020, yes it had a problem with the colors but nokia fixed it in the black update! that's the main reason why the the 1020 lost points in that dxomark test. Find it strange that they did not even want to review the 1020 after the black update which drastically improved stuff like autofocus,noise reduction and the color reproduction!

But anyway seeing that like to hand out links, here you go:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-Lumia-1020-camera-tests-after-the-Black-update-show-significant-quality-improvements_id51521#11-

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Lumia-1020-and-iPhone-5s-get-compared-with-DSLRs-Nokias-camera-deemed-years-ahead-of-the-iPhone_id51154

Even the 1520 beat all other competition in a recent blind test here at PA
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Blind-Camera-Comparison-vote-for-the-smartphone-camera-you-like-best_id54444

And lastly for now check the camera sensor ratings at DxOMark. the only phones on their ratings are the 1520 and guess who? the 1020!
http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Ratings

posted on 08 May 2014, 11:30

64. elitewolverine (Posts: 1937; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


No, because they have the video online to view. Now unless I am blind...which i tend to think i am not. The video is far from pretty bad. Then again I am biased right? I mean a company like that wouldn't shoot two video documentaries, done by a photographer that uses high end thousand dollar cameras all day and actually give a good review of the camera...oh no, they chose a crappy camera with pretty bad video...

Unless they do not grasp the language and misused the words about 'pretty bad'.

posted on 08 May 2014, 13:28

71. elitewolverine (Posts: 1937; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Also about shutter lag. Well actually the lumia line allows you to adjust shutter very nicely. You mean processing lag?

My 925 can take pics in 1-3seconds, have time stamps to show. I would do a 1020 time stamp comparo but dont have it in front of me, perhaps i should, post them up and show you.

Also you are comparing note 3 with 13mp and the s5 with 16 and the sony with 20, with a phone that has 41mp? And at the time it was released you had the s4 and its 13mp. Considering the 1020 is processing 3 times the amount of data...i dont care about 1-2seconds between shots. Again burst mode and again no one is going to click that fast without looking at the shot, and if you are, then you are a noob that needs to use burst mode.

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:18

51. preetmalhotra (Posts: 78; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Its in alphabetic order
*last line*

posted on 08 May 2014, 08:11 3

55. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


1. Nokia 808 PV
2. Nokia Lumia 1020
3. LG G Pro 2
4. Sony Xperia Z2
5. Samsung Galaxy S5
6. iPhone 5S

posted on 08 May 2014, 03:30 3

6. ChildInTime (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


'Supplanting the Nokia 808 Pureview at 77 points and achieving the new number 1 position, the Sony Xperia Z2 achieved the highest DxOMark Mobile score to date of 79 points. "
"Although the Z2 is ranked number one overall, it is in fact in joint first place with the Nokia 808 Pureview for stills image quality, ahead of the Apple iPhone 5S, Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the that category. "

posted on 08 May 2014, 03:38 3

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3597; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Purposefully alphabetical i guess :->

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:26

53. Chris.P (Posts: 299; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


Well, duh!

:)

posted on 08 May 2014, 03:43

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)


#1, 3 and 6 produce amazing photos and definitely belong on the list.

posted on 08 May 2014, 03:47

11. tech2 (Posts: 2354; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


No. 3 Produces great pictures but not great videos.

posted on 08 May 2014, 03:46 6

10. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


The Nokia Lumia 1020 is still the best camera phone that's for sure.

posted on 08 May 2014, 04:04

15. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Have you tested all of it PA? Show us some samples side by side with DSLR pictures

posted on 09 May 2014, 13:30

74. elitewolverine (Posts: 1937; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


there is a online link from a youtube video showing side by side shots of a decent entry 400$ DSLR and the 1020 (before black update) and the 1020 is simply amazing.

posted on 08 May 2014, 04:07 3

16. Faixal (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Dec 2013)


Where is Note 3 ??
iphonearena just cant live without praising iphone !

posted on 08 May 2014, 04:17 6

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Mentioned under the S5, which is in picture #6.

Reading before commenting helps.

posted on 08 May 2014, 04:37

21. waqarz (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


FAIXAL u r extremely write

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:32

29. sip1995 (Posts: 925; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Note 3 is far better than iPhone

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:03 1

22. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


note 3 is lost in the jungle somewhere,it should be present here.but hey the Z2 is all that matters.

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:01

45. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Comment #20.

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:27

25. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3597; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Well his statements look like overexaggerated. Its not like the lumias are perfect and all. Android flagships are not way too behind, gsmarena's smartphone roulette clearly tells the story. Also cam-speed is important and something to be considered.

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:33 1

32. sip1995 (Posts: 925; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


IPHONE-ARENA

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:37 1

33. gigaraga (Posts: 1371; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


K Zoom looks like a REALLY promising device! Kan't wait to checK it out and test its Kamera!!

posted on 08 May 2014, 05:48 2

35. sebaa (Posts: 27; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)


There are only 2 big players ,Nokia and Sony( Z2,Z1 ,Z1 compact ,Z ... Note3, S4, G2 , Iphone..) .

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:03

46. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8840; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lol we all know how the G2, iPhone 5S and S5/S5/Note 3 takes better photos/videos than the Z1/Z1S/Z1 Compact. I'll give credit to the Z2 since they did up their game.

posted on 08 May 2014, 07:25 1

52. sip1995 (Posts: 925; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


And we all know what the Nokia Lumia 1020 takes better photos than the phones you mentioned.

posted on 08 May 2014, 06:14

38. SuperAndroid507 (Posts: 38; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


I want one like the thumbnail!

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