10 awesome smartphone camera features that you'd love to have on your device

10 awesome smartphone camera features that you'd love to have on your device
For most people, their smartphone is a tool that allows them to go on the internet, chat with friends, and — best of all — to snap photos on the go.

So large was the disturbance that smartphones created in the traditional point-and-shoot camera category that... it almost doesn't exist today. Indeed, as the old adage goes, the best camera is the one you have on you at all times, and that certainly explains why smartphones have brutalized sales of the above-mentioned industry.

Billions upon billions are invested in making smartphones, a healthy portion of which surely goes to camera development. We have bigger sensors, better optics, and more features to choose from with today's flagships when compared with what we had even two years ago, yet we can't help but feel down whenever that one beloved shooting mode is unavailable with a new device we have our eyes on. Want a few examples? Go right ahead and jump into the gallery slideshow below for the full list.

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13 Comments

1. AndroidStuff

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Simply say Buy a LG G4 :-)

8. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Youre so right :)

2. user996

Posts: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

are there any third party apps that can do these tricks?

3. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Check out Victor's (constantly updated) selection here:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Best-Android-camera-apps-camera-replacement-2015-edition_id41120 It has a number of great suggestions!

4. peace247 unregistered

All I see in this article is ...iPhone camera is great...blah...blah.....

9. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Why so butt hurt? Samsung Galaxy also gets a few mentions.

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lumia Camera has most of these features which humbly extends the potential of my old Lumia 720. I believe the 720 has the best camera among it's midrange league.

6. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Well, lumia 1020 and G4 has those features.

7. Limbopope

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Um....did I miss something....aren't most of these features in Camera FV-5...?

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

So 930, 1020, 1520...hell even the 521 has some of them.

11. LessThanDoug

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Quick to mention iPhone in exposure control and AF/AE, but way to leave out Nokia in Shutter Speed and Manual Focus control. "Unfortunately, controls for shutter speed are still exceedingly rare with smartphones." Yeah, exceedingly rare for anything other than a Nokia with Lumia Camera on it.. And boken effects suck on today's phones because the apertures are all too big.

12. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Galaxy K Zoom is the only phone I saw with independent AE/AF controls.

13. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

The One series may not produce hi-res images, but certainly the camera app has most of the features here. The one thing it doesn't have is probably the rearcam selfie.

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