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

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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1. jellmoo

Posts: 2530; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

2014 will bring two things to smartphone cameras: 1) What Nokia does. 2) What everyone else does.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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.

50. Darkhell

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

52. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Exactly❕❕

58. mzetko

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

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

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 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...

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

28. kenjoe

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

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

31. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Or the 1520..

38. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

39. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

51. Darkhell

Posts: 33; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

53. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

59. mzetko

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

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

63. x_maly_x

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

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

20. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

MEMS and pelican technology sounds convincing

40. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

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

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia cameras vs others cameras

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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..

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

32. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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..

33. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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.

45. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

i wonder if nokia can make a camera with kinect capabilities

54. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

55. AppleHateBoy unregistered

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

2. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 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)

11. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

3. Teja171 unregistered

I want 10 ultrapixel camera.

6. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

14. hboy857

Posts: 367; Member since: Jun 03, 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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