PhoneArena Awards 2012: Best Cameraphone

Phones aren't just for calling anymore, and we bet that even your grandparents are well aware of that. Instead, taking photos is what smartphones are used for the most, as recent surveys have shown. And that should come as no surprise: most high-end smartphones can capture images so good that they are well capable of replacing an entry-level point and shoot camera. Therefore, including a 'Best Cameraphone' category in our PhoneArena Awards of 2012 seems quite logical to us...
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82. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Rubbish! There's something wrong if you need to store casual photographs at the native resolution of 3264 by 2448 pixels.

63. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

the one x has a better camera than s3 and ip5 but PA shows it no love... over on gsmarena's photo compare tool the iphone5 still cant beat the nokia n8 even the galaxy note2 beats it... yet somehow the iphone is number two

77. a22matic

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

+1... The One X line has great cameras.

139. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Did you see their camera comparison? The One X was regularly in the lower ranking of phones, the only phone it consistently surpassed was the Lumia 900, which was a single core phone with a weak camera. The I5 and S3 regularly surpassed it, there may have been a couple of shots the One X was better than the S3 on. Also the video quality didnt rank as good as either of those.

109. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

People need to see the camera shootout that was recently posted for what it is. The Iphone 5 almost always outperformed or was on par every other phone when it came to sharpness, white balance, and in most cases color accuracy. People say the Lumia 920 should be on the list, but it only wins in low-light photography which is not enough to make it the best camera phone around. I own a Lumia 900 and really can't stand Apple, but people are blinded by bias, facts remain facts. Look at the Lumia 920's photos in the shootout, most of them (in sunlight outdoors) came out with a yellow/ green tint and the indoor photos over exaggerated the white balance. Also, the SIII, One X, and Iphone 5 shoot photos with a much faster shutter speed than the 920 (just saying). So while the pureview technology has its perks, the 920 still needs some work. *The 808 pureview is just a beast, in a different class altogether* My list of top 3: 808 Pureview Iphone 5 Note II

119. Ray.S

Posts: 452; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Let us all just calm down a little bit, shall we? (Always wanted to say this line.) If you guys take a close look at our Nokia Lumia 920 vs Apple iPhone 5 comparison, you'll see that we never say the 920 takes better outdoor photos. It makes them way too warm and saturated, plus the contrast is too high. The Lumia 920 is definitely better when shooting at night or at very low light conditions, plus it has good image stabilization which also helps when recording video, but that's it. Since normal, daylight photos are often off, we cannot position it next to the "best cameraphones of the year." We decided to stick to the well-rounded smartphones like the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III, which are great in almost all scenarios, except for night shots. The 808 is obviously a very different story from the 920, that is why it deserves to be called "best camera-phone of the year."

123. myownchoice

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

Well isnt the note 2 as good as the s3 or better? Good jop pal..

130. Ray.S

Posts: 452; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

The GS III is more "phone" than the Note II, which is more of a "phablet". And since the Note II doesn't necessarily have the better camera, we went with the GS III.

126. androidlikeaboss

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

But why is the Galaxy S III included, when the One X/ One X+ ,which has a better camera,isnt?

129. Ray.S

Posts: 452; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Who said the One X/X+ has a better camera than the GS III?

133. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Lol Ray wait until PA's best smartphone of the year award gets announced (if ther's going to be one.) U gonna need more than that to calm people down once that happens..

140. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yep, got the list for you right here 1) Samsung Galaxy S3 2) Iphone 5 3) insert some other phone of your choice (Lumia 920, Droid DNA, Galaxy Note 2, etc.)

121. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It's where it deserves to be! Bunch of you expecting from them to put a camera that basically sucks in daylight (as shown in the comparison! ) in the best three list, just shows how disturbingly overhyped that phone is. My list: 1 Nokia 808 2 HTC One x + 3 iPhone 5 4 Galaxy S 3

2. androidlikeaboss

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

Where's the Nokia Lumia 920?

3. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

My ass. Sony Xperia T/V and Nokia Lumia 920 should have been there. Even the bloody HTC One X has a much better camera and aperture than the S3/iPhone 5.

6. Atlas

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

Sony supplied the sensor for the GSIII and made the camera for the iP5. But I do agree with the Lumia 920, it should be in there!

24. MeoCao unregistered

Maybe Sony optics is not good? there is a report that Xperia TX 13MP camera suscks

86. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

It's the software fault

7. androidlikeaboss

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

I agree,One X has a better camera than s3, s3's colours are a bit washed out and its low light shot is not good.One X only lose to s3 in video recording

13. XperiaUser unregistered

i m a big fan of xperia series but i hate their camera . >>> too much noise,and i thnk this is the main reason behind xperia tx not in this category.

55. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

what s sh*****y ranking!!! one x much better than s3 when it can show detail & better night shot.. 1) lumia 808 2) lumia 920 3) iphone 5 4) one x heyyyy PA dont you see reality??

59. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

lmao lumia 808................have you created a hybrid phone mate? this shows your lacking here, you dont know what your talking about but im gonna be nice and clear up your list 1)808 pureview 2) lumia 920 3) iphone 5 4) one x mainly though atleast make sure you get the phones name right before going into a childish rage

64. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

It's Nokia 808 PureView. Sorry =/ BUT I agree with your list =)

4. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Yay 808 making #1, but 920 should be #2 with iphone or Sony as #3. Your own "920 vs ip5" showed the 920 as exceeding the 5 in all respects except still detail, which is fixable with a software update or settings tweaks.

11. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

Phonearena you live another Planet.... every review says " Nokia lumia 920 has the best camera of any smartphone".

12. androidlikeaboss

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

They live in iPlanet or S Planet lol

112. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012 Gsmarena seems to find 920 lacking in some areas, phonearena is not alone in this case.

14. surethom

Posts: 1614; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Im sorry, Im an Android guy, but the only way a phone can give great night time & low light photos is with a Xenon flash, so Nokia pureview has won. Please Sony release a Android Cybershot phone

15. rycx365

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

1st and 2nd are spot on IMO. But I don't think there can be a third. Phones like S3, one x, lumia 920 and several others all take equally pleasant shots too

16. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Should be 808 one x 920 phonearena can't do anything without including there I love. The iPhone should come in after the s3. The only reason phonearena picked the 808 is because they knew logically couldn't get away with not having it first bunch of nut sacks

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