See 10 Tips to Choose a Good Smartphone Photo

Resolution, lens and flash are some of the items to be considered at the time of purchase

Increasingly, smartphones come replacing the cameras as primary means of taking pictures. Currently, many high-end models have features comparable to digital cameras. Some of them even surpass the cameras in some items like Nokia 808 Pure View.

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Therefore, the ability to take pictures with good quality is increasingly valued when choosing a smartphone. Next, the iG gives tips on important items in choosing a good smartphone.

See below for some good photo smartphones

1-shutter button

It ain’t no use to have the desired photographic resources if they cannot be accessed from the desired shape. With this in mind, the first step is to see if access to the camera is done easily.

The iPhone does not have a camera clock button. But, on iPhones with iOS 5 system, you can use the volume button to trigger the camera. Access to the application, however, depends on the touch screen of the device.

Already the line Windows Phone smart phones bring, a trigger button for the camera. As soon as the button is pressed, the appliance activates the camera, without the user having to touch the screen to open the application.

In the case of Android, the presence of a shutter button varies from one device to another.

2-Controls and options

Who has more knowledge of photography should opt for models that have manual controls flash, ISO, white balance, exposure and saturation of colors.

A middle ground between the manual and automatic control is known in many smartphones as “scenes”. In it, the user chooses the type of scene being photographed (for example, sport, indoor environment, Fireworks Fireworks, sunset, landscape) and the device makes the necessary adjustments to get the best picture possible.


A high resolution does not exactly mean that the appliance will take photos with high quality. But this factor is important for those who want to print the pictures in larger sizes than a common picture frames (10 x 15 cm). High resolution is also important for those who think to see the photos without too much graininess on large monitors or TV screens (32 inches or larger).

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The 5 or 8 Megapixel resolutions meet perfectly the most users. A much smaller value could harm the photo printing. And probably, a cell phone with a resolution of 3 megapixels (or less) will come with a few fine-tuning available in your menu.


No wonder professional cameras allow the lens to be exchanged. In addition there are different types of lenses for various situations, the lens quality influences decisively in photo quality.

Therefore, as the lenses of smartphones are fixed, choose models with renowned brands lenses as Schneider or Carl Zeiss. Who has an iPhone can use specific lenses to improve the pictures on the device.


Look for smartphones with autofocus to avoid blurry images. Some modern features of autofocus present differently in each unit are: face detection as focal point, captures just smiles and touch-to-focus (just point the focal point on the screen).


As with dedicated cameras, digital zoom should be avoided in smartphones. This feature is nothing more than a trick to expand the image to be recorded. To frame a picture with a smartphone, yet the best way is to get closer to or away from the object to be photographed.

Smartphones do not have optical zoom, since the lens does not move. For those who want to use the capabilities of Android on a digital camera, an option that is starting to hit the market are the smartcameras, as Polaroid SC1630 models, Nikon 800 c and Samsung Galaxy Camera .


Regardless of all the other features mentioned, some types of night shots depend exclusively on a good flash. The iPhone until your third generation was heavily criticized for not coming with a factory. The current model, iPhone 4S , has a LED flash.

Other smartphones currently on the market come with two or more LED to enlarge your lighting power. The best flash, however, are the Xenon, similar to those used in cameras. The xenon flash is more powerful and reduces noise in images captured.

The disadvantage of Xenon in relation to the LED is on video capture, since the first can not remain lit and works only for shots. Already the LED can be kept lit for as long as the user sees fit.

8-video mode

Those who want to record videos with above average quality must look for smartphones which will record in 720 p or 1080 p with the largest number of frames per second (FPS) as possible (30 frames per second is an excellent value for smartphones).

It’s also good to stay attentive to the quality of the built-in microphone, important mainly in places with loud music or too much wind.

9-storage capacity

Almost all smartphones use removable memory cards, in addition to the internal memory. Among smartphones, the iPhone 4 is the only one who doesn’t have a memory card. But the internal memory of 8 GB or more is more than enough to store a large amount of pictures.

In any case, who take a lot of pictures with maximum resolution or record videos in HD may have the need for a model with support for memory cards.

10-extra features

Some little used, but which may be important for some are: marking of the geographical position of the photo (GeoTagging) and simple editing of the photos made directly from your smartphone.

For these functions, the user can rely on the appliance or other native applications downloaded separately, as the Camera + for iPhone and the FX Photo Editor for Android.

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