Smartphones have come a long way since their dawn!! Back in the day, we had a couple of operating systems such as windows phone, Symbian, blackberry os and many more. Today’s world has been monopolised by 2 smartphone operating systems, Android and iOS, the latter of which is a closed operating system. Since the base software across all Android phones remains the same, its easy to get lost in a specification war between phones and this way usually lead to the notion that higher is better!! Higher screen resolution is better than lower screen resolution, Higher speaker volume is better than lower speaker volume and higher megapixel camera are better than lower megapixel ones!!
When it comes to smartphone camera’s megapixels are not all you need to consider while shell out a pretty penny for a brand new phone. Megapixel when put plainly means a million pixels. So the higher the megapixel in a camera, the higher the resolution your photos are!! Although with a higher megapixel smartphone camera you can get more detailed photos, you would never be able to actually notice all these details. A 1080p Tv which is the gold standard for television is only 2.1 megapixels and a 4k tv, which is yet to universally adopted is only 8.4 megapixels. That being said you would always be covered as all smartphone camera’s today have camera resolutions in the double digits.
Not to say that Camera resolution is not important, Higher camera resolution always helps when going for large size prints printing but for the normal person who is not going to use his smartphone to print high detailed prints, he will more than covered for his instadaily posts.
So if megapixels don’t matter than what does?
Here are a couple of additional factors you can consider while you make your purchase decisions.
- Pixel size - You must be familiar to hearing the term “microns” on all smartphone camera reviews. Micron is the measurement term used to determine the size of individual pixels in a smartphone. Since a pixel represents the light captured, a bigger pixel will capture more light and herein give a better image. The greater the pixel size of a camera, the better the photos, a 1.4 micron sensor will always be better to a 1 micron sensor.
- Aperture - Aperture means the opening in the camera for the light to pass. Photos taken in the night are more grainy and blurry as compared to those taken in the day.. This is because the more the light a camera sensor gets the better it can shoot images. Therefore, it makes sense to choose a camera with a greater aperture, so that more light is captured by the camera sensor. Aperture is represented by f/value, the higher the value the smaller is the aperture and vice versa.
- Image stabilisation - You would have heard the term OIS and EIS been thrown around with some smartphone marketing videos. OIS stands for Optical Image Stabilisation and EIS stands for Electronic image stabilisation. OIS is a hardware feature of a camera where the camera can move in different directions in its socket, so it can compensate for the shakiness of taking some photos. OIS is really great for video recording, so if you plan to buy a camera for taking videos, make sure it has OIS. EIS, is basically stabilisation managed by camera software. As a rule of thumb OIS will always be better than EIS.
- Camera software - There is only so much you can do with the little space a camera has on a smartphone. To fill this gap camera software is very important. Have you ever noticed how your photos will look different when taken from snapchats inbuilt camera and Instagrams built in camera software? This is because software always plays a really important gap in tuning hardware. Today most of the smartphones rely on mainly the same set of camera sensors, but what does change between vendors is the camera software. When you edit a photo, you can see how you can change the saturation, brightness and other controls, basically camera software judges the scenario and adjusts these automatically while you take a photo. When choosing a smartphone, always read through some reviews to get a better understanding of how the software takes images.
So I hope you have a deeper understanding on all the factors to consider before you go ahead and purchase a smartphone for shooting some great pictures.
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