1. LG Optimus G
LG makes some big claims, promising that their newest smartphone will provide the “world’s best image quality.” This powerhouse of a phone boasts of a 13-megapixel camera (Sprint and international versions), a 4.7-inch True HD IPS+ display with pixel density of 320 pixels per inch (the iPhone 5 has 326 ppi) and a 15:9 aspect ratio, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 2,100 mAh battery, and microSD card expansion. It will run on Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 in the Sprint 4G LTE network.
The Optimus G camera records videos in full 1080p HD resolution. It also has a “Voice Shutter” feature, which understands 5 voice commands including “cheese” and “smile,” so you don’t need a shutter button. Aside from voice activation, it also has autofocus, a built-in LED flash, digital zoom, burst mode, exposure compensation, and panorama mode, among other customization features. One of its most useful features is “Time Catch,” which continuously takes photos until you press the shutter. Some photos taken before and after you press the shutter are saved, so you can capture moments that you may have missed. It also has a front-facing 1.3MP camera, which works well for your RingCentral VoIP service video chats. If you choose this phone, you also get NFC, Dolby Mobile audio, and a pre-installed YouTube video player.
2. Samsung Galaxy S III
Less MPs does not necessarily mean lower quality as reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S III show. The phone is still stuck with an 8 MP camera, like its predecessor, the S II. However, owners and reviewers of this phone don’t see this as much of a hindrance when snapping pictures. The advantage of lower specs in your camera sensors is that you get a slimmer device. The SIII’s camera is also voice activated and has new features such as simultaneous HD and image recording, burst mode, panorama mode, zero shutter lag, and Best Shot (recommends best picture). Other key camera specs are its f/2.6 lens, 4x digital zoom, ISO 80-1600, and 11 filter effects.
The SIII also sports a 1.9MP front camera and a 4.8-inch 720 X 1280 pixel (316ppi) HD Super AMOLED screen, which is just perfect for browsing the web and watching videos. Video recording and playback is at full HD 1080p. It is powered by a 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor (US version), 2GB RAM, 16GB and 32GB internal storage (64 GB coming soon), 2100 mAh battery, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Android Jelly Bean 4.1). You’d be happy to know that the unit also has a microSD slot and the possibility of an eventual upgrade to Android Jelly Bean 4.2 in early 2013.
3. HTC One X+
The HTC One X+ will soon supplant the One X as the HTC phone to beat. As HTC’s answer to the few criticisms against the One X, the One X+ is boosted by 64GB storage (plus a special offer of 25GB free Dropbox space), a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, a 2100 mAh battery, 1GB RAM, and Android 4.1 with HTC Sense 4+.
For smartphone camera fans, HTC threw in a 1.6MP front camera with a BSI sensor and 720p video recorder. The 8MP f/2.0 rear camera features a 28mm wide-angle lens, smart LED flash, autofocus, BSI sensor, HTC ImageChip, and 1080p HD video recorder. Display is set at 4.7 inches, 1280X720 pixel Super IPS LCD 2 (312 ppi) capacitative touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
4. Apple iPhone 5
As one of the most hyped up (if not the most hyped up) devices of the past years, Apple’s iPhone camera lives up to the company’s almost mythical aura. Apple’s latest model offers a larger screen and redesigned camera at 8MP. While design is still very much unchanged, Apple promises that this phone’s camera delivers superior results. Notable features are its 4-inch 1136X640 pixel resolution (326 ppi) Retina display, f/2.4 lens, HDR mode, panorama mode, face recognition, post-capture editing, digital zoom, LED flash, autofocus, photo and video, geotagging, and 1080 HD video mode with simultaneous image recording. The phone runs on Apple iOS 6 and the noticeably faster A6 chip. It is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. You’d have to note, though, that one of the common complaints against this phone’s camera is the purple haze and green glow on pictures.
5. Nokia PureView 808
You can’t talk about top camera smartphones without talking about the Nokia Pureview 808. Tagged as a “gamechanger” by Finnish phonemaker Nokia, the Nokia PureView 808 has an unmatched 41MP f/2.4 camera with a Carl Zeiss Lens, PureView imaging technology, and Full HD video. Main camera features include a Xenon flash, 4x digital zoom, touch focus, geotagging, sequence mode, exposure compensation, auto-exposure, face recognition, self-timer, auto and manual white balance, still image editor, and landscape orientation. The phone made headlines when Nokia released a stunning video showing off the phone cam’s built-in time-lapse tool. The first smartphone to feature Nokia’s PureView technology, the 808 boasts of the ability to “losslessly zoom” and take impressive detailed low-light pictures.