Smartphone camera tech is improving all the time, so if you are a fan of photography and the time to upgrade your mobile has arrived, you’re in an ideal position to pick a snap-friendly handset in support of your hobby. So whether you’re a selfie-loving Snapchat fiend or an aspiring amateur photographer, getting your hands on one of these models is a great way in which to expand your horizons.
Google Nexus 6P
Regularly rated as one of the best performing cameraphones on the market, the Nexus 6P features a 12.3 megapixel primary camera on the rear which can capture images that look crisper and sharper than almost any of its rivals. And it can also trump the likes of the iPhone 6S when it comes to performing in low light environments, making evening shots look much better than usual as a result. Video capture capabilities are a little less impressive as it lacks features found elsewhere, such as 60fps recording. But for still images, this official Android phone is very hard to beat.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Plenty of tech is packed into the camera of this handset, even if its 12 megapixel resolution is not up there with the highest resolution models on the market, at least on paper. In reality it benefits from optical image stabilisation capabilities to avoid blur and wobble, while the large Super AMOLED display makes reviewing the pictures you have taken an absolute joy. A front-facing selfie camera with a wide angle lens adds to the appeal of the Galaxy S7 as an all-in- one tool for photographers on the move.
Sony Xperia Z5
If you are looking for an especially high pixel count, the Z5 is one of the current front runners thanks to its 23 megapixel camera. However, this is always a specification which should be taken with a pinch of salt, as more megapixels is no guarantee of good results. Plenty of flexible photography software, a shutter button that has a two stage action for more professional shooting and a waterproof design that lets you get it wet without worrying about repairs becoming a necessity serve to enhance the Xperia Z5’s prowess as an action-friendly cameraphone.
What sets this phone apart from the pack is its modular design, meaning that users can choose which camera they want to attach to the rear rather than being stuck with the standard option that is included with all models. This added flexibility means that it is easy to upgrade and replace the camera at a later date, which will appeal to those who are familiar with the modular concept from the world of stand-alone digital SLR cameras. Options currently available include a camera with a wide angle lens that can take photos unlike those of any other smartphone, but the range is likely to expand as further modular peripherals become available. And with an eight megapixel front-facing camera with optical image stabilisation, it ticks all the boxes.