Almost everyone nowadays are using Android operated smartphones. If you remember few years ago, Symbian, Nokia’s OS ruled the smartphone industry. It was just recently that Android exploded into popularity. Smartphones are becoming more of a multimedia device rather than an actual phone. Many consumers look at the specs of the phone before buying it. Others like phones with big displays, while others like phones with high resolution cameras. If you are a mobile phone photography enthusiast who is looking to buy an Android phone today that has a decent camera, then these four phones are some of which you can consider.
LG Nitro HD
The LG Nitro HD features a visually enticing 4.5-inch HD display with 1,280×720-pixel resolution and a pixel density of 329 pixels per inch. It sports an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture and 1.3-megapixel camera at the front for video chatting. It is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory.
Sony Xperia Neo V
This phone from Sony is the successor of the older Xperia Neo. The two are actually quite similar expect than the newer version was created as a downgraded version of the older one. The Xperia Neo V showcases a 5MP camera compared to the 8MP of the Xperia Neo. It has a pixel resolution of a 2592x 1994 pixels. This makes this phone a great device for taking pictures. Its camera has the ability to recognize the face and smile of a person and features a 3D sweep panorama capability.
Sony Xperia S
The Sony Xperia S is also another great Android phone with astonishing features. With its high resolution HD screen and 12- megapixel camera, many consider this phone to be one of the best Android phones today. Its camera guns a 4000×3000 pixel resolution and a face and smile detection capability. Additional features like image stabilization and the ability to take 3D panoramic pictures make the Sony Xperia S a need-to-have phone for photo enthusiasts and photographer wannabes.
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx (Not a GSM device)
Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx toutes an energy filled Li-Ion 3,300mAh battery which a far cry from the standard seen in other smartphones. Though not as thin as the original Razr, the Razr Maxx is still very much pocket friendly measuring 5.14 inches long by 2.75 inches wide by 0.35 inch thick and weighing 5.1 ounces. It is powered with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and displays through a 4.3″ Super AMOLED screen. It’s also comes with an 8 MP camera and a 1.3 MP secondary camera.
This phone will work on European and Middle Eastern countries and will be available this May 2012.
I have been trying hard to take a moon picture using my phone but all I get is a ball of light lol. I was chatting with fellow mobile photographer Pison Jaujip and we came up with this idea to search moon pictures taken using mobile phones. We got too excited when we saw this article http://www.petapixel.com/2010/08/19/dude-shoots-the-moon-with-an-iphone-4/. Turns out, Flickr got lots of them.
” It was taken in Gyor, Hungary during my recent trip there. In the photo you can see thick dark clouds in the background but the sun was very bright in the foreground. The weather was very weird that day, we had bright sun light, snow (in April!) and gloomy sky within 2 hours. I took this photo to capture the weather that day =)” -Charlotte Tai
The City Wakes Up (Bhaktapur, Nepal) by Teri Lou Dantzler
“As I sat across the street from this store front I watched many people pass by. Some were walking to school, some were riding there bikes to work, some were on their way to the square to fetch water. However my favorite scene was of this man sweeping his part of the street. All the brooms were short like this one. There was much pride in keeping things tidy.” -Teri Lou Dantzler
This image was taken in the late afternoon under a cloudy gray sky at McClure’s Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore in California. It was taken with SlowShutter camera set for an 8 second exposure with my sunglasses in front of the camera lens (technique learned from Harry Sandler and Teri Lou Dantzler at the Napa location workshop for iPhone photography). Post processed in Iris with Retro filter applied first and then Dust ‘n’ Scratches Grunge Frame 2 applied with masking. Signed with Impression. -Victoria Porter
“I took this shot during last holiday spent with my girlfriend. It was the last day of our stay in the seaside town so we decided to go to the pier to see the sunset. We had beautiful weather. We were standing on viewing terrace and waiting till the sun come closer to the horizon. Suddenly I realized it was the last chance to get on board of the pirate ship that day. We didin’t have enough money to buy 2 tickets for an one hour cruise so we decided to wait and capture the moment when pirate ship is leaving the port.
I decided to decrease exposure value to reach the shadow effect of the ship on background of setting sun. Holding my HTC and having -1 EV value I captured one of my best shots taken from mobile phone.
“This was taken in NY’s Battery Park. I find it interesting because of all the elements. The trees, the ground cover, the East Coast Memorial, and if you study closely the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.” -Aubrey Badeau
By Esther Diaz
“Cao Dai Temple in Vietnam. The curious thing about this Temple is that is a syncretist Vietnamese religious movement that incorporates aspect of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism. Cao Dai draws upon ethical precepts from Confucianism, occult practices from Taoism, theories of karma and rebirth from Buddhism, and a hierarchical organization (including a pope) from Roman Catholicism. The exterior and interior of the Cao Dai Temple are both extravagantly decorated, incorporating symbols, abstract designs and images of saints. There are four ceremonies with chanting each day: 6:00 am, noon, 6:00 pm, and midnight. An orchestra of 10 musicians and a choir of 20 youths lead the service in prayer and hymns. The hymns sound western, but the accompanying music is traditional Vietnamese.” -Esther Diaz
This pic was taken on a late December morning driving East on Interstate 90 in Northwest Washington State. I noticed the lighting was of particular interest because the mountain side on the right was blocking most of the sun but the trees were allowing some of the fresh light through and lighting up the left side of the highway – it just looked surreal to me. So I pulled out the iPhone and began to shoot randomly, I like this shot out of the lot. -Keith Brock
Good news to all iPad and iPod lovers! This is your time to shine! Send me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your best iPad art or photo taken using iPad and we will feature it here! Show us your mastery of iPad photography! Impress us!
Sun Rise Over San Diego by Larry Alexander
This is from Larry “Flash” Alexander. Wow I can’t believe it was taken using an Ipad!
There’s no doubt that mobile phone photography is a lot of fun. With mobile phones being so portable and with any number of effects and filters, mobile photography has become its own art form. But most of us don’t give much thought to the actual camera lens in our smartphone. Without a good lens, however, you’re not going to get a good photo, no matter how hard you try.
For those of you using the latest Nokia smartphones, you’ll be thrilled to know that you’re using true top-of-the-line photographic technology – a Carl Zeiss camera lens. Carl Zeiss was a German optics maker in the 1800s. This guy was the undisputed master in the industry, constantly coming up with better ways to make and use lenses for microscopes. Mr. Zeiss died in 1888, but his company still continues to lead the field in optics. Zeiss optical technology can be found in cameras (both mobile and professional), advanced medical instruments, movie cameras, and binoculars. NASA even uses Zeiss lenses in their very expensive equipment!
So now that you know this, it’s time to really challenge yourself. The time for thinking, “That’s a pretty good shot for a camera phone,” is over. Learn to use your filters and settings. (A good tip for this is to take several pictures of the same scene on different settings. After awhile you’ll learn which combination of settings is best for each type of scenario.) Try out those shots you’ve never attempted before because you didn’t have a “real” camera. If you do take a photograph and it doesn’t come out well, how can you adjusts your settings? Remember, with a Zeiss lens at your disposal, if the picture stinks it’s you, not the camera! With this in mind, you can actually use your bad photos to help improve your photography skills.
Androidography is also gaining popularity along with iPhoneography. Are android phones capable of producing great pictures as well? Definitely! There are several android mobile phones and they are equipped with great quality cameras. One of them is even 16 megapixels.
Thousands of photography apps are available at android marketplace. Mobile photography is getting more and more interesting with the release of several mobile phones with improved cameras.
Android photography, just like iPhoneography is addicting. But unlike iPhoneography, there are less android photographers and the trend isn’t as viral. But who knows? Maybe something will inspire android photographers to take more stunning pictures in the future.
Altek released their first 14MP android cameraphone. This android cameraphone has all the bells and whistles of modern digital photography. It is literally like your regular digital camera and the phone is more like a bonus. Android photography apps will just make this cameraphone much better. So for Android fans out there, will this phone inspire you to take artistic images or what?
I have noticed that mobile phone manufacturers are getting into the trend of higher megapixels and improved image quality. More and more people are using their phones to snap pictures instead of their digital cameras. Will point and shoot digital cameras be forgotten in the near future? Or will cameraphones be its own thing?
Samsung, Sony Ericsson, HTC, and etc are producing amazing android phones with a camera that can compete with your separate digital camera. Polaroid’s SC1630 Android HD Camera is packed with 850/1900/2100MHz WCDMA and 850/900/1800/1900 GSM radios, along with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and an FM antenna. It’s a great camera with android phone as a bonus. It features 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, 512MB of built-in storage and 512MB of RAM. The camera has 16MP with aperture of F3.1-F5.6, 3X optical zoom and 5 times digital zoom. This phone will be available in April for only $299.
There are several android phones to choose from in the market. I have seen stunning images taken from Samsung and other android phones. There are passionate androidographers in Flickr and it is quite fun browsing pictures on their gallery as well.
Can Android photographers be as big as iPhoneographers with huge following across the globe? Only time will tell. But Android photography is here to stay. With thousands of android photography apps in the marketplace, it is hard not to be addicted to it.