Mobile phone cameras have increased in quality to the point where the photos don’t look they were taken in a dark dungeon by a guy with Parkinson’s. That might not be the bench mark the phone manufacturers are after but for the rest of us its important that the camera actually functions like one and the photos can actually be printed.
Thankfully the European market continues to push innovation in the mobile industry and this includes superior integration of high quality lenses and optics in a mobile device. Due to this, its not unheard of to read about a 5 megapixel mobile phone with a 4x optical zoom being announced, a far cry from the VGA cameras of just a couple years back. And yet some manufactures seem determined to make the 3 megapixel option far superior in picture quality instead of pushing megapixels and feature sets.
With that in mind lets take a look at the three best camera phones available:
LG Viewty KU990
A 5 megapixel camera with the ability to upload videos straight to YouTube. Very impressive 120fps Video Recording feature, includes both auto and manual focusing, ISO 800 for great low light pictures. An impressive device for a company people associate with washing machines and TV’s. Immersion in the market place is starting to happen and 2008 could be big year for the electronics giant.
Sony Ericsson CyberShot K850i
With autofocus, dual flash (Xenon and LED) variable ISO, white balance, metering modes and a multiple of scene modes this is the cream of the mobile phone crop. With the CyberShot name you would expect great photo quality and you are not disappointed. Sony should remain out in front in regards to image quality and ease of use based on the integration of its own products. Massive resources along with their research and development team should ensure continued innovation.
Carl Zeiss Optics and a Tessar lens are included in Nokia’s multimedia monster. Exposure compensation, 8 scene modes, a macro focus distance of 10 to 50 cm and a focus range 10 cm to infinity makes for impressive specs. Add to this its video conferencing ability, video stabilization, and both image and video software this device gives the Sony a run for its money. Nokia continues to dominate the market place except here in the U.S. where the GSM providers (AT&T and T-Mobile) do not seem to carry their high end products for some odd reason and until that changes we will have to continue to admire from afar or bite the bullet and drop upwards of $700 for their unlocked versions.
Overall these advancements are a great sign that the mobile industry is listening to their customers, now if we can only get all mobile phones to include Skype and GPS as standard features we just might have something.