Forget about a point-and-shoot, your smartphone is equally good (maybe better)


Smartphones have come a long way from allowing you to just make calls or send texts, to helping you always stay connected with the internet and carry out almost every task which was previously dependent on a computer. While they’ve made life easier over the years, it’s only recently that companies have started to focus on the imaging experience on these devices.

Smartphone cameras have improved so much in the past couple of years, they’ve been put up against point-and-shoot snappers and even some high-end DSLRs. And by becoming better, we just don’t mean they come with a larger megapixel count, but core improvements to the sensors and heavy software back them up too.


Nokia’s PureView technology is the most famous in the smartphone segment. Combined with the 41MP sensors on the now-deceased 808 and the Lumia 1020 or 20MP snappers on the Lumia 1520 and the Lumia 930, the results are nothing short of amazing.

Sony, who’s also well known in the camera industry, has brought over its own tech to mobile phones. The G Lens on the Xperia Z series is amongst the best in the Android ecosystem and can produce some beautiful renders, especially in low-light conditions.

Then there’s the Exmor IMX214 which is also from Sony. It can be found in popular handsets such as the LG G3, the OnePlus One, the Oppo Find 7 and Xiaomi’s Mi 4 amongst others. Even Samsung’s 16MP ISOCELL used in the Galaxy S5 and HTC’s UltraPixel sensor have been well received and excel in low-light imaging.

The aforementioned devices are certainly amongst the best camera phones in India and you can expect to see more great advancements in the smartphone photography segment in the next couple of years. While this poses a threat to point-and-shoot snappers, even DSLRs could be at risk in the near future.