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Android Phone with a good camera (July 2012)

cymroDan 11 174
2 Jul 2012 4:28PM
Hi all, I'm due an upgrade in a couple of days, and after being stuck with an HTC Wildfire for 2 years, I'm very much looking forward to a newer model. I'm looking at avoiding complete budget smart phones this time round, though still prefer it not to be too big in size. Something like the HTC One S seems one possibility at the moment.

The camera on my wildfire was awful. Average quality, but more annoyingly just such a lack of reaction from it. There'd always be a delay when pressing the shutter, and shutter speeds would often be so low that camera shake would affect most pictures - with no way to manually control anything from shutter speed to aperture.

So, I ask here if anyone has any recommendations for an android smart phone, running 4.0, which has a good camera that won't disappoint me? I don't expect it to replace my Nikon D7000 - but would like to produce semi decent images when I'm caught without my DSLR.

In addition, if the sound quality of recorded videos are decent - it'd be a great addition. I tried recording a few vids on my Wildfire at an acoustic night - and the sound is absolutely awful.

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 4:39PM
I always buy a mobile phone with the camera an added extra which I never use. It is a phone that I want and terefore I carry a compact Ricoh R9 for unexpected photo opportunities. There is an old maxim called the KISS Principle.....................keep it simple ....................... You can do what you wish but to me phones and cameras are separate entities, as you seem to have discovered.
cymroDan 11 174
2 Jul 2012 4:56PM
Interesting viewpoint, and I see where you're coming from. But I personally don't feel like your viewpoint matches mine.

There are cameraphones out there now which would be such a great improvement on the poor camera I've got on my phone at the moment. I also would not have room to carry a compact with me - i often travel without a bag of any kind, and with a wallet, keys and phone, I have no room for a compact on me. So I do wish to have both a camera and phone in one device.
Carabosse 15 41.0k 269 England
2 Jul 2012 5:04PM
If you want the best camera, the Nokia 808 is the one to go for. But it's Symbian, not Android.
cymroDan 11 174
2 Jul 2012 5:33PM
Cheers Carabosse. Think I'll be sticking to Android though, so looking for anything "good", doesn't have to be the very best or have too many MPs
mohikan22 14 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 5:37PM
dESIREHD old but excellent 12Mp camera imo
MrGoatsmilk 9 1.5k England
2 Jul 2012 5:54PM
I have the Desire HD very good phone and was replaced by the sensation, both good cameras. I use mine a lot for times when out and about without a dslr and don't wont to carry a compact think the desire hd is 8mp and records 720p video.

I have seen the camera on the Galaxy S3 and it's very good, just not sure if the phone could be easy to break my friend dropped admitly no case and the screen went, he may be unlucky or just clumsy and without a case so sort of expected maybe.

GSM arena is a good site to look at phone specs on

MrGoatsmilk 9 1.5k England
2 Jul 2012 5:56PM
Also hear the HTC one had signal issues due to the antena being shielded by the phone case itself, otherwise that could also have been worth a look
redsnappa 15 2.0k United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 6:05PM
Samsung galaxy phones have always had very good cameras.
mohikan22 14 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 6:42PM
Sorry DESIREHD is 8Mp yes Grin
GarethRobinson 11 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 7:37PM
s2 or s3
bppowell 16 2.2k 2 England
2 Jul 2012 9:03PM
I have the HTC Desire HD and would not recommend it as a camera phone, video is good.

I get the occasional good image but most of the images I take with it are not very good.

They are OK as a snapshot but you would not upload many to EPZ.

On the other hand this could just be down to the user Grin

Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
2 Jul 2012 9:04PM
Nope, it is sh*t, Barry....Smile
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 9:10PM
Camera on my Galaxy Note seems pretty good, no idea what the resolution is but the shots/video are fine for me.

Quote:There is an old maxim called the KISS Principle.....................keep it simple .......................

but it is simpler to carr a phone than carry a camera and a phone...
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 10:52PM
I have a galaxy 2 Android phone and it has a half decent camera on it as long as you shoot in good light.
It has 8 mega pixels but then i don't care too much about that as we all know cramming pixels on a tiny sensor does nothing for low light photography.

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