There have been been some impressive developments in the mobile phone technology sector recently, which thankfully means it’s now possible to take SLR quality images on many of the leading smartphones. Better than ever lenses fitted to smartphones have become an incredibly handy piece of kit for photographers who want to capture spontaneous moments when they’re out and about.
When looking at canvas prints and comparing the photos taken from a professional camera to a smartphone, you won’t believe the quality that smartphones are able to deliver. It’s amazing, in fact, some would say there’s hardly any difference between the two! So, if you haven’t got the budget to blow on a Canon or Nikon camera just yet, don’t fret. Here, at Parrot Print we’ve taken a look at the top three smartphones on the market and compared the cameras, so if you’re in the market for a new phone you can be armed and ready and know exactly what you’re looking for when it comes to snapping pictures to make your own canvases.
According to Top 101 News, the best-selling smartphones throughout 2016 have been the Samsung Galaxy S7 in first place, followed by the Apple iPhone 6S and then in third place, the LG G5. It comes as no surprise that the iPhone is a strong contender, as there are already rumours surrounding the new iPhone 7, which is due to be released later this year.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Has a brighter F1.7 lens and larger pixels on the image sensor, so allows you to capture images in dark places. Each pixel on the image sensor has two photodiodes instead of one, resulting in incredibly fast and seamless focusing.
The camera offers a motion feature that records the three seconds before you press the shutter, so you can preserve the best image. This is very handy if you’re photography wildlife or models.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 has storage for a microSD card allowing you to take as many images as you desire without using up your internal storage.
The front camera is only five megapixels and combined with the beautifying feature the Samsung Galaxy S7 offers, which allows you to brighten certain areas of your face, it can sometimes make your portrait images or selfies look unrealistic – so keep that in mind!
We know all types of cameras are extremely fragile and this one is no different. One drop and the screen could shatter and that’s your snapping session over until it’s fixed.
Non-removal battery. Unlike your Canon or Nikon you can’t swap batteries, so if you’re out all day make sure you take a chargeable case because once the battery is dead, that’s it!
Apple iPhone 6S
The Apple iPhone 6S comes with a 5.5 inch LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive display with up to 1080 x 1920 pixels, which takes smartphone photographs to the next level. There is a high resolution retina HD display and this iPhone is ideal for capturing images when you’re out and about.
Compared to previous iPhones this one in particular has a better battery life, so you can snap away for hours. Plus, this improved feature saves you money as you don’t need to purchase a battery pack or portable charger.
You’ll find the iPhone 6S has an improved 8MP camera with 3264 x 2448 pixels, optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. It also has a time-lapse video mode, so in addition to images you’ll be able to capture videos too!
The iPhone 6S has some amazing features, however, in comparison to an Android it lacks a lot. We’re talking about the lack of MicroSD support and speeds of only 150Mbps. So, if you want to upload an image to your online portfolio or social media platforms, it might prove difficult with this slow Wi-Fi connection.
Unlike a digital SLR camera, you can’t remove the battery so when it’s low you need to stop snapping and connect it to a charger, though it’s still got more staying power than previous models.
The camera and display screen is not dust-proof or water resistant, so you have to be extra careful with the phone. To protect your phone you can purchase screen protectors and cases, however, this could affect how you see and capture your subject.
The LG 5G display has the perfect brightness that allows you to be able to read the screen in direct sunlight, which is ideal if you’re capturing images outside.
One camera comes with the standard 78-degree lens while the other one captures with a 135-degree wide angle lens. This means you are able to take wide shots, they’re actually the widest so far in mobile phones, with more detailing captured.
Being able to remove the battery has always been the best and easiest solution, and finally the LG 5G allows you to do so. This is ideal for when you’re out and about, so you never have to worry about your phone dying, as well as packing extra wires and chargers.
Unlike the iPhone that offers iCloud storage, the LG 5G only has internal storage. So, when your phone storage is full, unless you’ve backed it up on your laptop, you’ll have to delete your images to make space. If you’re working on a street fashion shoot, you may have to keep an eye on your storage to ensure you don’t have to get rid of crucial photos.
What smartphone have you got now and would you change it if you could? We want to see how good you are at capturing images using your smartphone, so make sure you tweet us over at @ParrotPrint