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What is the Best Camera Phone for 2015?

This year, we have seen some very impressive mobile phones offering some great camera functionality. But which of these phones are the best as far as photography is concerned? If you are on the lookout right now for a great camera phone, we have provided for you a list of the best camera phones in the market today that you should seriously consider having and give you as well a rundown of each camera’s features and see what each of them offer.

Samsung Galaxy S6

The latest flagship phone model of Samsung boasts of a lot of new and exciting features. As far as its cameras are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy S6 provides dual high resolution cameras: a 16 MP main camera at the rear and a 5 MP front facing camera for those detailed and clear selfies. Both cameras launch as fast as 0.7 seconds, allowing you to capture moments quickly.

Another feature which makes this phone stand out as a camera phone is its aperture of f1.9, which lets you take quality low light shots instead of looking grainy and optical image stabilization for those less blurry shots. Overall, the cameras take really high quality photos that make it a topnotch camera phone in the market today.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is one of the two recent iPhone models released by Apple, not to mention the first phablet sized phone it has released. Of the two, the iPhone 6 Plus is the more advanced as far as camera features go, which we will detail in a bit. Otherwise, on paper, it bears the same 8 MP main camera and the 1.2 MP front camera as the previous iPhone.

What makes the Apple iPhone 6 Plus stand out are camera’s features, with an improved aperture of f2.2 for better low light shots and a faster autofocus system which Apple calls “focus pixels.” Unique to the iPhone 6 Plus is the optical image stabilization feature, which helps provide better quality and more stable photo through its lens.

LG G4

With Samsung and Apple dominating the mobile phone industry at the moment, LG comes out with an impressive phone to give the two a run for their money that is the LG G4. For one, it boasts of a 16 MP main camera and an 8 MP camera at the front, the highest resolution for a front-facing camera.

Inside, the camera boasts of an f1.8 aperture which provides very good performance even under low light conditions. It also has optical image stabilization and a manual mode which is the highlight of this camera as it provides more control of the photos you take with high quality results. It even allows you to shoot in RAW as well.

HTC One M9

HTC has put forth a good flagship phone with the HTC One M9, with a 20 MP main camera and a 4 MP front camera which is somewhat lower compared to the flagship Android phones of its competitors.

As far as the camera phones, it does the job well though again, it somewhat pales in comparison compared to the other flagship Android phones. The aperture at f2.0 is passable in quality. Image quality overall is good, however it lacks the definition that other cameras have.

Verdict

Based on features and real life performance, there is a consensus that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best camera phone in the market today. But the other phones are not far behind in terms of performance. Apple iPhone 6 still offers great photographic performance that has been a hallmark of iPhones since the introduction of the iPhone 4S years ago. And LG G4 offers some superior specs in some aspects while delivering camera performance at par with the others.

HTC One M9 seems to be on the losing end in the list. While it still provides good image quality, its performance is somewhat lacking compared to its competitors though it is not that far behind.

In the end, it all depends on user preference. All the phones listed here are very good camera phones. And if you are not looking in particular for any feature or capability, you will not go wrong with these phones.

A Review of the Fujifilm X-T1

Today, we take a look at mirrorless camera courtesy of Japanese camera manufacturer Fujifilm, the Fujifilm X-T1. With Fujifilm having a good reputation in its mirrorless cameras, we shall see in this review if the X-T1 would do just as well.

Exterior

With dimensions of 129.0mm (W) x 89.8mm (H) x 46.7mm (D) and a weight of up to 440 grams, the Fujifilm X-T1 is a bit larger and a bit heavier compared to a number of mirrorless cameras, though not as bulky and heavy as that of a DSLR. The camera body itself looks sturdy with a solid waterproof and dustproof build that is typical of many Fujifilm cameras. The controls are set up quite nicely in a way that you won’t feel overwhelmed seeing a lot of buttons especially at the back.

One feature going for ii is its built-in electronic viewfinder with its high magnification and a faster response time, something many professional photographers would find enticing. It also has a tilting LCD screen which is sadly not a vari-angle type.

The camera can shoot images of up to 16 megapixels and capture high definition videos of up to 1080p. It also has a built-in Wi-Fi capability which lets you add locations and share your photos instantly online. There is no built-in flash in the camera but an external flash is included in the package.

Photographic Performance

The Fujifilm X-T1 boasts of an APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and an EXR II processor which allows you to capture images of stunning quality. Aside from this, the sensor also helps reduce the noise on your image more effectively.

The EXR II processor also plays a role in the camera’s speedy performance. Thanks to this processor, autofocus performance is fast as it is capable of shooting up to 8 full frame images per second.

The Fujifilm X-T1 also boasts of a feature called Intelligent Hybrid AF which is a quick, responsive autofocus system that uses contrast and phase-detection methods for better focus performance in a wide variety of lighting conditions and shooting situations. Manual focus is not left out as the camera also has an Enhanced Manual Focus feature that greatly enhances the manual focus accuracy.

The camera can shoot up to ISO 51200, though for RAW it is limited only up to ISO 6400. It also boasts of a built-in panorama feature which allows you to take extensive landscape photos, though it does not perform quite as well if there are moving subjects involved.

Speaking of RAW images, the camera has a built-in RAW converter that lets you modify some elements in the file like exposure and white balance before doing further processing on to your computer.

Video Recording Performance

The camera’s video capabilities allows you to shoot 1080p videos in 30 fps or at 24 fps. Video also has an autofocus tracking that will ensure the sharpness of the video even if the subject is moving.  For better video sound, you can connect an external microphone to the camera’s hotshoe via the external mic jack of the camera.

Other Features

The Fujifilm X-T1 has a range of filters to provide some additional effects or create some artistic renditions on your images. It also supports the usage of UHS-II memory cards which provide faster transfer speeds during shooting.

As this camera has WiFi capability, you can use it along with Fujifilm’s Camera Remote app. With this app, you can browse through the images stored on your camera over your iOS or Android phone and transfer photos and videos as well.

Final Thoughts

The Fujifilm X-T1 is a worthy addition to an already impressive lineup of cameras Fujifilm has introduced to the market in recent years. Overall photo quality is topnotch with the vivid and stunning images this camera produces. Automatic and manual focus performance is also topnotch, and this camera is one of the best focus performing cameras in the market these days. It also doesn’t hurt that the camera’s design looks good and sturdy, mimicking the look of classic cameras with modern features to boot. Its Wi-Fi capabilities are also impressive as well, especially with the app set up on your phone.

On the downside, there are a few I can note here. For one, the RAW capabilities of this camera is somewhat limited and the panorama function needs some improvement as well.

Overall though, the Fujifilm X-T1 is a very good camera. If you’re looking for a mirrorless camera, or a DSLR-like type of camera, this one of the best mirrorless cameras in the market that I would highly recommend.