Choose the best camera phone with Vodafone
Cameras are standard on most phones today, so it's never been easier to get snap happy.
Whether you're a photography enthusiast with an eye for the technical, or you just want to capture your adventures quickly and simply, there's a camera phone to suit you.
We're here to help you pick the best one to meet your needs, while our 'Good to know' section will give you a starter guide to megapixels, apps, accessories and more.
Good to know
Don’t fear the camera
While phone cameras are continually making amazing technical breakthroughs to create even better photos and videos, the photographic basics remain largely unchanged. Getting into phone photography doesn’t need to be complex – read on for some vital info.
All cameras have a lens to let in light. A sensor inside will convert that light into digital data, and the phone’s software turns that into an image file. To delve a little deeper, search online for aperture, ISO and shutter speed.
As for megapixels, it’s not as simple as ‘more megapixels = better quality photos’. A lot of it depends on the size of your phone camera’s sensor and having the right amount of pixels squeezed onto it. The images you take with a 12-megapixel smartphone camera could be just as good as 42-megapixel photos. More megapixels can help with zoom viewing, however.
Ultimately, we recommend you try before you buy at your nearest Vodafone store, and read user reviews. That will give you a sense of the overall photo quality that the technical stats can’t.
Photography is a hugely popular hobby and profession, and a massive amount has been written about how to take good photos.
If you’re looking to make photos a key focus of your phone use, we recommend you have a solid grasp of the ingredients that make up a memorable image. There are loads of good beginner’s guides online to build your knowledge and confidence. Use them, and get practising.
Snap up the right camera
As our list shows, there’s real variety on offer when choosing the best phone camera for you. Think carefully about why you want a phone with a good camera.
Are you after a good all-rounder that can capture life’s fun moments? Or something more specific, like a rugged phone you can take on travels and adventures, with the photo power to record and share your incredible discoveries? Or indeed, a stylish model that looks great in the hand and makes you and your mates look even better in selfies?
Better photographer, better photos
Ultimately, you want better photos and videos – but unfortunately, a better phone camera won’t automatically make you a better photographer. However, you can develop your skills by reading articles, watching a few videos and practising. Listen, learn, do – and watch your photos rocket in quality.
Get a creative boost
There’s an amazing spectrum of digital filters, effects, modes and accessories just crying out to be explored. Don’t be shy. Often the photos that make the biggest impression are the ones that try something different.
So ditch the selfie stick, and try taking your photos from interesting angles and positions. Experiment with filters and judge whether they make a photo better or worse. And try out brilliant accessories such as the Samsung Gear 360 camera or Samsung Gear VR headset to take your photos and videos to a whole new level.