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Mark Bridge

Professional Cell Phone Expert

Camera Phones

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The camera phone – a combination of digital camera and cellphone – has now been around for over ten years, helping us capture special moments whenever and wherever they happen.

Although bigger isn’t always better, choosing a camera phone with the largest image sensor is often a good guide to the picture quality you’d expect. A “5-megapixel camera” will take photos that are created from around five million tiny colored dots, which means the image is likely to be significantly better than the same picture taken on a 2-megapixel device.

Best Camera Phones by Mark Bridge

The Best You Can Get

  • Nokia N82

    Mark says: With optical technology from the world-renowned Carl Zeiss company, this phone certainly takes photography seriously. There’s also a bright xenon flash and built-in photo editing software.

    When you’re on your way to a photogenic destination, the N82 has GPS Satellite Navigation to guide you… and it’ll play music or videos to entertain you, too. This isn’t just a camera phone – it’s a travelling companion!

    • 5 megapixel camera with xenon flash
    • Compact, conventional-looking handset
    • Quad-band GSM and 3G coverage
  • LG Viewty KU990

    Mark says: Certified by lens manufacturers Schneider-Kreuznach, this camera phone gives you the choice between auto-focus and a manual control for ultimate precision.

    And it’s also good for video, recording in DVD-like quality at up to 120 frames per second. The whole thing is controlled by a 3-inch touch-sensitive display, so it’s easy to get started.

    • 5 megapixel camera with manual focus
    • Slim, touch-controlled phone
    • Tri-band GSM and 3G coverage
  • Samsung G800

    Mark says: This camera phone has a 3x optical zoom, giving you close-up images without moving… and without any significant loss in quality. On the back is a proper xenon flash, while the G800 also has advanced camera features including face detection and Wide Dynamic Range.

    And that’s only part of the story, because this handsome handset is a music player and FM radio as well.

    • 5 megapixel camera with optical zoom
    • Sleek, slide-open design
    • Tri-band GSM and 3G coverage
  • Sony Ericsson C902

    Mark says: Along with auto-focus, anti-blur stabilization and a flash with red-eye reduction, this camera phone offers ‘BestPic’. As the name suggests, it helps you capture the image you’re after by taking a series of photos when you press the button. Simply keep your favorites and ditch the rest.

    There’s plenty of other stuff built in, from music to email, but this cell phone is definitely dedicated to photography.

    • 5 megapixel camera with advanced features
    • Slim device with on-screen touch keys
    • Quad-band GSM and 3G coverage
  • Samsung SCH-B600

    Mark says: First, some bad news. You’re unlikely to find this cell phone (officially, at least) anywhere in the USA or Europe.

    Incredible as it sounds, this is a mobile phone with a 10-megapixel camera and a 3x optical zoom. Yes, ten megapixels. Okay, so it’s a bit over-the-top. But ten megapixels, eh? Don’t tell me you’re not tempted.

    • 10 megapixel camera phone
    • Looks like a compact digital camera from the back
    • EV-DO/ CDMA 2000 (3G) coverage

You will be happy with any of these

  • Sony Ericsson K850i

    Mark says: Although it looks like a standard cell phone, the K850i is full of imaging features. Its camera is supported by auto-focus and a bright xenon flash, with the lens protected by an automatic cover and the screen protected by scratch-proof glass. There’s even built-in editing software and an anti-shake image stabilizer.

    Plus there’s video, music, web browsing and email… all in a sophisticated device that’s surprisingly easy to use.

    • 5 megapixel camera with xenon flash
    • Contemporary cell phone design
    • Quad-band GSM and 3G coverage
  • Nokia N95 8GB

    Mark says: This is a smartphone. It's a music player. And it's a camera with Carl Zeiss optics plus an auto-focus Tessar lens. You won’t find those names on many other camera phones.

    Pick the 8GB version and you’ll have plenty of storage space for your photos and video clips. You’ll also be able to enjoy music, email, web browsing, satellite navigation… and much more.

    • 5 megapixel camera with smartphone functions
    • Clever two-way sliding design
    • North American and European 3G versions
  • Samsung FlipShot u900

    Mark says: Proud to be called a camera phone, the Samsung FlipShot does exactly what its name suggests. In fact, it does more: the display can twist as it flips, making it easy for you to take self-portraits.

    This cell phone could pass for a digital camera when you flip and twist the display… and it’s also a music player, complete with stereo Bluetooth support.

    • 3 megapixel camera with rotating display
    • Innovative flip and twist design
    • EV-DO/CDMA 2000 (3G) coverage
  • Motorola MOTO Z10

    Mark says: On the back of this clever slide-open handset – it curves to fit your face – is a camera for photos and video. It’s smart enough to capture high-quality video at 30 frames per second… and to let you edit it, too.

    And when you’ve finished, the Z10 helps you share your photos and videos by providing easy access to YouTube, Google, Yahoo! and Shozu.

    • 3.2 megapixel camera that can take 3 shots per second
    • Ergonomic slide-open keypad
    • Quad-band GSM and 3G coverage
  • Nokia N93i

    Mark says: Swivel the screen and this twist-open cell phone looks like a tiny video camera, ready to record up to 45 minutes of video footage in DVD-like quality on a 1GB memory card.

    You can connect the N93i to your TV for instant big-screen playback… and you’ll also receive a copy of Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0, making it easy to edit videos on your PC.

    • 3.2 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom
    • Camcorder-style cell phone with twist screen
    • Tri-band GSM and 3G coverage

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