Tips for Picking The Best Smartphone Camera

I adore the convenience of having my smartphone also be my primary camera. Advances in digital technology mean I can take an endless number of amazing, high quality pictures using just my smartphone—something I never could have imagined back when I was still buying flash bulbs and rolls of film at the drugstore!

These days, if you’re shopping for a new smartphone, it means you’re also shopping for a new camera. Here are a few key things to look for to make sure you’re getting all the features you’ll need to take memorable photos.

Megapixels are the unit of measurement for a camera’s graphic resolution. Simply put, the more megapixels your camera has, the higher its image clarity will be. While lower megapixels (or MP) may be fine for some basic shots, the image will appear “pixelated”—that is, blocky and fuzzy—if you print or enlarge it. You will find a huge difference among smartphone cameras. Some basic models, for instance, offer 5MP cameras, while the latest iPhones come with 12MP cameras.

Having a flash option will afford more control over your photo quality. It helps you take better pictures in darker environments, and at night. Some newer phones even offer a dual flash, meaning that both the rear-facing “traditional” camera and the front-facing “selfie” camera offer better lighting. For “selfies,” the result can be much nicer portraits featuring more natural looking skin tone.

HDR stands for “high dynamic range.” It’s a setting that helps you get the right exposure. An HDR image blends three photos of the same scene, each taken at different shutter speeds. The camera’s software combines a bright, medium, and dark image to create a finished product with the perfect amount of detail, shadows, and highlights. The great thing is, HDR is becoming a standard feature with most smartphone cameras.

There are add-on features that will improve your camera quality, as well. Many models now include a panorama setting, which creates sweeping, unbroken images of a large area or scene. iPhone models come with the live photo option, to convert still pictures into short animations. You’ll also find a wide variety of built-in photo editing software, including filters, which let you digitally alter the appearance of your photo in a few quick steps.

Any smartphone camera is truly wonderful for letting you easily capture photos whenever and wherever you want. But the features discussed here provide the tools you need to go from simply taking good pictures to taking great ones.

9 Thoughts on "Tips for Picking The Best Smartphone Camera"

  1. John Evangelisti says

    Can I go to a Target and get a new phone and have them set me up with a new number ? I want to have my land line number put on my new phone and eliminate my land line. I’ve been a Consumer Cellular customer for a lot of years and I now am using a Samsung Galaxy Relay which I want to replace with possibly a Motorola G4 or G4 Play.
    Thank you

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, John. Depending on the Target store in your area, you can select a phone and begin transferring your phone number right away. We recommend checking our Store Locator here to see which devices are available at each store. That way, you’ll be sure to get the smartphone you’re looking for. We can also help you with any other questions you may have at 888-345-5509. Thanks again for taking the time to comment today!

  2. Angela neal says

    My phone takes pictures ok but not as much as I like

  3. Arthur Feather says

    I am not able to send photo attachment with data on with a text on Moto g but can with my doro

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for reaching out to us, Arthur. First, please try powering your phone off, then back on again to reset your connection with a nearby tower. Then check to make sure that your data is enabled before sending a photo message. If the problem continues, we would appreciate an opportunity to troubleshoot it further and work with you to resolve it. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we will be happy to assist you. We’re glad you posted, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

  4. Sandy Searls says

    What is the best samsung galaxy phone with the best picture qualitu

    • Hi Sandy, thanks for your question. Choosing a new phone is going to largely depend on what you would like to spend on the phone. If you’d like, you can view all of our Samsung phone options by going to our website here. It will list the specs for the phone and camera for each one. If you have any questions though, let us know.

  5. Donna says

    I am switching to Consumer Cellular and am hoping you can give me an answer for my 2 primary needs. Good pictures and plenty of storage…. which phone do you suggest?

    • Hi Donna, thanks for your interest in our service! We have several options that have some great storage space as well as a great camera. Part of picking the phone is going to depend on your budget though as well. Take a look at our options on our website here. If you have any questions about the phones at all, just give us a call at 800-686-4460 or chat with one of our agents here.