Your best selfie
Selfies are great but the front-facing cameras on smart phones are terrible. When are we going to get better selfie-cams and until we do, which phone has the best one?
I’m Molly Wood from the New York Times and I have with me, arguably, the four best camera phones in the US market but not one of them has a front-facing camera better than 2.1 megapixels. So I decided to take all four out and test them to see which can produce the best selfie…and what’s better location than New York City’s Time Square?
First up, the iPhone 5s: now the front-facing camera on this phone is just 1.2 megapixels, which is basically nothing, but megapixels aren’t everything. The sensor and the optics make a big difference in how the camera actually performs.
Now this is the Nokia Lumia 1020 – arguably the best camera phone in the world. This honker on the back is 41 megapixels…but the front facing camera is just 1.2.
Here we have the Samsung Galaxy S4: 2 megapixels on the front-facing camera which is getting better! Although generally I’ve been disappointed with S4 pictures so we’ll see.
Now, finally we have the HTC-1 and HTC has made a big deal about both cameras. The front-facing camera is 2.1 megapixels! The best of the bunch! I have high hopes.
So I’ve spent some time scrolling through my selfies and I have to say the big surprise here is that I’m not very impressed with the iPhone front-facing camera. It’s such a good rear camera but the selfies, overall…very inconsistent. I think the best performer here is the HTC-1: consistently good color, good focus, and just nice photos overall. Followed, I think, by the Nokia Lumia 1020.
Right now the reason that most of these phones only have one good camera is size. You can see what happens when you put a big, high-megapixel camera with a lot of sensors and optics in it – gets a lot fatter. But phones are getting bigger and I think I would rather have a better selfie-cam than some super skinny phones that makes me look bad.
So it’s like duck face…sparrow face…duck face…sparrow face.
Source: nytimes

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