Love to take photos and want to find the best camera in a phone available today?
Here are our picks among phones we've reviewed in-depth. Each features a high megapixel count and autofocus lens.
In our tests these phones took the best shots.
Sony Ericsson C905aWe take a very in-depth look at one of the highest megapixel camera phones on the US market. The Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905a is offered by AT&T and it has an 8.1 megapixel camera with an autofocus lens, Xenon flash and an LED focusing light. Sweet! The C905a has a wealth of camera settings and controls and it takes excellent shots-- after taking 300 shots we're convinced. That wouldn't do much good if the Cyber-shot flunked on phone features and we're happy to say it has great call quality and solid calling features. The C905a has a GPS that works with AT&T Navigator, Bluetooth 2.0, an FM radio, 3G HSDPA and an M2 card slot.
8 Megapixel, Xenon flash
Samsung Memoir The 8 megapixel autofocus Samsung Memoir t929 makes mincemeat of every high end camera phone offered by a US carrier, including it's cousin the Samsung Behold. This T-Mobile phone features Samsung's TouchWiz user interface with a 240 x 400 pixel touch screen that has automatic rotation via accelerometer and haptic feedback. It looks like a retro Leica camera; very chic. The Memoir has an HTML browser with 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth with stereo support, an SDHC microSD card slot and both music and video players. Destined to be one of the hot phones of 2009, we're thrilled to see Samsung and T-Mobile take the big step into high-end touch screen imaging phones in the US. Editor's
8 Megapixel, Xenon flash
Motorola MOTOZINE ZN5 A 5 megapixel camera phone with an autofocus lens and Xenon flash for $99 with contract? Nice! T-Mobile has got the deal for those of you who are camera buffs and like the look and feel of the ROKR E8, minus haptics. This stylish and solid Moto has a very good 5MP camera with Kodak technology inside and easy uploads to Kodak's free web-based gallery. The Zine ZN5 is a quad band GSM phone with EDGE, sharp voice quality, a music player and music-oriented features like a 3.5mm headset jack and A2DP Bluetooth stereo. It's got WiFi for relatively painless image uploads, USB image transfer and output to TV.
5 megapixel, Kodak tech
LG enV TouchWant a large, high resolution touch screen phone but also crave a keyboard? Verizon's LG enV Touch aims to please with an external 3" touch screen and an inner 3" non-touch screen display. Both feature an impressive 800 x 480 pixel resolution and the EnV Touch opens up clamshell-style to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard and a d-pad. The EnV Touch is offered exclusively by Verizon and it features a full HTML web browser, Flash support, Bluetooth with A2DP and a 3.2 megapixel camera with a Schneider-Kreuznach autofocus lens.
3.2 mpegapixel. Schneider-Kreuznach lens.
Samsung BeholdA close relative to the Samsung Eternity on AT&T, the Samsung Behold is one of the coolest, yet reasonably priced T-Mobile phones. The phone features a responsive 3" touch screen with haptic feedback and an accelerometer that handles automatic screen rotation. Even better, there's a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus lens and flash for high quality phones. The Behold has 3G HSDPA on T-Mobile's US bands, a GPS with TeleNav Navigator, Bluetooth, and an HTML web browser.
Nokia N97 Nokia's new flagship smartphone has every feature currently available on a high end phone, and it's the second touch screen S60 phone from Nokia. We take a look at the N97 NAM, the US edition with 3G on AT&T's bands and a US warranty. The N97 is sold unlocked without contract for use on any GSM network and it has WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR as well. This Nokia features a widget-based home screen with weather, Facebook, email and other goodies running on the 360 x 640 pixel touch screen. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard takes the pain out of messaging and the 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens can shoot widescreen video at 30fps. There's a GPS with compass, FM radio and more.
5 megapixel, Carl Zeiss lens, dual LED flash.
$600 to $700, no contract.
Nokia N85 In this detailed review, we take a look at the latest trio of US Nokia Nseries smartphones. The N96-3, N85-3 and N79-3 GSM quad band unlocked phones have US 3G on the AT&T bands and carry US warranties. The phones feature a 5 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss autofocus lens and dual LED flash that can shoot video at 30fps. Also on board: a QVGA display, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR with stereo A2DP, SDHC microSD card slot and aGPS with Nokia Maps. Nokia adds variety in the details: the N96 has 16 gigs of flash storage, the N85 has a vivid OLED display and the N79 features Xpress-on active covers with a microchip that tells the phone to switch its display theme to match the cover color.