The ubiquity of smartphones with built-in cameras may mean the end of traditionally photography as we once knew it. Afterall, USA Today reports that 300 million pictures are uploaded to Facebook every day, as well as another 4.5 million to Flicker and 40 million posted on Instagram. While true cameras still have a place, smartphones and tablets are quickly becoming the go-to snapshot devices, as the best camera is the one you always have. Here are some of the best smartphones and tablets for photography:
The iPhone 5S makes the list for a couple of reasons. The camera on the 5s has a lower aperture than its iPhone 5 predecessor, as well as an 8 MP sensor that is 15 percent larger. Additionally, the iPhone 5s uses dual LEDs as a flash, making it an ideal smartphone for taking pictures in low light situations. Combining ease of use and familiarity with an affordable pricetag, you can’t go wrong.
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity is a tough little 10-inch tablet. It makes the list for being a portable and powerful tool for the photographer on the go, and boasts an 8 megapixel camera with an F/2.2 aperture that takes stunning photos as well as sharp 1080p video. Protected by damage-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 2, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 is the perfect tablet to carry around as a camera if you are in tough environs, though getting used to taking pictures with a big tablet can take a while for newbies.
The Galaxy S5 has one of the best cameras available, with a 16 MP sensor and lightning-fast 0.3 second focus time that can capture photos other smartphones are simply too slow to. With a realtime HDR feature, your viewfinder shows you precisely what your photo will look like. The Galaxy’s built-in camera app features a Selective Focus mode that allows you to quickly shift focus from foreground to background to capture photos that have incredible depth of field. The Galaxy S5 easily has some of the most enticing camera features of any smartphone.
Another iteration of the iPhone makes the list for many of the same features as the iPhone 5s, with a twist. Still boasting an 8 MP iSight sensor and 4-inch Retina display capable of stunning panorama photography, the iPhone 5c is an even more affordable version of the iPhone 5 that scraps some features photographers may not need, such as fingerprint recognition. For the smartphone photographer on a tight budget, the 5c slices away a few costs without compromising your photos.
The Galaxy Note is a tablet/smartphone hybrid with included stylus that might seem an awkward size for taking pictures at first, but the native camera app is one of the best available. Featuring a 5 MP rear camera and 1.9 MP front camera, the Galaxy Note’s powerful onboard app features automatic flash settings, exposure adjustment, filter and scene settings, and quick setting adjustments at the flick of a stylus or finger. Best of all, the Note can run multiple apps on split screens, so you never have to fumble to load the camera app when you need it, which any photographer knows can cost you the shot of a lifetime.