Initially, to get quality photographic prints, the resolution had to be at least 2 megapixels and ideally 3 megapixels. A megapixel (MP) is 1 million pixels (picture elements), and is a term not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays.
The improvements in film photography led to smaller and better cameras; the improvements made throughout the history of digital photography have led to more pixels, smaller cameras lower costs and greater memory capacity.
Camera is one important feature that neither consumers nor smartphone companies take lightly. With smartphones now getting smarter, the camera specs on smartphones are also getting better.
High megapixel counts is the frenzy these days and phone manufacturers are trying to outdo each other on the megapixel tuff as we take you through the best of camera-centric phones in Africa –nay the world.
Tecno Carmon C9
Tecno’s flagship camera-centric phone comes with Eyeprint Scanner to unlock phone, apps, payments etc, Android 6.0 Marshmallow (With HiOS user interface), 13MP AF Back camera with flash, 13MP front camera with flash, Supports 4G/LTE networks, 5.5 inch Full HD screen 1080p (1920×1080), LED, 400ppi, 1.3GHz Octa Core Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB Internal storage. Processor: 1.3 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6753 chipset, Battery: 3000 mAh
The 12-megapixel iSight camera captures sharp, detailed photos. It takes brilliant 4K video, up to four times the resolution of 1080p HD video. iPhone 6s also takes selfies worthy of a self-portrait with the new 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. And it introduces Live Photos, a new way to relive your favorite memories. It captures the moments just before and after your picture and sets it in motion with just the press of a finger.
Gionee Marathon M5
The phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop OS with Amigo 3.1, its 5.5-inch HD display has a 1280 x 720 resolution and protected Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 64-bit processor powers the device. It’s packed with a 3GB RAM and an internal storage of 32GB expandable up to 128GB with microSD card. It comes with 13MP Rear Camera with LED Flash, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR and a front camera of 5MP,f/2.2,720, videos of 1080p@30fps and capping it all with a monstrous 6020mAh battery.
Injoo Max 3
The Max 3 is a phablet with a 6 inch HD IPS display, a 0.35s finger print sensor, a massive 4000mAh battery which can be fully charged in 2 hours, a 13MP auto focus main camera with 5P (5 plastic lenses) and an 8 MP wide angle selfie (front-facing) camera. Other features include a quad core 1.3GHz Mediatek CPU with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, Wi-Fi and runs Android 5.0 lollipop upgradable to 6.0 Marshmallow.
In terms of ergonomics, the phablet has a metallic finish and a 2.5D glass which is scratch resistant all through from the front to the back. Its dimensions are 160mm x 82mm x 8.6mm and weighs 193g.
Samsung Galaxy S7
5.1-inch, quad-HD Super AMOLED display, with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, ~577 ppi pixel density, 3,000mAh battery 12MP camera with f/1.7, 26mm, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality which features 1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama. The secondary 5MP selfie camera has f/1.7, 22mm, dual video call, Auto HDR. For video it is 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec., check quality. Other features include, fast and wireless charging, MicroSD, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, 4GB RAM, Exynos 8890 processor.
MS Lumia 950XL
With a 20 MP sensor that virtually eliminates motion blur and a triple LED natural flash that helps create warm and balanced lighting in dark environments, you don’t have to adjust your settings to take incredible pictures. The Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM automatically takes sharper images of fast-moving subjects and lets you add or remove the flash afterwards.
Other features include different flash tones that balance out the brightness. An intelligent camera setting that automatically takes great pictures. Camera features: PureView, Fast Focus, True 16:9 sensor, High resolution zoom, Backside-illuminated image sensor, Camera minimum focus range: 10 cm. Main camera video resolution is 4K (Ultra HD, 3840 x 2160)
Sony Xperia Z5
Xperia Z5 is 23MP monster that delivers an incredibly fast and accurate 0.03-second autofocus by combining two different technologies. Zoom 5 times closer to your subject without losing quality, thanks to the power of Sony’s camera sensors, lenses and exclusive Clear Image Zoom technology. Equipped with the next generation Sony image sensor, you can capture beautiful night scenes as you see them without the usual noise or blur. With its Hybrid Autofocus, our best camera phone yet is a master of speed and accuracy. Its secondary camera is a 5.1 MP, f/2.4, 1080p, HDR shooter. Its display is an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors and a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (~428 ppi pixel density). It runs Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow) and an Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU
HTC one M9
This 5 inches display screen has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 and a 20MP main camera with sapphire camera cover lens delivers crisp, clear photos and durable scratch resistance has f/2.2, 28mm, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality. Others include 1/2.4″ sensor size, 1.2 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama
The UltraPixel front camera provides photo and imaging control and is 4 MP with f/2.0, 27mm, 1/3″ sensor size, 2µm pixel size, 1080p@30fps, HDR. HTC Eye Experience software allows you to create Split Captures, take Voice Selfies, apply Live Makeup and more. Plus, you can combine your photos and videos with your friends for footage from multiple points of view with the Zoe app.