Google's Pixel

Google’s Pixel

Just like 2015, smartphones raised the bar yet again in the camera department. Lowlight photography got better, the wide-angle lens crammed more than we’d imagined possible and the conventional point and shoot looked more set for redundancy than ever before. We pick the winners in a close contest:

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New York’s skyline captured on the Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7: Samsung opted not to shun the megapixel game and focus on the details. The result – a smartphone camera that emerged the first among equals. The S7’s dual pixel lens and water-resistant features were among the S7’s headline features. We took this device all over the world and put it to the test and it almost always delivered in a variety of shooting scenarios. (From Rs 43,000)

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Candid at New York’s Central Park (Samsung Galaxy S7)

Google Pixel: the iPhone has always led the way in capturing pictures that are closest to the ‘real thing’. Colours have always looked more real. Google’s new Pixel (built by HTC) takes on the iPhone’s camera with some terrific results. Brilliant images with a device that looks and feels really good in your hands. Add unlimited storage on Google Photos and you have a mobile camera that’s second only to the S7 on planet ANdroid. (From Rs 57,000)

Venice through the lens of the LG G5

Venice through the lens of the LG G5

LG G5: The G5 featured something special that most other devices couldn’t match – a 135-degree wide angle lens that captures more than you can imagine in a single frame. So whether it was a sweeping landscape in Switzerland or the imposing facades of medieval European churches, the G5 never stopped surprising. The device’s other 13MP primary cam (the primary cam has two lenses) did an admirable job in lowlight. (Rs 39,000)

Zurich's Old city (iPhone 7)

Zurich’s Old city (iPhone 7)

OnePlus 3: The OnePlus wasn’t just one of the fastest devices of 2016 (with it’s seriously fast); it’s also one of the best value of money mobile shooters (with a Sony IMX 298 sensor) out there.  It’s quick on the draw, the user interface is uncluttered and we totally dig the auto HDR option that allows the cam to decide if an image needs to be snapped on HDR. (Rs 27,999) 

Sunset at the Adyar River Chennai (One Plus 3)

Sunset at the Adyar River Chennai (One Plus 3)

iPhone 7: Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus might have got all the attention with its dual lens but it’s somewhat unwieldy size – try fitting it into a pair of skinny jeans, didn’t quite work for us. The 7 is no slouch, capturing remarkable details and images that are always ‘true to life’.  The device’s all-weather credentials (better late than never) help too! (From Rs 60,000)

Paris' Eiffel Tower from a distance (Huawei P9's Black and White Lens)

Paris’ Eiffel Tower from a distance (Huawei P9’s Black and White Lens)

OPPO F1S: OPPO cracked the Selfie cam with the F1S, arguably the finest selfie cam out there. After all some folks click more selfies than images with the rear cam. The 16MP front cam (The rear cam is 13MP) includes some cool filters, a double exposure mode and of course the customary beauty mode. (Rs 18,999)

Huawei P9: Huawei has made some rapid strides this year, winning serious attention in Europe and America, driven largely by devices like the P9. A primary camera with two lenses – an ‘outer camera’ with a monochrome lens and an inner full colour shooter. The device’s primary shooter was built with Leica’s stamp of approval (Leica was involved in design and development) and the results walk the talk. (Rs 40,000 onwards)

Milan's Duomo Cathedral (Huawei P9 - Black and White Lens)

Milan’s Duomo Cathedral (Huawei P9 – Black and White Lens)

 

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