We received an interesting question about taking better photos from one of our readers via our Facebook Page and we’d like to tackle it for this instalment of The Inbox.
Hi Team Unbox! What smartphone should I buy if I want to take better photos? I don’t trust the sample shots shown by the official companies anymore because I’ve bought the higher end flagship smartphones in the past and yet my pics aren’t as good as the ones in their sample shots. My budget is around Php25,000. Thanks! – Desmond L.
Invest in a Photography Class
We can so relate to you man. When we were staring in Unbox we had terrible photos being uploaded on this site for our reviews. This is even after we bought a lot of high-end gear but even then the over-all quality of our pics didn’t improve. The biggest change happened only after we realized that the camera wasn’t the problem, it was the photographer. We signed up for a basic photography class by Leo Castillo and we learned the basics of composition, lighting, and all the features of the cameras we had. I’d like to think that after that class the quality of the photos coming out of Unbox has improved dramatically.
That’s our suggestion to you as well. Take a Photography 101 class. Don’t buy a new smartphone yet. Learn what you can from the class and try taking photos again with your cameras. You’ll be surprised at the difference.
Update: What Are the Smartphones with Great Cameras
If you really want to be hardcore about it we still believe that the Nokia Pureview 808, Lumia 1020, and Lumia 1520 are still the devices to beat when it comes to smartphone photography. However we get that not everyone is a fan of Windows Phones.
Other than these two, you can obviously try out the top flagships of all the global brands today. There’s the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, LG G4, Sony Xperia Z3 (though we suggest you wait for the next flagship), Galaxy Note 4 (the camera of the Note 4 is soooo underrated), and the Galaxy S6.
If you want to be technical about it, we suggest you read Digital Photography’s top smartphone camera list. They haven’t updated it yet though to include the most recent flagships like the Galaxy S6 and the LG G4. According to them the King of all Smartphone Cameras is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1.
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