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Old 06-18-2013, 10:46 PM
 
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So I needed a new camera, and I had a very old cell phone without data, so I figured I would upgrade to a Smartphone and use it for both. I went to a Verizon store somewhat impulsively, and with some prompting from the Salespeople, and believing the camera would be great, bought a Samsung Galaxy 3.

Well the camera from what I can tell is just OK, but I think I like the phone itself, especially the size and (finally) having access to email and things when I am not home or at work.

I am still within the 14 day return period, so I am wondering if a just OK camera is what is expected with a cell phone camera, or are some more comparable to an actual camera than others? I read about the iPhone 5, and it sounds like there are plus's and minus's with the camera, plus I am not sure I want a smaller phone. Then there is the Galaxy 4, which is the same size as the Galaxy 3, and sounds like it has a much better camera, but to switch would cost me a re-stocking fee, plus I believe it was either $50 or $100 more than the Galaxy 3.

Any thoughts on whether it is worth switching phones to get a better camera, and which phones would have a better camera? I also have to decide if I want the expensive protection plan ($150 with new phone if it breaks or gets lost), and I am a little concerned about the Galaxy 3 itself as I read some reviews that said it can turn off by itself and sometimes has breakage issues.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:25 AM
 
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You're never going to get pictures from a phone that are as good as what you get with a camera. There are some very good smart phone cameras out there, but the difference in lenses, and not having an optical zoom are generally deal breakers for completely replacing a decent camera with a phone.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:05 AM
 
Location: The 719
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I suggest you keep playing around with your camera a bit and try the different features it has such as auto b
vs continuous focus, macro mode etc.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Skunk WorkZ is correct.

The best cameras on a phone are currently:
#1 HTC ONE
#2 iPhone5
#3 Sony Experia Z

But again, not even the One takes pics as good as a $100 Digital will.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:41 PM
 
Location: 92037
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IMHO, pocket camera replacement will be coming in the coming months.

I cant confirm or deny I have been using it. But if I have, its safe to say it is hands down gonna blow the doors off anything on the market including many pocket cameras. Going to change mobile imaging.

41MP camera officially confirmed for the Nokia EOS - GSMArena.com news
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:20 PM
 
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Skunk WorkZ is correct.

The best cameras on a phone are currently:
#1 HTC ONE
#2 iPhone5
#3 Sony Experia Z

But again, not even the One takes pics as good as a $100 Digital will.
I have personal experience recently with the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One and the iPhone 5 (see thread Trying to decide between an HTC One, a Galaxy S4, or a Galaxy Note).

IMO, the camera on the S4 is better than the cameras on the HTC One and the iPhone 5.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:00 PM
 
Location: 92037
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All great posts. I would have have agreed with that list a couple of months ago. Since the S4 has arrived I might have to toss that in at least #3.

Seeing sample images is also a way to see how the cameras perform. Now granted, in many cases, there are firmware updates throughout the life of a device which may improve compression, sharpening etc to improve image quality.

Sensor and lens at the end the day, just like any other camera, are really the bread and butter at the end the day.

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs HTC One vs Nokia Lumia 920: Camera shootout
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Poway
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Samsung just announced their new camera phone.

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Old 06-19-2013, 07:51 PM
 
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Samsung just announced their new camera phone.
Oh my (see picture in previous post)!
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Samsung just announced their new camera phone.
And that's not a joke.
Personally, I think that might be Sammy's worst idea yet.
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