|Posted on October 20, 2011 at 6:05 AM|
A year ago the best camera phones included models like the HTC Sensation, Nokia's N8, and HTCs EVO 4G. Sensors that offered more detail in the form of 8 to 12 megapixels were part of the increasing quality of the built in cameras being offered. Of course much more goes into a good shot than the number of megapixels crammed on to a tiny sensor. For Nokia's N8, the Xenon flash and solid Carl Zeiss optics also helped create good detail and color accuracy.
Technologies to reduce blurring and apps to provide creative effects abd shooting modes for the right focus and exposure are also useful. One of the front runners this year is the HTC Amaze. It offers an 8 megapixel
backlit sensor which provides slight improvement in light sensitivity for better indoor/low light shooting. Of course the dual LED flash also assists in these situations. It adds in technologies for improving focus and minimizing blur with face detection, shake detection, and so forth.
The f2.2 wide angle lens is fast and allows you to get more in the shot. With a Sweep Panorma function, it's even possible to get those ultrawide landscape type shots. There is a burst mode that can capture up to 5 frames in rapid succession as well as a variety of shooting modes from night to action, and even macro. But, if you prefer making your own choices regarding settings for exposure and so forth, there is a manual mode as well.
The Amaze can also capture full HD video.
It's a pretty powerful phone as well, with a 1.5GHz dual core processor, Android 2.3 OS, 16GB of onboard storage plus an expansion slot, and a huge 4.3 inch multi-touch display. It's a 4G phone offered by T-Mobile with Bluetooth 3.0 and Wireless-N Wi-Fi. It includes GPS, access to Android Apps, a built-in media player with FM radio, and a front facing camera for video chat. It's currently available for $199.99 through T-Mobile.