What phone do you use?

NSXTypeRNSXTypeR Posts: 2,128Member
edited July 2014 in Other Manufacturers
I am asking because the Motorola G, great phone as it is, has an atrocious camera. I like everything else about it- speed, ease of use, and more importantly price.

Here's a sample of its output.

Brooding.  The Moto G camera is so terrible.  However, it does look like a painting.

It looks more like an oil painting at this point.

So I'm going to ask you guys- what phone do you use and do you like the camera on it? I am more interested in the Android side of things, as it's obvious to me that the iPhone puts out decent photos. Microsoft phones apparently do output nice files, but their user interface puts me off.

And if you guys want a cheap unlocked phone, I'd still recommend the Moto G. Just don't depend on its camera.
Post edited by NSXTypeR on
Nikon D7000/ Nikon D40/ Nikon FM2/ 18-135 AF-S/ 35mm 1.8 AF-S/ 105mm Macro AF-S/ 50mm 1.2 AI-S

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  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,178Member
    Most cell phone cameras are terrible, and won't do much better in anything but the brightest lighting conditions. Save your money and keep what you have now.
    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    +1 PB-PM.
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  • tcole1983tcole1983 Posts: 981Member
    I have a galaxy s3. Camera is so so. It looks good on my phone screen but even at 4x6 you can see a drastic difference in my camera phone and my d5000 shots. Just think about the camera lens onthe phone. Would we be buying $1000+ lenses if the small piece of glass on a camera phone could do just as good? Plus realizing that zooming is digital and drastically reduces resolution. I did see an interesting galasy s4 zoom...that is basically an s4 with a camera attached. Not sure how great it is though and it looks kind of dumb imo.
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  • tganiatstganiats Posts: 131Member
    iPhone 5.

    Usually unhappy... But ALWAYS happier with it when I first clean the lens of all the grime and fingerprints! ;-)
  • henrik1963henrik1963 Posts: 561Member
    IPhone 5s - works well for what it is.
  • TaoTeJaredTaoTeJared Posts: 1,306Member
    iPhone 5s - didn't get it for the camera, got it because I have always had one. Camera - ehhh. Camera + Snapseed, Camera+, VSCOcam, Big Lens, etc. very good.
    D800, D300, D50(ir converted), FujiX100, Canon G11, Olympus TG2. Nikon lenses - 24mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8, (5 in all)50mm, 60mm, 85mm 1.8, 105vr, 105 f2.5, 180mm 2.8, 70-200vr1, 24-120vr f4. Tokina 12-24mm, 16-28mm, 28-70mm (angenieux design), 300mm f2.8. Sigma 15mm fisheye. Voigtlander R2 (olive) & R2a, Voigt 35mm 2.5, Zeiss 50mm f/2, Leica 90mm f/4. I know I missed something...
  • CoastalconnCoastalconn Posts: 527Member
    Just to throw the LG G2 into the mix. Terrific phone. Camera is ok I guess, Not very good for bird photography but here are 2 samples...
    Being a chef, I use it for food snapshots.. Not very good..
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  • ElvisheferElvishefer Posts: 329Member
    Galaxy Nexus

    Camera is, as expected, pretty awful, but I still have 1,800 photos on my phone. I use it for documenting stuff I'm doing and the occasional opportunistic shot.

    It is more often than not 'the camera I have with me'.
    D700, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, 24-70mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4G, 200mm f/4 Micro, 105mm f/2.8 VRII Micro, 35mm f/1.8, 2xSB900, 1xSB910, R1C1, RRS Support...

    ... And no time to use them.
  • sevencrossingsevencrossing Posts: 2,800Member
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  • NSXTypeRNSXTypeR Posts: 2,128Member
    Does anyone own a Moto X? I heard mixed things about the camera on it.
    Most cell phone cameras are terrible, and won't do much better in anything but the brightest lighting conditions. Save your money and keep what you have now.
    No, I agree, camera phones in general aren't great, but I'd like something slightly better for my every day camera.
    I have a galaxy s3. Camera is so so. It looks good on my phone screen but even at 4x6 you can see a drastic difference in my camera phone and my d5000 shots. Just think about the camera lens onthe phone. Would we be buying $1000+ lenses if the small piece of glass on a camera phone could do just as good? Plus realizing that zooming is digital and drastically reduces resolution. I did see an interesting galasy s4 zoom...that is basically an s4 with a camera attached. Not sure how great it is though and it looks kind of dumb imo.
    My ideal phone would be a better camera on something that runs stock Android. I'm not savvy enough to root a Samsung or rich enough to buy a HTC. I'd be willing to pay about $350 for it.
    IPhone 5s - works well for what it is.
    The iPhone camera has some good image quality, but although I like Apple laptops, I never really liked their phones.
    Just to throw the LG G2 into the mix. Terrific phone. Camera is ok I guess, Not very good for bird photography but here are 2 samples...
    Being a chef, I use it for food snapshots.. Not very good..
    That's some good shots!
    Galaxy Nexus

    Camera is, as expected, pretty awful, but I still have 1,800 photos on my phone. I use it for documenting stuff I'm doing and the occasional opportunistic shot.

    It is more often than not 'the camera I have with me'.
    I agree- I'd like a bit more quality out of my every day phone. Everything else about it is excellent.
    Nikon D7000/ Nikon D40/ Nikon FM2/ 18-135 AF-S/ 35mm 1.8 AF-S/ 105mm Macro AF-S/ 50mm 1.2 AI-S
  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 6,249Moderator
    Samsung S3 mini.

    Phone - crap
    Screen - crap
    Camera - crap
    Battery life - crap

    Apart from that, fine.
    Always learning.
  • PhotobugPhotobug Posts: 4,849Member
    Hey spraynpray...nice phone you got there. :((
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  • jjb930jjb930 Posts: 80Member
    edited July 2014
    Samsung Galaxy S5. Photos are pretty good for a phone I think. Selective focus can be a nice touch. Doesn't compare to a DSLR though.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/125707953@N02/14552184566/
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  • NSXTypeRNSXTypeR Posts: 2,128Member
    Samsung Galaxy S5. Photos are pretty good for a phone I think. Selective focus can be a nice touch. Doesn't compare to a DSLR though.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/125707953@N02/14552184566/
    I like the hardware of Samsung, I just don't like the software. I really like stock Android.

    Your link doesn't work by the way.

    In terms of battery use, the Moto G actually can handle a little more than a full day's worth of heavy use in my case. Everyone' "heavy use" mode is different, but I got home with around 25% battery left. My day started at around 7:00 am and ended at 7:00 pm, and I used wireless data a bit.
    Nikon D7000/ Nikon D40/ Nikon FM2/ 18-135 AF-S/ 35mm 1.8 AF-S/ 105mm Macro AF-S/ 50mm 1.2 AI-S
  • rbrylawskirbrylawski Posts: 222Member
    iPhone 5. Takes a decent picture, but I don't think any cell phone camera is really good:

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