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Smartphones as Cameras

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For some of us, the phone in our pocket is just a glorified camera -- a take-everywhere, internet-connected shooter loaded with apps for instant sharing. Sure, we all use our smartphones for a lot more than taking pictures, but the camera remains one of its most-used features. So, we decided to look at five popular smartphones -- all of them renowned for their advanced optics and capture software -- and rate them against each other purely as picture-taking machines. Here's how your smartphone ranks as a third eye.


Never miss another shot: The One X's rapid-fire burst mode -- it's the only camera so equipped in our whole smartphone test -- will keep shooting at an iPhone-crushing four frames per second for as long as you're touching the onscreen shutter. Despite the 28-mm f2.0 lens, though, the resulting images aren't quite as nice as we'd like. Still, it's plenty of camera for Android users looking to chuck their point-and-shoots.

WIRED Crazy-fast burst mode. Auto-selects the most in-focus pics from the sequence of shots. Massive 4.7-inch screen.

TIRED Too big for comfortable one-handed operation.

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Rating: 7 out of 10

Photo: Brian Finke

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