Without a doubt, the idea of ‘selfie’ emerged thanks to the rise of smartphones in the market. Defined by Oxford Dictionaries as a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or web cam, and uploaded it to social media, selfie was popularized with the advanced camera-like features of these enhanced mobile phones including the so-called Selfie Smartphones. This new word became 2013’s word of the year and is always found on posts in social media sites.
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You might see a lot of articles and blogs that teaches and shares how to take that perfect one. Well, they may be really helpful. Such ideas like best lighting, beautiful pose, catchy background or accessory, and filters and helpful applications were the usual found tips for your self-portrait. But think again, would these things make sense without having that perfect camera?
Though selfies could be taken with a web cam or a digital camera, sure thing it’s more convenient to capture it in just a tap. A little help from your thumb or any of your fingers would be enough to have that picture. And this is now possible with smartphones’ front camera feature, which could be considered as its very purpose.
Now, from a huge pool of choices, excluding iPhones and wide range from Samsung, with no particular order, let’s take a look for our pick of selfie smartphones:
Sony Xperia C3
Tagged as one among the world’s best selfie smartphones, Sony’s Xperia C3 comes with a 5 megapixel wide-angle front camera, Superior Auto Mode, soft LED flash and its powering ‘PROselfie cam’ paired with exclusive selfie apps.
C3 also comes with a smile shutter and superior auto mode for a sure capture of your selfie. Wide-angle front camera means to have that more or extra space, of course best to be shared with a friend. And to make sure you’ve got that look for numerous likes and shares; have fun making some enhancements through Portrait retouch or experiment and try other applications.
Plus feature like being lightweight and slim, Sony Xperia C3 won’t cause hassle in taking a photo. So capture that moment either when bored alone, spending spare time with your pet, missing someone or with a group of friends (considered as groupfie).
HTC One (M8) / HTC Desire Eye
These next 2 entries from HTC are both under their line, Eye Experience. Though M8 and Desire Eye boast their own specs and numbers, the brand’s Eye Experience trademark sets these two gadgets on top of others with their exclusive technology on their cameras.
Similar to Sony Xperia C3, HTC One M8 also has a 5 megapixel front-facing camera and special applications for photo edits. How does this differ? M8 has an effective Duo Camera, a 1080 x 1920 HD resolution with wide viewing angles LCD screen and, a special feature called UFocus™ that enables you to restore focus or like choose on what object to emphasize, be it the foreground or the background object.
More than the double pixel count of M8, Desire Eye stands higher with a 13megapixel front and back camera, also having a dual LED flashes for soft lighting. Also comes with selfie tools for instant changes, this model will let you have those photos and videos look better than before. Both of the front and back cameras have a built in LED flash and BSI sensors for great low light shots.
Nokia Lumia 735 / Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia with Microsoft, introduced the Lumia line of smartphones packed with special applications and programs that gives them the edge in the smartphone market today. Together with those apps, Nokia’s camera technology would not just fall behind.
Lumia 735, may have that similar pixel count of 5MP front camera to Sony Xperia C3 and HTC One M8, but what’s more with this selfie friendly phone? Its front camera also comes with f/2.4 (f-number/aperture), focal length of 24 mm, 1080p Full HD video resolution and features like Still image capture, Video call and Video recording. Flapping to the back or main camera, enjoy taking pictures with 6.7 mp, auto focus lens, 4 x digital zoom, and LED flash.
Together with those great specifications, Lumia 735’s display size of 4.7 inches and HD720 resolution is definitely a good deal for viewing images or video playback. Don’t forget those helpful tools exclusive for Lumia that provides additional effects for your photos.
Now switching to the 1020, there’s no denying Nokia could turn your camera phone experience with a bang. No other smartphone could beat its rocketing 41 megapixel paired with PureView technology, Optical Image Stabilisation and amazing high-resolution zoom features. This is actually considered a perfect piece for camera needs, including selfies and even to video filming and professional photography.
Lumia 1020’s specifications run down from its front cam’s f/2.4 (aperture speed), 720p video resolution and HD 1.2 MP wide angle capabilities. Adding to the extreme 41 MP, its Main Camera is packed with other amazing details such as: auto focus, 6-lens optics, f/2.2, 26 mm focal length and xenon flash type.
Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei’s line of smartphones, pioneered by Ascend P6, takes care of the selfie need with a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. Beating the P6, Huawei Ascend P7 has 8 megapixel BSI front-facing snapper and a 13 megapixel rear camera. Along with this wonderful numbers, Ascend P7 comes with dynamic features including; Panorama Selfie feature that lets you to capture a portrait with panoramic background, Ultra Snapshot technology that redefines camera smartphones thru its 1.2-second time lapse that makes that instant ultra-fast image viewing, and its Low-Light settings that makes it possible for better noise reduction and bright colours and details with that Blue Glass infrared sensor on the camera lenses, front and rear.
Of course, applications intended for creative photo edits are available in this P7. Choose from different Camera Filters, play with watermarking and be unique with audio tagging. Aside from these entire camera advanced features, Ascend P7 is a perfect hand fit with its 6.5 mm thin measure and water drops inspired balanced curves to provide pleasure in its every purpose.
Known as the world’s first rotating camera smartphone, Oppo N1 is really revolutionary with its 13 MP and 206 degrees rotating, keeping a secure lock of any angle camera lens. It also has a 5.9-inch Full HD screen and ultra-sensitive multi-touch panel that reads movements from fingertips, gloves and styluses.
What’s more? Oppo N1 has built in software called Pure Image that would allow you to snap every detail of any moment you want to capture. Indoor or outdoor selfies is not a problem with N1’s advance flash technology, a dual flash feature, ideal for both back and front facing shots.
Last but definitely not the least, Oppo N1’s O-Touch Panel, a unique and new smartphone quality creates a modern way of using a gadget. N1’s 12cm2 rear touch panel makes one possible to hover and use this smartphone while not blocking the screen/display. Imagine scrolling and tapping your phone with your fingers, from behind, pretty cool right?
Like a ticking clock, surely there will be more upcoming ideal selfie smartphones that will be released. But for now, here’s what we gathered and put in our list. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below.