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If you’re looking for a new or second-hand smartphone, then one of the main features to look out for is a great camera. So we’ve been looking for great camera phone reviews, and have made this list of essential sites you should check out.

  1. ePHOTOzine – this site has been reviewing cameras since about 2001, so their smartphone reviews mostly focus (get it?) on the camera features and performance, and as they review cameras as well, they should know what they’re talking about. They’ve also got a number of “Best” articles, so you can quickly find some of the top recommendations.
  2. GSMArena.com – dedicated to mobile phones, these guys (and gals) have in-depth smartphone reviews, plus a handy specifications feature where you can compare one camera to another. GSMArena has reviewed the S21 Ultra 5G and picked up on the images looking oversharpened.
  3. AndroidAuthority – Respect my authority! They produce detailed reviews, and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G review looks at the performance of the multiple cameras in a lot of detail, with the 100x zoom looking better than other smartphones.
  4. The Guardian – Not your typical review site (being a newspaper), but they appear to know what they’re talking about and have reviews of the most recent smartphones.
  5. Pocket-Lint – An independent review site, they offer detailed smartphone reviews, and don’t pull any punches, in their S21 Ultra review, they find that the camera interface is confusing at times, and the 100x zoom gives abstract images.

Samsung Galaxy NX

If you ever watched Flight of the Concords and wanted to stick together your mobile phone and digital camera, then the Samsung Galaxy NX might be for you, it’s got a large 4.77inch touch screen on the back, runs the latest version of Android, and on the front features the Samsung NX mount, with a 20.3 megapixel APS-C sensor inside. It’s also £1299 with 18-55mm lens, for the same price you could buy the Samsung NX20 (£470 with Wi-Fi), and a Samsung Galaxy S4 sim free (£438, with larger screen, and the ability to make phone calls), and you’d have around £391 left over… which you could spend on some lenses, a second mobile phone, an ipad mini, a laptop, hell, a whole host of things… anyway, I digress. Here’s a roundup of reviews of the Samsung Galaxy NX (I’ve converted them all to % for ease of scoring comparisons):

WhatDigitalCamera – 86%
PCPro – 83% (5 out of 6!)
AmateurPhotographer – 82%
Pocket-Lint – 80% (4 stars)
T3 – 80% (4 stars)
ePHOTOzine 70% (3.5/5)
PhotographyBLOG 70% (3.5/5)
TrustedReviews – 70% (7/10)
Tech-Radar – 50% (2.5/5)

Here’s a quick round-up of the latest digital cameras to be announced in the last week or so…

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Rugged Camera – 5x zoom, Waterproof, Tough
Fujifilm FinePix S8400W Ultra-Zoom Bridge Camera – 44x ultra-zoom with Wi-Fi
Olympus VH-520 Compact – 10x zoom, designed to be good in low-light, but affordable, RRP £129
Canon PowerShot SX270 SX280 Travel-Zooms – 20x optical zoom, GPS and Wi-Fi on SX280
Canon EOS 700D DSLR Announced – 18mp, Update to the Canon EOS 650D
Canon EOS 100D DSLR Announced – 18mp, New “baby” Digital SLR, World’s smallest DSLR
Samsung Galaxy S4 with 13 megapixel camera – no zoom, latest Samsung Android phone
Minox DCC 14.0 Classic Camera Announced – 14mp, no zoom, retro miniature compact camera

Samsung Galaxy CameraSamsung has announced the new Samsung Galaxy Android Camera – with a 16 megapixel sensor, 21x optical zoom lens, 4.8inch screen, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G/4G connectivity and the latest version of Android 4.1. It also features voice control. Way more details at ePHOTOzine.