If you are a photography enthusiast, the only camera you should care about on a smartphone is the one on the back. However, in a world driven by viral videos and fluke stars, you can’t expect things to make sense. Unsurprisingly, thanks to the selfie fad, youth around the world are more interested in the front-facing camera. Social networking platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat, where lonely people pose with their lunch, dinner, and new shoes, have aided selfies become incredibly popular. Since the fad is refusing to die, sooner or later you will have to demean yourself to be a part of the pop culture. Unless, of course, you wish to be an outcast. Before you go all out with selfies, you will need a smartphone with a great front-facing snapper. Here are the options:
1. Vivo V5
Price: Rs 18,000
The most affordable selfie smartphone on our list boasts of a 20-megapixel front-facing snapper. It has f/2.0 aperture that enables good dynamic range with great levels of detail. The Vivo V5 is also equipped with a front-facing LED flash, which lets you snap selfies even in pitch dark. The front-facing camera can record videos at Full HD resolution. In comparison, the rear camera is limited to 13-megapixels, which shows Vivo’s dedication towards serving the selfie-addicts.
In addition to its camera prowess, the Vivo V5 is quite a good smartphone. It features a 5.5-inch HD IPS screen. Powered by MediaTek’s MT6750 chipset, the handset comes with 4GB of RAM. It has 32 GB onboard storage and a microSD card slot that can support up to 128 GB. The Chinese company has duly covered the fingerprint sensor and has a 3000 mAh battery.
2. HTC Desire Eye
Price: Rs 28,000
Launched in the second half of 2014, the Desire Eye is quite a dated handset in this list. However, after a recent price cut, it is a great deal for selfie addicts. The phone sports a 13-megapixel front-facing camera f/2.0 aperture. It features a wide-angle lens, and there’s even a dual-LED flash on the front.
The phone is quite an all-rounder, which comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display. It packs in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 chipset. The Desire Eye has 2GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It features a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash. Last but not the least, the phone is IP X7 certified, which means it is water resistant.
3. OnePlus 3T
Price: Rs 30,000
Last year, Chinese brand OnePlus updated its “flagship killer” with more power and a better selfie camera. Dubbed OnePlus 3T, the new phone features a 16-megapixel front-facing snapper. That’s double the megapixel count compared to the original OnePlus 3. In addition to packing in more pixels, the 3T’s camera is brighter than its predecessor. The dynamic range has been improved to capture more detail. The low-light camera performance is also quite good. The OnePlus 3T can record videos at Full HD resolution.
Moving onto to other features, you get a 5.5-inch Full HD OLED. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset. The phone has a whopping 6GB RAM and 64 GB inbuilt storage. The 16-megapixel rear camera has OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). The 4G VoLTE handset draws power from a 3400 mAh battery.
4. LG G5
Price: Rs 40,000
LG’s last year’s flagship may not be as popular as the Galaxy S7 series. However, it boasts of excellent photography capabilities. For starters, you get an 8-megapixel front-facing with F2.0 aperture to capture more light. Its 135-degree wide-angle lens is ideal for group selfies. Moreover, LG has added multiple features such as auto-selfie and interval shot to save you from the hassle of pressing the shutter while posing for a shot.
Among other features, the G5 offers a 5.3-inch Quad HD screen and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset. The phone packs in 4GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. You can expand the storage via microSD card slot by up to 2 TB. The rear camera features a dual-camera setup comprising of a 16-megapixel primary sensor coupled with an 8-megapixel depth sensor. On the software front, you get Android 6.0 out-of-the-box.
5. Apple iPhone 7
Price: Starts at Rs 60,000
Apple’s latest iPhone is more than a status symbol. It is packed with a 7-megapixel front-facing snapper, which delivers excellent colour accuracy and impressive dynamic range. It cleverly uses LCD panel’s brightness to click good pictures in low-light situations. With IP 67 rating in tow, the latest iPhone duo can also be a star in pool party selfies. The only shortcoming here is the not-so-wide lens.
Other features of the phone include a 4.7-inch IPS HD screen. It is backed by a powerful Apple A10 Fusion Quad-core chip coupled with 2GB RAM. Its 12-megapixel rear camera features Optical Image Stabilisation for superior low-light shots. The Plus variant comes with impressive dual-camera setup to let you play around with elaborate depth-of-field and zoom settings. The phone also features dual stereo speakers, fingerprint sensor, and 1960 mAh battery.