Storage, battery life, talk time, and screen size – these are four of the main things that rush through anyone’s mind when thinking about the types of things to consider when purchasing a new phone. In the day and age of selfies, camera quality has never been more of a competition for manufacturers. For example, an 8 megapixel camera phone just sounds like a more powerful camera than a 4 or 5 megapixel camera phone. Are more megapixels always better, and how do cell phone cameras differ from models in the past, as recent as last year?

Simply stated, the megapixel count is the lowest number something can be viewed at without losing image quality. While it is true that megapixel count does play an important role in determining the quality of a camera, it isn’t the sole factor in deciding whether or not a camera is of decent worth. The size of a camera’s image sensor plays a pivotal role in obtaining quality imagery from one’s camera. A general rule of thumb to remember is that a larger camera lens typically means larger pixels, and larger pixels means more light that can be taken in, such as in an 8 megapixel camera phone. The end result is a better looking image than those provided by a smaller lensed, smaller pixel-having counterpart.

Camera software has made leaps and bounds within the last few years alone, culminating in face detecting software, automatic red eye reduction or removal, and multiple film editing options that are available on the phone’s original camera app.

Societal trends and technologic growth have combined to allow a new and fierce competition in the market of cell phone cameras. Being equipped with the proper knowledge about cameras will undoubtedly be useful in researching and buying that coveted new cell phone or camera accessory.