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iPhone-5Apple iPhone 5

From the company that started the smartphone craze and phoneography, the iPhone 5’s 8-megapixel imager is widely regarded as one of the best available in a smartphone. It boasts a redesigned five-element f/2.4 lens, a backside-illuminated sensor that’s protected by a sapphire lens crystal cover, and the Apple-designed A6 processor that Apple claims is twice as fast for graphics. All this adds up to crisp photos and Full HD video you’ll be proud to share with all.

Its new photo-centric features reduce “noise” in photos and increase the camera’s low-light performance. It also includes video face detection for up to 10 faces and can capture photos 40% faster than the iPhone 4S—itself the one-time state-of-the-smartphone camera. The phone’s hardware and software work together to make behind-the-scenes image and color adjustments. So it’s easy for you to take impressive photos in any lighting conditions.

What really sets the incredibly thin iPhone 5 apart from its cameraphone competitors is its truly simple panoramic mode, which produces crystalline widescreen images of up to 28 megapixels with no more effort then sweeping the phone across a scene for just a few seconds.

Did we mention its amazing ultra-high-resolution, 4-inch Retina display, or its long battery life? AT&T, Sprint, Verizon: $199–$399, depending on the wireless plan. apple.com

Samsung-Galaxy-S4Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung upgraded its best-selling model with the highly anticipated Galaxy S4. Designed for fun, easy photography, the S4 captures all the action wherever you are, and you can spread the fun and instantly share your albums with friends and family.

In addition to its notable Full HD super AMOLED 5-inch display, Samsung built in a 13-megapixel sensor as well as a host of camera settings, photo filters, and special effects. The S4 has plenty of photo tricks, like erasing unwanted background objects. Among its 12 shooting modes are: Dual Shot, which lets you use both the front and rear cameras simultaneously to capture the “I was there” moment; Sound & Shot, which means every picture you take can come with sound, so you remember what was said, played, and heard; and Drama Shot, which lets you take a series of pictures of any moving subject and then the S4 puts them together in one frame to create a collage.

Using Story Album, the S4 will also organize your photos and create albums based on specific events or customize them the way you want. You can even apply themes and choose various layouts—then print the photos and hold the memories in your hand.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is schedule to be released for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon this spring. $199–$249. samsung.com

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