It’s only been a couple of years when the word “selfie” has been added to the official English dictionary, but even before that, most smartphone users have been fascinated in snapping their photos using front cameras. There are a LOT of smartphones that offer quality photos from front cameras, but here are the top five considering the price range of AED 500 to 900.
Let’s begin with the Asus Zenfone Selfie currently being sold at AED 706. The quality of a selfie lies in the front camera, which Asus Zenfone Selfie’s 13 MP front camera would surely achieve. This also has dual LED flashes and laser auto focus, which is said to be the first in smartphones. Asus Zenfone Selfie’s focus on photos is often said to be pleasing with its front camera’s wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture.
The unit also offers an array of shooting modes, such as night, panorama and HDR (high dynamic range). There’s also the manual mode, which offers more control. If these are not enough, Asus Zenfone Selfie has a comprehensive beautification feature to enhance the images taken, and you can see the effects live (like in Snapchat) or apply them post-shot (like in Instagram). These include skin tone adjustment, skin softening and brightening, eye enhancement, and cheeks thinning.
Apart from these, its Selfie panorama mode lets you combine multiple shots into one wide image guiding you where to keep still, so the phone can take the next shot. And for those who are unstoppable in taking photos, this has 32GB internal storage, so keep snapping!
Moving on, we also have the HTC Desire Eye being sold at AED 889. Some users have branded this as the “selfie King” with its 13 MP front camera equipped with an LED flash with Auto focus ability. Its LED flash has the BIS (back illuminated sensor) that adjusts the light for best results.
Moreover, this smartphone has auto click mode, which could be used by simply raising the device. This means you could snap your photo just by lifting the device! Who says taking selfies could not get any easier? Not only that, its front and rear camera could work simultaneously through its Crop Me In feature. This would take an image from the rear camera and front camera simultaneously and then superimpose the front camera image on the rear camera shot.
Since photo editing is also becoming a trend these days, HTC Desire Eye comes with tools for instantly editing your images and making them better. No wonder they’re calling this smartphone the “selfie King.”
Third in our list is the Sony Xperia C4 Selfie Phone sold at AED 680. Sony Xperia C4 is the successor Sony Xperia C3 that has 5.5-inch screen and Full HD display resolution.
Sony claims Sony Xperia C4 can take “pro-selfies” using its 5 MP front camera in low or medium light with the aid of its soft LED light from the flash, which is uncommon for many smartphones. So even if you’re somewhere dark, snapping that selfie wouldn’t be bad!
The front camera with also boasts of its OIS or Sony Steady Shot technology, which lowers noise in each snap to a great extent that makes the photos better! On the other hand, the rear camera has 13 MP in resolution, which is competitive given its price range.
Upon purchase, the unit has bundled apps or modes, but most of them are for one-time use only. However, you could always purchase them if you think they make your selfies better!
Let’s move to our fourth selfie smartphone—the LG G4. This is from LG’s flagship “G” phones that is being sold at AED 899. Did you know that LG G4 is in the Guinness Book of World Records? Yes! It holds the record for “world’s longest selfie relay chain.” It is said that the smartphone took whooping 746 selfies in just two hours. So if you take selfies at this rate, this might be the phone for you.
The LG G4’s rear camera has 16 MP, while the secondary one has 8 MP, which many claim to produce nice photos!
To make the unit even more compelling, its camera app is loaded with options. For example, there’s +/- AE-L (autoexposure lock/settings) for brightening or darkening a scene, MF (manual focus) for manually adjusting the focus to near or far, and S (shutter speed), which is great for low-light shots. It also has WB (white-balance), which gives you more control over the colours of the shot for warmer or cooler toned images and ISO (sensor sensitivity), which helps take pictures of fast-moving objects or subjects in low light without blur; the low setting helps reduce noise and get more detail.
Moreover, LG G4 can output in RAW format. With this, say goodbye to compressed photos, such as JPGs, which normally lose the photos’ grandeur.
This is also has gesture control that allows you to start a three-second selfie timer by opening and closing your fist in shot. No more shaky hands when pressing the shutter!
Last but definitely not the least in our list is the Huawei Ascend P8, which you can get at AED 549.
This unit contains a Sony-developed 13-megapixel RGBW sensor that comes with a dedicated image processor and f/2 lens. This is designed to deliver better photos captured in a low-light environment and reduce noise. It is also said that Huawei claims that the P8’s optical image stabilisation (OIS) is notably superior than the iPhone 6 Plus’ given its ability to handle 1.2 degrees of motion shift compared to only 0.6 degrees on the iPhone 6 Plus.
Its front camera’s 8-megapixel is likewise ideal for selfies, and this comes with some built-in tools that could beautify the shots. The list of beauty enhancements includes face slimming, teeth and skin whitening, and eye bag removal. Say hello to your perfect selfie shot using these!
There you have it! The top 5 mid-range selfie smartphones we have today. Whichever you choose, I bet the photo would be good as long as you give your best smile. Say “cheese!”