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Top 5 smartphones to capture low light Diwali photos

Last updated on: October 30, 2013 21:34 IST

Image: A Hindu devotee lights an earthen lamp on the steps of Sindhiya Ghat, Varanasi.
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These handsets priced between Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000 are best for low light photography.

Not all smartphones are good when it comes to camera capability even though they may have similar megapixel counts. Moreover, for an occasion like Diwali you should go for a smartphone that can obileindian_logo1.jpg" alt="" align="centre" />

Top 5 smartphones to capture low light Diwali photos

Image: A temple caretaker recites a prayer as he prepares to open the temple for a prayer session during Diwali
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Sony Xperia Z1

Sony might have erred in signing Katrina Kaif as its brand ambassador for India, but it has done the right thing to arm the Xperia Z1 with a 20.7 megapixel camera with Exmor RS mobile image sensor, which is renowned for its capabilities to capture high definition images in low-lit areas.

Further, the camera has the backing of G Lens. It has a 27 mm wide angle lens with F2.0 aperture that allows it to capture more light.

But it is not only low light imaging that makes it so special; you can also capture videos and pictures under water; so buy it this diwali and you can use it next holi as well!

Currently available for Rs 38,000, the Xperia Z1 comes with a 5 inch full HD display, Android 4.2, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and 64 GB micro SD card slot.

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Top 5 smartphones to capture low light Diwali photos

Image: A girl sits among diyas, or oil lamps, in her yard during Diwali celebrations in Felicity, central Trinidad.
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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

As its name suggests, it is primarily a camera with smartphone functionality. Available for around Rs 26,000, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom comes with a 16 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front camera.

It has a BSI (Back Side Illuminated) CMOS sensor that will allow you to .

Its other specifications are equally good. It comes with a 4.3-inch Amoled display, 1.5 GB RAM, 64 GB expandable storage, Android Jelly Bean operating system, and a 2330 mAh battery.

Nokia Lumia 925 is another big contender in this price bracket, which you can consider if you don't want to go for Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom.

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Top 5 smartphones to capture low light Diwali photos

Image: A Hindu boy prays during the festival of Diwali at Shivm Kovi temple in Colombo
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HTC Desire 500

It is quite confusing to pick out a smartphone in the Rs 10,000-20,000 range as all smartphones look more or less equal. However, we have opted for the HTC Desire 500, which has been praised by many for its 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.6 megapixel front camera.

Thanks to its F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens, the HTC Desire 500 is able to capture decent images in low light for which it gets further backup from its BSI sensor. Also, it comes armed with HTC ImageChip that is used in HTC's One series handsets, like HTC One X, One S and One V.

According to HTC, it removes noise, balances colour, and extends depth of field. It has a multi-shot burst mode that allows the phone to capture many pictures with just a click.

Its VideoPic feature allows it to get both videos and pictures at the same time.

Besides its great camera, the HTC Desire 500 has decent features including a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 4.3-inch touchscreen, 1800 mAh battery, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM, 64 GB micro SD card slot, and Android Jelly Bean operating system.

The phone is available in India between Rs 18,000 and Rs 19,000.

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Top 5 smartphones to capture low light Diwali photos

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Spice Stellar Pinnacle Pro Mi-535

Though the inclusion of this handset in this list may be opposed by many but we had opted for this over many others as it has very good features alongwith good looking an 8 megapixel autofocus rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera.

At Rs 12,000 the Pinnacle Pro has a 5.3-inch touchscreen, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, 32 GB expandable storage slot, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, dual SIM connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 1.2 GHz quad core processor.

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