Explaining Camera Phones to the Layman

Thanks to social media and photo editing and sharing apps, anyone with a camera phone can be a photographer. If you are shopping for your next smartphone and you enjoy taking and sharing photographs, you want to know how to shop for the best camera. We are explaining the terminology and features so you can make the best decision.

Camera Resolution

The camera’s resolution is how many pixels it is able to incorporate into the image.The camera’s resolution implies how much detail the camera can capture and thus the higher quality of the image. In addition, today’s phones come with a front and rear camera that usually have two different resolutions (usually the front camera has a lower resolution). The measurement for camera resolution is megapixels, meaning one million pixels. The more megapixels, the better resolution the camera is able to capture, meaning clearer images and less shake and blur.


A camera’s focus is the ability for the device to center in on a specific object, face or area of the picture and make it the obvious subject of the picture. When you take a photograph on your camera phone and notice that you can see the shapes and colors of what is in the photo but the rest of the details are removed, that is due to a lack of focus.

LED Flash

If you have to take photographs at night or in extreme weather, having  high quality flash means that your photos will be clearer and be easier to see. An LED flash mean that a brighter flash that also goes further (if you have a dual LED flash you can light things twice as far away). They often use a flash that lasts for longer than most flashes, but not as efficient as freezing a moment in motion. So if you are more of a videographer, you should have an LED flash but if you are more interested in photographs, consider a phone with a xenon technology.


The f-number of a camera is the ratio between the focus length and size of the sensor hole (called an aperture), letting you know how much light can pass through the sensor. The lower the f-number the wide the hole and the more light that can pass through. Small decimals can affect picture quality, for example, a f/2.4 camera will allow 50% more light than an f/2.0 camera. Wider apertures are usually preferred to the smaller ones but they are difficult to make and expensive to sell.

Hopefully this has help shine a light on the right camera phone for your photographing needs. Whether you be a professional or a professional Instagrammer, taking photographs is a great way to be creative and share your moments with friends. If you have more questions about finding or fixing your camera phone, give Wisp a call at 504-309-5322 or come visit us at 1901 Manhattan Boulevard.