How Good is the Camera on Amazon’s new Fire Phone?

by Hugh Brownstone2 Comments

I love my iPhone. Your mileage may vary.

I use it for pretty much everything Kirk, Spock and “Bones” McCoy used their communicators and tri-corders for, along with one other thing: taking photographs AND videos.

But when Amazon decides to join the smartphone fray dominated by Apple and Samsung (via Google’s Android operating system), how can you help but take a look at their new phone?

Especially if you adhere to the maxim, “the best camera is the one you have with you.”

PetaPixel’s piece on the Amazon Fire not only focuses (no pun intended) on the Fire’s camera functionality, but includes a direct image comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5S.

What do you think?

Amazon's “Fire Phone” Comes with a 13MP Camera and Unlimited Cloud Photo Storage

Today, Amazon showed us that where there’s smoke, there’s most definitely Fire. After years of rumors that Amazon was working on a phone, CEO Jeff Bezos officially unveiled Amazon’s first attempt at a smartphone at today’s event.

It’s called the Amazon Fire Phone and it comes to market with a few interesting, photo-centric features that go beyond the standard camera specs.

Amazon's Fire Phone Image 1

Amazon's Fire Phone Image 2

First, the hardware. The Fire Phone features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera complete with a five-element f/2.0 lens and optical image stabilization. Capable of 1080p video at 30fps, panoramas, “intelligent” HDR and burst mode, the camera stacks up comparatively with smartphone competitors.

The phone also sports a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. More than enough resolution to ensure your selfies are suitable for Instagram and Snapchat.

Amazon's Fire Phone Image 3

One of the more interesting hardware components Amazon decided to add to the Fire is the inclusion of a dedicated camera button. Eliminating the need to fumble around with swipes and taps, the smartphone features a dedicated button below the volume rocker that launches the camera instantaneously — even when the display is off.

Read more about its features on Petapixel's article “Amazon's “Fire Phone” Comes with a 13MP Camera and Unlimited Cloud Photo Storage”

 Note: it is our policy to give credit as well as deserved traffic to our news sources – so we don't repost the entire article – sorry, I know you want the juicy bits, but I feel it is only fair that their site get the traffic and besides, you just might make a new friend and find an advertiser that has something you've never seen before 

(cover photo credit: snap from Petapixel)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

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  1. Wow! Amazon may have just gotten themselves into a tough battle with Apple. This design is the most iPhone-like (Cosmetically and Functionally) to date. Samsung has always designed there bezel case/body a little different than Apple, but this is so close it’s clearly stepping on toes here. I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple brings Amazon into the courtroom soon. Good luck Amazon!

  2. Plus with the likely development of larger iPhones, it will be definitely a close look-alike in the near future, unless Apple chooses to radically change its cosmetic design of the iPhone.

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