It’s been quite some time since cameras were first introduced on phones, and now it’s difficult to find a handset that doesn’t have a camera built in. The quality on camera phones will rarely beat a digital camera of similar specification, because they need to squeeze just as much into a much smaller space. However, if you’re looking for that all in one device that means you can get your phone, camera and MP3 player into a 10x5x1.2 cm space, then getting a decent camera is essential. It’s particularly useful as well, as there’ll no longer be a need to stuff your camera into your pocket for special occasions and when you go out. If you’re looking to get a great camera phone, then here’s three of the best:

Sony Ericsson Vivaz

This new phone will be available from the 5th March and is the first Sony Ericsson handset to feature HD video playback. It has a stylish curved design and will be available in four different colours, with a 3.2 inch touchscreen and an 4x zoom 8.1 megapixel camera on the back. Other features include HSPA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and it comes complete with the company’s home grown media player and 8GB microSD card. Sim free it’s set to cost £349.99, while you can pick up the Sony Ericsson Vivaz on a pay monthly deal from Vodafone.

Samsung Pixon 12 

Samsung’s offering wows the mobile camera world with a 12 megapixel camera resolution, 720×480 px video recording and a wide range of shooting options. Some of these have been noted to be a little pointless (blink detection doesn’t stop a picture being taken if someone is blinking) and the drivers required to get it running on your PC can be troublesome. However, it comes armed with an array of other great features, such as WiFi, GPS, Google Maps and a multi platform media player. The price is a quite a lot higher than the Vivaz at £549.99, but it’s certainly got more impressive camera specs.

Nokia N86 Smartphone

Nokia has a range of top offerings currently on the smart phone market, but its with the N86 that its camera phone comes up trumps. This one has an 8 megapixel camera, 640×480 video recording and a very intuitive interface that is easy to follow. It’s also got all the features needed to produce and share quality pictures, including sending one to a compatible picture printer. It’s not the prettiest looking device available and slightly app light, but it still has a multimedia player and WiFi. You can expect to pay £399.99 for one of these if you want to be SIM free. Find the N86, the Nokia 5230 and other Nokia models at the Vodafone online shop.

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