I'm looking for an Android phone, and my primary concern is that it be good for photography. I've got a "real camera", and for a dSLR I've got a relatively compact setup. But, y'know, sometimes one is stuck without. I've previously carried around a Fujifilm point & shoot, but it'd be even more ideal if my phone — which is always with me — had a great camera built in.
I think it's clear that in a few years, P&S cameras are doomed, squeezed out by mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras at the high end and cameraphones from below. But the current state of the art seems a bit undeveloped. I'm looking for:
- relatively large sensor (bigger than 3mm×4mm)
- relatively wide max aperture (f/2 or faster doesn't seem unreasonable)
- as decent high-iso performance as possible given real-world limitations
- decent optics — wide/normal prime (35mm to 50mm efl)
- good color rendition
- decent auto-white-balance
- RAW output would be nice
- fast response — low shutter lag and quick return to availability after shooting
I don't care about:
- pixel-count over 4 or 5 megapixels (more is probably worse)
- a flash (even the best phone flash is only going to be there for desperate situations)
- zoom — too many compromises to make compact
- great video quality (some video capability is a plus, as well as inevitable these days)
When I'm looking at different Android phones, I mostly see emphasis on this second list — the one I don't care about. This is true in manufacturer's promotional materials, as well as sites comparing Android phones, including Wikipedia.
Given that my wishlist is probably premature, what's my best bet in the real world?
Are there particular brands that seem to be taking this more seriously than others?
And, finally, are there any particular horrible drawbacks of specific phones that happen to have good cameras but fall short in other ways?
I've moved the list of technical info collected so far to a separate community wiki question.