The 5 Best Camera Phones for Photographers

*With the right handset, camera phone photos can be more than snapshots.*

Apple iPhone

1. APPLE IPHONE 3G
$299 (16GB) with 2-year contract (AT&T)
www.apple.com

With just a 2MP camera, the iPhone's fun is in all the downloadable photo applications, many of them free. Vihgo, for example, lets you make your picture look old, or painted on canvas, or shot in the rain. And some help your "real" photography: BitWerkz's f/8 DoF Calculator ($4) tells you-based on your DSLR, lens, and subject-the hyperfocal distance, depth of field at any aperture and focal length, and how much of the scene will be in focus.

Motorola Motozine ZN5

2. MOTOROLA MOTOZINE ZN5
$100 with 2-year contract (T-Mobile)
www.motorola.com

Motorola joined forces with Kodak to create its latest camera phone. This little unit is loaded with a 5MP sensor, 2.4-inch LCD screen, and Xenon flash, along with Kodak's Perfect Touch image-processing technology. The result? A handsome little camera phone that can snap very nice photos and store them on microSD cards with capacities of up to 4GB. We just wish the card slot were more easily accessible-you have to take out the battery to insert or remove a memory card.

Nokia N85

3. NOKIA N85
$430, unlocked (AT&T, T-Mobile)
www.nokia.com

With a reputation for image quality, this Nokia includes a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens and a 2.6-inch OLED screen that can reproduce up to 16.7 million colors. A dual-LED flash helps to conquer dim lighting conditions, while the side-mounted microSD card slot makes it easy to swap out the memory card (8GB microSD card included). And, because the phone works on the GSM spectrum, you can use it anywhere in the world.

Samsung Memoir

4. SAMSUNG MEMOIR
$300 with 2-year contract (T-Mobile)
www.samsung.com

This sleek 8MP model sports a 2.6-inch touchscreen on one side and a very compact camera design on the other. The customizable TouchWiz interface puts your favorite photo upload tool (from Flickr, Kodak, Photobucket, or Snapfish) within easy reach. Face and blink detection make portraits a snap, and you can set the phone to geotag your images automatically. A nifty Panorama mode uses a green box to guide you in aligning your images perfectly.

Sony Ericsson Cyber-shot C905

5. SONY ERICSSON CYBER-SHOT C905
$350, unlocked (carriers not announced)
www. sonyericsson.com

With an 8.1MP sensor, this phone (soon to be released officially in the U.S.) is for serious shooters. A sliding metal cover protects the lens, a Memory Stick Micro slot (2GB card included) puts cards within easy reach, a Xenon flash helps in low light, and a subtle rubbery finish helps keep it in your hand. There's also built-in GPS for geotagging your photos and face detection for focus and exposure. Can't wait until it gets here officially? You can find an international version online for about $550.