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How to stay at your selfie best

The Lumia 720 has a 5MP front camera with a 24mm wide angle lens — this means you can fit more people into one frame. 
The Lumia 720 has a 5MP front camera with a 24mm wide angle lens — this means you can fit more people into one frame. 

How to stay at your selfie best

Most smartphones had a front camera long before the word selfie was coined. Then, it was mostly used for video calling. Now, love it or hate it, the selfie is here to stay. The biggest problem that many have with selfies though, is that so many of them turn out to be so unflattering. ET shows you how the right combination of phones and apps can help you capture that elusive photo you always wanted.

Selfie Loving Smartphones

Nokia Lumia 730 Rs 15,299

The Lumia 720 has a 5MP front camera with a 24mm wide angle lens — this means you can fit more people into one frame. The Lumia selfie app has face recognition that gives you audio hints while framing the shot to get the best results. The phone runs the latest Windows 8.1 on a 4.7-inch HD amoled display. It is powered by a quad core 1.2Ghz processor, 1GB RAM, 2,200mAh battery and has an 8MP rear camera.

Sony Xperia C3 – Rs 23,990

This 5.5-inch phablet from Sony features a 5MP front camera with a wide angle 25mm lens and a soft, front LED flash. This means you capture that selfie even in low light. In addition, Sony’s camera app has a superior auto mode for the front camera which automatically determines best settings. Specifications include a quad core 1.2Ghz processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera and a 2,500mAh battery.

iBall Enigma Rs 8,499

If you’re a selfie lover on a budget, the iBall Enigma has an 8MP front camera with an 88 degree wide angle view for selfies. The camera has a mode that automatically enhances skin tones while the touch panel on the back lets you take selfies with ease — no more fiddling with buttons. Other features include a 4.5-inch display, 13MP primary camera and NFC. It runs on a quad core processor, 1GB RAM and a 1,500mAh battery.

Apple iPhone Rs 32,000 onwards

Get the iPhone 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus for good selfies. The front camera might seem like it’s low res, but it wins in terms of quality and ease of use. You can set the volume buttons as the shutter so that you don’t have to touch the screen. Plus, the primary camera on the iPhone have always been great.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Rs 58,300

It has an f/1.9 aperture which lets it capture more light. The wide angle selfie mode lets you take panorama type selfies. The 5.7-inch super amoled display (2560 x 1440 pixels) is great for editing. Plus, it also has a16MP rear camera with OIS.


Awesome Selfie Apps

CamMe for iOS

The free app uses gestures to control your iPhone’s camera shutter. Place the phone at a distance and just make a hand gesture for the app to take a selfie photograph instantly.

Perfect365 for iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Using this free app you can snap a selfie and immediately enhance it with the built-in makeup tools. The app automatically identifies key facial points to enhance making it easier for you.

Frontback for iOS and Android

Frontback lets you click a photo using both the front and rear cameras on the phone to create a single image. This not only gives your image a new look but also makes it easy to remember where the image was taken.

Shots for iOS and Android

Shots is a social network dedicated for people who love taking selfies (along the same lines as Instagram). You can take selfie and share it with your friends on the app and even send private messages.

Pocketbooth for iOS, Android, Windows Phone

This Rs 110 app lets you capture selfies as if they were taken in a traditional photo booth. A total of 4 photos are taken seconds apart and then displayed as a photo strip. You can add effects and even change border styles on the photos.

Facetune for iOS and Android

For Rs 65, FaceTune lets you fix your selfie photo to look the best. You can fix smiles, whiten teeth, enhance skin tones, fix hair as well as add makeup to your selfie. There are also options for light effects, depth of field and frames on the photo. While there are free alternative available, this one is worth the money.

SmartSelfie for Android

SmartSelfie is a voice-guided app for selfies. There is no need to press buttons — just adjust the phone according to the instructions and the app automatically shoots the photo.

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