It’s not enough to have a smartphone that’s loaded down with tons of cool features, like access to nearly infinite free online services and apps; a quality camera is also a must.  With sites like Pinterest and other visually dominant social media sites becoming increasingly popular, aspiring network builders need to be read to snap great-looking pics at a moment’s notice.  Simply put, you never know what life’s going to throw at you, so it’s only prudent to have the right tools at hand to capture the madness in real time.  In order to help facilitate this, we’ve put together a little list of the best smartphone / camera combos for reference…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

Simply put, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Zoom pairs all the features of the magnificent and ever-popular base model with the increased functionality of a precision camera.  Located on the opposite side of the touchscreen, the zoom ring offers you the ability to take amazing shots from any distance in stunning detail.  The 10x optical zoom means that you can literally be located at the other side of a large room and still see all the detail and color of a subject.   This isn’t some type of lackluster gimmick here, this is a professional grade photography tool which more creative types can use in both their work as well as their art and personal life.  Moreover, since it also incorporates Optical Image Stabilization, even those with shaky hands will be able to capture perfectly defined images, even in places with less-than-satisfactory lighting.

Apple iPhone 5S

Armed with an improved version of the iSight camera (which is found in previous models), the iPhone 5S certainly won’t disappoint anyone who takes lots of pics on a regular basis.  What makes the 5S special of course is that the size of the sensor has been increased, which means that the actual pixel size has become bigger.  Add to this a rise in aperture to ƒ/2.2 and enhanced light sensitivity and you have a smartphone which is both versatile as well as technically impressive.  Oh yeah, did we also mention that there’s HD video recording in 1080p with live zooming and slow-mo capabilities?

Nokia Lumia 1020

First off, you should know that Nokia’s Lumia 1020 camera phone can take photos with a 41 megapixel camera sensor (currently one of the most impressive feats in the industry).  At the same time, the unit is great for capturing HD video and clean stereo audio, making it a truly all-purpose workhorse with incredible picture quality.  Naturally, image stabilization and advanced zooming are also included, with the latter being said to be “lossless”.  Additionally, it comes stocked with Windows Phone 8, which includes Microsoft Office.

Nokia Lumia Icon

Yet another great camera phone model from Nokia is the Lumia Icon, which is for all intents and purposes more angled toward users who prefer video over static pics.  The Lumia Icon captures in 1080p HD and features no less than 4 microphones in order to provide a much better aural portrait to go along with your personal movies.  If you’re more into photography, no need to worry, the Lumia Icon’s camera snaps shots at 20 Mega pixels for amazingly sharp images.