Our smartphones have evolved quite a bit when it comes to camera tech. But is it better than a standalone digital camera?
These days, it seems that everyone is a photographer thanks to the powerful cameras in smartphones, such as the iPhone 11 Pro. With years of advancements and additions like Ultra Wide lenses and Night mode, it seems that the need for a dedicated digital camera is non-existent.
But that’s definitely not the case, and there is still a place for standalone digital cameras, such as GoPros and DSLRs. Is it right for you, though? Let’s take a look into a few factors on whether a standalone digital camera is still worth a purchase today.
What do you plan on using your camera for?
At the end of the day, both your smartphone and a digital camera help you capture photos, whether they’re memories, intimate and emotional moments, or something artistic for you to express yourself. But what do you plan on doing with those photos?
Smartphones are convenient
The biggest advantage of using a smartphone as your main camera is the convenience factor. You already carry your iPhone around with you, so it’s already there — no need to carry something separate. Having your phone with you means that you’re always ready to capture a photo at a moment’s notice.
Remember that old saying, “there’s an app for that?” With photo editing apps, there are thousands of options available for you to download right on your smartphone. This means you can snap your photo, and then jump into an app and make some adjustments for the perfect picture. Gone are the days when you had to plug in your camera to make edits.
In this Instagram and TikTok age that we live in, the photos that we take are likely just going to end up on social media since we all like to instantly share moments with friends and family. With smartphone cameras, we can snap the picture, do some editing if necessary, and then they go directly to our online profiles, without the need to plug in to a computer first. Everything can be done on-the-go.
And thanks to larger screens on smartphones, you can see more of what is being captured or even play it back in greater detail.
Digital cameras capture higher quality
Even with all the advancements made in smartphone camera tech, they’re best at capturing static subjects in good lighting. But dedicated cameras are superior when it comes to capturing moving subjects and in low or difficult lighting.
Other elements of a digital camera help it get much higher quality images too, including larger sensors (helps capture more light), more powerful flash, and lenses that are capable of 10x optical zoom. You just don’t get these things in a smartphone camera.
And if you have a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera, you have a lot of different options when it comes to lenses that work with your camera. The lenses affect things like how much light enters, how wide the field of view is, and more. There are tons of lenses out there, and having a few of them can result in different perspectives and tone in the final image, even if it was the same subject.
Though smartphones may be able to let users adjust the exposure, ISO, and white balance, having an actual camera lets you have even more control. With a dedicated camera, you’re able to adjust shutter speed and apertures, which make great action shots and portraits with the depth of field “bokeh” effect in the background.
With these higher quality images, they’re much better for printing. That’s because with smartphone images, if you need to blow it up for a larger print, the noise and grain levels are more noticeable when the image is larger (especially since most smartphones save in JPEG, a highly compressed format). With the higher megapixels and resolution of digital cameras, as well as the ability to shoot purely in RAW (uncompressed), you can print larger prints without noticing a loss in image quality.
Who uses a smartphone camera?
Pretty much everyone. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a photographer, you’re still probably using your iPhone or Android device’s camera to capture special occasions and other precious moments that you don’t want to forget. Plus, it’s one less thing to remember to carry.
The smartphone photographer prefers using their phone for photos because it’s always with them, and once captured, you can instantly edit them to perfection, even while away from a computer. Then, these photos get posted onto your social network of choice, such as Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. And if you desire, you can get them printed out up to about 11×14″ — anything bigger and you may notice a drop in image quality.
Honestly, if you just plan on taking still photos and recording some video to share online, then a smartphone should be fine. Advancements in smartphone cameras have come a long way, and the quality with them is great for sharing digitally. And if you just want some prints for a photo album, smartphone photos are perfectly fine for that.
Who uses a dedicated digital camera?
If you want to take your photography more seriously, either as a hobby or for professional reasons, then you should definitely get a digital camera. Doing so allows you to experiment with things like shutter and aperture, which are impossible with a smartphone camera. The photo quality with a standalone camera is also much higher, which means they look great in digital copies, and you can have them come to life with larger prints.
GoPros are great for moving action shots, which are impossible with just a smartphone. DSLRs are great for photography professionals who want to shoot the best images in their gigs, or anyone else who just wants to experiment with photography.
To answer the question of whether you should buy a digital camera nowadays, it’s really up to you and what you want to do.
Again, if you just want to take some photos and post them online and maybe print them now and then, a smartphone camera, like the iPhone 11 Pro, should be just fine.
But if you want to take your photography game to the next level, like taking fantastic action shots or amazing photos in general, then you will want to look into a dedicated, standalone digital camera.
Capture any action in photo or video
GoPro Hero5 is a great and affordable camera from GoPro. It features 12MP and can record smooth 4K video with great stabilization. You can do single, burst, and time-lapse photos too, and it’s incredibly durable.
Canon EOS Rebel T6
A great beginner’s DSLR
The Canon EOS Rebel T6 is a classic standard DSLR that is popular in the industry. This bundle includes 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 lens, 58mm Wide Angle Lens, 2X Telephoto Lens, Flash, a 48GB SD memory card, UV filter kit, and a tripod. It’s everything you need to get started.
Sony DSCW800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera
Digital camera for everyone
This great option from Sony provides you with 20.1 MP for clear, crisp photos. It also has 5x optical zoom, 360-degree panoramas, SteadyShot image stabilization for reduced blur, 720p HD video recording, and has an Easy Mode setting for beginners.
Source of the article – iMore