Not that long ago, getting crystal clear and amazing photos meant having to invest in, and lug around, an expensive digital camera like a digital single-lens reflex, otherwise known as a DSLR. Nowadays, thanks to the technological advances found in smartphone cameras, many of the latest phones are capable of taking incredible photos. For many people, a smartphone may now replace a bulky and expensive DSLR. Check out the following reasons why:
Shutter-lag is a thing of the past
Smartphones that have powerful mobile processors, like the Snapdragon series from Qualcomm, are able to take photos quickly, without any lag time. The 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra Camera ISP Image Signal Processor can support the capture of up to 28 megapixels, with absolutely no shutter lag at all. This means if you are shooting fast-moving kids as they jump into a pool, puppies zipping around in a yard or other “blink and you’ll miss it” moments, you no longer need to rely on a DSLR camera; an easy-to-carry and less expensive phone with a Snapdragon mobile processor is all that you need.
Dual lenses for better photos
A number of smartphones now offer not one but two cameras along with different sized lenses that can help you take incredible shots. LG’s V20 Android phone has a 16 MP rear camera with f1.8 aperture, as well as an 8 MP camera with f2.4 aperture. The former is a typical 78-degree lens while the latter is a 135-degree wide angle lens. What this means in plainer English is that when you are trying to capture a gorgeous landscape photo with your Android phone, the dual cameras and lenses will help ensure that you are not missing any of the scenic details.
Easier to take and share images
Most people who want to take photos of a night out with buddies, a family birthday party or their new grandbaby will not want to bring along a chunky DSLR camera, and all of its accessories like a bulky camera bag and maybe a tripod. For them, a user-friendly and portable smartphone is a much more attractive option. In addition, the smartphone makes it incredibly easy to share the first photos of a new baby or other event with other people; you can download a photo editing app like Snapseed right onto your smartphone and use its 26 tools and filters to edit and make your photos even more professional looking before easily sharing them on social media or through email. Most older model DSLR cameras do not come equipped with Wi-Fi, so you will have to transfer your photos to your computer before sharing them.
What about professional photography?
While a high-end smartphone can often take photos that are as good as those produced by a DSLR camera, there are still occasions where a DSLR camera comes out ahead. For example, when shooting in low light it is hard for a smartphone to replicate the crisp shots of a digital camera.
In certain circumstances, or for professional photographers, a DSLR camera certainly still has its place. But in terms of the ease of having a camera with you at all times — one that is user-friendly, takes amazing shots in most circumstances and is connected to the internet, it is hard to beat the ease of a high-end smartphone.
Photograph by Durham Bell