Smartphone cameras are getting better each day, so could they one day replace your DSLR or mirrorless camera?In recent years many smartphone users claim that phone camera technology will eventually become so good that people won’t need a mirrorless camera or DSLR. It’s a bold claim, so let’s discuss a bit further.
Smartphones have, to some extent, killed off the standard compact camera market. The fact that most people always carry a smartphone with them, coupled with the fact that they produce high-quality images equivalent to the $100 compact camera, means fewer people are buying this particular type of camera.
However, there are many instances where a real camera is a much better choice, such as when you want to change lenses, or need versatility, or want to zoom in or shoot images with bokeh effect.When it comes to DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, these two types produce significantly better image quality than even the current best smartphones on the market. Sensor size is one of the main factors in the image quality difference. By sensor size, we are not talking about the megapixel count. These days some phone models can have more megapixels than cameras. The actual physical dimensions of the sensor are what make the biggest difference. Cameras are also easier to have creative control over the outcome of the photograph.
Phones are designed to be easy to use to get a quick snapshot. This is how most people use them. When it comes to size almost all cameras are bigger than the most mobile phones. Phones have the advantage of portability, but this is about the only advantage size has. Editing and sharing photos from your phone is much easier than from a real camera. Phones are built for connectivity. The biggest drawback to this is that they are prone to lose quality. Smartphones could never replace cameras, but they'll remain powerful tools that you can carry with you at all times.We know that in the next few years, camera sensor technology will improve massively. So even if smartphones become capable of the image quality a full-frame DSLR can deliver today, just imagine how much better the equivalent camera would be.
A bottom line is that the best camera you have is the one you have with you.