Are Smartphones Replacing Digital Cameras?

Technology has a way of making things obsolete. Do reporters use typewriters anymore? Do accountants use adding machines? Unless you’re of a certain age, you may not even know what an adding machine is? How about the term “hang up the phone.”  What does that mean to a little kid?  That phrase does not compute. In fact, smartphones have become personal pocket computers that can even shoot some phenomenal photos. So, does that mean that point and shoot digital cameras are on their way to obsolescence too?

That depends on you, the photographer. Whether you’re a professional or an amateur, there is no denying that a smartphone, depending on the model, has some amazing capabilities, not to mention, convenience.  They are easy to carry, don’t require extra equipment, like a bag of lenses or a tripod, and you can instantly share your shots via social media, text or email.

But, there’s something to be said for that camera bag of lenses. Smartphones have limitations when it comes to zooming in or capturing a sharp high-quality shot.

Lighting can be a problem with a smartphone too. There is far better control of different lighting situations with a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) than there is with a smartphone camera.

That’s not to say that, in time, these drawbacks in smartphone cameras will improve, and possibly surpass DSLRs. Already there are quality differences in lens technology between the iPhone 6S and the iPhone7 and 7Plus.  And, photos from these later models can be made into high-quality prints as big as 16” x 20” or larger, which are ideal sizes for metal prints.

Will smartphones surpass DSLRs as the tool of choice for photographers? Maybe. Regardless, it still takes a good eye to capture a work of art.