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Author Topic: Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds  (Read 274 times)

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Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds
« on: May 09, 2018, 04:47:15 am »
https://www.dpreview.com/articles/8037960069/why-smartphone-cameras-are-blowing-our-minds

My observation is that they are getting better and better. Not a DSLR but they are pretty dam good.

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Re: Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2018, 07:06:38 am »
Pros, and serious amateurs and other users who need extremely high resolution, low grain, the ability to use multiple lenses, etc will always need to use dedicated cameras such as DSLRs or the mirrorless cameras coming out. The proles and normies will be fine with smartphone cameras.

If you need a tripod mount for stable imaging, you must use a real camera, no exceptions.
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Re: Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2018, 02:25:57 pm »
Right

Smart phones are for the proles.
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Re: Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2018, 08:23:38 pm »
For the average Joe, there's no need anymore to own a separate camera. For people who know what they're doing, that's another matter. Still, it's amazing all the functions they can put into a single cellphone.

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Re: Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2018, 09:48:53 pm »
For the average Joe, there's no need anymore to own a separate camera. For people who know what they're doing, that's another matter. Still, it's amazing all the functions they can put into a single cellphone.

A good (>$150) smartphone camera today is better than the average digital point and shoot from 5+ years ago, which IMO was when digital P&S cameras achieved a sort of plateau of quality that made them serious instruments. A modern point and shoot or mirrorless is still much better than a smartphone. But it's a lot of heavy crap to lug. You can shove a phone in a pants pocket.
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Re: Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2018, 04:34:05 am »
Pros, and serious amateurs and other users who need extremely high resolution, low grain, the ability to use multiple lenses, etc will always need to use dedicated cameras such as DSLRs or the mirrorless cameras coming out. The proles and normies will be fine with smartphone cameras.

If you need a tripod mount for stable imaging, you must use a real camera, no exceptions.

I agree with this totally.

I have an old Canon Rebel DSLR that is a much more serious camera as it does all the things you mentioned. The downside to it is the weight and carrying it. If you put better glass on it, it becomes heavy very quickly. Depending on the person it can become a burden to carry.

What I am amazed at is the quality of pictures that are coming out smartphones considering the size. Take a look at these two groups on Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/iphone_users/pool/

https://www.flickr.com/groups/samsung-mobile/pool/

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Re: Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2018, 04:40:34 am »
For the average Joe, there's no need anymore to own a separate camera. For people who know what they're doing, that's another matter. Still, it's amazing all the functions they can put into a single cellphone.

A good (>$150) smartphone camera today is better than the average digital point and shoot from 5+ years ago, which IMO was when digital P&S cameras achieved a sort of plateau of quality that made them serious instruments. A modern point and shoot or mirrorless is still much better than a smartphone. But it's a lot of heavy crap to lug. You can shove a phone in a pants pocket.

This is exactly my point. I have both the DSLR and a Canon mirrorless camera. I barely take them anywhere anymore because my smartphone is in my pocket. Sure they do take technically better pictures because the sensor is larger and it has a bigger lens but you cant fit in your pocket.

And they have nowhere near the connectivity of the smartphone. The connectivity of the smartphone is far superior to any digital camera. You can take pictures, modify them and than text them, email them or load them up into a web site in the blink of an eye. Some newer Canons have the ability to push the pictures from the camera to the smart phone which IMO is a brilliant idea because once in the phone you can push them anywhere.

In the last  year I was looking at buying another point and shoot as I used to love my Canon G9. I eventually came to the revelation of why bother? The iPhone does everything my old G9 did and more. Yes it has a fixed lens but the pictures it produces are pretty dam good.

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Re: Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2018, 07:08:40 am »
I've seen a point and shoot in the recent past (last year or so) being offered for sale on Woot.com (in other words, surplus bargain bin stuff) which uses Android for its back of camera display. It was some major vendor like Nikon, Canon or Fujifilm, and the UI of the camera was Android. Of course that is getting WAY complex in regular operation for a camera.

I still like to use real cameras the way many guys like muscle cars. Style, results and outcomes not achievable using normie products and technology. :P
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Re: Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2018, 09:49:08 am »
I've seen a point and shoot in the recent past (last year or so) being offered for sale on Woot.com (in other words, surplus bargain bin stuff) which uses Android for its back of camera display. It was some major vendor like Nikon, Canon or Fujifilm, and the UI of the camera was Android. Of course that is getting WAY complex in regular operation for a camera.

I still like to use real cameras the way many guys like muscle cars. Style, results and outcomes not achievable using normie products and technology. :P

This is the reason I still have my DSLR.