Camera Phones Vs. DSLR
If you have an interest in photography, you may wonder about whether using the camera on your smartphone or using a DSLR camera is better. The truth is, each has benefits and drawbacks, and even though DSLRs are often touted as the end-all be-all of cameras, many photographers still use their smartphones and smaller, point-and-shoot cameras to capture amazing images. In fact there are many renowned photographers that only use cheap point and shoot cameras. But generally, professional photographers nearly always own a DSLR and view it as an important piece of gear. That doesn’t mean, however, you can’t take beautiful, breathtaking shots without them.
DSLR vs. Smartphone Versatility
Many people feel that they’re priced out of a DSLR camera unless they plan to use one regularly for work or a hobby. Smartphones are multi-function, so spending the same amount of money on a phone gives you much more versatility in what you can do with the device. In addition to taking pictures, you have access to tons of apps that you can do lots of other things with, and you also have the ability to make calls, texts and access social media right on your phone. Additionally, for many people, renting a DSLR camera from a camera rental shop can give them access to a DSLR for only the amount of time they intend to use the camera. That way they don’t have to foot the expense of purchasing one outright, which can sometimes run them thousands of dollars.
One of the best benefits of using a camera on your smartphone is that phones are extremely portable. In most cases, you’ll already have your phone with you, so you don’t need to bring any extra equipment. DSLR cameras are bulky and take up a lot of space; you certainly won’t be able to fit one right in your pocket. They also frequently take a variety of different lenses, depending on the types of photos you want to take. With a great DSLR lens, you may be able to capture a phenomenal close-up from 15 feet away, but the trade-off is far less portability and greater bulk.
Megapixels: Both Cameras Head to Head
These days, the latest smartphones and DSLRs feature image capturing in the about same resolution. Both the newest DSLR cameras and smartphone cameras generally take pictures using anywhere from 16 to upward of 40 megapixels, with the majority falling in the 20-30 mp range. This means that when it comes to resolution, it won’t matter whether you use a DSLR or a smartphone. Your images will be in the same resolution no matter what.
Best Features of DSLRs
DSLR cameras allow the photographer to make adjustments to the lighting and shutter speed, which smartphone cameras cannot do. Because of this, photographers like using DSLRs because they have the ability to adjust how much light the lens lets in as well as how fast the camera snaps a photo. Being able to adjust these allows photographers to capture pictures in which there’s fast movement, and they can also take beautiful low-light photos. Smartphone cameras, on the other hand, typically produce grainy or too-dark low-light photos and blurry fast- motion shots, regardless of how many megapixels it captures images in. Minor
Drawbacks and Benefits of Smartphone Cameras
Another drawback of the smartphone camera is the inability to zoom. This feature exists even on-point-and-shoot cameras, so if you tend to zoom in a lot, you may want to look at using a non-smartphone camera instead. Smartphone cameras also generally don’t feature lenses of as high a quality as DSLR cameras, which also affects the quality of your pictures. One benefit of taking photos on a smartphone, however, is the ability to instantly post to social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. Some DSLRs feature the ability to send photos to social media sites or email, however, and some smartphones do have fairly decent lenses, but you should shop around, read reviews, and learn which smartphones have the best lenses and which DSLRs facilitate wi-fi sharing before you buy.