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It’s only recently that we all started carrying cameras around in our pockets. Much to the frustration of some purist photographers, smartphone cameras have been developing rapidly over recent years. If you’re getting into photography, you might think that the capability of your smartphone camera completely eliminates the need for a DSLR. While this isn’t going to be entirely true, here’s a closer look at the photographic capabilities of modern smartphones.
More Portable, More Sharable, and Less Noticeable
If you’re passionate about photography, then you’ll already know that the best shots can spring up when you least expect them. When you’re going out on a date or meeting some friends for drinks, it’s certainly better to have a smartphone in your pocket, rather than a big, bulky DSLR. As much as you might love photography, lenses, batteries, speedlights, and other gear can make it tough to get around, and make you look very awkward in a lot of situations! Furthermore, a big, expensive DSLR around your neck can label you as a tourist, and make you a target for pickpockets and muggers. Smartphones are also much more convenient for sharing. While there are some models, like the Nikon D3400, that have Bluetooth for instant copying to a smartphone, the camera on your phone is perfect for photojournalism or regularly updating your social media presence.
Less Functional and Versatile
One of the major things that separates DSLRs from smartphones is that the former has interchangeable lenses, allowing the photographer to change the way their device functions according to the photographic situation they’ve been dealt. Smartphones, barring a few tacky gimmick products, can’t accommodate for lenses. This means that with a Sony a6000 Silver, you can switch to a 50mm macro lens for taking portraits, allowing you to capture highly detailed images of people. On the other hand, the iPhone 7 only has a seven-megapixel front camera. Shooting in a dark environment or relying on a smartphone’s flash can also create problems, leading to red eye effect and dimly lit night-time shots. On the other hand, DSLRs have external flash, with a number of settings you can use to manipulate the feature. Finally, we have zooming. As you know all too well, when you try to zoom in on some distant detail with a smartphone camera, it quickly becomes blurry. A telephoto lens can actually magnify the camera’s view, rather than simply enlarging part of the image.
Limited Battery Life
Okay, battery life has always been a pet peeve for smartphone users, and these days portable chargers are a very common accessory. Even if you have a phone that’s great for battery life, this can make them impractical for a full day of shooting. You don’t want to get a handful of snaps in, then get the “low battery” message, and have to go a few hours with a bulky power pack hanging off your phone! Most modern DSLRs allow you to go for days on end with almost constant use, without ever having to charge or change the batteries.