Are Smartphone Cameras Really Better than DSLR’s?

Whether DSLR’s are needed or are smartphones enough is really a heated topic for discussion. Some photography experts argue that smartphones are not even close to what DSLR’s has to offer.

The first factor is the sensor size. DSLR sensors are pretty much 5 to 6 times larger than the size of a smartphone sensor and this is a major factor. The larger the sensor, the more light can enter and hence better picture quality. Smartphones take the hit in this regard.

Secondly, the lens on a DSLR camera is much larger and better than one on a smartphone camera. So the light captured to click the picture flows through a larger space, thus improving quality of the image.

Also, DSLR’s perform exceptionally well in low light situations or if you need more detail in a large setting.

Smartphone cameras on the other hand are not great in the aspects discussed above. But they are definitely better than what it were 5 years ago and it’s only improving. Some of the best smartphones can even capture RAW images today. If portability and convenience are your goals, then smartphones win the game. With smartphones, flexibility and new features can be achieved easily through a simple software update.

If you want a good photography experience and quality images, DSLR’s are for you. With DSLR’s, flexibility and processing can be achieved through other tools such as Lightroom or Photoshop.

Lightroom mobile update: One step closer to DSLR

A little background on Lightroom before we go into the details of the update. Lightroom is a tool for organizing and editing images. It can work with a variety of images including DNG, other RAW formats, JPEG, TIFF etc. Refer Lightroom6 for new cameras if you have trouble using Lightroom 6.

Lightroom also offers a free mobile app to allow editing pictures on the phone. Like any other software app, Adobe also provides updates with new features and enhancements. One such update is the RAW HDR capture in its Lightroom Mobile app. This mode automatically scans the target to find the right exposure and captures three DNG files. These 3 files are then automatically aligned and merged in the app.

With this feature, you get the advantages of both RAW and HDR photos. It is available in high end phones such as Google Pixel, iPhone 6s, Samsung S7 and a few other devices.

Such updates have helped smartphones cameras to become what it is today. Despite the constant effort from the smartphone industry and photo editing applications like Adobe, it is hard to compete with DSLR’s. DSLR’s easily beat smartphone cameras in just pure physics like lens and sensor size, leaving other things aside.

Like mentioned above, they are both for different reasons. If convenience and automatically processed photos are what you want, smartphones are your best bet. If real photography and getting creative with it is what you want. DSLR’s are what you want.

Are Smartphone Cameras Really Better than DSLR’s? was last modified: June 21st, 2018 by John Harris

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