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Do we really need them

by sandeep8624 / November 19, 2015 10:38 PM PST

Do we really need camera in the world of smartphones

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Sometimes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 19, 2015 11:16 PM PST
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Depends on expectations
by rje49 / November 20, 2015 6:58 PM PST
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If you have been totally satisfied with results from using only your phone's camera, then you can say you don't need a camera. Myself, I only use a camera phone when I don't have a regular camera with me, and I'm usually disappointed in the photos. My photos are my souvineers of life and I want the best possible quality photos I can get. I shouldn't have to get into the superior capabilities of a DSLR over a camera phone. So it depends on what you want for photos you may be looking at for decades to come.

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When I get serious.....
by texasdan / November 20, 2015 7:16 PM PST
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When I'm serious about a picture, I'll always grab my Canon DSLR. There are just things you can't do with the phones. However, 75% of shots I take are with the phone. You CAN have your cake and eat it too!

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If you want good pictures...
by Flatworm / November 21, 2015 7:22 AM PST
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If you want consistently good pictures, you need to take them with an actual camera. Even the least expensive modern subcompact cameras take noticeably better pictures than the best smartphone cameras, particularly in natural light.

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The zoom is the key
by victork1 / November 21, 2015 7:36 PM PST
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My phone takes great pictures, but not having an optical zoom (aka, the real zoom) sometimes is a drawback. You will need a real optical zoom every time the object is far (as in... 60 ft away?) or the object in the pictures will be grainy.

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Personal preference
by MightyDrakeC / November 23, 2015 2:50 AM PST
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Phone cameras are great for snapping a selfie, or posting a picture of that colorful margarita you ordered for Happy Hour. But, they do have limitations. They're terrible in low light. Almost none of them have optical zoom, so they're not good for some long range situations. Having to hover your finger over the screen can be awkward. No manual controls in dynamic situations. And, in cases where you care about the quality, a phone camera is usually best described as mediocre. Etc.

Personally, I use my phone when taking a quick snapshot that I plan to send to someone. But, I also carry a medium-level pocket camera, a Canon S100. Mostly because I used to do amateur photography, and I like having a camera with an optical zoom and easy access to manual functions. Also, my pocket camera can be out of my pocket and ready to take pictures in far less time than unlocking my phone and swiping to the camera app.

I know people who say that they feel like you do. "Why would I want to carry a camera?" And then they complain to me about how the picture they took has a bunch of noisy colored dots. Or, their subject was so far away that it's only a few pixels tall in the picture. And those pixels are fuzzy, because the massive number of pixels of the sensor are wasted because of the physical resolving ability of a lens the size of a phone camera.

But when I try to explain it, they wave it off. "I don't care about that stuff."

Phone cameras have their place. So do dedicated cameras. Use the one that fits your budget and your needs.

Drake Christensen

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