Smart phone Vs DSLRs, which is better?
It wasn’t that long ago when people had to use high-end digital cameras, such as DSLRs, to capture professional-quality photographs. However, smartphones have gradually caught up with DSLRs and many of the latest high-end smartphones now boast the kind of superior specs which once could only be found on high-end digital cameras. Does this mean that DSLRs have become obsolete? Can smartphone cameras now outperform DSLRs?
The Cold, Hard Truth about Smartphone Cameras
It is most certainly true that high-end smartphones now boast incredible specs but they still lack the versatility and functionality of DSLRs. A 12-megapixel camera phone may have the ability to shoot 4K video but despite these advantages, DSLRs for example, the Canon EOS 5D MarkIII, win hands down when capturing a variety of photographic scenarios. Generally speaking, a full frame camera of this quality boasting a 22.3 MP will take a much sharper portrait, works better at capturing subjects with an external flash, and performs exceptionally when shooting in low-light situations. That said a superb picture quality is not produced by the camera body but the variety of lenses used with it too, giving the most amazing smooth shallow depth of field, perfect for creative portraiture.
Pros of using a smartphone camera
1. Limited versatility and functionality
DSLRs are interchangeable lens cameras, meaning they allow users to change lenses in response to different photographic scenarios. Smartphones have built-in cameras that don’t accommodate lenses, severely limiting their functionality.
When using a DSLR, you can choose for instance a 50mm macro lens for Portrait photography, enabling you to capture highly detailed portraits. In contrast a front-facing camera phone is only around 5 to 12 megapixels – which means you shouldn’t expect your phone to take Portrait Gallery worthy pictures.
3.Low-Light and Flash Photography
Shooting in low-light situations or with a camera Phone means that flash can be problematic, resulting in poorly illuminated night shots and a dreaded red eye effect. DSLRs like the Canon EOS 5D Mark III can accommodate an external flash, with many different settings this enables us to control the light more precisely, which in turn leads to much better low-light shots.
Using a DSLR with a telephoto lens shooting something far away means an image can be captured sharply and clearly, the lens enables us to zoom in on a subject without loosing quality. The smart phone cameras do not have the ability to zoom effectively and only gives the illusion of doing so. All it does is enlarge a portion of the image, resulting in reduced clarity and sharpness which in turn results in pixelated blur. Indeed smartphone users could invest in additional clip on lenses but these can in no way supersede the quality that can be produced by a professional high grade lens.
Both smartphone cameras and DSLRs have unique strengths and drawbacks. Going for a smartphone camera is fine if you want to capture, edit, and publish photos in real-time but DSLRs are by far better for producing professional quality images in a variety of fields and necessary to produce a technically accomplished photograph.
As for which camera is “better”, it helps to remember that talent and skill matter just as much as the tools. It is possible to take a clumsy shot with a high-end DSLR or an award-winning photograph with a smartphone but it depends on the photographer holding the camera. In other words, the person behind the lens is just as important as the camera and its specs.