Rise and Demise of Smartphone Photography

Updated: Mar 27, 2021

Over the past few years, smartphones have come a long way, especially in terms of photography.

One of the defining characteristics of smartphone photography, other than the drastic difference in weight compared to a DSLR, is the idea that you can get a great image with the simple press of a button.

There’s no messing about with the focus, or changing your exposure after each photo because the first one is too dark and now this one’s too bright. Phones just tend to be easier.

If convenience and lightweight products are the most important things for a photographer, the smartphone is the way to go. It doesn’t add any extra weight as, odds are, you’re carrying one anyway. There’s no forgetting the SD card or not having the right lens, the smartphone has it all built-in, whether or not your phone zoom maintains quality.

With a high-quality camera phone, anyone can take pretty amazing photos and with the invention of the phone tripod, non-blurry photos, too.

However, smartphones have a serious disadvantage that just can not be overlooked.

Smartphone cameras, and therefore sensors, are tiny and photography is all about how much light you can capture.

Sure, phone cameras can be great if you pick the right phone, but if you’re going to pick an expensive phone just for its camera quality, you’d probably be better off buying an actual camera.

If great photos are what you want, a smartphone just is not the way to go for most photographers.

With camera phones, you’re limited to a fixed aperture, a lower image quality compared to DSLR, and very minimal manual controls.

For enthusiasts and beginners, the lack of manual controls isn’t such a big deal but when making that step from beginner to professional, it’s a must-have skill to be able to change the settings of a camera.

Besides, no one is going to take you seriously if you show up to a photo shoot with a camera.

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