Smartphone or DSLR camera, which one is better for you?
On the surface this question may seem very straightforward. A real camera is going to take better photos and better videos. But that is not the only thing to take into consideration. Sometimes the weight and size of a camera can be inconvenient. For some folks cost of buying a DSLR may be prohibitive, but through their telephone carrier they can easily finance a high-end smartphone with a great camera.
There are many reasons why someone could decide to choose one over the other, and in today’s article we will explore these options to help you make the best decision for your situation. Here are the advantages of each:
Advantages of Smartphones
There are many reasons that some people would prefer to shoot with a smartphone rather than a DSLR camera. Mostly this choice comes down to overall weight, as well as convenience. DSLRs sometimes just feel like overkill if you’re not doing photography professionally. A smartphone is something you’re likely to have on you and doesn’t require any special accessories most of the time.
With each new generation of smartphones adding more features, higher resolutions and expanding into high-quality video, there is a legitimate argument for the average person not needing a “real camera.”
- Lightweight and fit in your pockets
- Uncomplicated and easy to use
- Images are immediately usable
- Apps in the phone allow for easy editing
- Pictures can immediately be shared online
- Capable of easily shooting slow-mo and time-lapse
- Create easy panorama images without complex editing
- Small and unintimidating for models and small children
- Affordable 4K video footage
Advantages of a DSLR Camera
Whether you are shooting photography or video a DSLR camera is a powerful option. These cameras are enjoyed by enthusiasts and professionals for several reasons—from the ability to adapt the camera by using lenses and accessories to knowing that one has complete creative control of their image. DSLR cameras have many great features, but the trade off is weight, complexity, and cost.
- Interchangeable lenses give you more options
- Zoom lenses give you the ability to shoot further away
- Superior image quality overall
- The ability to have artistic control over the exposure
- More options for shooting in low light situations
- Better overall build quality (some are weatherproof)
- Larger image file-size capacity
- Higher resolution images and more detailed photos
- Better dynamic range and color accuracy
- The ability to create high depth of field with wide apertures
- Faster shutter speeds for shooting action or sports
- Capabilities can be enhanced with a variety of accessories
Which Camera Solution is Right for You?
The best camera is the one you have with you and the one that you know best. If you don’t have the ability or the patience to use a DSLR camera you shouldn’t feel pressured to do so. There can be other valid options for you including smartphones, point and shoot cameras or mirrorless cameras. It all comes down to user preference and your individual needs, not unlike my Mac VS. PC argument.
If you find yourself wanting to get shots in the moment and they don’t need to be professional then a smartphone is the convenient option, and still capable of producing a level of quality that is more than acceptable for prints.
When you are shooting professional photography or video that you’re being paid for, the reality is that you should probably be shooting on a DSLR (or Mirrorless) camera. The interchangeable lenses and ability to shoot in low light situations will matter. This is particularly true if you are shooting portraits and need to consider lens compression and distortion, or if you’re shooting events where lighting will be an issue.
See Also: 5 Tips for Beginning with DSLR Video
Final Thoughts on Smartphones vs DSLR Cameras
As technology advances, there may come a time when smartphone cameras are truly competitive and offer the options and quality that allow them to replace a DSLR or Mirrorless Camera. For now, traditional cameras still produce superior quality and provide the versatility the professionals need in order to capture moments and create beautiful imagery. For the everyday consumer, a smartphone packs more than enough pixels and features to be fun and affordable.
Which one is right for you and why? Let us know in the comments section!Tags