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Old 08-08-2014, 09:34 PM   #1
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Point And Shoot Digital Cameras vs Smartphone cameras


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Do you feel the camera and the camera app in smartphones ( mainly the higher end models ) are as good or comparable to the point and shoot digital cameras?

I'm not including DSLR cameras because DSLRs are way better than the smartphone cameras.

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Old 08-08-2014, 09:41 PM   #2
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Do you feel the camera and the camera app in smartphones ( mainly the higher end models ) are as good or comparable to the point and shoot digital cameras?
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:43 PM   #3
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thanks jailbait for the reply
 
Old 08-09-2014, 08:09 PM   #4
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I agree with Jailbait, but the cell phone cameras are getting better every year. The one in my current phone is lightyears better than the first cell phone camera I had.

I no longer have a "point-and-shoot" digital camera. I upgraded to a mid-grade camera with 24x optical zoom.
 
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The tech in phones is going up every day. One model now can re-adjust f stop after you have taken the photo. My el-cheapo phone takes great shots for a 5m camera. Sure 35mm film in B&W could have some huge resolution but for a simple easy to use gizmo, the point and shoot has little to offer most users.
 
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Depends upon the phone and the camera. The Nokia camera phones are, in my opinion and that of others, superior to some point and shoot digital cameras.
But if you're talking "average" of phones versus "average" of cameras I'd say the cameras will likely still be better.
Personally I'm happy with the camera on my old Blackberry for taking quick snapshots to share with friends or post on internet forums and the like and I have my DSLR for when I want to take "a proper picture" of something.
I can't see myself buying a dedicated point-and-shoot camera unless I had a specific purpose in mind (like a white-water rafting trip or something) but then I'd likely get a video camera.
 
Old 08-11-2014, 07:57 AM   #7
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Cell-phone cameras are great and getting better, but my Nikon SLR has two fundamental advantages:
  • The size of the imaging area is much larger.
  • It has a true (interchageable ...) lens.
I continue to be pleasantly surprised at what a phone-camera can do, but optically it's still got the limit of using a tiny lens to focus light onto an even-smaller light-gathering surface. The ability of engineers to wrangle even-better pictures out of such a device continues to amaze me, but if I have critical photography to do, I'm going to grab my trusty "battle axe" ... and get the shots I need.

... unless I get my 4x5 field-camera out and shoot the image onto a 4"x5" piece of sheet film, which basically has "resolution that never ends."
 
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I think that point and shoot cameras are still way better than most cell phone/movile cameras. My iPod camera is almost as good, but still not quite as good as my Nikon camera. I think that eventually cell phones, iPods, and tablets may surpass point and shoots, but those days are still in the future.

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There are real physical limits that prevent phone cameras from being as good as devices specifically designed for the purpose of taking good quality photos. The optics are very important, the size and quality of the lens. The light sensor is also important and should have a high signal to noise ratio.

Will phone cameras ever be as good as digital cameras ... no, not unless they are designed only for this purpose, in which case it would alter their appearance and other functionalities. In general, multi-purpose tools have lesser but acceptable performance compared to specifically designed tools.

IMO, they are really stretching what smartphones and tablets can reasonably be made to do. I think it is getting to a rather ridiculous level, especially with tablets. They are just awkward, Frankenstein devices. Use them, but you're a freak if you do IMO.
 
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There are real physical limits that prevent phone cameras from being as good as devices specifically designed for the purpose of taking good quality photos. The optics are very important, the size and quality of the lens. The light sensor is also important and should have a high signal to noise ratio.

Will phone cameras ever be as good as digital cameras ... no, not unless they are designed only for this purpose, in which case it would alter their appearance and other functionalities. In general, multi-purpose tools have lesser but acceptable performance compared to specifically designed tools.

IMO, they are really stretching what smartphones and tablets can reasonably be made to do. I think it is getting to a rather ridiculous level, especially with tablets. They are just awkward, Frankenstein devices. Use them, but you're a freak if you do IMO.
They are making devices smaller and smaller as time progresses. At one time PC monitors were massive and now are ultra small. I think it is perfectly possible to have a functional cellphone/camera in the near future.

Nbiser

Note: posted from my iPod.
 
Old 08-11-2014, 05:58 PM   #11
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smartphone cameras are OK for the casual photographer and the novice. Even though some smartphones have double digit megapixels and HDR shooting, I still prefer a dedicated camera since digital photography is a second hobby after computers.

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Old 08-11-2014, 07:47 PM   #12
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They are making devices smaller and smaller as time progresses. At one time PC monitors were massive and now are ultra small. I think it is perfectly possible to have a functional cellphone/camera in the near future.

Nbiser

Note: posted from my iPod.
Functional, but never as good as a digital camera ... and both will evolve.
 
Old 08-15-2014, 09:16 AM   #13
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Depends on the phone. My last phone had a nice camera, my current phone isn't as nice, its pictures are iphone quality so now I'll have to put in a camera phone disclaimer with my pictures.

As simple point and shoot shrink in size and cost I think you'll see some convergence between them and phones to where they are sharing the same chips and other parts.

Yes a nicer camera such as a DSLR can take better pictures but most of us don't carry a DSLR around in our pockets all the time.
 
  


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