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Are digital cameras much better than smartphone cameras?

If you have a good smartphone camera like a Galaxy S5 or iPhone 5s is there much point investing in a standalone digital camera?

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 24, 2014 at 17:45

If you are happy with the 5S or SGS5 camera, then the answer is no.

Otherwise: A real camera is significantly better.
Smartphones are just more convenient thanks to upload capabilities, basic editing etc...

Having said that: 99 out of a 100 pics I takeI take with a phone.

mrew42  Jul. 24, 2014 at 18:12

+1
If i'm serious about taking pics I take my DSLR. Otherwise my smartphone takes the place of my compact digital and does a perfectly good job.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 25, 2014 at 10:49

This is Richard Dorman's Flickr.
Nokia Lumia 930 pics https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheridan01/sets/72157645211420670/

He has Lumia 1020 photos also. https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheridan01/sets/72157645410046718/

Oh, and the Lumnia 1520 https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheridan01/sets/72157638371752634/

That is about as good as it gets without ridiculous efforts and post-editing.
BUt few smartphones can compete with those 2.

satchef1  Jul. 25, 2014 at 13:09

+1
If i'm serious about taking pics I take my DSLR. Otherwise my smartphone takes the place of my compact digital and does a perfectly good job.


This. Compact cameras exist for convenience, but lose out in that area to smartphones. Their sole remaining ace is optical zoom. If photo quality is important, use a DSLR.

The Lumia 1020 is the future of the compact camera - using oversampling to achieve mock zoom. As that technology advances, the compact will die off completely.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 25, 2014 at 13:28

Now Nokia just need to figure out how to get rid of the lag.
Because for snap-shots the Lumias still suck. Cyan hasn't changed that.

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