If the One and One M8 are anything to go by, ailing Taiwanese manufacturer HTC seems to think the camera is one of the most important components in the modern smartphone.
That notion is given credence in an interview with Vodafone, wherein HTC camera guy Symon Whitehorn promises DSLR-level smartphone cameras within the next two years.
Ultimately, Symon reckons we’ll soon get to the point where it’s difficult to justify owning both a smartphone and a dedicated camera.
“That’s already happened with the compact camera market,” suggests Symon. “I think we’re looking at about 18 months to two years until that lens barrier begins breaking down and it becomes much harder to justify buying a dedicated camera outside of specialist or nostalgia reasons.”
One of the biggest barriers will obviously be optical zoom, something current smartphones can’t compete on (er, no offense, Samsung Galaxy Zoom).
“Optical zooming in a smartphone is not too far off at all for HTC,” continues Symon. “I can’t give too much away, but within 12-18 months we’ll see huge advances in phone optics.
“Two years ago I would have said that phones will never replace DSLRs. Now I’m not so sure."
We imagine camera aficionados will have something to say about that. What do you think about the death of the DSLR at the hands of the smartphone: inevitable, or implausible?
via: Vodafone blog