HTC: DSLR-crushing smartphone cameras in 18-24 months

HTC: DSLR-crushing smartphone cameras in 18-24 monthsIf 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

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 22, 2014 at 18:36

That is based on the assumption that DSLR R&D stops round about now, I assume? ;)

TJ Skywasher  Apr. 22, 2014 at 21:49

As a DSLR user there's no way that a phone will compete with a dedicated camera any time soon regardless of what HTC might think. There's only so much you can fit inside a phone and there's only so much you can do with a tiny fixed lens on a phone. There's lots of features on my DSLR that I just don't see on many smartphones and I don't expect that to change at all.

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 23, 2014 at 08:12

If HTC manages to fit standard 35mm old film censor into smartphone camera this might sound credible. Only a handful micro four third cameras are able to do that right now and they are more expensive than HTC flagships. I think standard DSLR will be around for a long time.

What are they going to do with optical image stabilization? Or they plan to do it in software?

Lenses are more expensive than cameras not because of their zoom capabilities.

satchef1  Apr. 23, 2014 at 09:46

I'm not sure he was trying to say smartphones will be as good as (or better than) DSLRs. I read it as 'within two years, smartphone cameras will be so good that it will be difficult for most people to justify buying a DSLR'. When you bare in mind the disadvantages of a DSLR versus a smartphone with an advanced camera, it's pretty easy to see how this could be the case. The smartphone doesn't have to be as good, it just has to be good enough to make the average punter think 'do I really need this camera as well?'.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 23, 2014 at 10:25

from that pov you are probably right.
It's curious, though to hear that from HTC now. They dropped Optical Image Stabilisation in favour of the dual cam setup...
Now, crom my understanding their dual cam does little that one cannot achieve with a bit of after editing. However, if the image you work with is blurry because of the absence of OIS than there is little You can save with editing.

And then there are the Lumia flagships. They have OIS and they allow you to take some stunning photos. But the drawback is significant lack. I can't say how many great 'moments' I missed with the Lumia 1020 because of the lag between focus and exposure.

nickkelly  Apr. 23, 2014 at 23:39

ROFL! Isn't HTC the company that just released a badly critiqued 3MP camera without OIS in its new flagship phone?!? I don't hold much value on their predictions.


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