Why Dedicated Cameras Beat Smartphone Cameras Every Day

It won’t be remiss to say that the quality of cameras in smartphones keeps getting better every single day. Mobile phone companies are trying to outdo one another with the options and features present in their camera apps, as there are many options for users to choose from in getting that perfect photo, making people depend less on taking professional photos from dedicated cameras. 

Despite the technological advancements of smartphone cameras, they are still limited. Truth be told, there are some photos you won’t get with a smartphone. 

In this article, we’d highlight why dedicated cameras are better than smartphones. 

Mastery in physics

Smartphone cameras use software and artificial intelligence to capture incredible images. They can capture portrait-style images with blurry backgrounds and portrait-style images. However, these are bettered by dedicated cameras that were built with a combination of the best technology in light and physics. 

In most smartphones, the lenses are approximately a 28mm field of view on a full-frame camera. However, some may have second lenses that go just a bit wider, usually about 15mm, and even some higher-end phones have a telephoto lens that is equivalent to a 50mm lens. 

Smartphones mostly are stuck at a single aperture value, which gives a limited control on exposure. 

Blur in the foreground

This is one major advantage of using dedicated cameras: being able to shoot nature and landscapes in their glory. Dedicated cameras allow you to do something called foreground blur, which is blurring the background and the foreground at the same time, and placing focus on a particular part of the object. 

Dedicated cameras can do this because they have been infused with the necessary sense of depth and perspective to enhance your photos. 

Smartphones don’t have this, as they can only do background blur. 

Dedicated cameras do more than cropping when it comes to Zoom

Most smartphones enable the zoom feature, but in the end, the pictures become pixelated when you zoom very far because they don’t do a very good job of interpolating data between pixels and adjusting exposure values. In the end, you lose a lot of detail because what it means is that you are losing a lot of detail.

For instance, if you want to take a shot of the moon, using a smartphone is not advised because once you zoom enough to get the fine details, the resolution becomes blurry which is not suitable for printing or framing.

Dedicated cameras with zoom lenses have fidelity, clarity, and color that are not possible with smartphones, even with their software and AI processing to mimic 10x or even 100x zoom lenses. 

There is the case of background compression

Background compression is a time-honed technique compositional technique that would make your photos stand out. The telephoto zoom allows your background to move closer to the subject, which is impossible to do on a smartphone camera. 

Action that is fast

Some smartphones are good at capturing objects in motion, but they don’t give the best results because the change in position can be instantaneous. 

A DSLR or mirrorless camera is best for fast action, as it has amazing autofocus capabilities and helps you lock focus on a specific area. The ability to shoot with a wide aperture, which allows for a faster shutter speed and freezes the action. 

Final Thoughts

While this is not an article to tarnish the benefits of using smartphone cameras, it highlights the limitations they have as opposed to dedicated cameras. Technology will only make smartphones better with time, with advancements in AI and software. 

Truth is, there are still some pictures that smartphones can’t take. 


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