By: Krutarth Vashi
Smartphone camera: Is it the meteor that will wipe out the Camera race?
As the smart phones capture better and better images year after year, a layman can say that it might be about time when a 150-200g device will take over the heavy camera equipments, giving the same image quality and resolution. As a photography enthusiast, it often makes me think whether the smart phone has the ability to make the camera obsolete, just like it did to the alarm clock and calendar.
Evolution of Smartphone camera rom taking a blurry, dark, poor resolution, voter-id like photographs in the initial days, smart phones have come a long way to deliver clear, sharp, crisp images at par with that taken through a high end camera. Technology has played a huge role in this tectonic shift, with the smart phone manufacturers now coming up with larger sensors for better resolution and dual cameras for depth of the field.
Do Smart phones threaten camera market?
One thing is pretty clear, that with the emergence of smart phones, overall sales of the cameras have been impacted. The clear evidence of this change can be seen in the point and shoot camera markets. Also the smart phone gives the user the option of instantly sharing it with the world along with a plethora of filters and apps to make the image look good.
The latest smart phone models now offering the RAW image capture options, post-processing abilities have been expanded to yield even better image quality. Without a doubt, smart phones are playing a key role in eradicating the low-end point-and- shoot markets, where big camera manufacturers used to dominate in the past.
Let us take a look at the 5 best camera phones available in the market for those who don’t want to carry the heavy equipments along with them.
1. Google Pixel 2 XL
In a closely fought match, Google Pixel 2 XL edges out iPhone X as it performs better under low light and is an excellent camera for portrait selfies. Although the phone lacks the secondary rear camera, kudos to Google’s amazing software prowess and algorithm perfection, it creates portrait mode-style pictures similar to that of iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8 with stylish blurred background. An icing on the cake, the similar effects are also available while clicking self-portraits. With Pixel Visual Core, a purpose-built sub-processor designed to improve the image quality makes the images look even better.
2. iPhone X
As said, iPhone X closely matches photography prowess of Pixel 2XL. But a top gainer for Apple here is the 2x optical zoom. With a 12-MP wide angle lens and a 12-MP telephoto lens, iPhone X gives you an extremely detailed image without losing the sharpness of the image. Loaded with quirky features, iPhone X has dual optical image stabilization, which reduces motion blurs and enables a portrait mode with selfie which improves self-portraits.
3. LG V30 Plus
For the video bloggers, LG V30 Plus adds a bag of tricks with Cine Video effects. A wide range of filters give the videos a very elegant and stylish look, emulating different genres from romantic to thrill, according to your mood. A dual-camera setup with a 16-MP primary lens and 13-MP wide angle lens helps V30 Plus excel at capturing gorgeous and expansive cityscapes and landscapes.
4. Samsung Galaxy S9+
The Galaxy S9+ is Samsung’s most dependable camera ever. A dual 12-MP rear camera offers amazing bokeh effects along with the regular shooting which is equally great, all credits to the powerful sensors. However, the star of the show is variable aperture on main rear camera. Under low lights, the image quality is superior as the aperture can be switched to as low as f/1.5. The camera also has a dedicated memory to reduce noise levels in the finished photos.
5. One Plus 5T
One Plus 5T has a dual camera setup similar to that of One Plus 5, with a 16-MP primary lens and 20-MP secondary lens at the rear, both with an aperture of f/1.7 for better low light shots. Unlike its previous version, the 20-MP sensor does not have a telephoto option, which improves the camera’s low light credentials. The portrait mode adds a cool blur in the background, thereby improving the sharpness in the portrait images. The 16-MP front camera is the best selfie camera on offer in the budget, giving a sharp and clear self-portrait. One Plus 5T packs a lot of goodies in budget less compared to other phones in the list.
However, the smart phones really do not possess a threat to the DSLR camera market because the both cater to 2 different target audience. While smart phones are for people who love to click every second of their life and share it instantly with the world, DLSRs have a much more specific user group, and no matter how much advancements in the technology is done, this user group will not choose a smart phone over a DSLR. There might be a day when smart phones completely take over the camera market, but until then, phone cameras like those mentioned above will continue to dominate the mobile photography market.