That we even choose to proffer this topic should raise a few eyebrows. After all, Poundit sells a wide selection of dedicated digital cameras that are technically superior to smartphones or may have features that cannot be replicated by smartphones. Case in point, no matter how expensive your smartphone may be, it won’t be able to print instant images like the Fujifilm Instax camera. Another example would be the fact that no matter how good your smartphone lens is, you still won’t be able to take good photos of the moon because it’s just too far away. You need a very long telephoto lens for that.
Nevertheless, smartphones do have redeeming qualities of their own, and this is why we’re also going to try to convince you to just get a smartphone instead, or simply to hold on to the one you might already have. In this article, we’ll fill you in on some great reasons why your smartphone is the best camera you can have.
This is probably the most important reason why your smartphone camera is the best one you can use right now. In this day and age, we already use our smartphones for so many other things, so it’s readily available not just when you’re suddenly struck with a creative idea and you want to take a random beautiful photo, but also when you absolutely must whip out your phone to capture something.
For instance, if you’re witnessing a crime or an incident of abuse take place, it’s so easy to reach into your pocket, take your phone out, and document the event as it happens with your smartphone camera.
A smartphone is so lightweight and slim that it can easily slip into the pocket of your trousers or jacket. This makes it a great travel camera if you are the type who wants to travel light.
This is not something you can easily do with a big and bulky DSLR camera, and even a smaller mirrorless camera still packs some weight. The only type of dedicated camera that can compete with smartphones in terms of portability is a compact point-and-shoot camera.
If you desire to start dabbling in street photography or another photographic endeavor that requires discretion and stealth, a smartphone is your best friend. For instance, in many public places around Metro Manila—stupid though as it may sound—you are likely to be told off by bored security guards that you “need a permit to shoot here.” It doesn’t matter if you’re just trying to shoot architectural photos of a confounded building that everyone can see anyway since it’s so big—they’ll just insist that you need a permit.
If you have a camera that even remotely resembles a “professional” camera, these people are more than likely to sniff you out. For roadblocks such as this, you can always count on your smartphone to save the day.
Smartphones allow you to instantly edit your photos with the wide selection of image processing apps available on the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android. These include the likes of Photoshop Express, VSCO, Snapseed, and Pixlr, which are really great for enhancing the quality and appearance of your photos.
And don’t worry about the “no filter” crowd criticizing you for using such apps. The truth of the matter is that while smartphone cameras are getting better every year, the photos they take still need a little tweaking because they can’t always capture what you see in real life, especially when the images are taken in low-light conditions.
These days, it’s normal for people to want to share their experiences and adventures with their family and friends. When you have a smartphone, you can easily share the photos and videos you take with your followers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube. All it takes is a few taps on the screen.
Although modern digital cameras allow you to send the photos or videos in your camera to your smartphone via WiFi, the process of sharing to your social media accounts is still so much easier if you capture the images directly from your phone.
Finally there’s also the matter of buying the necessary accessories for your smartphone. This is important if you really want to take your photography to the next level. When it comes to accessorizing, having a smartphone instead of a dedicated camera can also save you a lot of money.
For example, if you want a gimbal to stabilize your videos, gimbals for smartphones tend to be a lot less expensive than gimbals for mirrorless cameras or gimbals for DSLR cameras. This is because the latter require larger, more expensive gimbals with powerful motors and huge payload capacities to be able to carry bigger cameras. The same goes if you’re looking at buying tripods, GorillaPods, or underwater housing systems—the ones for smartphones are generally more affordable.
There are also specialized lens systems for smartphones that you can buy for a fraction of the cost of interchangeable lenses for digital cameras. Whether you need a fisheye lens, a macro lens, or a telephoto lens attachment, there’s likely to be one available for your smartphone. Just temper your expectations when it comes to the quality of photos they produce, of course.
Today’s smartphones consistently prove themselves to be formidable candidates when it comes to being the best camera equipment available to the general population. With their current technical specs, dependability, and ease of use, as well as the availability of a wide range of accessories that extend their functionality, smartphones are likely to continue being everyone’s favorite camera equipment for many more years to come.