Due to a vast improvement in camera quality over the last few years, many people have let go of standalone cameras altogether. It used to be that I carried my camera with me every time I went out, but phone cameras have now gotten to the point that they’re “good enough” for me for most situations.

Even shooting indoor in halfway decent lighting gives shots good enough to be comparable to basic consumer cameras from a few years back. Though they might not compare well under pixel-level scrutiny, most shots are shared digitally these days at 2MP, and usually far less. The typical Facebook stream shot is only 450px wide, and when clicked on to view larger, shown at 1MP.

Using decent mobile phone cameras in good light, when viewed socially as most photos are these days, often produce images indistinguishable from expensive enthusiast compacts.

They’re not all the way there yet. Most action shots and taking high quality truly low-light shots can often be impossible with a phone; I still take my Canon G7X out if it’s an important event, or might be something interesting along the way in evening. There’s also versatility to consider; while some phones might catch some difficult shots, a modern enthusiast compact or dSLR will make the job far easier.

Still, they’re certainly good enough for me to use 90% of the time, and my poor Canon G7X hasn’t had a good session in quite awhile.

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Due to a vast improvement in camera quality over the last few years, many people have let go of standalone cameras altogether. It used to be that I carried my camera with me every time I went out, but phone cameras have now gotten to the point that they're...
Due to a vast improvement in camera quality over the last few years, many people have let go of standalone cameras altogether. <span id="more-11875"></span>It used to be that I carried my camera with me every time I went out, but phone cameras have now gotten to the point that they're "good enough" for me for most situations. Even shooting indoor in halfway decent lighting gives shots good enough to be comparable to basic consumer cameras from a few years back. Though they <em>might</em> not compare well under pixel-level scrutiny, most shots are shared digitally these days at 2MP, and usually far less. The typical Facebook stream shot is only 450px wide, and when clicked on to view larger, shown at 1MP. Using decent mobile phone cameras in good light, when viewed socially as most photos are these days, often produce images indistinguishable from expensive enthusiast compacts. They're not all the way there yet. Most action shots and taking high quality truly low-light shots can often be impossible with a phone; I still take my Canon G7X out if it's an important event, or might be something interesting along the way in evening. There's also versatility to consider; while some phones might catch some difficult shots, a modern enthusiast compact or dSLR will make the job far easier. Still, they're certainly good enough for me to use 90% of the time, and my poor Canon G7X hasn't had a good session in quite awhile.



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