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When smartphones first arrived on the market, it caused a huge stir in the digital camera market and for those with digital cameras. Among the most famous photo sharing websites, Flickr has released results of their members camera preferences. It has shown that its members prefer the Apple iPhone 4S, the Apple iPhone 5 followed by the Apple iPhone 4.
Even though it appears that smartphones have made the existence of digital cameras superfluous, there are many people still purchasing these types of cameras. One of the many reasons why this is the case is because of photo quality. A dim light photo test that pits the Apple iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Canon Powershot G15, shows that the Canon Powershot is the easily the best choice.
Unlike a smartphone, you will also be able to take clear pictures from afar since you will have a bigger zoom with a digital camera. There are other advantages too, such as better white balance, metering and subject tracking. You can even crop a 300 percent zoom of a photo taken by a digital camera and can use that to flaunt yourself, or others, on social networks like Instagram or Facebook because the photo quality is still good at this zoom level. On a smartphone, this is simply impossible.
Keep in mind that your smartphone is exactly what it says it is, a phone that has multiple functions and taking many pictures can be quite taxing on the battery. It is definitely not advisable to to do this as you might not be able to make phone calls or text messages afterwards because of this.
In fact, the camera giants have stepped up their game as well in response to the rising smartphone market. There is a new breed of so called \’smart cameras\’ that incorporate the ability to wirelessly share photos from your digital camera to online social networks.
For example, Canon has released their newer digital camera called the Powershot N. This very small compact digital camera looks more like a smartphone but shoots like a digital camera and it also has Instagram-like filters as well as built-in Wi-Fi to allow you to share your photos online.
Compact digital cameras in general are becoming more and more powerful as even these kinds of cameras have quality that can rival the more sophisticated DSLR range of their own respectively brands. The latest Nikon Coolpix A has the same 16.1 megapixel sensor as the Nikon D7100 DSLR and has the same image processor as the older Nikon D7000.
Overall, smartphones should not be ignored and treated as useless compared to digital cameras. It actually depends on your photography needs. Do you prefer to post photos online for the sake of keeping up with your social network? Then smartphones should be your first choice. Do you prefer to have flawless shots everytime, anytime? Then digital cameras should be your first choice instead.
To not belittle the usefulness of both of these types of cameras, you should think of smartphones as a complement to digital cameras, instead of them replacing digital cameras.
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