Photography with Smartphone Vs DSLR Camera is arguably the most debated topic amongst the Photography community on the Internet. Let’s compare the two in granular details. Its time to put an end to this debate once and for all. The Technology Commentators are found predicting the future of Smartphone Photography as blooming meanwhile some commentators have gone so far as to claim that Smartphones of the future may even replace DSLR altogether.
For the context of this article, let’s come back to the present.
We will first dive into DSLR Photography.
Before going any further, let me ask you a question.
Would you compromise that perfect Instagram shot that would likely get viral, just because a Smartphone is handy?
I don’t think so.
DSLR Photography gives you an unfair advantage over Smartphone Photography. Why?
Take a look at this picture.
Just look at the granular details it managed to capture irrespective of the range & natural lighting. A DSLR Camera stands out because it has a formidable range thanks to the custom detachable lens. The customizable features include exposure, ISO, aperture priority mode, Shutter Priority Mode, Single Point vs. Spectrum Focusing Modes, Custom White Balance, & Metering Modes. I know that’s a lot to take in. There’s a decent chance that you must have come across features that sounds quite technical to comprehend.
Additionally, You can see how colors are blending smoothly with the skin tone of the model, and the background colors are giving depth to the picture. Three colors are standing out in this picture i.e White, Gray & Green. Even though there is a long exposure of green color, the DSLR camera functionality & modes made it very clear and the skin tone of the model is looking very smooth, even with the big exposure of the green color.
Let’s go over a few.
Aperture Priority Mode & Exposure changes everything. The Aperture Priority Mode makes sure that emphasis is laid upon the object that occupies the central position. The captured photograph looks like a masterpiece giving the nod to the range it covers & the cavernous pixel aspect ratio a DSLR Camera has.
The Exposure feature of a DSLR Camera lets you play with light and dark settings. If you’re trying to capture pictures in the dark, the camera will calculate the distance of light nearby & produce the image accordingly, which will be very bright; provided you aren’t leveraging the exposure feature. With the help of exposure feature, you can tone down the value to minus to produce the accurate photos.
ISO in DSLR Photography, ISO measures the sensitivity of the image sensor. A DSLR Camera with lower ISO means your camera is less sensitive to light & the grain on pictures will be finer. Whereas Cameras with higher ISO will result in more sensitivity against the light; putting you in a position to take apt pictures in darker conditions. However, it comes at the cost of more grains in the produced photograph.
Smartphone cameras are either missing 70% of the available features in DSLR Cameras or are still in its infancy, i.e., they haven’t reached full potential. (However, they are evolving at a scary rate)
Now let’s discuss Smartphone Photography.
Gone are the days when Mobiles used to feature a VGA Camera or camera up to 5 Mega Pixels. That was the landscape just a couple of years ago. Fast-Forward to 2019; things have drastically changed. Today we have Smartphone photography amongst us that makes it hard to distinguish it from professional DSLR Photography.
The Smartphone Cameras are A.I Powered coupled with advanced DSLR Look-alike features like exposure, autofocus, Portrait Lighting, HDR Mode, aperture & more. What’s scary is the fact that now even smartphones are coming with the detachable camera lens capability. It’s a momentous event in the smartphone Photography World.
Right Now, Google Pixel 3 features the best smartphone camera in the market. It features a 12.2 MP rear Camera with f/1.8 aperture & 8 MP front dual camera. What makes it the best camera smartphone is the phone’s computational knowledge & auto HDR features. The quality of the produced picture will surely astonish you. The f/1.8 aperture & auto HDR helps capture pro-quality photos.
Just take a look at this excellent shot by Google Pixel 3.
Here the colors dept in the background are not blending with aperture as compare to DSLR camera picture. But it is baffling to see the sheer amount of details this photograph managed to capture that too in a long-range picture. This picture have multiple colors with equal count of exposure. You can see Sky Blue, Black & light cream are major color & two objects in the picture are not blending properly as compare to the DSLR picture due to less color exposure taken by mobile camera.
Coming back to comparing Smartphone Photography against DSLR Photography I hate to admit, but Smartphone Cameras are lagging behind DSLR Cameras. Because DSLR Camera are having more detailed functionality when it domes down to Aperture, ISO, Color Exposure and more. Another big difference between a DSLR camera & a smartphone is the size of the sensor. Until the sensor size of DSLR and mobile phones becomes same it will be very unfair to compare output of both.
Smartphone Cameras over the years has evolved a lot, but still, smartphone cameras are a few years away from matching the pace with DSLR Cameras. The critical thing to realize here is that DSLR Camera is built to perform just one function, i.e. taking awe-inspiring shots, whereas smartphones are equipped with cameras that are nearly as good as DSLR Cameras so that the user’s life experience & moments can be captured with the smartphone they carry.
If you want to be a professional photographer, then a smartphone will never make do. Smartphone cameras are good enough for everyday photography, taking selfies & stuff. To establish yourself as a professional photographer & build an admirable Photography portfolio, you will need a DSLR Camera. A DSLR camera has an inbuilt camera lens that is of a higher millimetre (mm) that helps enhance the equivalent focal length. The inbuilt camera features like aperture, exposure, modulating lights & colors really does bring out the best from a DSLR Camera.