Consumerwatch: Smartphone photography versus digital camera
Published Monday, January 14, 2013 12:49PM CST
Last Updated Monday, January 14, 2013 12:55PM CST
Smartphones have many uses, including taking and sharing photos.
Amateur photographer Chas Eschuk used to use a digital camera to capture those special moments, but now snaps and stores them all on his iPhone.
“There’s better resolution, a bigger screen, better zoom, better storage and I can email it out right away,” he said.
Many other smartphone manufacturers are catching on to this trend and enhancing the photography features on the devices.
Consumer Reports recently tested phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, LG Optimus and Nokia Lumina 920, which include features such as photo-swapping.
For example, if one person has their eyes shut in a group shot, that image can be essential “swapped out” or replaced with other facial expression of that person already taken.
Also, the Nokia version allows you to remove unwanted images in a photo just by tapping on the screen.
The LG Optimus G senses when your finger is about to snap a photo and takes multiple shots all at once ensuring you don’t miss the moment.
But do these innovations in smartphone photo technology mean digital cameras will soon become obsolete?
Many digital camera companies have stepped up their game to keep up with smartphone photo technology, said Meaghan O’Donnell, store manager at Don’s Photo in Winnipeg.
For example, the Nikon Cool Pix S800 c is powered by Android technology, which connects to a Wi-Fi network or your smart phone’s data plan.
This allows you to instantly share your photos to social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
You can also download photography applications on Google Play’s network right to the camera.
The Sony RX 100 allows you to share photos on social media sites, but the apps are only available from Song Memories Play cloud service.
O’Donnell said the store has seen a slight dip in sales in basic model digital cameras, but said overall when it comes to picture quality, the cameras are a better choice.
“When you’re taking a picture with your cell phone, you’re dealing with a very small sensor area so when it comes to low light or enlarging your photos or anything like that, you run into issues with your cell phone,” she said.
Still, that’s not enough of a reason to make Chas Eschuk start using his digital point and shoot again.
“It’s currently sitting on my dresser collecting dust,” he said.