Do you even keep a dedicated camera around anymore?

Smartphones are everywhere today and we've got a huge choice in variety — from the cheapest entry-level devices, to the super-pricy flagships. It's often hard to justify buying a new top-tier handset to yourself, yet alone to friends and relatives that don't understand the flagship life and feel satisfied with their midrangers.

But let's be real — a smartphone is a mobile phone, a camera, an mp3 player, an Internet communications device, which gives you your email as soon as it arrives, and can even be used as a workstation. If you were to buy all these items separately in the late 90s, you'd surely spend at least $650. Well, you probably wouldn't refresh each of these items every couple of years, but shush!

For example — when is the last time you felt the need to have a dedicated camera on you. Scratch that — do you even have a dedicated camera anymore (it doesn't count if it has been sitting in the attic for the past 2 years)?

Do you keep and use a dedicated camera or is your smartphone enough?

The only camera I use is the Camera app
Sometimes, I'll bring an actual camera with me, if I feel like it
Smartphone photography is still not good enough for me, I always have a camera on hand



1. surethom

Posts: 1748; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I use my mobile 90% of the time but Untill we get atleast 5x optical zoom on a camera phone I will always keep my digital camera for holidays. Also battery on a digital camera lasts longer than my mobile.

2. Avieshek unregistered

It's either mirrorless camera or mobiles in two years.

5. dnomadic

Posts: 449; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Mirrorless is the way to go. I LOVED my Panasonic G7, even witht he Kit Lens it was pretty good, but slap on a good lens and you get most of the quality of its larger DSLR cousins... good enough where I sold my Canon and Nikon Equipment (for my purposes). However Mirrorless still have a way to go for Sports!

7. peace247 unregistered

I think u dont know about sony a9...

18. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Mirtorless cameras are developing very fast. I saw a video of one Kanon , I guess model was D5 or something like this against Sony Alpha 9. In many situation A9 was ahead. Even in low light it has better focus , also faster. Low light has been the biggest weakness of mirrorless.

3. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

If I am going to make big prints of the pictures, then I use my DSLR. If I am just going to post them somewhere or just capture for digital memory, then I use my phone.

4. midan

Posts: 3224; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Phone camera is phone camera and dedicated camera is another thing. If ou take your photography seriously, you buy dedicated cam. Smartphone photos looks great with small screen, but the problems start when you look them from big screen. I see people saying how good their photos looks, but it's because of the screen size, even bad photos tend to look quite sharp with phone screen. But still, phone cameras are great for most and well those keep getting better and better.


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Yes, phone pixel densities are still higher than those of monitors (at least non-professional ones), so photos look sharper.

17. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I take all my videos at 4K and all my photos at QHD. I only view them on a 4K TV. My laptop also has a 4K display. So anyone who snaps and then view the photo on a display that is lesser than the quality of the photo itself, then they really can't tell how good or bad the photo actually is.

6. Pureviewuser1

Posts: 162; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

My nokia 808 photos look awesome on a big screen

8. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

When I plan to take photos I use a DSLR, smart phones just can't compete. I do still take a ton of photos with my phone since it's often the only camera I'm carrying with me.

9. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I wouldn't call my QX100 a "dedicated" camera, but it is still a better companion for certain occasions... Though most of the time, the phone is enough


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Yes, I have a DSLR because that's what I do.

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

On certain scenarios, phones don't capture picture the way I want it to look like. Even editing can't help photos sometimes. I have a DSLR and I take it wherever possible.

13. tiktov

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

There's no smartphone on the planet that comes within a light-year of my Nikon P900 24-2000mm ultra-zoom.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree Phone cameras have come so far, but a good DSLR is the best.

14. Dejavu_LT

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

I have Fuji X100F. So yes, mobile camera (at the moment i'm using Note 8) does not exist to me (or at least not important at all).

15. gigicoaste

Posts: 466; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

dslr still rules with tele lens if you know what to do with it..

16. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Smartphone camera is best at times when a dedicated camera isn't the best option. For things like weddings or similar, I prefer a dedicated camera. Dedicated shooters, still have better options that even though many android phones can mimic in settings, the results aren't the same do to the lens size. My dedicated camera doesn't have a telephoto lens, but I get the same effect and its better because the lens will automatically adjust for distance, so I don't have too. Which means I get near perfect Bokeh and even Portrait shots vs a smartphone. Smartphones have certainly gotten better. But a $700 smartphone, can't match or beat a $3000 dedicated shooter.

20. Furbal unregistered

700 smartphone cannot beat a $499 camera.

19. tfpritchjrEMT

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

When kayaking, I like to take underwater shots with my dedicated, waterproof camera. Still not comfortable with sticking my smartphone underwater!

22. Fellwalker

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

When the smartphone can match my cameras 30x optical zoom, and have an interchangeable battery (I always carry two spares for my camera), then I'll consider it. But with phones having wide angle lenses as standard, they don't cut it for day to day photography - they are for 'I was here' shots.

23. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I just got my a6000 this year + a 35mm Sony lens. While I have no problems with taking pictures from my phone, I still like having a dedicated camera for traveling plus I don't even have to recharge my phone often. Modern cameras have wireless transfer anyway so editing and uploading photos on the go is relatively easy.

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