Results: phone cameras don't cut it, not always

A smartphone can be many, many things — a music player, a communications device, a fun mobile console, or even a camera. And lately, the camera department has been getting better and better. It's safe to say that if you are shelling out for a flagship nowadays, chances are you will have a great camera on that phone.

But are they good enough to make most users forget about dedicated handheld cameras? Sure, you do have your phone on you at all times and that makes it the most-often used camera, but do you actually keep a dedicated shooter somewhere around, which you bring around on events?

We asked you that, and here are the poll results:

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. torr310

Posts: 1725; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Internet is so popular and people take so many pictures... people tend to just browse pictures with glimpse. That being said, people don't tell the difference of the pictures taken by either phone or camera on the internet. Plus a lot of filters/effects are used on the pictures normally, we don't see the "real" pictures anyway. Myself still prefer to keep a mirrorless in case of low light or other situations.

2. DBounce

Posts: 172; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

I enjoy using my smartphone camera, but I also have DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. These formats do not require phony DOF emulation that smartphones do. Also they have far superior low-light performance. The ability to add different lenses such as zoom, wide, super wide, macro and a plethora of options for fast lenses makes real cameras king. On the flip side, the smartphone has made the point and shoot totally pointless :-D

3. jjface

Posts: 270; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

1" sensors point and shoots are still pointy. Plus I'd much rather my 5 year old use a cheap point and shoot camera vs messing with a phone.

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Most of the reader in this site are Android users thus probably have mediocre Cameras in their smartphones. If all use iPhones they'd never complain like this and the result would be very different. Flickr has announced yet again that iPhone is the single most camera used by it's photography fans.

5. Peacetoall unregistered

you really really need to get laid son.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Damn, you amaze me how brainless you are. There is no, NO phone camera better then a great DSLR camera. But ALL high end cell phones have great cameras now days. One my be better at one thing then the other ,but the othere might be better at something else. They all have ups and downs, even your iphones.

7. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

For real

8. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1604; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

This is how we know your an obvious troll, refuse to believe anyone is that stupid.

10. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

IPhones are BS in low light and the quad led flash dows nlthing and there is not even a dedicated night mode.

13. DBounce

Posts: 172; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Well I have two of the best, owning both the Note8 and iPhone X. None come close to my Canon 1DXMK2... and that is expected. If you have never known better than a smartphone, then you will not have a reference for comparison. But once you have owned a nice DSLR or mirrorless (Sony A7 or A9 Series, Panasonic etc...) then your eyes will be opened, and you will understand what is lacking in smartphones cameras.

14. tntwit

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Smart phones are still garbage for anything that moves in "low" light (i.e. anybody indoors). The shutter speed is always too slow and you end up with blur. The flash is often too weak and way too slow compared to a dedicated flash mounted to an SLR. It always amazes me that this is overlooked in virtually every photo review or comparison. How many people try to use smart phones to take pictures of their kids (which never sit still)? For many, that is probably a prime subject.

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