Smartphones are catching up with $2,000 cameras in terms of video recording, and here's the proof

For years now, smartphones have been pummeling the sales of point-and-shoot cameras, and for good reason. As they say, the best camera often is the one you have on you, ready to snap a picture. And so, as smartphone cameras continued to be relentlessly improved, so did the appeal of a dedicated camera kept closing in on zero. But a full-fledged mirrorless camera? That's another topic — at least according to many...
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46. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It does just fine in 1080p but its focus is not nearly as fast. However, I would put the 930/1520 4k 5.1 surround sound recording against it anyday.

48. Plutonium239

Posts: 1183; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The problem with the 1020, is that it's processor cannot handle the output from the sensor, the Lumia 930 and 1520 don't run into a wall for taking pictures or video due to processing limitations. I would pit the Lumia 1020's sensor against any other sensor any day, provided it was backed up by a good enough processor and had good lenses.

7. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Unless you need optical zoom, there's basically no reason to bring bulky dedicated camera for casual photographers.

9. Chrusti

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

lol yeah right, still there are SO many things that these phones cant do and will never be able to do: Dynamic Range, High Iso performance, Beautiful Bokeh render, real raw processing ect.

13. Jason2k13

Posts: 1451; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

For people who just wants to take good pictures or videos, smartphones is good enough. Remember, not everyone is or wants to be Pros.

18. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Why would people who just wants to take good pictures buy $2000 dslr ? Smartphones just take normal pictures, High end cameras do a lot more

34. TerryTerius unregistered

I have a feeling you completely missed the point of the article, because they never said that smart phones were better than/equal to high-end cameras on the whole, nor that they had comprable capabilities. All they said was that in terms of video recording the difference isn't as massive as you would think. That was the beginning and end of what they were trying to prove.

35. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I think this article misses the point of dslrs and photocamers which are specialized in PHOTOS. Try a professional personal video recorder and the smartphone will be obliterated. But yes for normal everyday people smartphones are f-ing awesome with videos like S6

14. mixedfish

Posts: 1547; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Catching up? All I see is the GH4 walking all over the mobile phone cameras and with a 100mbps recording why wouldn't it.

23. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Honestly, smartphone has a long way to catch up to DSLR camera in term of video recording. They might record nice clear image but it has not depth compare to a decent DSLR. Just look at some vlog shot by a good DSLR on youtube, and you'll see the depth of object in the background compare to what you shoot with a smartphone. It's still day and night.

25. Anupam-Chopra

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

S7.........BOOM ... END OF DSLR

27. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

End of point and shoot maybe, but DSLR will never be replaced by smartphones.

49. Plutonium239

Posts: 1183; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

DSLR will continue to get better, but phones will reach the quality of today's dslrs. While they will most likely never be better than DSLRs of the same time period, just recognize that you can always do more, hardware wise, when you aren't limited by space in a phone's chassis.

55. XperiaShubhi

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 01, 2014

did u forgot RX100 point and shoot?

29. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

All phones preform stunningly! S6 is the best and nexus is the worst but TBH, all of them does a great job, i would be happy with either :D

33. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

I do really think that smartphones still have a long way to catch up to DSLRs. Compact cameras? Maybe but definitely not DSLRs in terms of picture quality. Feature are there though. The S6 seems to be ONE of the best shooters out there. Sony, get your game together.

36. Plutonium239

Posts: 1183; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

You should have included the Lumia 1020, Nokia 808 and Lumia 1520.

39. curiousDillan

Posts: 46; Member since: May 26, 2015

Shoot the damned GH4 wide open with a moderately fast lens and you'll see why you pay more. Even better, buy a full frame DSLR and a fast lens and see what you can do. I know, you guys will say you can do it all with software, but it's not the same.

42. LordBonztie

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

is it me or the photos taken by the s6 are over saturated?

43. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

I spent quite some time evaluating color reproduction, and the truth is that both the GS6 and the GH4 are equally close to reality, just from opposing directions. So while GS6 footage is a bit too saturated, the GH4 is a bit faded looking in comparison to the real thing.

52. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Would have been fun to include another Panasonic, the Lumix CM-1 phone which sports a 1'' Sony sensor, and some Windows Phone, perhaps the 1020. Apart from the video capability, the Lumia 1020, and the Nokia 808 before that was so far ahead, camera phones are still trying to catch up to it in some respects. Funny about the Xperia being left behind. Sony is the giant sensor maker, and they are not in this race, when potentially they could outclass the whole field. Perhaps they're scared to cannibalize the sales of the RX100 series.

53. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

You can hate Samsung, you can hate their phones, their software, their business strategy, but there's one thing you have to admit... Their camera game is one of the best, if not the best of the smartphone world.

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