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Do You Really Want a Digital Camera and a Smartphone?

Press Release: May 26, 2015

Whilst the greatest camera is the one you may happen to have with you, smartphone cameras essentially don't have the advanced capabilities of a full-sized digital camera. Almost everyone has a cell phone or smartphone with a camera, and many of them carry their phone with them all the time, as the size and weight of a smartphone is very convenient. Even though mobile device cameras are improving and witnessing greater usage, they are missing some significant features present in ordinary digital cameras. The features that smartphones do have are often automatic, not manual, restricting control over the photographic final result. Users should know about about the different feature sets of digital cameras and mobile phone cameras, and exactly how the advanced features in cameras make it enticing to have both a digital camera and a cell phone.

Summary of Digital Cameras and Smartphones On The Market

Photo images are sensitive creatures, which can appeal, bring people together, or elicit boos. The thumbs down votes come when the image is distorted, out of focus, or fuzzy, to name only a few issues. The cheers arrive when an exact representation is made of individuals, backdrop, and tone. Numerous elements goes into the development of good images, which digital cameras are considerably more suited to accomplish.

What is Noise?

Noise arises like the film grain on old photographs. Noise is mainly unwanted, but sometimes have some uses in artistic pics. Noise is attributed to a small sensor and lack of sensitivity controls. A camera has a larger sensor when compared with a mobile device, and also ISO controls to modify the degree of light that strikes the sensor during a certain photo. Smartphones have small sensors and ISO technology is still expanding.


Cell phones’ megapixel (MP) ranges are great for sending text (SMS) images, uploading to social sites, emailing, and printing in a photo size. A digital camera however, with megapixels beyond 10, can print larger-sized photos, including 8-by-10s, 11-by-14s, and in some cases higher. The largest number of megapixels in a camera is about 36 MP. Smartphones average 3 to 8 MP; however, manufacturers are seeking to raise that rate.


The ISO manual control is a very common element on many cameras, but not on mobile phones. This control is vital to limit noisy, grainy photographs. ISO sensitivity is only a new feature in mobile phones.


Digital cameras offer controls to enrich sharpness, a measure of clarity in a photo. Mobile phones do not often provide sharpness controls. What's more, mobile phones often have problems in low-light circumstances, which further minimizes sharpness. Mobile phones have this problem with sharpness as a result of their small sensors and slow lenses, but makers are working on this problem.


Storage cards are very pricey and come in different capacities, usually in gigabytes and coding classes. Usually, digital cameras can take up to 32GB with varying coding and decoding rates of speed, with the larger numbers being better. MicroSD cards for mobile phones also have up to 32GB of space and swift coding speeds.

White Balance

This function allows the cameraman to identify the quality of colours. The method is to point the camera at a white wall surface to check the balance. White balance control is normally present in digital cameras and an emerging technology in smartphones.

Benefits of Digital Cameras

While cameras come in all sorts of forms, like the traditional film cameras, digital cameras are now extremely more universally used. Along with the benefit of higher megapixels, digital cameras offer high-powered zoom lenses that magnify from 2 to 70 times, which is undoubtedly way higher than what a mobile phone camera is able to offer. The general public can choose different types of cameras including:

Pocket Megazoom
Point-and-Shoot, with Manual Controls
Point-and-Shoot, with Video
Compact Interchangeable-Lens Cameras
Digital Single Lens Reflex ( DSLRs )
DSLRs and Interchangeable-Lens, with Video

Digital cameras come with interchangeable lenses, including zoom lenses and wide angle lenses, which add to the photographer’s range possibilities. Irrespective of megapixel count, a larger lens on a camera equates to better photographs, as a bigger lens collects more light. Cameras also provide bigger image sensors than mobile phones. Even matched against budget point-and-shoot cameras, mobile phone sensors are much smaller, so photo quality suffers. The quality is bad because the small sensor just cannot capture the level of information that a big sensor can. DSLR digital cameras with their large sensors, take amazing images. When buying a digital camera, look into how large the sensor is.

Digital cameras provide the advantage of manually adjusting the exposure and shutter speed. While many people find this complex and difficult, and can not be bothered, these manual variations are important to getting clear and precise photographs of both the foreground and background. For people that do not want to make manual adjustments, most good digital cameras offer pre-programmed operator scenarios. These autofocus presets are specifically for landscapes, fireworks, beach shots, and numerous other common scenarios.

Benefits of mobile phones

A mobile phone is a computer-like device with sophisticated software and more functions, like a large display, a touch screen, and a QWERTY keyboard. These phones typically have a camera and video, and are somewhat like a compact computer. People that view electronic mail and browse the internet often choose these devices.

Photographic cameras in smartphones have only a couple of strengths for taking photos, and the advantages have nothing to do with taking good photographs. Cell phones are small, handy, always there, and place conveniently in a pocket or bag. When something unanticipated happens, it’s quite easy to find your mobile phone and snap away. Additionally, a phone has Internet connectivity to easily post pictures by text, mail, or to social networking web sites. Smartphone users also can download picture editing programs that allow them to include frames and other creative details to their images. Having said that, whilst smartphones will probably always enjoy the benefit to being small and portable, digital cameras are appearing now with wifi capability, leaving mobile phones with only the one benefit.

In spite of this, companies are working hard on introducing controls and functions into smartphones to compete with digital cameras. There is no telling what improvements technology will offer in the future. Maybe the two devices will unify one day. For the time being, the mobile phone carries those few advantages, plus other qualities like productivity and connectivity features.

Who Should Have Both?

Since there are evident benefits to both tools, as well as a few disadvantages, it is a personal choice on whether you need both a digital camera and a cell phone. Basically, if you relish taking photos of friends and family, or the random scenic shot while on holiday, a smartphone should serve your purposes. This is especially true if you’re happy just uploading your photos to your favorite social media site, and possibly making the occasional 4-by-6 to put in a frame.

But, if taking imaginative and well planned photographs, and enjoy having some artistic and manual control over how your camera performs, you may want to contemplate buying a digital camera. You’ll have access to greater zoom and more features, and dependent on the amount of megapixels you decide on, you may be able to make large prints.

Yet, even enthusiast and pro photographers do not want to carry their heavy camera (no matter how fancy it is) with them everywhere. So for them, it’s a wise choice to have both a mobile phone and a digital camera in their armory.

Purchasing Digital Cameras and Mobile phones on e-bay.

To get hold of a digital camera on e-bay, use the Electronics portal. Select Cameras & Photography, and then Digital Cameras. You can choose the kind of camera to accommodate your needs, including Children's, Digital SLR, Medium Format, Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens, Point & Shoot, Spy, Miniature, and Underwater. Refine by manufacturers like Canon, Fujifilm, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Pentax, among many others. You can filter cameras by other subcategories, especially megapixels and optical zoom. Retailers sometimes present bundled items like Case or Bag, Extra Battery, Lens, Lens Cleaning Kit, Memory Card, Memory Reader, Strap ( Neck or Wrist ), and Tripod.

Exploring smartphones and their camera functions, use the Electronics portal. Pick Mobile Phones and then Cell Phones & Smartphones. Refine by prominent providers, including Apple, Sony Ericsson, BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Pantech, and Samsung. You can further refine by model, condition, and memory capacity. You may want to refine by carrier as well, as that is an essential consideration since you will need to make sure the carrier is supplied in your location, and provides a suitable rate plan. Another great refinement is the os, including Android, BlackBerry OS, Windows Mobile, HP / Palm webOS, and iOS - Apple. Additionally, you can filter based upon colour and the phone’s design, such as Bar, Flip, Slider, and Swivel. To filter by features choose Camera first, but other functions include 4G Data Capable, 3G Data Capable, Bluetooth Enabled, and Email Access.


Any camera is better than no camera at all. No image means it did not happen. Considering most people carry their cell phone with them constantly, a camera is always close at hand and at least some kind of picture is feasible. However, what sort of image is it? Chances are that a photograph from a mobile device will be less than desirable. Mobile phones are restricted in capability when compared with their older, big brother, the venerable camera. Whilst the mobile is the cheeky arrival on the block, it is lacking the freedom, the control, and the intelligence of the digital camera.


* http://www.pixyzone.com/really-need-digital-camera-smartphone/ Pixyzone - do you really need a camera and a smartphone?
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* http://www.alexnolan.net/articles/digital_photography.htm - Alex Nolan digital camera tricks

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