If you are interested in doing quality photos, but not to become a professional photographer, it’s clear you were in difficulty on what you should buy. Smartphones have evolved pretty much, as it was shown in tests done on video and photo capabilities, and also DSLR cameras become more complex nowadays. Let’s say you want a quality personal photo archive, or you want to make some videos to post on YouTube, or to record a few videos on vacation. Your budget covers the purchase of a top smartphone or a entry DSLR… what will you choose?
Of course, a DSLR would seem the ideal choice, but not always the right one. Let’s see the advantages and disadvantages between a smartphone and a DSLR (let’s say D3300 vs Galaxy S6 vs Lg G4 or iPhone 6 Plus).
DSLR vs Smartphone
– Remarkable quality photos, multiple finesse adjustments and settings for great pictures
– The ability to shoot Full HD videos of superior quality, compared to other camcorders
– Initial price lower for a entry DSLR than for a smartphone
Disadvantages DSLR entry:
– Uncomfortable to carry, an extra object to carry around everywhere, and in addition we have accessories (charger, extra lens, etc.)
– Separate accessories have to be purchased, if we want to get quality shots in all conditions (tripod, lenses, extra battery). These greatly increase costs.
– To get brilliant shots, you need to learn how to use the right settings, and probably can take up to several months to manage to get the best from a cheap DSLR.
– DSLR cameras are the top in the field of amateur photography, but entry DLSR offer only a small fraction of the features on a professional camera.
Smartphone vs DSLR
– Good quality photos because of the evolution for smartphone sensors and lenses. For most users there is no difference between a photo taken with the S6 and one with Nikon D3300, you if you project them on a computer screen or a regular 32-inch TV.
– A single device for phone, Internet and Photo & video. We get it out of the pocket and get the wanted photo in seconds, without being forced to carry around a heavy camera and an entire arsenal.
– It films 4K or Full HD, and video quality is very good for personal archives, and even videos uploaded to Youtube (reviews, etc.). There are also apps for Android and iOS that improve camera quality and allow fine tuning.
– As accessories, it would only require a tripod. Such costs are lower vs an entry DSLR because a smartphone is multifunctional and the camera is just a benefit of the many that it offers.
– If we want to progress in the smartphone camera is very limited.
– Due to the a somewhat smaller sensor, your photos in dark spaces will have weaker quality
– We can’t add anti-glare accessories, anti-polarization, etc. to take pictures of exceptional quality in all conditions.
If you have not decided between a smartphone and a DSLR think so: if you’re passionate about photography, you want to progress in this area (of shooting videos, reviews, etc.) then the entry DSLR is for you.
If you want to have a single multifunctional gadget, not interested to specialize on the picture, if you care to do filming for YouTube, videos and high quality photos, but occasionally (vacation, personal archives, family, etc) then a top smartphone of any brand would be the ideal choice. See here samplers with smartphone filming to evaluate the quality.