Mobile phone cameras cannot replace DSLRs. Here are 7 reasons

   When is the best time to become a technology enthusiast? So now the opportunity has come! Nowadays, people are surrounded by high-tech products everywhere. They are so advanced and incredible, especially smart phones. Today’s smart phones have become so complex that some of their functions are more powerful than entry-level computers. In fact, this change is obvious in all the individual components that make up the entire smartphone: computing power and the camera. . . . . .

   In this sense, the camera is a specific structure. The cameras of iPhone 11 and many mobile phones are excellent, and even compete with high-end cameras. But are they really that good? The main question we will answer in this article is: Can smart phone cameras replace DSLR cameras? Obviously it can’t be done yet, but it can still be called a great threat.

Mobile phone cameras cannot replace DSLRs. Here are 7 reasons

  The source of the smartphone revolution

  Before comparing smartphone cameras with DSLR cameras, it’s worth remembering that smartphones have changed the lives of billions of people around the world. Perhaps everything can start with the release of the original iPhone. At Apple’s MacworldKeynote event in 2007, Steve Jobs showed the world a new product that combines GPS, camera and music functions-iPhone.

   The original iPhone has moved from the so-called “smart phone”, which is clumsy and not easy to use, to a new era of true smart phones. Subsequently, other brands such as Samsung also began to produce similar products. Therefore, whether you like the current Apple products or not, you must realize that without the original iPhone, today’s smartphone industry would be very different. Now, if you look at many third world countries/regions, you will find that the only way for people to communicate with the world is through smartphones and Internet connections. It is true that most people in these countries cannot afford iPhones, but they still have low-end Android smartphones, and these smartphones are now becoming more and more powerful.

   For example, India has been regarded as the second largest country in the world with Internet users because the smartphone revolution began in 2007. Indians use Android for almost all digital devices, whether it’s paying for utilities, reading news or playing games.

  The best camera equipment in smart phones

   In the update iteration of mobile phones, smart phone cameras have become better than their predecessors. Nowadays, people can take 100 million pixel photos, and their sharpness and image quality are very high. Not only that, the camera software can also automatically generate HDR images, and has portrait and night modes, which can mimic the effects of professional cameras. And all this begs the question: Can smartphone cameras really replace full-frame DSLR cameras? Can they take images of the same quality as high-end cameras? Well, let us answer this question together.

  Smart phone camera sensor size is small

   First, we must start with the sensor. As a product with relatively strong camera function, iPhone 11 can take surprisingly clear images. Under normal viewing distance, almost no one can find the difference between the camera and mobile phone images. In fact, as far as the iPhone’s software processing is concerned, in terms of its high dynamic range and sharpness, the images they produce are much better than those taken directly by the camera.

   However, the difference started to become more pronounced when zoomed in. At 100%, it is obvious that the image taken by the camera is still very clear, while the image from the smartphone is rougher because of the smaller sensor of the latter.

  The lens is still a shortcoming

  Continue, let’s talk about the lens configuration in the smartphone camera. Each new flagship smartphone is equipped with multiple lenses in the camera settings, and the new iPhone comes with two or three independent lenses, which provide a conventional ultra-wide-angle and 2x zoom range of field of view. To be fair, all these lenses are made of the highest quality materials, however, one thing remains unquestionable: these lenses are the only option for mobile phones, and new lenses cannot be installed on the sensor. Even though many mobile phones are equipped with longer zoom lenses, the limitations and the convenience of real shooting are not comparable to interchangeable camera lenses.

  Powerful software can solve some optical problems

   As we mentioned earlier, iPhone and other smart phones have more sophisticated software that can imitate SLR type photos. For example, the latest iPhone has a new night mode feature, which basically implements a long exposure mode, but this feature can be easily implemented on any most cameras. With this feature, you can easily take low-light pictures and even do your own astrophotography.

  High-end digital SLR camera with huge functions

   The first major advantage of SLR or mirrorless cameras nowadays is their relatively large sensor size. Although there are two mainstream types of sensors-full frame and APS-C, they are much larger than smartphones. This can produce better low-light functions, much clearer images, and clean and soft textures. High pixels are only one aspect of the matter. The pixels of mobile phones are even higher than those of cameras, but the quality of the image obtained is still unbearable.

  can install any lens you need

  Any SLR or mirrorless camera has another huge advantage over smartphones, that is, the lens can be replaced.


   If you are a photographer, you should definitely stick to the camera. Most people want to get the best quality images, for this reason, mobile photography cannot really be achieved. However, if you are a photography enthusiast or post photos on social software, then a mobile phone may be a good choice. The feature of taking photos with you is the greatest convenience. In the future, perhaps the conventional size of smartphones may change to accommodate larger sensors, and they may even install different lenses. But this is just a guess. Today, we have not developed this far.

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