While smartphone photography has made great strides in recent times, there are definitely tasks that still require a DSLR for optimal images. However, for personal use, smartphone images are usually more than adequate and can’t be beat for convenience. We’ve previously looked at how some photo bloggers have embraced smartphone photography for their sites—with great results. But are smartphone cameras making an even greater push to replace more traditional ones?
With the release of the Nokia Lumia 1020 and its impressive 41 megapixel capability, I was thinking that indeed this could be the case. But after having seen some sample photos posted by Digital Photography Review, I’m not so sure. While the photos are probably better than most (if not all) smartphone cameras currently on the market, I was rather unimpressed. Granted, these photos were taken in “program” mode, so I would think with some adjustments you could get better results than what was posted. However, I definitely expected a wow factor even from out of the box images. After all, I often see great images with point and shoot cameras.
You can check out the Nokia Lumia pics for yourself by visiting the DPReview site. For me, I’ll keep my DSLRs and 4×3 cameras. Smartphone cameras are continuing to make great advancements, but I’m still going to carry around a separate camera—whenever possible.