Reexamining the Smartphone vs ‘Real Camera’ Debate

There is still no real argument for phone cameras to replace professional workloads, but in the real world, it’s a different story.

It seems like photographers are constantly having to justify their use of dedicated cameras these days, especially with the impressive results capable in today’s smartphone cameras. But where does this debate really sit? Are cameras returning to a time when only serious hobbyists and professionals bother owning one?

In this video, the popular computer hardware and technology YouTube channel Hardware Canucks pits the OnePlus 5t against a [amazon_textlink asin=’B01NCVN74T’ text=’Fujifilm X-T20′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’fe4701c1-06df-11e8-9faf-a3cad861d816′]. Neither one of these products is known for being the ‘best’ in their respective categories, but the comparison was quite interesting to watch. In most cases, upon any sort of inspection, the X-T20 clearly dominated the phone camera. But herein lies the issue as most people (consumers if you will), don’t care about what it looks like if they zoom in 100%.

Most people want it to look good in their Instagram Feed or on their Snapchat story. In most situations, phone cameras have improved to a point where they are ‘good enough’ in that regard. Does this mean you should just ditch your ILC and go out to find the best smartphone camera you can? Not at all. As pointed out in the video, for professional purposes the Fuji is simply the better option, but not everyone is into photography for professional purposes. So for those people, and many others, the smartphone camera is simply a good option.

So is the answer to this question is really different than it has been the last few years? Not really. For most people, it still makes more sense to just have/use their phone. For any serious usage though, you should still probably be packing your dedicated camera.

But on a final side note, someone should probably tell them that the [amazon_textlink asin=’B01N10DKLK’ text=’X-T20′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’078a86cb-06e0-11e8-b9bf-b75bd865892d’] is not a high-end mirrorless camera. It’s a solid one, sure, but let’s not confuse being good at its job with being high end. Was it good enough for the purpose of this video though? Yes, on that point we will agree!

Anthony Thurston

Anthony is a Portland, Oregon based Boudoir Photographer specializing in a dark, moody style that promotes female body positivity, empowerment, and sexuality. Besides The Phoblographer, he also reviews gear and produces his own educational content on his website.