Everyone has a smartphone now these days. It’s weird if you do not have one. All smartphones have one thing in common. They have a built-in camera. When a smartphone was introduced ten years ago, the camera was not that good. The camera quality was very low, so people went out and purchased an actual camera. Now if you buy the newest smartphone, it’s an entirely different story. The camera on the new smartphones is so good that people don’t take photos with their cameras anymore. Google Pixel, iPhone, Samsung smartphone have amazing cameras. Many YouTube editors and tech reviewers battle these smartphones, and you can hardly tell which is terrible or excellent. The details and vibrant color that the phones can capture are amazing. If you want to hang and print the images, you can print them on a color printer. The megapixels in the smartphone is big enough for you to print the photos and not distort the quality of it. It’s pretty amazing what you can do with your smartphone. These days, the manufacturers add another camera next to the smartphone, so we see the dual lens on the smartphone. You can zoom in closer, and you can take a portrait mode with these dual lenses.
However, is this good for the camera industry? Will we ever need to buy any new analog or digital cameras? What about those professional photographers? Will they have jobs if these smartphones exceed what it can do and take over the industry? The answer is YES! In my opinion, I do not think that film cameras and digital cameras will always be with us. I agree that smartphones are amazing and take great photos. However, it will never be as good as any digital camera or film camera. The reason is that these cameras bring users its unique photography experience. It’s hard to describe in words, but enthusiastic photographers prefer their cameras when it comes to taking the perfect photos in the right moment. The settings and lighting aperture can make a huge difference when they are taking photos. You can change the settings in a smartphone camera, but it’s not nearly as good as the settings in the actual DSRL and SRL cameras. Another big draw for photographers to use smartphone cameras is that you can’t swap the lens. The smartphone camera lens is permanently stuck. You can add two (now three) lenses, but the lenses are not big enough to capture the big moment photos. What I am trying to say is that the smartphone technology will advance far more in next few years but the camera industry will not be impacted by it.
I mentioned about the SRL camera and how these old analog cameras won’t be impacted by the new technology. Don’t get me wrong, many film camera companies suffered a major loss when the digital world of cameras was introduced to the public. Look at Kodak. But the analog cameras are still going strong and they are coming back to younger generations. They love the classic and artistic film photos. There is something about that rustic and old photos that make you so happy.
There are great cameras out there today. Many of these cameras are available for your purchase. Some of them are film cameras and some of them are digital cameras. We can discuss the film camera vs digital camera later but I want to stay on the topic of the smartphone camera and the photography industry. If you are a professional photographer, don’t worry. You will still have a job for awhile.