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Are Androids & Other Smartphones Killing Digital Cameras? [Poll]

A topic came up at work today and it really got me thinking, has the age of digital cameras come to an end?

Recalling every event I have gone to in the past two years, whether it was fireworks, the aquarium, parks and beaches, I almost never see digital cameras anymore. It appears our smartphones have taken over the market, but is this a good thing or a bad thing?

No doubt our Android phones have come a long way over the years. Some brands have more stable cameras than others, but are they worthily enough to replace your digital camera? A common issue that still haunts smartphone photographers are action shots, most phones still deal with motion blur, the lesser quality phones even suffer from shaking hands.

The obvious trade off for these minor issues that one may encounter are the instant sharing access to Social Networks, MMS, and online galleries without pulling out that USB cable and syncing to your computer first. Not to mention with the newer android phones, the ability to edit and touchup minor imperfections or add filters right on the spot.

So the big question here is; has your smartphone replaced your digital camera?


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  • Sheldon Huelin

    I have a Nexus S, the quality is not as good as my point and shoot but I can easily geotag and social share them. 

  • Gary Walsh

    I find that many of the pictures that I take with the phone are in situations in which I would not normally bring a point and shoot camera. Even in situations where I would prefer a proper camera, I usually don’t have it with me.  I must consciously choose to bring the camera, but my cell phone is always with me.  However, the two phones that I have owned are unusable with the flash, though daylight pictures come out fine as well as night pictures of a brightly lit subject such as a stage in a darkened night club (take without the flash).  Cell phones lack a lot of features that a point and shoot camera has, especially optical zoom. Of course, there are situations where only an SLR is the only suitable type of camera.

  • Portacio23

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    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      I try to avoid one on one rooting as much as I can, I don’t want to walk people down the path of destruction if I make a mistake. XDA has a help thread for this. Search “Galaxy S2 CF Root” you will flash a kernel that matches your current kernel version.

      Not having a galaxy s2 on hand, I can’t do the steps with you, although I did once own an s2 and rooted it easily with Odin by flashing the CF kernel.

      The rest is in your hands my friend.

      Sent from my Android.

  • Anonymous

    Where’s the poll?

    Yes I have replaced my 7MP digital camera with my 8MP Camera phone.  Pictures aren’t quite as nice, but they have proper time/date stamps, geolocation, upload automatically to my G+ and DropBox, and I always have my phone when I feel like something is worth taking a picture of (not true of my camera).

    I also love the 4.3″ viewfinder ;)

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108837104756408823233/posts Tom Gray

      Poll is at the bottom of the article, above the comments. I can see it just fine ^_~

      • Anonymous

        I can’t…

        • April G.

          I just checked. I can see it too

  • Dylthathryl

    I recently printed some pictures off my GS2 and some off my Olympus 12mp point and shoot, the ones from my GS2 were noticeably better in both the sharpness and color saturation. My Olympus is collecting dust while I have now switched to the Note which seems to be even better than the GS2. Now to make it water proof!!!!!! 

  • Andre Maillet

    let’s face it. The smartphones are getting better when it comes to their camera however they are now where near the capabilites of a DSLR or a high end point and shoot or super zoom. I have a canon S5-IS (super zoom) and a Sony cybershot DSC-W120 (point and shoot) and they far surpass the capabilities or my Nexus or Razr. When it is important that I get that nice picture I use them however there are moments where I did not bring them or just want to get a quick pic of something or someone and my phone is more than adaquate. I do see the trend and we will hopefullly soon see our phones with censors that will rival our cameras but at this point we are not quite there. I am looking forward to seeing that new Nokia phone with the censor that rivals most DSLR’s as well as the HTC one X and the Samsung SGS III when comes out. I imagine they will have some pretty spectaculor shooters built in. I don’t think they will replace the high end cameras just yet however for the average person who has no interest in taking amazing shots the new smart phones will do just fine. God they are already better than most of the digital cameras that came out 10 years ago…lol

  • Andre Maillet

    let’s face it. The smartphones are getting better when it comes to their camera however they are now where near the capabilites of a DSLR or a high end point and shoot or super zoom. I have a canon S5-IS (super zoom) and a Sony cybershot DSC-W120 (point and shoot) and they far surpass the capabilities or my Nexus or Razr. When it is important that I get that nice picture I use them however there are moments where I did not bring them or just want to get a quick pic of something or someone and my phone is more than adaquate. I do see the trend and we will hopefullly soon see our phones with censors that will rival our cameras but at this point we are not quite there. I am looking forward to seeing that new Nokia phone with the censor that rivals most DSLR’s as well as the HTC one X and the Samsung SGS III when comes out. I imagine they will have some pretty spectaculor shooters built in. I don’t think they will replace the high end cameras just yet however for the average person who has no interest in taking amazing shots the new smart phones will do just fine. God they are already better than most of the digital cameras that came out 10 years ago…lol

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