Apple Has Yet to Produce A Decent Camera Phone Rival

Why you’d be crazy to give up on using a digital SLR if you want to capture some quality images.

The popularity of the iPhone continues to soar, with Apple earning approximately 80% of the global smartphone profit in 2016. The iPhone manages to combine a phone, a computer, a word processor and a camera all in one neat gadget that fits in your pocket, so there’s little surprise that so many consumers are loyal to the brand. In comparison, sales of Nikon and Minolta cameras have decreased, with some believing that the rise of the iPhone has caused the death of the camera industry.

But the truth is that digital SLRs will always be superior to smartphones – here’s why.

Quality Is Key

If you’re looking to snap a funny picture of your dog, work colleague or mother-in-law, and share it with the world on social media, then of course the iPhone has its uses. And there’s no denying that the latest iPhone X model has a nifty camera built into it. But for those moments you want to capture where you’re looking for a high-quality image to be the end result, a digital SLR is the only way to go. Let’s face it – you wouldn’t expect your photographer to use their iPhone on your wedding day, would you? Nor would professional sports photographers rely on their smartphone to snap the winning World Cup goal or the final stage of the Tour de France. The bottom line is that pixels talk, and iPhone photos are largely much too pixelated in comparison to a quality digital camera.

Ability to Swap Lenses

The iPhone X model has shipped with vertical dual rear cameras, and companies such as Olloclip provide add-on lenses that clip onto the smartphone, but they’re just not as flexible as interchangeable lenses on a digital camera. When you’re shooting, you need the ability to select your kit based on the type of situation you’re photographing. If you’re taking action shots, then you’ll require a zoom lens to get up close and personal; whereas if you’re shooting a stunning panoramic view from the top of a mountain then a wide-angle lens is your best choice. Can you use your iPhone to take pictures of either of these examples? Sure, but the photo won’t be as crisp as if you’d used a quality SLR model. If you try to use your iPhone to zoom in closely, then the result is often too pixelated. It might be good enough to share on Facebook, but not to print off and frame on a canvas for your living room wall.

Proper Composition

One of the selling points of the iPhone – its portability – is also a disadvantage when it comes to taking photos. When you’re holding your smartphone out in front of you to try and frame the perfect shot, it’s quite clunky to hold using your thumbs and index fingers. But additionally, due to the fact that you’re holding it away from your body, it’s not easy to gain a good impression of how all the different elements of your shot will fit into the picture. A digital SLR allows you to use the viewfinder for extra precision so there won’t be any surprises once you start snapping.

If you’re not satisfied with the pictures that your iPhone is taking, then the answer isn’t to upgrade your smartphone. Instead, have a browse of Worldwide Camera Exchange to find a quality SLR that suits your budget.