Are Digital Cameras Still Worth Buying?

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With smartphone cameras improving, standalone digital camera sales have plummeted. But are people who only use their phone cameras missing out?

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2,159 thoughts on “Are Digital Cameras Still Worth Buying?

  1. This vid should be updated, while DSLR cameras are still better, phone’s such as the Huawei p40 pro are so close to the flexibility of DLSR cameras, so I say Phone’s are much more practical in 2020

  2. Yes, it is still worth getting a DSLR or even a mirrorless compact camera if you wanna get serious about photography. But if you’re a casual like me, the iPhone camera more than suffices.

  3. Why waste time and effort in learning how to operate a DLSR or compact camera when an iPhone 11 or Samsung S20 is better and more convenient. Digital cameras are outdated as smartphones are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and even doctors are using smartphones in clinical practice!

  4. Unless you want to spend a lot of money about the only new compact cameras on sale now are the Canon Elph/Ixus 180 (good for taking photos of landscapes, statues, and sleeping dogs!), or quite a lot more for a ‘tough’ camera. After that the choices get really expensive. For example the Ricoh GR III with its fixed 28 mm lens is not even weather proofed and about double the price of a new iPhone SE!

  5. The logic is both products are from the same era. If the phone camera technology is so good that it matches a DSLR then the same technology can be used in a DSLR too. Hence DSLR’s would ALWAYS be better.

  6. With the iPhone 11 pro around and soon to be iPhone 12/pro max. cameras are about to be history there will be no need for them at this point lol

  7. In 2020, the answer is that a smartphone is enough for an average person but for professional photographers, having a separate camera is necessary.

  8. $800 Dedicated digital camera: I can take way better pictures than you hands down!

    $800 Phone: That’s cool but can you make calls, play games, play music, access the internet, watch internet videos, text people, be a calculator, and so much more all while still being able to take decent enough pictures?

    If you’re into photography, then sure, a dedicated digital camera is probably a good investment. If taking pictures isn’t your thing, and you just want to casually take a few pics here or there, then the convenience of being able to do so with a device you were already gonna always have on you anyway is just a lot more important than the picture quality.

    1. Exactly, a few years ago people would rave about how they could get back blown highlights from photos of snow capped mountains by shooting in raw and using Adobe editing software, now Samsung & Apple do it all for you!

  9. My dad bought a camera 5 years ago ($1000 back then) and even when I take photos with the newest phones and with the highest quality, there is still a huge difference between the camera and the phone

  10. Some people just can’t use any smartphone for decent photography, they need something substantial in their hands, eye to a nice bright viewfinder. To me using a smartphone for photography is like playing chess on a computer. I can be done, and it’s easy, but nothing beats a real chessboard with real, carved pieces for the deliberate, tactile, more natural experience.

  11. I’m an unfortunate owner of an iPhone, which apparently means every time my phone restarts, I permanently lose all my photos. Great smartphone cameras are meaningless if you can’t keep the photos. I’m due for an upgrade, and while I have to stay on this mobile platform for HIPAA, I’d like to get the cheapest model and put the difference in price into a comparably spec’d digital camera that’s similarly easy to use. This is a journey I just don’t have a map for, what should I know before selecting a model?

  12. Imagine your on your phone and you trying to capture the perfect shot…. and BAM you get a phone call! Bummer right.

  13. The biggest thing is that I’m not a photographer. I don’t know how to use the settings on a real camera to fine tune what I want. My Pixel 3 XL takes great pictures and I have zero complaints.

  14. + No matter what DSLR Cameras you get they have settings ISO, Aperture, and Shutter speed, and other settings like continues shooting etc. Phone cameras do not have them. So you can’t really experiment with photos on a Phone camera, or do much in my epinine.

  15. Can someone please recommend a good dslr camera that will out do the iphone 11 pro but is also reasonably priced. I want to take better quality more detailed photos of myself for instagram

  16. Lol this video trigger alot of the “instagram photographers ” that takes pics of flowers and sunset 😂

  17. “in 2019, this list helped me decide for the best compact camera ** hope it helps you out too!”

  18. No. People who buy DSLRs nowadays only use it for their selfies and so it’s just a waste of the DSLR’s full capability.
    I feel bad for the DSLRs out there who are just decorations on the shelves of instagramers

  19. I agree that SLR cameras still have their place but they’re primarily used by the professionals at sports events or movie sets. For the average person, the convenience of having the camera built into their phone and carried comfortable in their pocket, outweighs the quality benefits of a SLR. Having to carry a bulky camera and lenses when traveling is a real pain in the butt. I used to do it but gave up on it years ago. If I’m planning a safari or some really exotic vacation I’ll make an exception.

  20. I’m becoming a professional photographer (need a buisness liscense) but trust me
    A cellphone cannot win even an lgv40 compared to a canon eos 40d. Plus you dont have near as many settings
    3:37 you want manual servo focus or subject tracking focus

  21. If you like landscape mainly and travel pictures, and want them on social media, no. But if you want the nice look of a portrait lens, you need a camera body to attach it. Yeah, cellphones are learning how to create background blur, and it’s very good in many occasions, even perfect I would say, like a 24mm 2.8 lens. But that very thin DOF portraiture with that natural lens blur, not quite there.

  22. Phones nowadays destroy my compact Canon SX520 in terms of picture quality. I mostly need the Canon for its 42X optical zoom and for night time long exposure photos.

  23. Yes, they are. Even if it’s just for the “status” 😂
    Whenever I go out with my dslr, especially in touristy places, and whenever there are any tourits around they look at passers-by and when they see me with the dslr, they immidiately ask me instead of someone else, if I could take a photo of them for them (on their phone of course). This just shows that everyone knows deep down, that’s it’s how you take the photos that matters – if you have experience in photography and if you have a dslr then you obviously invested in your hobby which means that you’re better at it than some other random person with just their smartphone cam.

    Point being, you feel and look like a photographer, not just a person with a smartphone in your hand.

  24. I don’t see the smartphone taking over the camera industry…even the most expensive smart phones ($1000+) have their shortcomings to taking serious photos. Sure…if all you want to do is capture a quick, random pic…they’ll suffice. If you want to create art with your camera or capture a really difficult shot… then you need a much better camera.
    There has always been a market for those people happy to take family “shots” or vacation pics. So a good point & shoot is all they need. They don’t need to learn the mechanics of taking wonderful pictures just to “capture a moment” They always were there & always will be there. & a point & shoot camera or smart phone will suffice.
    In order to take truly good photographs , you need a camera that is flexible enough for you to experiment to capture just what you want to express.You must be willing to devote some time learning the art of photography to get the really good pics.
    Sure…you see wonderful pictures advertised taken with an expensive smart phone…But…they were taken by professionals & probably altered. You need to spend a lot of money for that smartphone & it still lacks flexibility for you to create.

  25. I think most of cameras with price of 500-600 Euros are crap and not worthy that money.It is all cheap plastic with old displays.It ismuch beter to buy S10 for 600 Euros on Amazon than any of bulky Canon or smal Sony.At least you will be able to repair if something goes wrong.And you can do it in any big shop that sels phones.Most of them have service suport and parts.
    Yesterday I checked Mediamarkt and all things that are on display are cheap plastic made in ….you gues.
    Rip off and scum in nice package.
    Some of more expencieve cameras were in locked vitrines but for prices over 1000 Euros you can buy used skuter ,Honda 125 cc and take a ride with your partner to escape city and bring some nice memories on your nice phone camera.

  26. Honestly can’t use a phone. Once you’ve dialed in something like an RX100, no smartphone with it’s tiny sensor can compare. Especially when ya start messing around with RAW documents.

  27. “Are Digital Cameras Still Worth Buying?” Worth is not an intrinsic property of an object, therefore the question has no answer. Essentially all modern cameras are digital: From tiny cellphone cameras, spy cameras, doorbell cameras, large 35mm sensor cameras, larger yet and way more expensive medium format cameras; all are “digital”.

  28. For an enthusiast, nothing can replace a DSLR. I have been owning one since past one decade. I agree that high end phones are producing great images but let’s not forget the size of their sensors. The sensors aren’t big enough for low light photography. It’s more of a computational photography using AI.I do the same stuff in light room.In DSLR, I have great variety of options when it comes to choosing lenses. The purpose of DSLR is not just to capture photos but to print them. Try printing one using a phone camera and see the difference for yourself.

  29. I’ve always wondered why there isn’t a product that combines both. Smartphone with really good zoom lens like the compact digital cameras. Or DSLR with smartphone capability. I’d buy it.

  30. You see, phones will be there for people who A) don’t give a shit about DSLRs or mirrorless cameras and B) for those who can’t afford them, and DSLRs and mirrorless cameras will always be there for those people who A) understand WHY they’re better and B) WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE of why they’re better (or need to, professionally).

    A cellphone does NOT make you a pro photographer, nor does it equal any kind of professional work.

  31. A phone will never replace a DSLR and bonus , mirrorless cameras start to drop in price, and upgrade in quality. So even an DSLR might become obsolete in 3-5 years. Fuji and Sony are ready to make this step, by not releasing DSLR’s… Eventually Nikon and Canon will adapt too, and a new age of mirrorless cameras will arrive. But NO… phones will never be the equivalent of standalone cameras. I belive they will achieve the quality of a 2017 dslr , for example. But by that time, the mirrorless cameras will be much more advanced.

  32. I bought my first real camera in 1975 ( I still have it ). I have not yet bought a cell phone!

  33. Well, the last camera I bought is a 9×12 film sheet camera made in Germany (Krügener Delta Klapp) about 1903. IN PERFECT WORKING CONDITION!!
    It will join my collection of mostly working decades old FILM FILM FILM cameras. When your computers & phones cease to work the all mechanical & optical cameras still go. And most cost less than 50 euros!

  34. I’m no expert and I always thought having an all in one setup (my phone) was the answer. I’m a beginner let me tell you and I have a p30pro, arguably the best or at least top 3 cameras on any smart phone and a Canon g7x mk II point and shoot. The gx7 hands down wins the race. Nothing else to say. goodbye

  35. The comments are funny as the topic! First of all, camera are camera, dslr are dslr! Though we’re living in a very modern technology but no matter how company phones tried to make their cameras with their new specs and shit or better than Dslr they will never win! Because Dslr are designed for professional photos let that sink in. No matter how many pixel, good quality blablabla photography enthusiasts knows ITS NOT! Dsrl has all the control even if mobile phones installed or thru app these modes! Can you take a photo in a low light w/ good quality? No! Can you get a clearer picture in a mobile camera? No! Can you still print in a large frame and has the same quality? No! Hell, even if you uploade the photo in facebook the quality downgrade! These are the few reason why mobile camera will never ever beat dslr! And keep in mind that no one will hire you, pay you as a photographer if you just your phone to shoot! Phones are for easy accessibility. No matter how aged dslr/cameras are always worthy it because moments/memories are always worthy too!

  36. – Point-and-shoot camera? Possibly.
    – APS-C or Full Frame DSLR or Mirrorless with interchangeable lens? Not a chance.
    – The best compromise? Add-on mobile lenses. Moment, Sirui, Olloclip, Sandmarc, Moondog Labs, Beastgrip, the lot. Okay I know, nearly all of them are meant for iPhones. But Moment have a case and both Sirui and Olloclip got a clip which you can use on Android devices.

  37. so IF, a dslr camera wasn’t worth it anymore and everyone has the new smartphone that has a fascinating camera. should i even hire a photographer at my wedding? and studios, camera shop and any business that is related to dslr would probably run out of business and the chance of getting a job in this world could probably be 40%-50%. so smartphone company should probably think twice before upgrading the camera just to defeat a dslr. it could ruin ppls live.

  38. I think that most people use their phones these days because they want to post to social media on the move in as simple a way as possible. Shoot, filter and post. SD cards, even phone memory is vast these days and they back up automatically. My personal weapon of choice is the Nikon D810 full frame DSLR. I take it all around the world. Combined with a few professional lens it’s a heavy old lump and takes up all my hand luggage. Personally I would never give up my professional camera. The image quality is just stunning but, occasionally, I will use my phone and get great results although no mobile phone has the ability to shott images capable of becoming large, high quality prints.

  39. Plastic Surgeon shows how camera phones that commonly have wide angle short lenses distort faces making faces & noses longer & wider & ears don’t show professional headshot and portrait photographers don’t use wide angle lenses and they photography people’s faces from a far enough distance and then zoom in.

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  40. In print it really matters. A DSLR will give a clean and crisp printed picture, a phone a blurry and grainy one. The video also forgets to mention that phones are (very) wide angle lenses which distort the distances in an image. If you take a portrait with a phone and compare it with a DSLR and portrait lens the difference is dramatic. Phones now come up with three different types of lenses, but are still a far cry from a DSLR. That being said, a phone is more than enough if you only post pictures on Intagram or online.

  41. Imma tell you, smartphones camera ares good on small screen, when you actually watch them on big screen or high quality panel, you eyes won’t like it.

  42. Mobile phone camera photos look absolutely awesome! For people who do not know photography.
    Which is almost everyone on the planet. Good luck changing frame rates and shutter speeds on your expensive smartphones lol.

    1. @Aaron Cash No, they wouldn’t, because physics. I suggest you read up on some educational material on the topic. There are hard, physical limits to smartphone photography. A 1/2.55″ sensor won’t beat a 35mm sensor in terms of noise performance, ever. Neither will a phone ever touch the optical quality of large, heavy lenses.

    2. @Landscope 360 I think smartphones have their place.. Specifically portability. I wonder what would happen if Canon or Panasonic did a Smartphone. Would they be able to take theirs and shrink it down into a smartphone. Make it of the same quality

    3. @Aaron Cash If Zebras were grey and had trunks they’d almost be elephants.
      The small sensor is an inherent limitation of smartphone photography. Saying that phones would be better if they were different is entirely pointless.

    4. @Landscope 360 I would say that if you where too convert these too larger sensors and had the same depth… They would be on par. They do really well within the small size they have to work with.

  43. Imagine hiring a professional photographer and he shows up for the shoot with an Iphone! LOL Enough said

  44. Camera lenses are great. But I feel like professional camera companies could’ve done alot better to help compete with cellphones. The questions people aren’t asking is “why is a cellphone who is design to perform a multitude of other tasks, better at doing the only 2 things a (professional) camera is design to do (pictures & videos) as big as they are in general? You would think they’d pack them up with whatever cellphone cameras have and more as optional for the price. I guess all my extra cash goes to my sensor size. Wow

  45. My iPhone 8 can shoot 4K/60fps. You would think camera manufacturers would offer the same, yet no! Besides, a Phone picture can be brought into lightroom and with a slight edit you can achieve a great photo worth sharing. Yes, sensor size does matter but in a world of technology, think of how big processors were before and now the micro ships out performs them yet they are smaller. If smartphones can increase or double the current sizes of the sensors then the mirrorless market is pretty much downhill, or a continued downhill.

  46. Smart phones have a very short life span around me. 2 years max. And that’s without the hype to trade it in. I’ve had a small canon elph for 5 years now that I have treated so badly it would be considered domestic violence.

  47. There’s nothing wrong with shooting photos on your iPhone and tbh it’s great to start out with, but you’d really need a DSLR to play around with lenses and raw options and just more.

  48. What about Samsung phones with the variable aperture? It’s an actual mechanical switch to adjust amount of light which if I’m not mistaken it’s the only company that has this feature.

  49. Forget about the camera on ur phone but when ur on holiday and ur up a hill hiking if u get ur phone out every 2 mins to take pics than u will run out of battery and when u need to actually call someone to find them or use the map or even god forbid you break ur leg how u gonna call for help with no battery.

  50. Are digital camera still worth buying?

    Digital system: Are you joking?

    Edit (1 week later): I’m just experimenting on public people, wether they get my joke or not. Of course digital camera name is for that particular type of camera.

  51. simple answer. YES. phones dont come close to real dslrs right now. someone who does pro work knows theres a big difference. people forget that its lenses that make the camera.

  52. I want compact digitals to add more smartphone features like
    GPS, large touch screen, 4K60, Water resistance. Whilst keeping their advantages like larger sensors, zoom lens, brighter flash.

  53. Its also so much more convenient to transfer you photo straight to ur computer for editing, instead of possibly losing quality when transferring from phone to computer

  54. A phone camera is an appropriate camera to the non-photographers. To photographers, a phone is just a phone that might be used occasionally as a camera to capture unimportant moments.

  55. Phones destroyed cheap point and shoot cameras. Not pro DSLR.
    One more advantage of a phone: easier to carry. So if it’s good enough you might not pack the DSLR.

    1. @Andras Libal I hike with my full frame DSLR and have no complaints. Might be a fitness issue. Personally, I’d rather conserve memories in decent image quality than go for the convenience of a phone and get much, much worse results. Even on my 24 inch computer monitor, the images from my S10+ are unacceptably blurry and grainy. And that phone has one of the best cameras out there. It’s simply no contest compared to a real camera.

    2. @Landscope 360 not quite so … they are also good on other screens as well. Not everybody needs pictures for printing. I am talking about taking memories of places. Honestly it is a chore to lug my big camera around on hikes. I have a professional friend he has a DSLR of course but even he went for a smaller machine he says full frames are not worth it … he has a smaller backpack with his camera and objectives, makes his life easier. But that is his job. I am just a casual hiker and I don’t live on the photos I make, like him … I just want them for memories. And a good phone … is almost just as good for that job.

    3. Except it’s nowhere near close enough. Images shot on a phone are garbage as soon as you look at them in any format larger than a phone screen.

  56. I myself feel as if a dedicated camera is much better. And you have many more features and effects for dedicated cameras.

  57. Worth a revisit in 2019 with the P30 Pro, S10+, Note 10, and iPhone 11 giving three focal lengths and tremendous photo quality

  58. If you want video, I usually end up using a smartphone. The Canons I have access to are great for single photos but are pathetic for capturing high fps slo mo.

  59. My friend is going on vacation in hawaii. He doesnt want to accidentally drop his phone in the ocean so he bought a $300 point and shoot.

  60. To put it simply, digital camera produced much higher image quality that could be edited later, while picture from smartphone are already software edited right in the phone to make it look as nice as it could be, so you don’t have much room to work in post edit with phone camera. Also you have much more leeway in capturing image with DC compared to phone, since its censor to capture light is much bigger.

    That doesn’t mean you cannot get great picture quality with phone, it’s just that your chance to encounter hard situation with phone camera is much higher compared to DC. For example low light/weird lighting environment, sharp image for really big poster, etc.

  61. I could definitely see smartphones replacing compact digital cameras, but for those who are serious about photography there’s obviously no fair comparison between a smartphone camera and a DSLR. For example, I love that I can use my P30 Pro for snapshots throughout my day, just a handy little tool to capture those small moments as they happen. But I would never try to reproduce the photos I get from my canon 80D on my Huawei.

  62. I don’t know any client that would hire me if they asked what gear I had & my response back is “my iPhone 6”

  63. Hey dude. Generally speaking u r kinda right 🤙. Btw do u realise that your the camera u show at 3:40 is actually a Fuji XT2 or something and not a Sony A6300? 🤣

  64. For the battery life argument, I’m pretty sure my Note 9 can take so much more photos than the rated ~350 pics per charge of my Sony a6000. And multi frame noise reduction (night mode) of new smartphones better than that of cameras most of the time. There are other use cases as well like burst rate and frame rate requirements.

    I still use the smartphone at times even when I have the camera with me.

  65. If a cell phone has image quality of a real camera someday (depth of field, clarity, nice bokeh and so on); otherwise a real camera with Hebrew trinity lenses are still around for a long time.

  66. Depends on who you ask Linus,
    If you ask the avergae Joe no a dslr isn’t worth buying
    If you ask a photographer yes it’s worth it for him

  67. Without watching the video: YES. Glas is more important than megapixels. My old 350D already outperformed my S9+ in photosharpness with the sucky 18-55mm kit-lens. Sure, for a phone-camera that can do 2x zoom (using the second camera) without losing much quality is nice, but it’s just a everyday-camera. For photos I still use a proper cam. Even Bridgecams are superior in so many ways.

  68. Nope to “Smartphone cameras use fixed lenses without mechanical parts” at 03:07. Not true. Virtually all smartphones have autofocus, which is mechanical, and many of them have optical image stabilisation, also mechanical. What Linus means to say is that they have fixed apertures, but actually some phones let you choose between two fixed apertures. He perhaps also means that smartphones use prime lenses rather than zooms. Primes have a fixed viewing angle, but so do the best quality professional lenses. Regarding apertures, the fact that it is fixed is usually irrelevant. What matters is that it is tiny – an f/2.0 lens on a phone is equivelnt to roughly f/14 (very small) on a full frame camera! Or a an f/1.4 on a full frame camera is like a phone having f/0.1.

  69. Moment lenses+app are a pretty good way to get into photography if you’ve already got a decent camera on your smartphone.

  70. theses mickey mousse cameras are good as long you know how to use it,
    i take photos since i was 12 with a kodak camera then rolley kord canon etc etc
    thoses photos are still her far from my memorie what cartier bresson use
    his eyes that all’

  71. The answer is yes. You can get beautiful images with any camera but the way an image looks isn’t the only thing that matters the quality of the image and user functionality are also highly important factors.

  72. I have taken photos with my phone that look like they where taken with a high quality dedicated camera. Even proffesionals have beem fooled😝 BUT it highly depends on the situation, light, subjects etc. But phone cameras have become great. Atleast better than alot of cheap to midrange compact cameras.

  73. A phone camera can defeat a point and shoot camera. But when it comes to mirrorless or dslr, dont even think about it. A phone camera is nowhere closer to a interchangeable lens camera.

  74. Wait lemme think…..

    Samsung K Zoom
    Galaxy S4 Zoom
    Galaxy Camera 1 (2012….WTF)
    Galaxy Camera 2
    Nokia Lumia 1020
    Lumia 1520
    Nokia 808 PureView
    Huawei P30 Pro

    5:14 🤷‍♂️

  75. I’ll put my D850 and my D5 up against ANY phone camera in terms of quality of image, ability to manage TOUGH situations (like low light, rain etc), and ruggedness. I have a crisp new C-note in my pocket that anyone can have if they show me different.

  76. Used to have an A7iii full frame mirrorless Camera which I do miss.

    I’m currently using a P30 Pro as my main Camera but it is limited to what you can achieve with it. So I will look into buying the new Sony RX100 VII and than eventually get a mirrorless again with the A7R IV.

    Phones are good but they never will match premium Camera’s.

  77. No phone camera can compare with an SLR or mirroless full frame camera with a speed light or proper xenon flash. I do nightclub and events photography and this is the only gear that will get commercially viable pictures.

  78. Physics is physics and any marketing can’t change that. Smartphones are for the people who doesn’t know enything about photography, lighting etc. Period:)

    1. ItzSebas DSLR = digital single lens reflex. They are the large digital cameras with the interchangeable cylindrical lenses and operate by allowing the photographer to see the frame and focus in real time without electronics through an image periscopically reflected from a mirror that flips out of the way mechanically to allow the light to hit the sensor whenever the shutter is released.

      Back in the film days this was seen as the superior camera because the viewfinder allowed photographers to see how their pictures would look while shooting. Many people nowadays think electronic viewfinders (seeing the video feed on a digital display) have made the moving mirror in a lens reflex camera obsolete. But enclosed analog viewfinder of a lens reflex still has an advantage of being able to be usable in the brightest daylight. (Ever take photos and video outdoors on your phone during a bright sunny day and not see anything on the screen because of all the glare?)

      The moving mirror, prism, and optical viewfinder does add bulk which is why some photogs like rangefinder cameras (Where we can’t preview what we see) or Mirrorless Interchangable Lens Cameras (MILCs) . The latter solves the glare problem and the bulk problem by giving users a tiny enclosed digital display like that in camcorders but DSLR viewfinders require no power and have no image lag.

  79. Try going on an African safari or doing airplane photography with a smartphone. You won’t get much of anything. The smartphone cameras are vastly better today than they were just five years ago (and I use mine a fair bit today), but their functions are limited to snapshot type photos of up-close subjects…. and even then the quality of the photo depends on the photographic knowledge of the person taking the photos. I see tons of crap photos taken with excellent smartphone cameras every day.
    I will say that the video quality on my iPhone XS Max is excellent and I use that as opposed to my D7100. A lot easier to carry around and with a gimbal I get fantastic results.

  80. Absolutely yes. DSLRs have way better quality and are for photographers. If you’re not a photographer or videographer, then maybe it’s not worth it, but a DSLR will always beat an iPhone

  81. Well, phones just keep getting closer, but the dedicated cameras just keep getting better too. Some phones have a variable aperture but this usually only has a few settings (in my case 1.5 and 2.4). Dedicated cameras can keep evolving too so if both get better at the same rate, phones will never catch up. Now this is not necessary future-proof, i don’t know what the future will hold

  82. Someone with the proper skills and afterwork could be far better
    Than someone with a high end equipment

  83. Its all about the lens. But with the P30 Pro you have a insane camera and not that much of a need for a seperate camera

  84. its almost 6 months into 2019 and a smartphone still doesnot give you 5% quality and control of an amateur level dslr.

  85. yes the demand goes down soon I can buy a digicam for testing lenses for very cheap + with the cameras a lot of lenses are going away for cheap^^

  86. Depends on your usage, if you want control of your image, for a 8X10 I’m happy with a IPHONE image, doing HDR that’s something else. A lot of variables I haven’t mentioned.

  87. Size of sensor and lens is something that phones can never compete with dedicated cameras, it’s just physically impossible to fit them unless you make the phone bulky and heavy, which is exactly the opposite of what you want in a phone :p

  88. With proper post-processing, yes, a high-end smartphone camera can match the quality of a DSLR for certain types of photos – close-range portraits for example. Add an external lens attachment and the results from some phone cameras are indistinguishable from ‘real” cameras. Using my Google Pixel 2, along with a borrowed Moment lens attachment, I was able to take “school” portraits of my children which easily fooled every person who saw them. The bottom line, as always , is what a person is trying to do with the tools at hand.

  89. Depends on who you ask.

    Typical modern person: Hurrrr, mah ay phone done do giid peeketurrs.

    Me: Smartphones are stupid, the optics aren’t as good, you cant change the lens, zoom, adjust the settings in hardware, you don’t have as much storage space, I could just go on forever.

  90. Most people are happy with their phone cameras. Friends show me pictures to make a point, and all I can think of is that they completely missed that the lighting sucks, the image is out of focus, grainy and blurry. But sure, it’s a great image… To them. 😛

  91. The Compact are so cheap & good, and go for years. Where as your flagship phones cost ~$1000 , and last only like 2-3 years.

  92. RX100V is still the king of pocket compact camera and will overpower a smartphone camera, especially in the video department.

  93. If you’re doina profesional photography get a DSRL

    If you’re just Messing around, get a smartphone and use it’s camera😂😂😂😂

  94. “Are digital cameras still worth buying?”

    What kind of a question is that?

    The answer is, for a segment of the US population, of course they are. That’s why they are still being produced.

    I know it is 2019, but there are still people that don’t use their smartphone for physical photos.

  95. So TLDR yes, they’re more specialized and built specifically to perform this task. Your gut thought is probably correct, as mine was before watching.

  96. As an avid snapper on both a Sony A7riii and a huawei mate 20 Pro, I can say with confidence and stacks of evidence that a smartphone is quite some way behind.
    Smartphones serve a hugely important purpose of servicing the needs of ‘snapshooters’ and ‘selfie’ obsessed individuals who care for nothing more than viewing thier holiday snaps on a small screen and social media likes. Absolutely nothing wrong with this and I use my phone for the same purpose.
    For everything else the Dslr or mirrorless wins everytime, its a no contest. The issue is the smartphone marketers claiming thier cameras provide ‘pro’ results. I believe Apple was sued or at least questioned for such claims? Anyway, these claims are just trying and succeeding in getting into the heads of consumers to have the debates we see here..
    If you know your facts you know a smartphone cannot win in this arguement however for everyone who base thier opinion on those given to them by marketing exploits and having only ever snapped with a phone and never with the likes of an A7riii will always argue that the pictures on a smartphone are ‘good’ and ‘I don’t see the difference’. That’s cool, that’s your view but it’s a subjective one and has no factual backing

  97. One thing is certain. Smartphone cameras have come a LONG way. The first digital camera I bought in around ‘97 or so was barely a megapixel, and took extremely mediocre pictures compared to even my iPhone 3GS.
    The newer iPhones take very capable photos for the average person. To take photos of everyday things, people, etc. it’s just fine. To take arty photos with blurry backgrounds and at long ranges, yes, you need a real camera with interchangeable lenses.

    1. With your logic it is okay for a doctor or dentist to use a swiss army knife (very dumb) instead of the real tools actually intended specifically for that job.

    2. Only idiot greenhorns would. I am not even an amateur but a digital camera is superior because it’s hardware is specifically for photos and maybe video. A phone CPU is doing a bunch of things at once which means less processing power is available for the camera. The sensor is smaller so it does not catch as much light. Phones do not support a bunch of lenses to be attached. I think a tripod for a camera would be more common. In summery only idiots would use a phone for photography.

  98. Hi would like to buy a Nikon coolpix L810 for taking photos ( just as a hobby ). However it is pretty basic and I don`t know if I should spend money on this if my Huawei phone can take sharper photos than this Nikon. I would like to have a camera and not to take photos with my phone. If the Nikon coolpix is not the best can anyone advice me a camera for reasonable price that is worth to buy? Thank you x

  99. It could be the latest Samsung or iPhone, I don’t care. I’ll choose a decent point n’ shoot (such as a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX220) every time. Why? it’s has 10x optical zoom, and is smaller than a phone, to boot!

  100. Just look at all of the historical photos here on YouTube, will anyone be able to witness our era in 50 years time? In a world where our photography is disposable to be discarded when we buy a new phone.. it isn’t going to happen. Wake up , even now how we store our pics is destined to disappear, CD roms have gone, how long before USB sticks go.. our heritage is destined to be lost.. do you want that?

  101. It’s not that people are switching to their phones, it’s that those people already have a DSR and I don’t feel like upgrading. Yes I am sure that phones are not helping anything though.

  102. Teeny tiny lenses, teeny tiny sensors. There is really only so much a phone can do, and I’m constantly disappointed by it.

    So, yes, cameras are still well worth buying.

    1. You have almost the same gear as me. I have d7100 and s9 plus but hey! You are right! Even it were s20, it would never catch up to d7100 whatsoever! (except for image stabilization)

  103. A phone could never replace a DSLR. it can replace a cheap Wal-Mart digital camera but not professional DSLR cameras.

    1. OldPossum I like the this sentence, but I think that it doesn’t apply here. Yes, when starting out you can use any camera that you have with you, and your phone is more than enough for that, just go out and shoot
      But when comparing technics aspects it just doesn’t even make any sense

    2. @Dan Freedom A reflex camera can take a picture a thousand times cooler than an iphone x, if you know how to manipulate the camera well 🙄.

  104. i’ve got the galaxy 9+ last year , still bought a camera today for 500 usd , cellphone’s are made for multitasking stuff, and the smaller the better… , like big companies like apple or samsung, huawei sony ect ect…. they need to hold on to the “slim fit” i suppose while nikon, canon , fuji ect ect … has no limits in sizes just for photo’s… cell phones with good quality pictures are no match to bigger photographic equipments… as it is , you want to take good pictures buy a good cell phone , you want to get the best of everything in one single picture … buy a codak.. sorry for bad englisch 🙂 .

  105. “This Sony a6300 can auto-focus in 0.05 seconds”
    *Shows photograph of Fuji X-T2*
    Excellent research guys

    1. i also noticed it and came here just to say that — but actually, it’s a X-T1 — it has a dedicated record button and only 3 metering modes. the X-T2 doesn’t have a record button and has 4 metering modes.

    2. Yeah. That camera is distinctly Fuji looking and Sony a6000 series cameras (sadly) don’t have that many dedicated dials

  106. Some of the later Huawei pro phones have sensors larger than that found in standard point and shoot camera’s now, because of the super fast processors they can auto bracket and quickly merge photos that would take longer to do on a standalone large sensor camera.
    Of course overall dynamic range and optical zoom, creating background blur etc, they fall short on.
    The screens are flagship phones make the pics look better than on your DSLR, that’s because they are generally higher res and quality, but once blown up the opposite is true.
    If you don’t print large and only use on social media then you’ll find, unless you take wildlife type photos that a camera phone will suffice.
    I own 1inch sensor Mirrorless, m43 Mirrorless and apsc DSLR and Mirrorless camera’s, lenses of all focal lengths, for portraits, macro, wide angle, superzoom and low light.
    Most of my photos are taken on my galaxy s9 nowadays because it’s quicker, easier, I don’t print huge photos, I consider Photoshop something akin to just photoshopping an image, people spend more time manipulating photos to look like something that they won’t to represent other than a photo of what they actually saw, I know this is considered an art form, well I guess it’s more artistic talent than photographic skill.
    I’m also a painter so I’ll create an image that way if I want to

  107. Unless phone cameras take full frame shots at over 30 mp and can actually be blown up? My 10 year old canon outshoots any apple or s10.
    Its a stupid statement only phone camera users with itsy bity thumbnail photos engage in over chai.
    Get a real camera..even a mft will outshoot any phone.
    Non point argument

  108. DSLR’s and lenses are way too expensive. Most photos are taken from cell phones at a fraction of the price. The real question that should be asked is whether or not the higher quality is worth the extra price for the average person. The answer is NO!

  109. while I like iPhones for photo/video, my old 60D and now my a7s would obliterate the quality of any iPhone or Pixel phone

  110. 99% of people can’t even compose a picture, let alone crop it or reduce its size for emailing. They don’t know about making their image files the appropriate size for their subject and purpose. Don’t you just love getting a snapshot of the kids at the park and your screen is filled with the top left corner of the sky? Gee, thanks…. and when you’ve finally reduced the size of damn thing so you can at last see it all, it wasn’t worthwhile at all, or there’s a dead tree sticking out of little Mickey’s left ear. The world would be a far better place if these people didn’t have cameras at all.

  111. My sister did her whole website with an Samsung S7 camera and all pictures are AWESOME.
    Th website looks super-professional, including all pics.
    (She is an artists and shows photos of herself, landscapes and her paintings, of course)

  112. 5:30 Yes, there IS another kind of “optics” between smartphones and digital cameras, LOL! I had to buy a fixed lens bridge camera because I do concert photography, and most venues don’t allow interchangeable lenses or flashes that can’t be turned off. If I were to show up at a photo pit with a compact or pocket camera — never mind a smartphone — they’d drop-kick me to the back row just for the exercise!

  113. 3:38 — that is not a Sony A6300. The exposure settings dials on that camera are typical of a Fuji camera but I can’t say for sure or which one.

  114. There is no comparison between phones vs DSLRs. The compact cameras are not required anymore but the real DSLRs are way way above the quality of Smartphones.

  115. Just depends on whether or not you truly appreciate “good” photos. If you’re okay with a basic photo as I’d say 75% of people are then stick with your cell phone.

    Cell phones are the modern version of the old time Kodak cameras of the 80’s, but they’ll never be able to compete with an actual real camera. With the increased sensor size and better optics (with interchangeable lenses) will always be better than what ANY cell phone can try to produce.

    After having kids I went with an APS-C Sony A6500 with the Sigma 30mm F1.4 prime lens. This setup with a Rode Micro external microphone has worked perfect for 4k videos and portrait work capturing the kids growing up and didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. The biggest innovation in really improving your photos is in your photo post processing. Learning to shoot in .RAW format and getting better at using Adobe Lightroom.

  116. My 13 YEAR OLD ..Nikon D40 DSLR will STILL destroy a 2019 Year model phone ..For IMAGE QUALITY ..
    HINT 300MM OPTICAL ZOOM LENS and a 1/4000th second shutter speed…
    My Nikon D7200 will STILL destroy a 2019 Year model phone…For LOW LIGHT IMAGE QUALITY ..
    Just TRY taking a still picture of a fast moving train in LOW light with a mobile phone..PMSL ..
    If you want the image QUALITY in your pictures..You still have to lug around a DSLR ..
    In the future.. MAYBE smartphones will be good enough to replace stand alone DSLR camera’s ..But I won’t hold my breath while I am waiting.

  117. What a bullshit. Why no one throwing the argument that cameras today are literally 2x-5x the price of a smartphone, how the fuck can you say that they are not better, of course they are. But when you buy 200 bucks camera, usually they won’t outshine the quality of recent smartphones, especially if it’s a bit old. So here’s the question, Does a camera relatively the same price range of an smartphone worth it? The answer is NO.
    Does a 500 bucks camera outshines 300 bucks smartphone, The answer is a BIG YES.
    See how it works? This video compare things as a blind eye. Man I’m tired of this marketing shit.

    When you compare something, compare it with resources. Not its efficiency alone.
    They didn’t even brought the fact that a camera is a 5 times heavier than a smartphone and more prone to breaks especially lenses. And guess what, you can’t fix or replace them, because it will cost you 5x the cost of your smartphone itself. if the camera on your smartphone needs replacement you’ll happily replace it under 50 bucks.

  118. I still rock my iPhone 7 Plus and an iPad Air 2. They get my job done. I don’t upgrade every year.

  119. And to be honest, the best cheap cheap cheap phones are GREAT phones but mediocre cameras. My $150 Samsung isn’t as bad a camera as some cheap Chinese thing, not at all. But it can’t touch an iphone. But it’s just perfect as a phone (great speakerphone, great bluetooth too) or a GPS or a music streaming device. I don’t use it for movies or games because I’m not 12. And if I wanted a great camera, I’d rather pay another $150 for a camera than pay $800 for a flagship phone.

  120. Of course:
    better choice of focal lengths
    Great battery life
    unlimited removable storage (not applicable to IOS)
    higher quality images from better lenses and sensors
    better ergonomics
    more durable
    high mega pixels for commercial applications

    There will always be a need in the workplace for digital cameras, sports, product, wildlife, fashion architecture photography. The camera on a smart phone is just for convenience. Your on holidays or in the city and something happens in front of you, whip out the phone and wham its done. Putting together a collection of content for a marketing campaign for a client, ya gunna need the ole DSLR. Yes you can get away with a camera phone in a tough pickle, but quality is quality. I know people will say its not about the camera, but I have encountered clients where unless your kit was listed in their required lists, you would not get the job. Don’t have the right camera, don’t get the job. When ON holidays I never take my DSLR as I dont need to capture high end shots, I just want memories and thats where a smartphone comes in real handy. I think the heading really should be ” Are Digital Cameras Still Worth Buying for Domestic Use” For business= YES, or domestic=NO

  121. surely iso can still be adjusted on a phone, as well as white balance, and the ability to film in a flat colour profile

  122. I think for people that merely want a point and shoot camera for general photos for day to day use, a dslr isn’t worth it, for the size and cost of a standalone pro camera, its not worth it, that being said, the level of control on cameras like dslrs can be much better than a phone camera, if you know what you’re doing with them

  123. Great I agree, yeah some pictures taken on my Canon Rebel T5 camera my dad gave outshines the picutures on his Galaxy S9.

  124. In another 4-5 years, cellphone developers will begin selling adaptable/additional lenses you can attach to your phone’s baseline camera. Book it…

    It will drain the phones battery faster, obviously, but will enhance lighting options and shutter speed options…

  125. You don’t talk about price. Tell me how much a decent camera like Canon 7D or Nikon D400 or pentax equivelant. Everyone has and needs a smart phone but a camera is a plus. Now tell me is it worth to pay thousands of dollars on a camera, lenses, tripod and other things just for a hobby. That’s why I sold my nikon d750. It’s not worth it.

  126. Those who ask if a phone can make better pictures than a camera,
    have not figured out the advantages (and how to use them) of a camera.

    I remember a situation a friend showed me his new phone and told me:
    “Look, my new Phone can make insane pictures.”
    I mounted the 70-200 2,8 L IS2 on my 7D (mk1), held on the same object and told him:
    “Look, my old Camera can make PHOTOS!”
    As we compared the 2 images, he says: “See, my phone makes way better pictures – a lot of your picture is unsharp – out of focus! And you did not even center the object in the frame…”

    I asked myself if I should explain him about Bokeh or the golden ratio – but I didn’t.
    He is happy with his phone-pics and I am happy with my camera-photos.
    No need to change this.

  127. Smartphones are great and all, but they will never be as good as a DSLR or mirrorless cameras. I woud say that they are as good as a point and shoot, which is why they have largely supplanted them.

  128. I have low end mirrorless camera that I paid $180 for and it came with 2 lenses and it is nearly 6 years old. It is far better than any phone camera especially at long range if I am using my telephoto lens (which was one of the lenses that it came with).

  129. actually the gear matters, because when you have a shitty dslr with a slow shutter and bad resolution and noise, you can not make good photos

  130. My 15 year old Canon 1Ds ii (second hand 200€) beats every single phone camera out there paired with any lens

  131. For people who take “snapshots” sure the phone is the way to go.
    Standalone digital SNAPSHOT cameras sales have plummeted.

    However for people who take PHOTOGRAPHS a digital camera is the way to go.

  132. even point and shot camera are better.try both in computer you will see how thick the pic quality of the digicam vs smartphone.p20 pro user here

  133. Recently sold my DSLR and currently using only my smartphone for photography. Buy Digital cameras only if u intend to use them proffesionally, otherwise Smartphones will do 99% of the job for casual Joe

  134. “No credit card required” but actually won’t let me try the VPN without asking me for my credit card info FIRST :)))))))))))))))))))))

  135. For non-photographers a phone camera is all they need, hence the decline in sales of compact cameras. In the mass market convenience always trumps quality. For a photographer a smartphone is the camera you always have with you, so it is useful when you don’t have something better to hand. But for versatility, image quality, ergonomics … there is no contest with what a large-sensor compact DSLR or MILC can do. Multiple lenses and clever software in smartphones can try as they might to emulate what dedicated cameras can do with their optics and larger sensors … but the results are only convincing to people that on’t have much experience of photography or aren’t very critical of image quality.

  136. “This Sony A6300 can auto-focus in 0.05 seconds” – I dunno, I have a Sony A6300 but the camera in the picture is definitely not a Sony A6300. Maybe one of the full frame models? I don’t know any Sony camera that has that shutter speed knob.

  137. To most people, of course it’s not worth it. Less than 1% of them will print over A5 size paper. A4 at most. Most of them never printed it at all.
    For pro/serious amateur photographers, is that even a question in the first place?

  138. Nice. It can’t beat the big ones coz: physics and math (geometry to be exact)- the larger the better.

  139. Too bad they are not dropping in prices. Seriously they are still like 100 bucks for one that isn’t trash.

  140. FYI, The Note 9 does actually have an adjustable aperture on the main camera. If you point the main camera at a light and then open the camera app you can watch a little tiny iris close around the opening.

  141. It’s more than dept of field, the battery or the resolution, it’s about shooting in neutral low light conditions, freezing movement correctly, using remote speed lights, having wide dynamic range for the perfect skin tone and producing RAW files for editing.

    With phones you can take a decent picture, but over a limited range of distances under ideal lighting conditions and with limited dept of field effect. Even if you manage to meet those conditions every time – your pictures would look decent but would also look the same.

    1. Basically, if you want a 28mm f/10 experience, pretty much what a disposable camera does, your phone is great. Which, to be fair, is very useful to have in your pocket at all times. But even grabbing some cheap Kodak ColorPlus film and slapping it into an old SLR will give you better pure IQ than your smartphone, though the workflow is slow as dirt.

  142. I once thought the digital camera was useless until I bought my first DSLR, the difference in image quality between a proper camera and smartphone camera is day and night. The smartphone camera is rubbish in colour rendering, low light and autofocus speed, not to say it does not have lens changing capabilities, to enhance the creativity. The modern DSLR lenses are very sharp. Mirrorless camera lenses are even sharper. The smartphone camera is best for emergency uses however due to its size and versatility.

  143. Good summary of the comparative advantages!

    I find it ironic that, arguably at least, the single best image I’ve ever captured in my whole life, was on my iPhone 6, rather than on the Nikon D7100 I had just purchased a few months earlier! In that particular case, it was just a question of having a camera quickly available at exactly the right moment (plus of course having fair picture-taking habits/skill).

  144. Does your phone give u control over Iso,aperture or F stop, does it give u the option of being able to record in what ever frame rate u desired u have options to view histograms etc, am new to photography but already I know that u cant compare a phone which has little to no flexibility to a DSLR

  145. The situation has changed a little: nowadays flagship phones, such as samsung s10, have mobile parts, optical zoom and optical image stabilization. Therefore, changing the aperture is no more just “a trick”, but I can’t be sure about the shutter speed.

  146. Are DSLR’s obsolete?……of course they are, just look at all the sports photographers and news journalists using their smartphones……not.
    Ask yourself why these people dont use a smartphone if there so good?

    1. Lol DSLR will never obsolete to Smartphone. Maybe DSLR only to mirrorless because it’s more smaller and less weight.

      Quality wise high end mirrorless = high end DSLR.

  147. Smartphones will beat DSLRs rather soon, larger sensors as well as larger pixels for capturing will within 5 years bear most DSLRs in the $1000 or less range in most scenarios for most average consumers. Most youtubers or pros still will always go digital first but the use of a phone camera and convenience is still nice. They really truly can’t and won’t beat Mirrorless though. Mirrorless is the ultimate combination of modern technology in the body of a digital camera and all in all the future of cameras. They combine so much of DSLRs and smartphone style stuff into a sleek/slim pro setup.

  148. Oh god, what a question, “are digital cameras still worth buying?”

    Hell yes if you make money with photography. Not with an Instagram account where you place pics to sell something, but with pics itself that you sell. Because a photographer doesn’t just sell pics, he sells impressions. It’s an art, where DSLR is a serious set of paints and brushes and an iPhone is just a housekeeper’s inkjet printer, that’s all of it.

  149. photography on a phone is like gaming on a phone. If you do it a little, it’s just fine, but when you’re more serious and passionate about it and you really spend some time with it, it makes more sense to go for a more dedicated(likely also pricier) system.

  150. well you CAN change the shutter speed on a phone. A phones camera won’t work that well if it can’t. That’s not just software. It just does not have a moving part in front of the sensor. Smartphones are DSLMs not DSLRs.

  151. Lmfao to even ask this question just makes me laugh so hard. Lets revisit this a couple forever years than that.

    1. @Mild Misanthrope I guess it’s because if they see someone with a dedicated camera they know for sure that the person is going to take a picture? Since it can’t be used for anything else

    2. Does anyone else have this problem when they have a DSLR around their neck? I enter establishments that tell me I can’t bring my camera or film inside and when I take photographs out in public of locations and my friends and family I am often accosted and told I need permission to photograph people. Yet every single person is carrying an HD camera on them at all times. I never have problems when I just use my smart phone camera.

    3. I don’t really do so everywhere, but when packing my suitcase to go anywhere, MOST DEFINITELY. On holiday too. I’d rather not bring my DSLR to my local supermarket lol, even though I do live in switzerland.

  152. What I don’t like about cell phone cameras is the lag time. I can’t count how many shots I missed because my smartphone took too long for the shutter to fire. Especially a moving subject, like pets or small children.

  153. A $ 170 point and shoot camera is far superior than the camera on a smartphone similarly priced .
    I would never pay $1000 for an iPhone , either .
    Point and shoots can still do things smartphones can’t .
    The average professional photog will always use a p&s

  154. Need to update this video. New cameras like the s9 have physical apertures and mechanical image stabilization

  155. If a pro photographer rocked up to your wedding and pulled out a phone and started shooting you would be cutting sick.

  156. Just remember people phone cameras are for people who are broke or don’t have enough money to buy a real camera or pepole who wants take pictures but don’t have the photography skills and and hobbies and there’s people who says normal cameras are not cool anymore and are the things of the past and there’s people who are not are into cameras well i take pictures with my phone but only important documents or prices of things i want to remember and for sound recording and internet and research only i have a Canon Rebel t6i dslr camera and a Sony HD camcorder and i have an Android phone but normal cameras and camcorders have better imagine and video Resolutions than phones and it’s HD too

  157. I spent quite a bit of money on digital SLR cameras and lenses and point and shoot digital cameras as well. However, once I got my iPhone 7+, I noticed that the phone took excellent photos. True, the digital SLR has better wide angle and telephoto capability, however, the phone takes really good photos for most applications. Also, I always have my phone with me which is a big plus.

  158. 3:47 isn’t that an A7 something? A6300 has the more compact body doesnt it with the view finder to the side

  159. The latest smartphone camera ARE impressive. Youtube search “Iphone X vs movie camera” if you don’t believe me. One advantage smartphones have is their smaller sensor size which actually gives a longer depth of fields and leaves more of the scene in focus. On the downside, most smart phones really struggle with harsh dynamic range, low-light and of course zoom.

  160. The best advantage a phone has: It’s in your pocket. When you walk around with a DSLR you are bound to not only be encumbered by it, but to attract unwanted attention. However, in other situations, a DSLR is actually better to blend in. So it depends on the situation. I used to buy cellphones to use as a phone, but after so many times wishing for a good enough camera when I didn’t have, I finally gave in and bought an expensive cellphone. The images are actually impressive, if your objective is to only post them online. But when I’m just walking around in my motorcycle I prefer my DSLR, for example, not only for image quality but I look less of a creep when I go to another city and take pictures using it.

  161. Apart for mentioned tweaking on compacts… and zoom 😀 Can you make Skype call with it? Basic Google search? Listen to audio book while waiting anywhere? Is it always in your pocket? No no no… So, with any budget I’d rather get smartphone than compact. Unless I need that difference in pictures.

  162. If we take into account phones are like 500-1000$, and ever increasing in price, the mid range dslr/mirrorless slr-like (t7i/m50, xt30/xt3, d5600/5500, a6400/6300) is probably a more apt comparison than a ‘point and shoot’/Camcorder; it’d be hands down better for both photo and video, but photo and video alone, nothing else that smartphone does. You would need a separate cpu from the cameras, probably software, and knowledge to process/edit the images or video, instead of the phones soc/apu doing it all for you at a basic level automatically.

  163. Ofc they are. You literally cannot physically fit that lens into a f-in smartphone. There’s no discussion here. No software adaptation can make up for the physical restrictions of a phone camera compared to an actual one.

  164. The smart phones have destroyed the market for point and shoot digital cameras.

    That said many venues that prohibit the use of ‘professional’ cameras welcome photography with smartphones.

    They disallow thr use of handheld devices used to steady the smartphone such as pistol grip smartphone mount.

    Many smartphones have image stabilization mode for video and still photography, the use of a handheld mount isn’t necessary.

    What I like about shooting videos with my LG V20 is the ability to pause a recording. Many high end camcorders and DSLRs don’t have that option. You have to stop and start recording which creates new files which need to me stitched together during post.

    When you pause and resume a recording the same file is used eliminating the need stitch or merge multiple recording.

    I understand the design behind multiple files. If you record a very long session and that big file becomes corrupted you’ve lost a lot of work. With smaller multiple files if one were corrupted you still have remaining files to work with.

  165. 5:37 — Actually Samsung made cameras under its Galaxy brand, including the Galaxy NX which had a DSLR form factor.

  166. Are laptops still worth buying ? For that matter.
    Phones are the quick fix option, handy for a sneaky shot in a cafe or on a train.
    Creativity relies on more than, little tweaks.
    Phone for selfies. Cameras for images.

  167. why does this guy talk like the exercise clown from the VCR Peter Simmons whatever?That annoying voice kinda ruined it for me.  No oence or anything just maybe try bringing down the gain on your dialog track sheesh! A bit overmodulated imo.

    1. I mean I get it your excited and enthusiastic about technology but it don’t hurt to try a compresser or something lol.You are clipping my speakers on every video.

  168. phone camera’s are getting much better for most people, but as a professional photography when you need a lot of “optical zoom” NOT a “digital zoom” or even more lens features, in that term the camera phone sucks. I;m not talking about the compact cameras, but the DSLR or some pro high zooming cameras. In conclusion it is your choose weather you need just to shoot or you need a pro settings and/or zoom lens.

  169. I remember when first camera phones came, people often said it’s complete vain. You don’t need it.

  170. This is why channels who don’t know about photography shouldn’t post this not even a clue about what he’s talking about

    1. @Qqq Qqq stfu yourself Linus knows his stuff about computers damn right, photography he hasn’t got a clue that’s reality can’t be good at everything

  171. the best camera you have is the one you have with you and that in most cases will be a smartphone. Mine is an old galaxy S7 which takes very good photos and video. I’d love to say my massive investment in Sony mirrorless cameras showed an equally increased quality. I think us decent camera owners hate to admit that smartphone cameras are as good as they are!. These phone cameras get better and better with each upgrade.

  172. Small Point and Shoot are dead, but Premium Compacts and Super Zooms will still be around for at least next 10 years.

  173. Are Digital Cameras Still Worth Buying? No for many but Yes if you are serious about photography. There is no comparison between a good Digital SLR and a phone camera, the latter is a toy by comparison.

  174. Sure, dedicated cameras have better sensors and better lenses, and phones can only emulate certain effects through software. But who cares, as long as the software emulation is indistinguishable from the real deal? Try comparing the pixel 3 to any entry level dslr let alone a point and shoot in

    You might be surprised if you bought into Linus’ rhetoric.

  175. Top smartphones in 2018 and 2019 are really good for still shots. They have two to three separate main cameras with tiny prime lenses and good sensors (eliminating the necessity to have a zoom lens). They provide excellent quality of still shots for most people — more than enough. Video of course sucks (the same holds for DSLRs) because built-in mics (+their internal crappy DSLR mic amps) suck, and image stabilization is often poor, focusing is bad, footage is rough, and zooming is “jagged” and crappy — to name the main issues with phones and DSLRs. The main “shooting” purpose of phones is photographs — the same for DSLRs — they both will totally suck at video. A modern DSLR is a much better choice for quality photos if you can shoot (studied photography or at least one book on it). As to video, modern camcorders are way better but people prefer crappy stuff. The only thing people can do with an expensive DSLR and expensive fast lenses is to blur the background to crap and to think they became pros. They talk about bokeh and corners sharpness all the time. That’s crazy. That’s neither photography, nor is it videography. Most of the time it is exactly the case: People buy an uberexpensive fast lenses and a DSLR + some mic + flashgun. And they neglect everything else. So their footage is garbage, photos are no good either. They however produce many thousands of such photos. They can’t even nail the technical side, so the lighting, sound, footage (often is not even in f… ng focus! — and a smartphone can do better!) are all crappy. It all sucks. That’s one of the reasons people may sometimes be referred to as sheeple. Modern technology is giving everything needed for superb professional footage and photos at very low amateur prices but people turn out crap regardless of their gear, be it a smartphone, a full frame DSLR or even a camcorder! Yes, they can’t even handle a fully automatic camcorder(!) most of the time. So I can’t recommend camcorders and DSLRs over top smartphones but I can recommend books on photography and videography — that said — if money is not the issue — a modern DSLR + modern camcorder will still produce better results even if the user does everything wrong! The users worry only about the specs, the higher the price of the lens the better. The faster the lens the better. The end result doesn’t matter 🙂 LOL Reality check: the most import thing on a camcorder is good focusing, modern powered image stabilization and a smooth zoom rocker plus an adequate cameraman behind + (a mic with a deadcat if outdoor footage is shot). The most important thing on a DSLR: the external flashgun or flashguns in synch (or a simple internal built-in pop-up flash with an extremely cheap color flash diffuser matching the white balance of the scene shot) + a photographer who can manually adjust the amount of flash needed to bland nicely with ambient light and who is not dumb enough to make out-of-focus shots (it’s done automatically). Sure, photos can be taken without flashgun/glashguns/pop-up flash but people’s eyes will always be dark and unprofessional looking. Autoflash settings still produce too much light and are bad even in 2018/2019. But people worry about something else, of course. Who cares about lighting, fast correct focusing, smooth zooming, and a deadcat outside ? About a dedicated camcorder and a dedicated DSLR ? :))) Nobody!

  176. Now 4 sensor cameras are coming into the market. That will change the game completely. They can be equal to a full frame dslr. Howzzat ??

  177. I have m43 and i can say that right now – no phone can replace it, but i am afraid that in 10-15 years we will for sure lose dslr cameras and get on it with phones completely.

  178. If you actually like taking photographs, like adjusting settings and take time to get the perfect shot, of course they are worth it. For someone who mostly takes selfies in a restaurant, not worth it. So probably 90-95% of people are good with phone cameras, no extra nuisance to carry a separate camera with you. Still most cameras today have a way to share the pictures to your phone wireless, if you really want to share them immediately.

  179. Was this video sponsored by Nikon or Canon? I agree with what you are saying but you are missing the fact that we can take close to professional photos with smartphones. Its only matter of time before “close to professional” will become “professional”. And we never know what technology is capable of. May be we don’t even need big sensors. Who knows.

  180. 1:25 sorry Linus, that’s not correct. Image sensors don’t work like a solar panel, and so, exposure is not per total area, i.e. sensor size, but instead per unit area. If it was the other way, Canada has more light than USA because it’s bigger, no, it’s the same amount of light despise the size.

  181. Note : A dslr is build for photography and video shooting. A dslr has way better sensor than phone camera have. So dslr always wins

  182. That’s a Fuji camera at 3:44 NOT a Sony. Fuji cameras rock by the way. And it’s the lenses that make the most difference… not the camera… these days. Fuji lenses ROCK!!

  183. Phone cameras are good, and you can film great stuff with a phone camera.
    But take a 1/2’3rd sensor from an iPhone 10 and compare that to the same sized sensor in a Sony or Canon point and shoot and tell me you don’t see a difference in sharpness, focus, exposure, the way it handles light, lensflare etc etc….

    My Galaxy S7 is still a fantastic camera, but i’m on the verge of buying a nice digital camera to replace it’s videofunction, just because it’s BETTER.

  184. Yes. Digital cameras especially DSLR / pro cameras are definitely still relevant. Especially for important events-

  185. The best camera is the on e you have when want to take a photo☺

    I used to have a film camera and develop black and white film. I have an entry level slr type camera not true dslr. I use it mostly on manual.

    I find i can hold it steadier than a phone, choose my focus point more easily, adjust aperture and frame the photo better looking through the viewfinder. Fewer poles sprouting out of heads ☺

    You can get better shots with it, but you have to have it with you. That’s where the phone wins.

  186. The best camera in any given situation is the one that you have with you. While I might prefer to have my D800 with my 70~200 f2.8 VR lens, my Galaxy Note 8 is infinitely better than nothing. That being said, I travel by motorcycle and usually have a small weatherproof Coolpix Point ‘n Shoot hanging around my neck. Much faster to use than either my phone or my DSLR – and I can use it single handed without taking my gloves off.

  187. An Iphone costs $1,000. For $1,000, you can get a great camera.

    If phones are so great, why are young people so much in debt? Why haven’t they improved their lives since they are on their phones 24/7? A phone is a time-wasting device. I got rid of my ‘smartphone’ and went back to a flip phone that I only use for emergencies.

  188. Yes, definitely. They also can take horizontal pictures, which you don’t see from phone cameras!! Plus, there are a plethora of features and customizations that are really creative. And oh, did I mention the vast variety of available lenses?!

  189. Smartphone manufacturers don’t tell you their cameras are nothing more than simple point-and-shoots that don’t adjust for anything except maybe focus. They have a fixed shutter speed and fixed aperture. Fast moving objects blur, depth of focus is shallow and really light or dark subjects pixelate pretty badly. You can opt for aftermarket apps that allow various adjustments before you shoot, but they’re fooling you; they do nothing more than preview a post-exposure digital manipulation, not an optical one.
    Nothing beats a good piece of glass, a variable aperture–and PhotoShop on your desktop computer.

  190. When i was younger, my mom had a samsung 800g with a 5 megapixel camera!, she have a picture of me taken with that phone, and it looks pretty nice acually!

  191. Not really unless you do it for a job. For most a phone works just fine. You don’t need to spend a fuckton on lenses either or the initial unit.

  192. its not the sensor catch up. its the processing power and algorithm more superior, true camera sensor catch more light, but a lot of phone have great algorithm to stack photos to make it up.

  193. Silly video…it’s a no brainer that dslr’s are infinitely better! Your phone can’t adjust for aperture, shutter speed, iso..

  194. For 90% of people smartphone cameras are more than adequate but for people more serious about photography or film, smartphones can’t compete

  195. People used to use instamatic and old phone cameras simply because they’re handy and cheap. Yes we got crappy pics but most people aren’t sports photographers. They just want a picture of that deer or the birthday cake that they may or may not even look at again. The big thing is if you want to zoom or you have a need for really nice photos like if you’re a pro at a wedding.

  196. Real cameras better in all ways except you probably have your phone with you everywhere when need to grab a quick photo.

  197. Cell phones have all but replaced point and shoot cameras, but they are far from replacing DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.

  198. Whatever shutter or aperture or exposure you change on your smartphone doesn‘t change the fact that at the end of the day, to get the real shot you need a big sensor to catch an amazing clear high dynamic, colour depth, Raw picture without any noise and distortion. Connect amazing rendering different focal length, sharp lenses and link it with high watts flash lights and strobes to get the crazy mindblowing hollywood look. That’s why proffesionals don‘t buy smartphone to shoot. Smartphone only replace cheap 100-300 dollar digital cameras and point & shoot cameras. Don‘t let the phone industry fool you into having the best camera that replaces all proffessional cameras.

  199. Make an update for 2019! The latest phones such as Huawei Mate 20 Pro or Samsung Note 9 have incorporated great innovations in photo taking, such as physical adjustment of aperture or wide angle lenses

  200. I bought a olympus e pen mini 2 (second hand). İt smaller as a phone if I take lens take off.Then I bought a wifi memory card.(the memory card able to send from camera to phone with wifi signal,yeah it is amazing)

    I take more quality photo with camera and I able to send it to my phone easily and I able to share it to any social medias.
    İt is my smartest way 🙂

  201. Use some common sense… A DSLR or dedicated digital camera (of comparable price points) will always outperform a “smartphone” WITH “a camera”. One has a very useful “accessory” and the other is “the main attraction”. Smartphones excel because they offer SOOO MUCH for your money, like the swiss army knife of digital gadgets! BUT… Take the time to build from the ground up something which has absolutely no OTHER functions, but instead focuses SOLELY on what it is(camera) and you are going to have a more suitable option… Regardless… Smartphones have come a LOOOONNNGGG way with camera technology! This is coming from someone who OWNS 2 DSLR’s (Nikon D-90 and a SONY A7III). IF you take the time to dial in the settings on the pro mode of my Galaxy Note 9 it is ALMOST INDISTINGUISHABLE from my SONY A7III in some shots… To an untrained eye it would never be noticeable which was the smartphone. Granted, most average people don’t KNOW how to dial in their camera settings perfectly and find the best lighting/angles for shots which winds up making all their “auto mode” shots look poor, out of focus and overexposed…
    When you take the time to LEARN about what you are holding and how to OPTIMIZE its functionality, you’ll be surprised with what you can pull off with a smartphone camera!

  202. Still? They get better and cheaper every year. As time goes on they are more and more worth buying… Aps-C and full frame sensors just do not have any equal among smaller sensors. Smaller pixel sites will always give you a certain look due to actual physical limitations at those scales. Also pretty sure that cameras that use interchangeable lenses have seen rising sales at least in the 4-5 years I have been paying attention. Maybe smaller point-and-shoot cameras are dying but they are using hardware (sensor, lenses) not too different from the phone cameras so that is to be expected.

  203. AI is a new genie out of the bottle. …. and it can do a lot …. and future potential is infinite

  204. I would rather buy a $600 canon m50 than a $1000 iphone. And if I want i could add some more bucks and buy a mavic 2 pro.

  205. If digital cameras do not give good image and videos quality better than phone cameras have then what is the point spending 4k above buying this digital cameras

  206. I’m not a photographer, but I definitely notice that camera phones don’t take pictures as nice as SLR or DSLR cameras. My Dad got me a DSLR for Christmas one year, before camera phones were a major thing. You don’t have to be a graphic designer or an image professional to notice. The contrast is so marked that I’ve seen lower megapixel standalone cameras from over a decade ago take pictures that look nicer than modern smartphone cameras. Megapixels aren’t everything, I think that tiny lens/sensor combination will always be a huge limitation, not to mention the fact that it has to fit into a thin/flat smartphone.

  207. and im here struglling to find a digital camera to make a channel , but does makes sense… phones advantage also takes pictures, records videos and on top, allows you to communicate worldwide or text

  208. Of course they are. You can’t change lenses on a phone like with a camera. You can use wide angle lenses (around 12-24mm) or use 100-2,000mm lenses. You also have things like tilt-shift lenses. The control on a camera is also much better with control of shutter speed, aperture settings, White balance, etc. If all you care about are selfies or pictures shot at the same focal length, then you don’t need a camera. If you like to have shallow depth of field and different focal lengths, like photographers use, then a phone is not good enough.

  209. Well, your smartphone only has a 1/2.5” sensor which is incapable of achieving the shallow depth of field, dynamic range, or long exposure grain performance compared to an entry level APC-C Nikon D3300.

  210. In my (NOOB) opinion, CHEAP digital cameras became OBSOLETE around the year 2013 (don’t worry you can still use them until 2050! xD). That’s when smartphones started showing CONVINCING photo quality.
    In 2019, Smartphones can take pretty IMPRESSIVE pictures, so the market for most digital cameras is DEAD… EXCEPT for medium to high-end DSLR cameras. If you’re serious about photography getting a good DSLR is still ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.