There was a time when we wouldn’t even imagine using our phone cameras for any serious photography. The sensors were small, the quality was pretty horrible, and the image sizes were just tiny by today’s standards. However, smartphone cameras have improved by leaps and bounds over the years, to the point where we have smartphone photography awards around the world.
Nowadays, you don’t necessarily need to lug around a heavy DSLR or even carry a small mirrorless camera with you to ensure you don’t miss a possible shot. You can just take out your smartphone and take the shot you want. Smartphones have much better quality these days, with improved colors, bigger sensors, and ‘deeper pixels’. We even have multiple camera lenses on phones now. Whether you like to take landscape shots with a super wide angle lens or want to have a dedicated monochrome camera, you can easily find a smartphone that has a secondary lens to do what you want.
With all that said, there are still a few areas where smartphone cameras can’t compete with bigger ones. Dynamic range is one of those areas, however, you could always use an HDR photo editor and create HDR photos right from your phone. Another problem many phone cameras face is bad low-light performance. This is mainly due to the fact that most smartphones still have very small sensors as compared to bigger cameras, which means that they can’t get enough light to create relatively noise-free images.
But despite all of these issues, the fact remains that smartphone cameras have come a very long way in a very short period of time. The reasons for carrying around proper photography gear with you, unless you are out for professional reasons, are getting lesser and lesser by the day and there may come a day soon when smartphone cameras are all we use.