Smartphone cameras then vs now

DSLR cameras have come a long way since 2008. Sony, Canon, Nikon were just a few that were wildly popular back then. The cameras costed anywhere from $300-$1000. Even the best compact digital camera couldn’t compete. Cell phone cameras were minuscule and most couldn’t afford to spend so much money on a huge camera.

With the demand for quality smartphones that do more than just the basic call, text and picture message; companies started paying more attention to the quality of the camera. Camera quality can also be one of the main selling points to customers. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat are all heavily media based content. This allows users to quickly snap a picture, edit it quickly and post it within minutes. Instagram was released in 2010 for iPhone users. When the app began to explode in popularity there was demand for an Android version, but it wasn’t released until nearly two years later in 2012. The app gained popularity among young users, photographers, and many types of other people who wanted to share their creativity with the world.

When the HTC One M8 was released in 2013, it boasted an impressive dual lens camera which hadn’t been seen before. Users also had access to manual controls. This function allowed people to express their creativity more freely within smartphone photography. The freedom of being able to carry a tiny powerful camera that fits into your pocket is more convenient rather than lugging around a heavy and expensive camera along with its accessories. Reaching for a smartphone to capture special moments is almost second nature to many of us.

Fast forward to 2018 almost every smartphone has the ability to capture raw images, manual camera controls, and dual lenses. Companies also developed small camera accessories that have a similar function to DSLR accessories. It is hard to imagine what smartphone cameras will be able to do in the future. Will the cost of the camera drive up the price of the smartphone? Are exposure settings that of full frame DSLR? I’m excited to see what will be coming out in the years to come and I will probably base my next smartphone choice on the camera it features.

One thought on “Smartphone cameras then vs now

  1. I couldn’t agree more with this post.

    Smartphone cameras have come a long way since the beginning. Nowadays, the only thing that makes customers shake their head in anger and disgust when a phone without a headphone jack is a phone is released without dual-lens cameras.

    I own an LG G6 and haven’t once been disappointed with the quality of images it can capture. It also has a handy wide-angle lens, which can be used to capture more content within a single frame. While DSLR cameras are still far in the lead, smartphones are catching up at an impressive rate. It seems that the camera has become the main focus for smartphone developers.

    RED, a company in North America who is known for making tiny, powerful HD cameras is actually launching a phone later this year which will contain one of these bad boys.
    It will come with a large price tag that will put a dent in your pockets, but will be a must-buy for those who’s biggest feature they desire in a smartphone is the camera. Even though I most likely won’t be purchasing it myself, I’m looking forward to seeing if the phone will live up to its hype.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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