Smartphone Cameras Can Never Ever Replace DSLRs


Every year it’s the same story, a new flagship smartphone is announced and it comes with boasting specs and an incredible camera followed by DxOMark points and tons of reviews on how good the camera is. The fans will always defend the smartphone brand no matter what. This goes on and on forever; it’s an unending debate worldwide.

I have been a phonographer (the one who takes photos with phone camera) all my life. I can’t deny the fact that I have taken more photos on my phones than on any dedicated camera. All the photos that I have taken are posted on this blog, also on my Facebook and Instagram. I have taken those with Nokia N79, Nokia 808 Pureview, Sony Xperia P and iPhone SE as far as smartphones are concerned.

See full-size photos taken by me on Flickr

We all know what Google did with its Pixel 2/XL and Samsung with its S9/S9+. Bokeh and Variable Aperture was only possible with dedicated cameras. Smartphone cameras have aged well and in the future, we will see more new features. Expecting a lot from HMD Global, what Nokia did back then taking risks with camera phones like N8, 808 and Lumia 1020.

All the photos we take on the smartphone will either land up on Facebook or Instagram or somewhere on our storage. If you think your current handset is great and can give the actual camera a run for its money, then you are wrong my friend. You just can’t defy physics.

We all carry our smartphone with us all the time, it is easy to capture the moment on a smartphone camera as easy as seeing. Carrying a DSLR adds an extra weight and all those lenses which makes the mess. Changing lenses, navigating through the menu is the pain in the a**. I do agree the DSLR needs a lot of improvement in software department and all-in-one lens that does the job done for most people.

Where do DSLR, Mirrorless, and other dedicated cameras shines?

  1. Sensor Size – be it any scenario, the larger sensor always outperforms the smaller one.
  2. AF-Points – tracking moving object is very difficult. But when you have more AF-Points you can freeze them
  3. Zoom – having a zoom is time-saving, knowing that you can zoom towards the moon as if you are seeing it from ISS is a good feeling and don’t forget spying
  4. Lenses – having dedicated lenses for each occasion is just fabulous
  5. Viewfinder – this is the best way to frame the subject or scene
  6. Manual Control – nowadays smartphones also have manual control but it’s just not like a dedicated camera

Let me know if I have missed any points, feel free to comment.


Why Nokia Is Reviving Old Phones?


Nokia, once a brand name which was a synonym for mobile phone lost its charm to the wind of iOS and Android. Not so long ago, it was resurrected by HMD Global. If you are following Nokia, you will know that it is reviving old Nokia phones. First, they revived the classic Nokia 3310 as known as The Brick Phone (I call it Mjolnir “Thor’s Hammer”) and now the Banana Phone Nokia 8110 which was popularised by the Hollywood Movie “The Matrix”. The question is WHY NOKIA IS REVIVING OLD PHONES?


The first reason I can think about is ATTENTION. People still love the Nokia brand, they are somehow emotionally attached to the brand. It doesn’t matter whether or not they are going to use the phone, but they will still purchase it and Nokia knows that. This makes perfect sense, knowing your customers is the key to success.

The second-best reason is FORGETTING THE PAST (History). Nokia + Microsoft = FAIL, we all know that. It wasn’t the OS that sucks, but it was the app store. The success of any OS is how many apps it has to offer to make our day to day task easy. SYMBIAN OS was far better during its time, it was the mother of all the OS and this is what made it successful back then. I still own the last SYMBIAN phone; the legendary NOKIA 808 PUREVIEW. Nokia is now going on PURE ANDROID EXPERIENCE “Android One”, they have embraced the Android Brand and even sold more Android phones than Google. In other words, Nokia is saying “Microsoft days are over and we are all into Google now”.

And the last reason is MAKING PHONES WHICH EVERYONE WANTS TO USE. Just like the good old days, giving good software support and legendary Nokia’s built quality is what people expect and Nokia delivers. Their partnership is ZEISS what made them the best camera phone back then is going to continue in this era as well. And I am expecting bigger sensor like Nokia N8, Nokia 808 Pureview and Nokia Lumia 1020.

Two old phones which I would love to see them

  1. Nokia Communicator
  2. Nokia 6600

Success Stories – Xiaomi In India (Part 1)


Xiaomi has replaced Samsung as the top smartphone company in India as of Jan 2018 with the market share of 27%. The top five smartphone companies in India are (not in order) Xiaomi, Samsung, Vivo, Oppo, and Lenovo+Motorola. I will be focusing on all the points which made Xiaomi No. 1 and I will also be sharing my personal experience.


Xiaomi, founded on 6th April 2010 by Lei Jun, in China and today it’s a multi-billion dollars industry. Xiaomi released its first smartphone (Mi 1) in August 2011 in China and in 2014 it became the largest smartphone company. As of 2017, it is world’s 5th largest smartphone company.

I know about Xiaomi, even before it came to India. As I love Custom ROMs a lot, and on XDA-Developers I saw MIUI rom. That time they were just the Custom ROM developers for me. And later they started manufacturing smartphones. Later they ruled their home country and became “The Apple of China”

Before Xiaomi entering India, the country was ruled by brands like Apple, Samsung, Sony, HTC, BlackBerry, LG, Lava, Xolo, Micromax, and Karbonn; just to name a few. Then it was like a BIG-BANG, Xiaomi entered Indian Market. It launched Mi 3 via Flipkart in July 2014 and due to high traffic on the website, Flipkart site crashed. Within 6 months they sold 1 million units in India. By May 2015 Xiaomi grabbed 3% market share in Indian smartphone market. At this stage, they are far from being No.1

Market Share 2015 May

Oppo was already in Indian Market, but not well known and vivo has just made its debut.


Unlike other companies, Xiaomi didn’t go on spending millions after millions on MARKETING. Instead, they relied on social media and word of mouth. They know where people were and are, and they targeted the right place. So, this step saved a lot of money which adds to the cost, hence the phones prices were total value.

E-Commerce was doing excellent, and people use to browse lot and lot of products online, they partnered with Flipkart as their retail partner. And a new era of Flash Sale started. Other companies manufacture large quantity, and sale them; if failed to sell them all, then there was a price drop or discount. Selling online that too with Flash Sale, made people waiting and crazy to grab Mi phone. This step also saved a lot of other expenses with goes into channel sales.

Both these strategies worked like charm and Xiaomi got what it wanted, and customers got value for money phones.

I don’t know how many parts I will be making. Stay tuned part 2 coming very soon.
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My Trip To Badami


Whilst working in vivo, I got transferred to Bagalkot district. There are visited all the rural places, the one which took my attention was Badami. The architecture is just so fabulous that it grabs the attention of a lot of tourists worldwide.

If you happen to visit such a place don’t forget to explore it. Beware of monkeys, they are well-trained thugs.

The Next Big Thing Camera Industry Needs


Photography is a passion, everyone loves to share their photos, be it family, vacation, friends, landscapes, wildlife, sports, etc. we love photographing everything we see. There was a time when people use to buy the compact consumer graded cameras for their daily dose of photography, but slowly over the period this faded away. This consumer graded compact cameras are dead now, nobody wants to buy them now. With INSTAGRAM being the world’s largest photography platform, makes it a benchmark and being a smartphone oriented makes it even more dangerous for camera industry. YOUTUBE being the largest video library, and FACEBOOK being a hybrid of both Instagram and YouTube. There will come a time when Facebook will become a tough competitor.

The camera industry must come up with something more creative and innovative approach. I am clicking more picture on my iPhone than on DSLR. People still love the idea of a compact camera, but value for money, performance and features make it a challenge. Smartphones can produce outstanding images, be it the quality, depth of field, performance, 1080p 60fps, slow-mo, 4K video recording and lastly dedicated apps for doing creativity. The only thing they lack is the sensor size and zoom lens.

The smartphones are not just eating up consumer graded camera, to some extend they are also eating up DSLRs. There is a whole new breed of photographers who are enthusiast about photography, they want a dedicated camera for their needs.

For camera industry to capture back the market share which they have lost to smartphones, they must come up with new ideas. These are some ideas which I think can bring a revolution in the industry. Continue reading

Reasons Why Your Best Employees Quit


There are several reasons why the employees quit, I will not be talking about all the reasons but the most common once. I too work at a managerial level as a Route Trainer, people often discuss with me why they quit or changed their job. Here I will be summarizing most of the reason.

Studies have shown that when an employee leaves, it is most often because of the manager. Nothing burns an employee worse than a lack of recognition; (same thing happened and happening with me too). You as a manager may not have enough budget to give your employees a raise they deserve. You do not have a budget limitation on “THANK YOU” and “APPRECIATION”.

In major cases when an employee quits, it is the manager who is to be blamed, but who gets the blamed is a different story. Continue reading

Good Employees Are The Real Assets Of A Company


With so much focus on customers, we often loose sight of our employees. We must remember that our company is nothing without them, the customer service and quality depends upon these skilled and motivated employees.

Employees should be seen as an asset not as expense and assets are something you invest in. One indisputable fact is that front-line workers, those who interact daily with customers, know the customers the best. However managers have a tendency to think they have all the answers. They don’t believe me.

If we consider a company to be a human body, then employees are the blood and brain. Having good employees can flourish the company and take it to whole new level.

“Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.” – Richard Branson

“You don’t build a business. You build people, and people build the business.” – Zig Ziglar Continue reading