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?
- Sensor Size – be it any scenario, the larger sensor always outperforms the smaller one.
- AF-Points – tracking moving object is very difficult. But when you have more AF-Points you can freeze them
- 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
- Lenses – having dedicated lenses for each occasion is just fabulous
- Viewfinder – this is the best way to frame the subject or scene
- 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.
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
- Nokia Communicator
- Nokia 6600
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