A new trend is undeniably emerging. Digital stand alone cameras are being replaced by the cameras in Smartphones. The convenience of having a fairly good camera in a device you are already carrying around outweighs the better photo quality of the stand alone digital camera. Sure, if you are a professional photographer, the Smartphone camera isn’t going to be good enough for you. But for most of us, having a 5-8 megapixel camera in our Smartphone is good enough. And the convenience factor just tips the scale in favor of the Smartphone camera.
Nokia and HTC are racing to make Smartphones with higher megapixel cameras. Nokia N8 has a 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera and equally high quality flash. Nokia contacted John Hawkes about trying out the N8 Smartphone to do aerial photography. At first John was reluctant to even bother with the challenge, but eventually he did just that. With the zoom function, he captured some pretty impressive photographs.
Digital SLR cameras have their own firm place in the photography world. But when digital cameras started taking over the photography world from the analog “film” camera, there were skeptics. Die hard photographers thought there was never going to be a chance digital photography would take over the film world. Now it is pretty obvious that digital is tops. Yes, there is still a whole genre of film photography, but most households have a digital camera now. In addition, everyone is sharing photos via email, Facebook, etc. And with that trend, consumers are looking for replacement camera batteries. Let’s face it. Rechargeable batteries only last just so long. Also having a spare set of charged up batteries can save you at functions where you just have to get that photo.
Smartphones with cameras are winning the war. An photo app for your iPhone dropped to 99 cents today. And FREE today only, this just out: get a Plastic Bullet Camera free. In my life, my Droid X has an 8 megapixel camera and my older digital camera only has 5 megapixels. I considered (briefly) buying a new camera, but frankly I hate having to carry around 2 devices. I also like the convenience of being able to email the photos directly from my phone, as well as uploading them to Facebook from the Droid X. What about you? Do you prefer using your digital camera or do you use your phone for taking pictures? Which side of the war are you on?
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