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Beginner's Guide Video: DSLR vs SmartPhone


DPReview just posted the first in an ongoing series of short videos aimed at the novice photographer. In this first segment hosts Jordan and Mark compare the results from a smartphone and an entry-level digital SLR in everyday shooting conditions such as low light, moving subjects and the challenge of capturing a flattering informal portrait. In future spots the video guides will be covering more practical shooting advice and diving into creative techniques in an effort to help beginners choose the right gear. 


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These pictures are too cherry picked and seem to be pushing a anti-smartphone agenda. Smartphones and DSLRs are on opposite sides of the camera spectrum and you can tell by the size alone, not to mention the cost. Furthermore, many of those photos, especially the low light ones taken by the DSLR, require lots of tinkering that the average user may not know how or care to bother with. The same tinkering on a smartphone can achieve vastly better results than what was represented. Cameras on high end phones can rival even high end point and shoot cameras nowadays. Even before smartphones became popular, people were not swarming to their favorite camera store to get DSLRs either. This video just seems really silly and not useful.


I'll question the blanket low light superiority of the DSLR. I have a Lumia 920, and the night/low light shots it takes is amazing - often as good as my E-M5 with a 2.8 lens. Of course, as they point out, there's no zoom, no real flash, etc. But it is with me ALL the time. I have to deliberately bring the E-M5.


First, I agree with "massimogori"

But I do think that the best camera is always the one you have with you. The main question is how well you can use your equipments.

I use Nokia 808 PureView and my spous has iPhone. For the beginner iPhone is much easier and faster to use.
But if you want the best camera that exist in phones 808 still holds it`s rank as number one (technically speaking).

You can use 3x lossless zoom for stills and still get quite stunning 8 Mpixel files up to ISO 800 (there is also ISO 1600 but it is for "I-must-have-this-photo" situations only.

But you must know what you`re doing and
exercise both 808 camera functions and/or 3rd party apps (such as Camera Pro).

It is true that ergonomics sucks both in phones and compact cameras if there is no EVF and/or articulated LCD.

PS. I can send file taken inside (ISO 50) and heavy crop from file taken in Mark Knopfler concert here in Helsinki ( ISO 1600 AND -3,7 f/stops underexposure ! ). Both are taken handheld.


By the same token, next step will be to compare books with sms.

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Why scare people away with that big ugly DSLR? You don't need camera that big to be better than a smartphone. A mirrorless camera will do, plus more. Even premium compact like RX100 can run circles around smartphones, while still being pocketable.


You don't need high-end compacts either. A 50$ camera will do the job just fine and even better than a rectangular brick camera phone.

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