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THE WAR BETWEEN SMARTPHONES AND DSLRS

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PHOTO GEAR by KRISS on 13 february 2016

Everywhere I seem to read articles that tend to now define some kind of war between the public who mostly take photos with smartphones for the ones who can be bothered and professionals who shoot with DSLRs.
To me this all sound like nonsense and for many reasons.
First of all, it’s like comparing people having more and more practical easily parked cars and professional delivery companies who have to run big trucks.

The arguments are pretty much the same :

In the photography world : Smartphones take beautiful photos so why bother with a DSLR

Equivalent in the vehicle world : Cars take you from point A to point B as well as trucks so why bother with a truck

Well, for the same reason you wouldn’t dream of using your own small practical car for a moving or transporting heavy furniture, why would anyone compare a smartphone that allows realizing perfectly good photographs for everyday needs (one’s personal facebook page or instagram) to a professional tool designed to work for particular purposes (realizing amazing fine art photographs or being able to cover anything with accuracy under any circumstances).

There is no war going on because there is absolutely no battle to be fought.
I am puzzled how much blogs and webzines do the favor to smartphone companies to compare their products to high end state of the art photographic equipment nowadays.

Yes, you can shoot one photo with plenty of time to do it, ideal light conditions both with a smartphone and an expensive DSLR and you will get a similar result (depending on the lens you put on the DSLR - I still want a fair comparison of a 70-200mm f2.8 on a DSLR to any smartphone on the planet).
But then, if you needed to get your phone out of the pocket and shoot a whole event with it (please don’t bring up the Israeli guy who shot a wedding with his Iphone in India, we saw something like 10 photos of the whole day, I cannot judge on that), what would happen? If you needed an accurate focus, framing, being able to change ISO, speed, aperture or AF mode at a fingertip, what would happen ? Would you slide your smartphone screen ?

No, I am definitely upset because this leads a growing number of people who have little interest or knowledge in photography into believing that anyone with pretty much anything now can do what they want and produce stunning images.
This is so partially true and not a rule of thumb.

I remember a few years ago reading an article that explained you could get as good images out of a Nikon D7100 (which costs less than 1000€) as from a Nikon D4s (which costs about 5000€).
I own both cameras and I can say that’s true.
Then, would I replace my D4s for a D7100, certainly not and for many reasons.
If I shoot 1000 photos with my D4s, I will get very few out of focus or underexposed, overexposed photographs.
The same cannot be said of the D7100 (which remains an excellent camera) and that’s why you have different tools for different purposes.

Try using your consumer driller to do some real works all day long every day and you’ll understand why the exact same driller you paid 50 euros costs 10 times or more as a « pro grade ».

#consumerism #nonsense #technology #geek

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