Should You Buy a Camera Or Just Use Your Phone?

I got my first phone 20 years ago, and back then, phones didn’t come with fancy cameras. All that you could pretty much do was to call and text your friends. Boring!

Fast forward to today, and you have an abundance of smartphones sporting the latest in mobile camera technology. My current smartphone can take amazing photos and I’ve been able to capture so many candid moments along the way.

But, this got me thinking. If my phone’s camera is that good, should I get a camera or can I just use my phone? And, should I ditch my DSLR camera altogether?

Join me as I take a look and answer your questions.

Should You Buy a Camera Or Just Use Your Phone?

The answer to this question depends on what you want to do with your camera or phone. You should get a camera if you want to be a professional photographer, or if you want to take on photography as a hobby. If you only intend to casually take photos, then your smartphone’s camera will do the job just fine. A smartphone’s camera is very accessible and this makes it easy for any casual photographer to perfectly capture life’s special moments.

Benefits Of Using Your Phone As A Camera

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To set the stage for this comparison, I will be comparing a decent DSLR camera with a top-of-the-range smartphone in more or less the same price bracket.

Let’s have a look at some benefits of using your phone as a camera.

1.) Convenience

This is probably the biggest benefit of having a smartphone with a camera. The small form-factor of your phone compared to a normal camera makes it very easy to carry around.

Most of us have our phones with us wherever we go and this means that it is always there to capture life’s most candid moments.

2.) Ease Of Use

Android and iOS have come a long way over the past few years, making it easy to capture photos and video in the palm of your hand. With an abundance of apps that can transform your smartphone into a camera, you’ll find it very easy to use.

You simply have to open your camera app, point, and take the photo.

3.) Connectivity

There are few things in life more satisfying than being able to share what you see with the people you care about.

With 4G connectivity, no matter where you are, your family and friends could experience your presence right then and there. This is great for sending a selfie of you having lunch to your friends, or to a loved one. Or maybe you just took a photo of a spectacular sunset, and you want to share it with all your friends on Facebook.

4.) Photo editing on the move

These days, smartphone cameras are very powerful. Not only can your phone take photos, but it can also edit them on the move with camera apps. Once the photo is taken, you might wish to take out the unwanted objects or adjust the contrast levels a bit so that you have a better picture.

Benefits Of Using A Camera Instead Of A Phone

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Now, let’s take a look at the benefits of using a DSLR camera as opposed to a smartphone to take photos.

1.) You can use lenses

This is what makes a camera a camera. By using lenses, you can do all kinds of cool things like taking photos of landscapes, portrait shots, and even zoom in on a small object from a distance.

While you can get lenses for certain phones, these can not achieve the same quality as the lenses that you get for an SLR camera.

2.) Higher quality photos

While smartphones can take high-quality photos, the quality of photos that you get from a DSLR camera will be higher.

This will be more evident when taking photos in low light. A DSLR camera’s big sensor allows it to capture more light compared to the smaller sensor of a smartphone’s camera.

3.) More creative control

Since you have more creative control over the way things look when taking photos using a DSLR camera, this is a great way to make your landscape shots, portrait shots and other images look exactly how you want them to.

As an example, if you want to take a sunset photo and you want to make sure that the sky and foreground are equally exposed, then you can make use of a gradient filter to achieve the desired effect.

4.) Faster performance

Most smartphones nowadays are able to take fast-moving shots, but using a DSLR camera will allow you to capture moving subjects much faster. An SLR’s shutter speed is much faster as well, and you even have an option of setting the shutter speed manually if you want to shoot in a specific way.


I won’t blame you for thinking of using your smartphone to take photos. I’m a professional photographer and I would be lost without my smartphone. It has allowed me to capture many amazing photos.

On the other hand, if I show up at a wedding or family shoot with just my smartphone then I’m pretty sure my clients won’t be impressed.

While I can technically get through a wedding or family shoot just fine, I would be limited in certain areas. I would not be able to zoom in on people’s faces or capture quality photos in low-light conditions.

It all comes down to what you want to use your camera or smartphone for. If you want to be a professional photographer then I recommend that you invest in a decent camera. If you’re not serious about photography then your smartphone’s camera will do just fine.