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Everyone loves showing off their summer holiday snaps. Whether you’ve got plans to go sightseeing, relax on a beach holiday or live it up at a festival, there is no doubt that there will be some photography involved. The question is will you be using your digital camera or your smartphone?

Over the years the quality of cameras on smartphones have increased considerably, and for most people this has meant that there is no need to carry around an additional device, unless you’re a pro at photography. Many smartphones now have features such as a front camera, automatic white balance, focus and exposure to ensure that you get the best image you can, and seeing as the majority of the population have their phones with them constantly, you will always have it with you – perfect for impromptu picture moments.

Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020

The megapixels available on smartphone cameras have also risen over the past years. The first ever camera phone, the Samsung SCH-V200, had just 0.35 megapixels, whereas now the Nokia Lumia 1020 boasts a whopping 41MP which is higher than a lot of digital compact cameras on the market. Optical zoom also used to be a distinct advantage for the compact cameras, but last year, Samsung closed the gap even further by introducing the Galaxy S4 Zoom last year complete with optical zoom, opposed to the standard digital zoom.

However, digital cameras have upped their game too, now offering Wi-Fi and NFC so you can easily connect to your smartphone and social networks and share your images instantly. Some also feature dual LCD so you can take the perfect group shot, or selfie on your camera, something that was exclusive to smartphones due to the rise in videotelephony.

Samsung DV151 Smart Camera
Samsung DV151 Smart Camera

There are also other benefits that digital compact cameras hold over smartphones, including Intelligent IS, for no more blurry photos, HS Systems to take good images in low light, and Smart Auto, which means they still hold some power over the smartphone camera.

Each device has its own pros and cons and for most users getting a camera will more than likely depend on how good the camera is on their smartphone, how often they would use a digital camera and the purpose of the photographs, i.e. purely for your own use or for business.

What will you be taking with you this year?


  1. Megapixels are only an indication of the size of a photograph and not an indication of quality. I’ve had a few cameras over the years and am in fact an amateur photographer. Years ago I had a 1.2MPFuji camera which I’ve just sold but was one of the best due to the quality, even better than my Panasonic 14MP. People are led to believe the higher the MP the better. Most, if not all people who use a camera phone never print their pictures and I’m sure if they did they wouldn’t print extra large sizes so what’s the point in all those extra pixels. There’s also no point in using the highest setting due to file size (MB) and rightly so because high resolutions are wasted on a tiny screen no matter what the screen resolution claims to be. Most monitors are 1920×1080 which is still only 2.1MP. If you’re not going to print then anything above is wasted as monitors are designed to look best at their native resolution. A 8MP pic at 3264×2448 would have to be squashed on a regular monitor, this is why you get some ragged edges. The same pic only looks at its best when zoomed in but then you’ve lost the shot. I hope this is helpful for those who think the higher the number the better. Don’t let the salesman sell you something you don’t need.

  2. Agree completely with Asterix and would just add that the craze for use of camera phones to record almost everything in their lives and have virtually nothing produced as a physical copy will ensure that the grandchildren, great grandchildren and other family descendants will have vastly reduced chances of actually holding and looking at hard copy of their family history..
    Electronic storage changes remorselessly – just look at storage in computing storage facilities since the early eighties from external Tape to the 5.25″ Floppy Disk and regularly onwards ’till today, it’s no use thinking “we will always access – think of Betamax!


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