Nowadays, a phone isn’t merely a “phone,” it’s a device that encapsulates the many features of other devices. And while no one should discredit the convenience a modern smartphone, as it is capable of condensing many apps and functions into one interface, there is one aspect of a smartphone that all too many find to be a selling point: the camera.
The cameras found in cellular phones have increased in quality by veritable leaps and bounds, there is no denying that fact. But what many seem to forget is the large gap that still exists between a smartphone camera and a camera designed solely for the purpose of taking photographs.
To many, the photographic capabilities of a smartphone are seen as a selling point. Just take the ad campaign of the recent iPhone 6 as an example. Apple is essentially using the camera of the new iPhone model to entice users, and it works. By promising higher quality images, Apple has ensnared customers into purchasing the iPhone 6, with many unaware they can take pictures of the same quality (or better, in many cases) with a device set at half the price.
Take Canon’s PowerShot Elph 180 for example. A camera designed with the average consumer in mind (so those who simply want to take photos at various moments and largely unconcerned with photography as a practice), Canon’s Powershot Elph 180 is just as portable as a smartphone, costs far less, and can take images of a much higher quality.
Let’s compare the iPhone 6, arguably the smartphone with the best camera on the market, and the Elph 180 to prove that point. When it comes to image quality, the iPhone 6 clocks in at a rate of 8 megapixels, whereas the Elph 180 boasts 20 megapixels along with a DIGIC 4+ image processor.
In effect, the Canon Elph 180 can take photos with almost three times better quality than the iPhone 6. It’s also worth mentioning the many other support features included with the Elph 180, some of which can be found on the iPhone 6, and many of which are absent on other smartphones.
Now, this isn’t a feature against the iPhone 6. Rather it is a reminder that the camera of a smartphone shouldn’t be a deciding factor on whether you purchase it or not. Because no matter what phone, there is an affordable camera (an Elph is set at a price of $159 vs. the iPhone 6’s starting price of $899) on the market that can take far better photos.
So if you’re looking for a new smartphone, reconsider your stance on the camera. Don’t take it as a priority and purchase a device that is dedicated to photography to fulfill that function. You’ll probably save money in the long run anyway.
Photo credit courtesy of Shaw Academy.