Situations when Mobile Phone Camera can replace DSLR

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We are living in the time where almost each one of us carries a smartphone loaded with a decent quality camera in your pocket. All you need to do to capture a moment is to take out the mobile phone from your pocket, unlock it, open the camera app and CLICK. Cameras have evolved over the years, we started from bulky camera obscura, moved on to 35mm film cameras and then to modern DSLRs. The next big leap was from a DSLR to mobile phone camera, though one cannot match the output quality of both, but at the end, it’s all about capturing the moments in a digital format.

Technically, the mobile phone camera can not replace the DSLR camera because of many reasons such as the smaller sensor size, comparatively less effective in low light conditions, fewer pixels and the fact that you cannot mount lenses to improve the quality of final output. By the means of this blog post, I would be highlight few situations in which using a mobile phone camera is easy and helps you capture moments which lasts for a few seconds/minutes.

I would like to share a couple of experiences where I realised that using a mobile phone camera helped me capture moments which otherwise would have been missed had i waited to get my DSLR to capture the shots.

Related post: 6 Best Mobile Photography Tips

While traveling to office/college

One fine day while i was traveling from Noida to Delhi via Metro train for my office work, i witnessed a beautiful sunrise and to add to the frame i managed to find a water body to capture the reflection. I quickly took out my Samsung Note 3 and captured the frame before the sunrise moment was gone. Now, had i thought to capture this moment using my DSLR, I would have to cover good 10 k.m. and almost 15 minutes to reach back to this spot with my camera. By that time, the moment would have gone and i would have missed the shot.

At a restaurant/cafe

Mostly during weekends, i explore new food joints across the town and i come across some tempting and mouth-watering dishes which can not stop me from clicking photos. As i am out and traveling, I prefer not to carry a DSLR along as it is annoying to carry the camera bag while you are out with your friends to have a good time. In this situation, the mobile phone camera is the ideal choice as it is always in your pocket and easy to carry.

Quick tip: try and capture the food in ambient lighting or using the window light. In case of low light, ask your friend to switch-on his/her mobile phone flash.

When out on streets

Recently i was walking down a street with walls full of graffitis, I was mesmerized by the beautiful artwork and without a second thought took out the mobile phone from my pocket and started clicking. In situations like this, it is likely that you would not be carrying your DSLR along, but you can always get your camera sometime later and shoot the walls.

But in the photo below, i saw a guy taking a selfie in front of a graffiti and i quickly captured the frame using my mobile phone camera. Moments like this needs you to take quick action and shoot. The second photo was clicked while i was riding my bike on my way back home and i liked the framed so thought to stop my bike on the corner and click a photo using the Samsung Note 3.

Explore creativity using mobile phone camera apps

Nowadays we have multiple mobile phone camera apps to enhance the perspective and to beautify photos after clicking photos. My favourite camera app  to enhance the perspective is Google Camera which allows you to capture Photo Sphere and Panorama that too with minimal errors while stitching multiple shots.

To further beautify your photos, you can use apps such as Snapseed and Adobe Lightroom which are my personal favourites. Using these apps you can control the brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness and much more.

Have you clicked some stunning photos from your mobile phone camera? Share in the comments below.

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About Author

Kunal Malhotra
Kunal Malhotra, a photography enthusiast whose passion for photography started 6 years back during his college days. Kunal is also a photography blogger, based out of Delhi. He loves sharing his knowledge about photography with fellow aspiring photographers by writing regular posts on his blog: The Photography Blogger. Some of his favourite genres of photography are Product, Street, Fitness and Architecture.