Are Digital Cameras Becoming Obsolete?
For well over two centuries, people have used a device to capture moments on film. As technology progressed, the wait time for pictures reduced, and the image quality has gotten better. Traditional film has given way to digital cameras, but in recent years, more people have used smartphones to replace their digital cameras. Are digital cameras becoming obsolete?
Digital cameras are big and bulky. They’re a burden to carry around and keep track of. Smartphones are much more convenient. They’re small and compact, designed to fit in your pocket. If you’re going to go on a road trip and need a device to take cameras with, there’s really no competition.
Smartphones are almost always on you, as well. The bulky size of a camera tends to mean you only bring it with you when planned — great moments for photos aren’t always planned events. Getting that perfect picture sometimes needs a spur of the moment tool.
Most digital cameras have a short battery life. Once the camera is dead, it can take hours to recharge. The battery life is much longer in smartphones. There are several third-party accessories available to extend the battery life of your phone, allowing you to take many more pictures. While you can buy extra battery packs for cameras, you have to make sure that they’re charged before leaving. With phone accessories, you can charge on the go.
While most cameras support memory cards, they just can’t compete with smartphones. Phones in the BB10 family, for instance, feature at least 16 GB of storage, expandable up to 64 GB, allowing for a total of 80 GB of storage. If you somehow manage to fill that up, since smartphones are connected to cellular networks, you can upload pictures, send them to your e-mail address, or remotely store them. Digital cameras just can’t compete.
This is the area where smartphones can’t yet compete. With smartphones, you’re offered many options, such as adding filters, captions, cropping, rotating, HDR, and Panorama, among others. Digital cameras offer many more features than smartphones can offer. With some digital cameras, you can purchase additional lenses, allowing you to take sharper pictures. You can also take pictures in many different styles such as HDR, time-lapse, tilt shift, and more. The pictures can then be uploaded to a computer for further manipulation.
This is one category that digital cameras may never be able to compete with smartphones in. With smartphones, you can share images with anyone worldwide, whether in a text message, an email, or through social media outlets such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. With digital cameras, you can send images to digital picture frames and e-mail addresses, but only if you’re on a Wi-Fi connection.
So, are digital cameras becoming obsolete? That depends on what you use your camera for. Smartphones are great for capturing quick images that can be shared with anyone at any time. Professional photographers, however, will stick with digital cameras. The plethora of features and options available on digital cameras aren’t rivaled by smartphones just yet, and may never be.