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Former Google executive Vic Gundotra boldly claimed that the “end of the DSLR for most people has already arrived” while testing the iPhone 7’s camera. In his defense, smartphone camera technology has improved so much over the years that a number of devices are actually quite capable of taking really high-quality photos. Plus, there’s the added benefit of being easily stashed in the pocket.
But until that time comes when most people would ditch their bulky DSLRs in favor of the more portable smartphone, things will continue to be as they are. And DSLRs will remain the next step for shutterbugs who want to bring their photography to a higher level.
But what exactly makes a DSLR that next logical step for better photographs? Here are the advantages of having a DSLR camera:
It gives you control of settings
Smartphone cameras are getting better – that much is true. And each time a new model comes out, many can’t help but exclaim about the approaching death of DSLR cameras and similar cameras.
But also each time a new smartphone model comes out, newer and better DSLRs are also unleashed. Some phone makers do equip their newer models with some level of control but most of the time, users still have to rely an apps.
You don’t need any apps to alter settings to your liking with a DSLR camera; it is built to allow you to tinker with elements such as ISO and shutter speed.
It can perform well in low-light situations
Let us suppose you like shooting at night. This is the time of day where light is minimal thus requiring a bump in ISO to produce at least a decent image.
The problem with setting ISO to the highest level on a DSLR is the unavoidable noise. But newer DSLR models are getting better at handling noise. Yes, photos may still be a bit grainy when set to the highest possible ISO level, but adjusting that to a lower but still rather high range can produce quality photos.
It has a range of lenses for different situations
A number of smartphone cameras can now compete with DSLRs in terms of image quality, but they still lag in terms of lenses on offer. DSLRs are even better than mirrorless cameras in this regard because there are more options on offer.
With a DSLR, there is a lens to help you capture any interest. A wide-angle lens is great for landscape photography while a fixed lens is ideal for portraits. A telephoto lens allows you to capture wildlife and fast-moving subjects such as cars and athletes.
A DSLR still remains a good option for those who want to take their photography to the next level. It may be facing stiff competition from mirrorless cameras as well as smartphone cameras, but it can still offer the widest range of lens options that can cover just about any kind of shoot.
DSLR cameras will always be bulky beasts but it still bests smartphones in terms of image quality and creativity.