While buying a camera used to be something absolutely necessary for those with an eye for photography, this 2021, having a good phone could be enough for some.
Back in the day, a camera might have cost a fortune but nowadays, the technology has become cheaper and cheaper with a whole lot of options to choose from. The phone, on the other hand, has become advanced enough to pull off photographic functions.
Deciding whether to get a nice camera or probably just a nice phone does depend on just what you are planning to do with the device. While obviously a camera is built for photography, the phone has become efficient enough to carry out some of the photographic functions of today’s standards.
Camera or phone?
There are a few pros and cons when it comes to choosing between the two different devices and it really depends on the person using the device to make a decision. Here are a few pros and cons of having a camera and phone.
Camera pros and cons
- Single purpose
The camera can only take photos or videos but not a lot of other functions. Although some cameras have built-in wifi connection which will allow the user to send them directly to their computer, unlike the phone, the camera can only take pictures or videos.
- Not handy
Carrying a camera means carrying around a protective casing or cover in order to keep the device safe. Unlike the phone, the camera can’t fit in the owner’s pocket and can be quite hard to carry at times.
Cameras come in different lenses, mounts, holders, and other add-ons. Different photographers or videographers usually require different add-ons and the good thing about cameras is that whatever they might need, it will most likely be available.
Phone pros and cons
- Multi purpose
Phones, just like the iPhone, can be used for not just photography. Some people even work on their phones which makes it a good device to have if photography or videography isn’t the users’ top priority.
A phone can be carried anywhere and can easily fit in one’s pocket. The good thing about the phone is that it also packs good battery, memory, and the photos or videos can be edited on the device itself.
Although some phones are pretty expensive, there are other budget phones that pack a punch while still being within an affordable range. Although the base price of a phone is usually higher, try comparing the camera specs, see how much a camera capable of those functions would cost, and deduct that price from the phone itself.
In the end, it really depends on what the priority is and what the photographer or videographer is trying to achieve.