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The Smartphone Camera vs. DSLR

SnapIt Boards and photography go together like peanut butter and jelly. You've got great photo background boards to make a mini studio, but now you want that amazing photograph for Instagram or your blog! So all you need is a camera, but it's not always that easy! The options can seem endless for snapping that perfect food or product photograph.

Sometimes we're asked, "With all the great camera phone technology, do I need a 'real' camera anymore?!" So we thought we'd give a quick rundown of the pros and cons of shooting with your smartphone camera vs. a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera. 

Let's look at the camera phone because that's the first thing people typically grab when it's time to snap a photo. The built-in cameras in iPhones and smartphones have continued to improve and now offer options like ultra-wide lenses and night mode. Typically, the newer your phone, the better your camera. Because it's also a phone, it won't ever offer the versatility of a digital camera. But that's not necessarily a deal-breaker - you still get great quality photos, especially for sharing digitally.

The #1 advantage of a smartphone camera is the convenience! You already have it with you, so it's ready to capture a photo anytime you need to capture a pic with your SnapIt Boards!

It's also quick. All you have to do is click, edit, and post! With thousands of options of photo editing apps available and even presets you can purchase, you can snap your photo and edit it right then and there on your phone. You don't have to wait until you're back at your computer to download and edit your photos. Once you've edited it on your phone, it's ready to post! We're all about that instant gratification!

Another advantage of the smartphone camera is that you don't necessarily need any photography training. Maybe you think of yourself as a chef or a baker and not a photographer! Even still, we bet you still probably use your phone to capture photos every day! The beauty of the smartphone camera is that it's SMART! The camera is mostly, if not completely automated. You don't have to understand all the photography terms like aperture and shutter speed to get a great photo!

And last, it's not an added expense. You probably already own a smartphone with a camera, so there's no extra camera expense to fit into a budget!

Although smartphones may be able to let you adjust the exposure, ISO, and white balance, you still don't have complete and total control - there are limits. Some shots (like moving subjects or low or difficult lighting) are just tough to capture well on a smartphone camera.

But maybe you're ready for something more. We know SnapIt Boards can elevate your photos, but maybe you're ready to take them to the next level! For that, a DSLR (maybe a digital single-lens reflex) is what you're looking for.

The #1 advantage of a DSLR camera is the quality. You will get high-quality images all.day.long with a digital camera thanks to things like larger sensors (helps capture more light), a more powerful flash, and lenses that are capable of 10x optical zoom. You have even more control with a digital camera to adjust things like shutter speed and apertures, which make great action shots and photos with the depth of field "bokeh" effect in the background.

With a DSLR, you also have lens options to switch out with your camera. Different lenses impact things like how much light enters or how wide the field of view is. Having multiple lenses can result in different perspectives and tone in the final image - even if it was the same shot. This versatility means you're able to work with any situation to get a beautiful shot.

But, typically shooting with a digital camera also requires some skill. To truly maximize the abilities of your camera, you have to learn how to use it. And that's a real learning curve that takes time and commitment!

A DSLR is more work. You have to set your controls depending on the lighting and type of photo you are shooting. It's not just point and shoot! A DSLR also doesn't allow you to edit your photos - you'll either have to get back to a computer for editing or upload them to your phone to edit them. So it can be a few extra steps. Sometimes it's definitely worth it, and a DSLR is the answer!

So there you have it. There are pros and cons to both, and honestly, there isn't a "right answer." The bottom line - we agree with this statement on a BHPhoto blog, "I don't think it comes down to whether DSLR cameras are better than smartphones. It comes down to which is better for you."