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Will mobile cameras overtake DSLR?

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by LeeBraders, Mar 7, 2017.


Will DSLR cameras be overtaken by mobile devices?

  1. Yes, eventually they will become obsolete to mobiles...

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  2. Not a chance, DSLR will always be two steps ahead!

  1. LeeBraders

    LeeBraders Member

    Hello AP community,

    I'm curious, do any of you believe mobile phone cameras will overtake DSLR at any point?
    This occurred to me when a chap I watch on YouTube who is a very serious and professional photographer received his new iPhone 7. Since then he has turned his thoughts around and looks for every opportunity to boast on how awesome and close to his DSLR it is. He makes it sound like our DSLR's will be collecting dust on our shelves soon.
    Like others have also stated it seems everyone has a camera on their phones these days so what are the need for photographers?

    What're your thoughts on this? I find it rather saddening...

  2. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    DSLRs tend to be mobile, static ones aren't all that useful for general photography. ;)

    As ever, the technology and the ability of the user to get decent shots are not particularly connected.
  3. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Saddening??? The chap is happy with his current toy, good for him say I. As to "what are the need for photographers?" - please define "a photographer".
  4. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Surely the question should be "Will decent folders ever be overtaken by DLSR's?"

  5. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    what do you mean by overtake? The primary function of a smartphone is to be a means of communication. The camera function is secondary and although it can be optimised it is constrained by limits on size - particularly the lens - so it can never take the place of an interchangeable lens camera. The opposite trend is happening with cameras fitted with wifi to meet the "smartphone demand" of sharing pictures via the phone service. It wouldn't surprise me to see cameras soon able to access the telephony data system rather than be limited to wifi.
  6. LeeBraders

    LeeBraders Member

    I meant saddening to think it would go down the route of DSLR's becoming obsolete, not the fact that he has a new 'toy'.
    As in professionals, people who do it for a living who rely on the role as photographer for income. You see it now at weddings, during the speech everyone and their dog has their camera phones out recording and snapping shots. I just feel eventually people won't consider paying a single photographer when everyone there essentially snaps the whole day for the trade off of posting it on their social media page.

    Just my thoughts...
  7. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    On the contrary, I find work as a professional because people realise how bad their own phone pictures are, and what a poor way to promote their businesses they are.
  8. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    I don't have a mobile phone so I'll keep my DSLRs :)
  9. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Change is inevitable. Users of glass plates were less than ecstatic when roll film cameras became common but then came 35mm...
  10. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    DSLRs haven't really been around that long so I don't see why it would be saddening to see them become obsolete. Even film SLRs, whilst not totally obsolete, weren't in mainstream use for a very long time. I don't think camera phones will ever replace a dedicated camera, but cameras will change .
  11. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    I think the SLR in various forms is one of the longer-lasting types of camera, with the first models appearing in the 1880s and obviously still continuing to today.
  12. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

    I suppose I should have clarified that I was talking about the 35mm type of SLR that most people would think of from TV, films or someone in the family having one.
  13. MJB

    MJB Well-Known Member

    I can see phone cameras bringing about the demise of compact cameras at the budget/low spec end of the market. In time technology will advance and the camera as we know it now will have evolved, but I doubt the hobbyist photographer will use a multifunction device to capture their images.
  14. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    In terms of the actual numbers of pictures taken with phones they have probably already overtaken DSLRs. In terms of the number of quality pictures taken they have not and likely never will. The main threat to DSLR cameras has to be CSC, it is lower end compact cameras that phones are mainly assaulting.
  15. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Can you point to some proof of that?
  16. RovingMike

    RovingMike Crucifixion's a doddle...

    Indeed and every step forward in convenience has meant (in the short / mid term at least) a step backwards in pure image quality. We have always traded in favour of convenience.
  17. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    I think the Exacta of 1935 was the first 35mm SLR. After the war there was the East German Contax S of 1949 which really set the shape of SLRs for a long time to come.
  18. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    The mix of camera types is constantly changing.
    The share of the market is probably well in favour of the mobile Phone.
    CSC's are taking a significant share of the interchangeable lens market.
    while the small sensor compact and bridge cameras are taking a considerable hit.
    It is probable that the CSC will become a dominant high end force in the future, as they are less reliant on mechanical components. and are better for connectivity of all kinds.
    DSLR's will remain a specialist choice for some time to come, but will become increasingly expensive to manufacture.
  19. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    The physical size and shape that are convenient to use for a mobile phone almost diametrically oppose the form convenient to use as a camera. There is no viewfinder, and it's almost impossible to hold it steady. There are also severe limitations imposed by the physical size of the lens and sensor, and as the lens and sensor technology improves these improvements will also be available to DSLRs and other larger dedicated cameras.

    By the way, does anyone else consider that recent smartphones are actually less convenient to use for making phone calls than the basic mobiles of 5 - 10 years ago? And are they getting too thin to hold comfortably? I notice this because I've recently started using a smartphone as replacement for the basic phone I've used for the last 5 years. Perhaps this is related to Nokia relaunching the 3310, as mentioned in another thread.
  20. IvorCamera

    IvorCamera Well-Known Member

    I doubt wether the DSLR will become obsolete just yet but they just might go when they get mirrorless right and affordable! After saying that I am now using my Samsung mobile more than ever to paste pictures on webb pages that I know that these pictures will never be printed out, most of the time the image quality from these devices are very good......

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