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5 reasons why smartphone camera could be better than DSLR for street photography

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 “The best camera is the one that’s with you” - Chase Jarvis

There in a rising trend to buy a DSLR among youngsters. We can see many “photographers” using DSLR camera around streets and tourist destinations. Taking photos from a DSLR and posting them online in social media has become a sort of growing trend. Not that it’s a ‘bad’ trend, but the question is, do we really need a DSLR for a good street photo? Almost all of us have smartphones these days. And as MKBHD puts it, good smartphones are getting cheaper and cheap smartphones are getting better. So, lots of us can afford a good smartphone with a good camera. And we feel that sometimes, a smartphone camera is better than owning a DSLR, especially when it comes to street photography.

Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Accessible and lighter to carry

A typical DSLR camera weighs from 500g to 1kg. That’s a lot when you have to carry it everywhere you go. And add that to accessories like tripod, extra lenses; you’re gonna end up with a heavy backpack.

But smartphones are considerably lighter. A typical smartphone weighs around 150g. That’s almost 4 times as light as the lightest DSLR. And if you want to add extra lenses for DSLR effects in a smartphone camera, the lenses available are tiny and a lot lighter than actual DSLR lenses. Also, if you need a tripod for better and sharper photos, keep in mind that tripods dedicated for smartphones are also considerably lighter than those for DSLRs.

So, you can carry a smartphone with all the accessories you need anywhere and anytime without any hassle and your back will be just fine. Whenever you see good stuffs, just take your camera out and click!


2. Cheaper:

The price of a normal DSLR camera starts from around Rs. 50k. And with that, you get just the camera body and the primary lens. For accessories and extra lenses, you need to spend extra money. And lenses are super-expensive as well (starts from around Rs. 50k too). Also, you’ll need different lenses for different purposes. So, even as a beginner, DSLR would cost you around Rs. 100k.

However, a good smartphone with a nice camera (hardware+software) starts from around Rs. 15k. You obviously won’t get the quality as compared to a DSLR, but it really depends upon your creativity. If you spend a bit more and get a branded flagship for around Rs. 60K+, you get excellent quality photos that can compete with low-end to mid-range DSLRs. And there are cheap lenses (cheaper than DSLR lenses) that you can attach to your original smartphone camera which give you desired DSLR-like effects.


3. Does not distract people

DSLRs are big in size. Added lens could make them even bigger. That easily distracts people from their natural state. When you point your camera, the people get cautious and become aware that they’re being captured. Hence, your attempt to capture a candid moment flies away. With a smartphone, however, it is difficult to figure out towards what it is pointing. And because of its small size, the photographer will get barely noticed. Although it might be difficult to capture objects with precise zoom, capturing a candid moment is not a problem with a smartphone camera.


4. Easy to share photos in social media

We take pictures for two reasons: for our own memory and to share with people. With a smartphone, you can easily share the pictures you’ve taken instantly with a few clicks here and there adding some filters and using some quick editing apps. And with the share, you can reach to hundreds to thousands of your friends instantly.

But with a DSLR, after taking pictures, first you need to download them to your computer and then edit them in sophisticated softwares (that is if you want them to look ‘good’ and ‘brag’ about your DSLR). Then only you get to share them in social media.


5. No technical hassle

Handling DSLR is not an easy task. You need to know technical know-hows, such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, metering and the list goes on. You might even need beginners’ classes to just get going. And for advanced use, technicality becomes even more sophisticated. DSLR handling is a whole new world in itself.

But smartphones are much easier to operate. Just open a camera app and snap a picture! Even the kids as young as 4 or 5 take pictures from a smartphone without any difficulty. Of course, there are more advanced camera apps which give you full manual control over the technical details mentioned above. But even then, those are bonus extras rather than technical hassles. And because you don’t need to think much about these technical details, you can focus more on the subject(s) and how you want to present it (them).

By: Akash Maharjan/Shashish Maharjan

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 July 2017 22:30 )  

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