|iPhone 8 plus image|
Lately, there have been a lot of news articles online about smartphones ultimately replacing DSLR cameras (Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras) used by professional photographers. One issue is still the resolution of the smartphone cameras when compared to a "real" DSLR camera. I have written about comparing the two devices in the past. But this week, I received my upgraded smartphone, an Apple iPhone 8 plus, and decided to go the rounds again with a comparison.
The photo above was taken with my new iPhone 8 plus. Here is the same view taken a few minutes later with my Sony DSC HX400V 20.4 MP camera. The iPhone 8 plus has a 12 MP camera. I must also note that the Sony costs less than half the prices of the iPhone.
|Sony DSC HX400V image|
A 12MP image will never have as much detail as a 20.4 MP image. That is the reality. But the main question for genealogists is whether the 12 MP image is "good enough?" Here is a comparison by using Adobe Photoshop to zoom in on both images at 400%.
First the iPhone:
|iPhone 8 Plus|
|Sony DSC HX400V|
|Sony DSC HX400V|
What does this mean for genealogists who are not professional photographers? It means that you can now use your 12 MP smartphone for practically all your image needs. The reality is that it is true; smartphone cameras are killing off both low cost point-and-shoot cameras and the sales of high end DSLR cameras. Here is an appropriate quote from a Petapixel.com article entitled, "This Latest Camera Sales Chart Shows the Compact Camera Near Death."
“In a nutshell, photography is more popular than it has ever been – take a look at the rise of Instagram or Snapchat, for example,” Skafisk tells PetaPixel. “But literally 98.4% of the consumer cameras sold in 2016 were built into smartphones – only 0.8% were compacts, 0.5% DSLRs, and 0.2% mirrorless.”
“Where will we go from here? An easy prediction is that smartphones will continue to get better, and compact camera sales will go to near-zero,” he continues. “There will always be people interested in larger, more ‘serious’ cameras, and the camera companies that listen to these people and meet their needs will be fine.”For genealogists, learn to use your smartphone camera. If you are considering spending a few bucks on a separate compact camera, you might rather consider upgrading your smartphone to one with a newer camera instead. So the answer to the question in the title of this post is a definite yes.