Smartphones vs Cameras, Is It Possible to Replace Cameras with Smartphones?

Do you find out that when traveling, many tourists take photos with their smartphones, while in the past decades, tourists usually carried cameras? Due to the development of hardware technology and software establishment, smartphones are now powerful a tool to take photos. So, from a tourist perspective, a smartphone is small and easy to carry, while the smartphone can meet the same photo quality as what they require. In this article, we will talk about why smartphones can replace cameras, by dividing them into two parts: the hardware and the software.

The Developed Hardware Technology of Smartphones

There is no doubt that taking photos with a professional camera will always result in better photo quality from many perspectives. However, the disadvantages of taking photos with a smartphone have been improved continuously by the development of smartphone hardware. Firstly, the smartphone sensor shall determine the photo quality. Smartphones with a bigger sensor (CMOS), will allow more light signals to pass through and thus, the photo quality will be better. In addition, the calculation of the ISP is essential for smartphone cameras, because users often shake when taking pictures with smartphones, and the shooting objects are often in motion. Moreover, the shooting light is often unstable, and even the lens can capture the image, if the chip can not quickly calculate the correction compensation, it is difficult to appear the perfect effect of the finished film, while many smartphones with strong sensors have overcome this issue. For instance, HONOR Magic 4 Lite 5G is equipped with a triple rear camera that can boost the performance of the camera. Secondly, the pixel of the smartphone camera is improving. In general, the larger the pixels, the more photosensitive elements, the more accurate the details of the photos taken, and the clearer the picture quality. Thirdly, the aperture of smartphone cameras is getting more flexible. It can control the amount of light entering the light-sensitive surface of the lens, that is, by changing the size of the aperture itself to control the amount of light passing through, to achieve the best light-sensitive film in different environments of light and dark. In addition, the size of the aperture can also change the depth of field, the larger the aperture, the shallower the depth of field, and the smaller the aperture, the deeper the depth of field. So, by merging the technology of cameras, users can easily take pictures with a smartphone of good quality.

The Supportive Software for Smartphone Cameras

In addition to the hardware, the supportive software makes smartphones more competitive as a tool for photography. Photography is a repeating process. Despite the difference in details of the shooting object and the light & darkness of the environment, there are similarities in these circumstances, while smartphones can simulate the massive library of professional camera shooting through AI algorithms, forming a stylized template and applying it to similar shooting scenes on smartphones. Additionally, as there are enough details of the shooting object and the light, smartphones can improve the photo quality through AI calculation. Furthermore, there are different filters and supportive applications that improve the finish of photos taken from smartphones, users just need to apply the specific filter style by downloading online, and these applications are massive and available in the app store.


In conclusion, taking photos with a smartphone is getting more convenient and the photo quality is competitive. Meanwhile, with the development of smartphone hardware, such as the sensor, pixel, and aperture, the photos taken from a good smartphone can meet the quality standards that satisfy most users. Besides, there is supportive software that improves photo quality through smartphones, including AI algorithms and different styles of filters. By applying these functions, smartphone cameras are powerful enough to replace normal cameras.