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    Are smartphone camera good enough? iPhone 6S versus A7R

    Thanks to have voted.
    The poll reflects exactly the reality with following results:

    • Photo1: camera 1 = iPhone (100% of good answers)
    • Photo2: camera 2 = iPhone (71% of good answers)
    • Photo3: camera 1 = iPhone (100% of good answers)
    • Photo4: camera 2 = iPhone (28% of good answers)
    • Photo5: camera 1 = iPhone (100% of good answers)

    This is quite interesting.
    In low light or for shallow DOF, this is just obvious for everyone, even at very small size here on internet.
    The exterior part with some fill flash is showing to be confusing with only 1/3 of good answer.
    But the most interesting is the picture 5 where we are in the best case scenario for a small sensor with plenty of light and the mirrorless stop down to the same small aperture (the same physical aperture so f/13) and taken in lower resolution. Even here, the difference of resolution that a bigger sensor can pull out is obvious for 100% of the voters.

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    This is complete bunk.
    1) its right there in the title of the post – "good enough". Not "nearly as good as", not "equivalent", not "the same as", not "can’t tell the difference", not "better". Good enough. And nothing in this post talks about whether smartphone cameras are good enough.
    2) whenever people talk about smartphone cameras being good enough and this leading to a decline in the need for/the market for dedicated cameras, they are these days typically talking about entry level DSLRs, epitomised by something like the Canon Rebel. They are talking about the kind of camera you get for a few hundred dollars with a slow kit zoom. Nobody is talking about full frame cameras.
    3) when people talk about something being good enough, it is an appraisal of that thing’s qualities combined with other factors such as the price of that thing, the size of the thing, the convenience of having or using that thing. All of this combined is then compared to the combined qualities of other options. This post fails to account for any of the other factors that go into deciding whether something is good enough.

  3. #3
    1) its right there in the title of the post – "good enough". Not "nearly as good as", not "equivalent",
    Fine, I will not debate forever what is "good enough" for one and what is not for the other.
    But for me, the things is that you often hear that it is almost not possible to distinguish pictures from a smartphone than from a bigger sensor camera.
    And what examples you get with that is picture of the iPhone 7 during NFL matches with plenty of light and deep DOF.

    But once you want to have a wide angle, or a telephoto picture, or a low light image without flash, or one with flash but bounce on the roof to diffuse evenly the light, or portrait with shallow DOF, a landscape where you need to push the shadows 3-4 stops because you did not want to blow the highlights… all those different conditions you encounter regularly, the difference is simply huge.
    The fact that it is so apparent on those 0,3-0,4Mp crop is a proof of that.

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