Death of the Point & Shoot
Remember when the top of the line DSLRs were 6MP? Now most cell phone cameras have more than that. As cell phone cameras get better and better, why will people even need a separate point and shoot camera?
Nothing compares with the power and versatility of the DSLR. Sure, you could drop $15,000 on a digital back for your Hasselblad- if you really think you need to be taking 50MP images. Aside from that, the good ol DSLR is the king of the hill. If you don’t mind lugging around the extra lenses and accessories, you just can’t beat the image quality.
The Allure of the Point & Shoot
The beauty of the point and shoot is that it is easier to carry around. You drop it in your coat pocket or your purse and it is always with you. Even if the image quality isn’t the same as your pro camera, at least you always have it with you. The problem, of course, is the lens. Most point & shoots have such a small lens that the image quality is always going to suffer. However, if it is just a shot of you and your friends in front of a restaurant – and you are just going to post it on Facebook – isn’t that quality just fine?
Why Carry Both
Which brings us to the cell phone camera. I can use my iPhone and get images that are perfectly comparable to the images from a standard point & shoot camera. If that is the case, why carry both? Why not just use your cell phone? I’ve noticed this myself on several occasions. My wife will say, “Should we bring the camera?” and I’ll answer, “Nah, I’ll just use my phone.”
The other big advantage of the cell phone camera is that you can send the images to friends or upload them to Facebook with the push of a button. No need to transfer them to your computer first. If there are two ways to do something and one is easier, I think we all know which route most people will choose.
End of the Road?
Will it go the way of cassette tapes and laser discs? That sure seems to be the writing on the wall.
What about you? Which do you use more often – your cell phone camera or your point & shoot?