Smartphones are consistently dominating the digital camera market
In the past only photographers had a camera readily available at their disposal and virtually no one had a camera with them all of the time. Now in 2014 every person you see on the streets including elderly and the children have a pretty good camera in their smartphone with them at all times. It was a worry free time when you left the house and only had to remember your wallet and your keys. The trinity is complete with the phone and you do not dare leave the house without one.
The growing prevalence of smartphone ownership
in our society has had a huge impact on the way that we use technology, and the way that our technology has shifted from requiring multiple different devices for specific functionalities to combining those functionalities together. Whereas mobile phones used to have very limited usage in allowing only for making calls and sending text messages, they have now expanded greatly into the smartphones we know today that allow us to browse the Internet, use various mobile apps, listen to music and watch videos, and so much more.
One of the most significant features that has continuously seen rapid development within newer smartphone models is camera functionality. Most of today’s smartphones are able to take both high quality pictures and videos, some even on par with mid to high-end standalone cameras. For this reason, our society has started to see the rise of the smartphone photography come into play as a major competitor to the mainstream camera and recording device market.
What has made smartphone photography an even more lucrative alternative to purchasing a standalone camera or video recording device is the smartphone’s inherent integration of support for various apps that improve the experience for smartphone users. For example, mobile app store markets host a variety of apps that allow for extensive photo editing right from the device, allowing the user to avoid having to transfer their photos to their computers in order to conduct any necessary editing.
Social media apps
are yet another example of where smartphone photography comes off as advantageous because a large aspect of social media sharing is via photos and video recordings. It proves much more convenient for a user to simply use photos and videos recording on their smartphone through social media apps that are also on their smartphone than it would be to transfer those photos or videos from a separate device in order to share them on their favorite social networks. This is perhaps one of the most significant reasons regarding why smartphone photography has become so popular in recent years. In combination with the fact that smartphone hardware is continuously improving as major smartphone manufacturers constantly release new devices, the motive to ditch dedicated photography and video recording devices in favor of simply using a smartphone for these purposes is rapidly growing.
Even as manufacturers of these standalone camera and video recording manufacturers attempt to cater more so to professionals in recognition of these trends and that they are losing more of their market share among average consumers, smartphones have been catching up and many now offer camera quality that meets if not exceeds the standards of professional photography. Of course, considering the cost of a smartphone in comparison to a standalone camera makes this a very serious threat to the companies behind the more well-known brands of digital cameras. Many have attempted to combat this threat by integrating features such as social media app compatibility among a few others in order to sway average users back to purchasing a dedicated digital camera, the success of such a move is negligible at best.
The popularity of the smartphone
is something that seemingly just cannot be stopped at this place in time. As these devices continue to grow in terms of feature availability as well as in general popularity, digital cameras are not the only standalone devices that they are threatening. They are, however, the most significant considering their cost and the fact that a smartphone is simply so convenient for taking photos and videos as it is a device that one practically always carries with them and fits into one’s pocket with ease. The reality that smartphones are able to take such high-quality photos and high-definition videos are changing photography in a way that is truly unprecedented, and it will be interesting–to say the least–to see how this will continue into the future.
One thing that is for sure as of now, though, is that a smartphone is currently one of the most effective means of photography. A smartphone grants practically anybody the ability to take photos without having to sacrifice quality and without having to spend a good deal of money for that single feature when a smartphone offers so much more in addition.