Can your smartphone really replace your point-and-shoot camera?
James Galbraith, Macworld:
When I see something that I’d like to capture and save for posterity, or share with friends and family, I reach into my pocket for my ever-present iPhone. I don’t leave my desk, much less my house, without my iPhone, but the days of habitually grabbing my stand-alone camera before going on an outing are over.
For me, it’s about convenience. With my keys, wallet, and phone already filling my pockets, I don’t have room for another device, and I’m not one to carry a bag.
But, what, if anything, do I give up in image quality for the convenience of leaving my camera at home? Do the photos that a dedicated point-and-shoot camera captures justify the hassle of packing yet another device?
Smartphone photography has come a long way since the original iPhone with its 2-megapixel camera, but to find out how phones today compare to a popular point-and-shoot camera, I gathered four popular smartphones—an Apple iPhone 5, a BlackBerry Z10, an HTC Droid DNA Android phone, and a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8—and a Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS, and started snapping.