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Can your smartphone really replace your point-and-shoot camera?

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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.

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March 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Best cameras of 2012

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In case you missed it, it’s not too late to check out (and even probably buy) the dpreview.com selection of the best cameras of 2012 based on a poll of the readers they conducted:

This year was one of the busiest that any of us can remember, and saw serious new products from all the major manufacturers. This was the year of the groundbreaking 36MP Nikon D800, the incredibly ambitious Olympus OM-D as well as an all-new system cameras from Fujifilm, with the innovative X-Pro 1 and X-E1. Sony had an amazingly busy year as well, bringing us the great value SLT A-57 and the feature-packed SLT-A99, along with a host of NEX upgrades. Canon wasn’t idle either, and consolidated its enthusiast-oriented DSLRs with the long-awaited EOS 5D Mark III and, at the end of the year, the EOS 6D. Meanwhile, Pentax revamped its popular K-5 with the new K-5 II and K-5 IIs and introduced its first large-sensor mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the K-01 which was … interesting.

Now, moving forward, I am beginning to wonder what would the best cameras be in 2013. If 2012 is any indication, it looks like we will definitely have something to look forward to!

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January 11, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Future Tech 2013: Cameras

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Camera & Lens Review: Pentax K-30

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Derrick Story, TechHive:

Pentax has created an ecosystem of rugged, weather-resistant DSLRs and lenses. The new Pentax K-30 fills a particular niche, as an affordable, versatile camera that you can take just about anywhere. With its weather-sealed, dustproof, coldproof construction, you might actually wait until the rain starts before you go outside to take pictures.

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December 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

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