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What Camera Should I Buy? Use Our Camera Guide To Find The Answer - Can I Just Use A Smartphone?

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Are Smartphones Great For Taking Photos With? 

Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+


Smartphone Positives 

Without going into too much detail, the simple answer to the question is 'yes'. In fact, they're actually probably better than most cheap compact cameras available (which might be the reason we're seeing less of these on the camera market now). 

The best, premium and even mid-range smartphones can capture excellent photos. Plus. they're packed with clever technology so taking photos with them is really easy and you can create things such as bokeh without having to understand what an aperture is. 

As most smartphones have decent sensors, you can capture sharp, colourful photos with devices that have around 12megapixels. Yes, there are smartphones with 48megapixels but really, you don't need that many megapixels to capture a great photo with a camera phone. 

Plus, they do much more than take photos and isn't the best camera the one you always have with you? Which, when you think about it, will probably be your smartphone. 

Pros: It's always with you, better than most point & shoot cameras, easy to use, creative effects, additional apps, instant sharing. 


Smartphone Negatives

Do they match the quality you get with a more expensive DSLR? No, but they will often beat a compact camera in terms of image quality (and ease of use). You also only get a fixed lens/lenses and zoom tends to be limited as digital takes over from optical pretty quickly so quality falls off fast. 

The other issue can be the price, something we'll cover in more detail below.  

Cons: Limited zoom, fixed lens, low light image quality isn't great, glass construction makes them easy to damage, price. 


Smartphone Prices & Choice 

Premium smartphones can cost in the region of £1000 which is a lot of cash to be splashing on anything, mind about a phone which can take photos. There are mid-range smartphones available which still capture good images but at a slightly better price, though. 

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Our Recommendation: Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+ 

Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+

The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10 5G offer premium features, excellent results, and a great smartphone experience. Also, considering the recent woes faced by other smartphone companies, if you're looking for a premium multi-camera smartphone, then getting the Samsung Galaxy S10 / S10 Plus is a great choice. 

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus delivers a great triple camera setup, with a better than expected selfie camera as well.

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1 May 2021 8:47PM
Did Ricoh announce until they update for KP?
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