TechMama Trends: Are Smartphones The New Camera?

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Today I read an article in the New York Times called “Point (Phone) and Shoot.” by Sam Grobart. The article discusses a trend I have seen with many parents: using smartphone cameras as the new family camera. They key reason families are using smartphones as cameras are because it is one less gadget to carry around (or remember as you walk out the door) and wireless access to share photos saves the step of uploading to a computer. The article does bring up the key reasons a real point and shoot camera is still relevant: image stabilization, larger lenses and sensors. Other advantages are zoom features and scene modes on digital cameras.

So for now, I still carry a digital camera for important photos and a DSLR for my professional events. For photos on the move where quality is not an issue, my smartphone camera works just fine. But over time, I have a feeling that smartphone cameras will be adding new features so it will be interesting to see what the future holds.