The future of mobile phone cameras – a professional photographer's view


The future of mobile phone cameras – a professional photographer's view
The best is yet to come

Let’s face it – we’ve come a long way since the dawn of mobile phone cameras. Those tiny, rubbish pinholes in the top of our phone which could just about take a really terrible blurry image on have evolved massively. Pretty soon it seems, our phone cameras will be so good that we won’t need to bother owning a separate camera. In fact, since 2013 camera sales have dropped dramatically, demonstrating that the general public, who would often buy one for family occasions, are relying more and more on the camera found within their phone.

With the recent release of the new Motorola Moto X it seems as though camera phones can finally compete with the lower end professional cameras. The Motorola Moto X includes a 10 megapixel camera, producing stunning images. It also has some great anti-blur technology meaning that your photos will be of great quality.

There's also Sony Mobile, a company that has been committed to bringing the best Android cameras to life for the last couple of years. And they're continuing to do that, loading their latest Xperia range with top class snappers that combine speed with gloriously sharp images, many of which can be used underwater!The most recent Xperia Z1 comes with the highest resolution camera on any Android device. In fact, this sensor has more in common with that of a point and shoot camera, drawing from Sony's industry experience and including their G Lens tech.

The arrival of these phones means that camera phones can be considered to have properly ‘arrived’.

It isn’t just the general public either who are taking up the camera phone as their main camera. Since 2012 there has been a drop in the sales of DLSR cameras, which are normally considered to be the tool of professional photographers. Some professional photographers do believe that this drop, whilst significant, is likely to lead to a resurgence in the future.

So, what’s on the horizon for camera phones?

As always, Samsung are leading the way with their forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. The Galaxy series and Samsung in general has always been one associated with the finest, most up to date technologies and the S5 is no different. Boasting a top of the range 16 megapixel camera, an LED flash, HDR mode, post shot focusing, and 0.3 second autofocus. The fact that Samsung have put that much technology into a phone demonstrates just how much people want their phones to have strong cameras. Although it is difficult to see how technology will improve on the S5. We will just have to wait and see.

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