I know this isn't exactly shocking or groundbreaking information, but there are benefits to owning a DSLR over just a smartphone.
People do ask me for my advice on cameras, and a lot of times I will suggest just sticking with your smartphone: reasons being that 1) you have immediate access to upload your content on the internet, 2) it's much, much easier to carry, 3) for many people, you really don't need anything more than a smartphone as the image quality in most current phones is rather good, 4) they do cost a lot less, 5) they have more purposes than just taking photos.
That all being said, there are of course benefits to owning a DSLR (or mirrorless), the main one being image quality. The image quality from a proper camera far surpasses that of any smartphone or even a point-and-shoot camera.
This is just a very quick entry to show a visual comparison of the difference in image quality between a smartphone (iPhone 6) to a DSLR (Canon 6D).
On the right we have the iPhone photo, on the left the Canon 6D photo.
What creates the better image is first and foremost, the sensor - it's entire purpose is to take photos. The next important factor is that I can control my settings, unlike a smartphone. The two main things I can set are my aperture, which allows me to get my depth of field, creating a nice, sharp, focused image; and I can set my shutter speed, which in this case allows for the silky smooth water. There's also ISO, but I'm not going to dive into that with this entry.
Having total control over those two settings are, what I consider, the most important aspects. Sensors are very important as well, and different cameras will have different sensors, but the key point I'm trying to make with this post is that without having total control of your camera, you just can't create the same results.
I'm planning to start writing more tech savvy entries on my website to hopefully help shed some light on photography. Like many, I struggled in the learning process, so insight is always helpful. I'm a firm believer in there's no such thing as too much information, so hopefully as I start writing these and they become more informative, people can find benefits in reading them.
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