Are Smartphone Cameras Ready to Replace Regular Cameras?
After spending some time with the camera on the HTC One X, I have to say that it is a huge improvement over every camera that I have ever used on a smartphone, and a tremendous step forward from the 5 MP shooter in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Over and over it was stressed by the staff at the HTC booth that the lens in the One X allows 40% more light to enter the sensor, and I have to say that the results are impressive. However, are the cameras enough to justify not buying a high level camera like a DSLR? Well HTC seems to think so, and thinks that you can’t tell the difference.
The folks at HTC are betting that you can’t tell the difference between photos taken with a professional camera and the HTC One X. The website presents two photos, and it’s up to you to pick the smartphone photo. They are posting a HTC Camera challenge on their website.
Maybe it’s the nice display on my monitor, but I was able to score 8/10 and I have no experience with taking professional photographs.
The tech isn’t quite there, the dead giveaway for me was colors that appeared a bit washed out, and lack of detail in dark areas in photos. However, that’s not to say that the technology used on the One series of phones isn’t amazing. In my hands-on with the phones, you can see how amazing the software and hardware combination is: 99 photos in 4 seconds, and getting that perfect shot isn’t all that hard anymore.
My wife recently bought a Canon EOS T2i and this camera is a beast, and I have no idea how to use it. Like I said, I have zero experience working a real camera. However, the results from this professional camera are undeniable. The smartphone is getting close to replacing point and click cameras, that’s undeniable. However, even the HTC One X isn’t quite there when it comes to replacing a $800 camera.
When the USAF dropped this New Jersey boy off in Louisiana, he had no idea that the fun was just beginning. John has turned wrenches on jet engines in a Combat AGE team, raided Molten Core in the day, pwn n00bs in Battlefield 3, and can speak iOS and Android.
John has a BS degree in Culinary Arts, and is working on a Master’s in Education. Married and a father of 4 boys, John gets his screen name, Broadwayblues, from the NHL team the New York Rangers, loves the NY Giants and admits that he likes the NY Mets too. He cuddles his Galaxy Nexus at night.
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