Does buying a camera make sense if I have a smartphone?

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  1. Tamariniak

    Tamariniak TPF Noob!

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    Yes, of course it does. However, I'm only aiming to spend around 250$. Besides that, I own a Galaxy s5, which takes fairly fine photos, just without me being able to control much of the camera's settings and with frustratingly long shutter speeds once the sun stops shining.
    I would also like the camera to be able to shoot fairly decent videos, which the phone does a pretty good job in too. I also own a GoPro Hero, but the fisheye is no use for me in many cases.
    I'd much prefer a compact, because I want to carry the thing with me everywhere without much trouble. Im okay with a DSLR if you were to suggest one though.


     
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    At $250 there are some point and shoot camera that will provide user exposure control but I'm not sure the image quality would be meaningfully better than the smart phone. I have a Panasonic that provides user control and even puts out raw files and it outperforms my cell phone but may not be any better than yours. The mirrorless cameras are more expensive unless you look for a badly priced used one.

    Same with a DSLR. As an example you can find a used Nikon D100 for under $100 used and a modest zoom lens to go with it at the same price. The camera will have less resolution but will outperform the phone thanks to a larger sensor and user control over all functions.
     
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    Galaxy S5
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    Sony a6000
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    The Panasonic ZS40 (TZ60) is a compact travelzoom with decent video.
     
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    So that means that I have to add way more money if I want something that outperforms the phone, correct?
     
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    Thank you for the response. Could you please specify which camera you have exactly? I’d love to take a look at it. I couldn’t find the Nikon D100 selling anywhere in my country unfortunatelly.
     
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    Just gives you an idea of the difference in image quality one can expect from a real camera over a cell phone.
     
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    astroNikon 'ya all Bananas I tell 'ya Supporting Member

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    Which image has the perspective distortion on the dome (Sony is elongated)?
    I like the Galaxy photo better actually. :)
     
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    What aspect could you say makes the most difference?
     
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    It looks awesome.
     
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    The size of the tiny 1/3.06" sensor that's about 4-5 times smaller, and then optics, then the image processing.
     
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    The dome is more tall than squat. Google Image Search: Positano Church.
     

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