Lisa Brock

Lisa Brock

Should You Use Your Smartphone As Your Travel Camera?

If you’re looking to capture your travel memories in high definition and save on space, perhaps your smartphone is your best travel buddy.

Travelling is a passion shared by many. As a traveler, you get to visit so many places and every time you make a plan, there is an obvious question of the camera we shall be using to capture memories. Apart from enjoying the thrill, we often aim to capture the best moments possible. Travelling comes with tons of impromptu moments, from stunning views, unusual sights or fun parties – so capturing the perfect moment means having an accessible camera. You can also come up against very variable light conditions, from dark temples to perfectly lit beaches. So are you going to need a flash?

When travelling, carrying a DSLR can be cumbersome. Smartphones today have become more powerful and much better than before, with exceptional and feature packed cameras like Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Pixel 2. Both these phones are giving serious competition to budget DSLRs with options for low light photography, RAW shooting and manual controls. The best way to check the quality is the DxO score, which you can compare it with DLSRs. You can find the score here. You can see for the comparison of top phones from brands and see which feature appeals to you the most:

Imagine a scenario where you are carrying a DSLR. When carrying one, you need to take care of a lot of things like the carry bag, battery case and also the expensive lenses that come with it. It does capture great photos but it would be so efficient if you could have all of that without compromising much on the quality of the picture. A good smartphone serves multiple purposes including an internet device, camera, music player and more…

Ways in which smartphone cameras are better

Smartphones have a lot of things which give it an edge over DSLRs. They are very portable and have an easily chargable battery when compared to bulky DSLRs. In fact, smartphone battery technology is the area where

  1. Portability: Smartphones are very portable. For the weight and size of a normal DSLR, you can actually get at least 3 smartphones. Smartphones are definitely great in terms of portability. You can easily carry them and they snug easily in your pocket. On an average, a smartphone weighs somewhere around 150 grams and when compared to a DSLR which weighs somewhere around 500 grams, you can definitely get rid of some weight.
  2. Battery: A smartphone’s battery lasts for a day or so depending on usage and internet connection. Using GPS, camera and a bit of browsing you’ll normally get a solid day out of your phone. DSLR batteries may last longer but they’re bigger and often require a dedicated charging unit (more space in your bag).
  3. Lens: When it comes to the lens, most of the advanced smartphones come with premium lenses and also the functionality of rear dual lens. Most smartphone lenses allow capture of quality images and even that blurry bokeh effect – however on safari you might be wishing you had that 300x zoom.
  4. The photos captured by the smartphones of today are rich in pixel density and don’t breakdown under forced zoom. Unlike a few years back, pictures were definitely poor but today good quality smartphones take pictures which are very clear and give tough competition to the ones taken by DSLRs.
  5. Storage: when it comes to file size of pictures you take with your smartphone, a DSLR picture is around 10-12 MBs but when compared to a picture taken on a smartphone file size is normally around 6 MBs. You can also usually upload phone pictures to social media or cloud storage easily.
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Which phone are the best when it comes to travelling?

When it comes to travelling, it all boils down to your plans and how ambitious you are with your photography. If you’re headed to a place which is mostly sunny, almost every phone will work great. However if you think you might want to be taking lots of low light photos or pictures rich in detail, consider the high end options such as the Samsung Galaxy Note series, the Galaxy S8 and the iPhone models from 6 upwards.

Consider a phone with good battery life to be sure you aren’t caught short. These are some of the best phone available for battery life as of 2017/2018.

  • The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL
  • Huawei Mate 9 and 10
  • Samsung Galaxy Series (7 and 8)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Series
  • iPhone 7 & 8
  • OnePlus 3T
  • Lenovo P2

Information provided by TechiesPad.

So make sure your next smartphone is up to the job of being your perfect travel companion…

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