DSLR or Cellphones – Which is Better for Travel Photos? 

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The photos you take while traveling are memoirs of the travel. They are the best ways to share your travel experience with your friends and family and to relive the holiday once it is over. Traditionally nothing could compare to the photos taken on a DSLR camera. But with new advancements in technology, smartphone cameras are catching up with DSLR. With the recently released iPhone 8 being described as having the best camera on a smartphone ever, how do you decide between carrying a DSLR camera and taking pictures with your smartphone? Here are a few factors to consider before making the decision:

With the recently released iPhone 8 being described as having the best camera on a smartphone ever, how do you decide between carrying a DSLR camera and taking pictures with your smartphone? Here are a few factors to consider before making the decision:

How To Decide Between Bringing a DSLR or Using Your Cell Phone for Travel Photos?

 1. DSLR v.s Cell Phone – Quality

Yes, the cameras on smartphones are slowly catching up and do give good quality images, but don’t really compare to the photos taken on a DSLR camera. DSLR camera allows you to capture amazing shots in a wide variety of situations. From day to night, with a DSLR camera, you can be assured that your photos will come out perfect.

2. DSLR v.s Cell Phone – Focus

When you are trying to capture a photo while the object is moving, a DSLR camera can give you better focus compared to a smartphone camera. DSLR has better autofocus systems and can easily track an object in motion.

3. DSLR v.s Cell Phone – Ease of Carrying

Space is always a constraint while traveling. And here, cellphone cameras are the winner. You will carry your cell phone along with you wherever you go, so it is not an additional burden and hardly takes up any extra space. Whereas a DSLR requires you to carry a dedicated bag just for the camera. These cameras are also quite heavy and therefore not so easy to carry around.

4. DSLR v.s Cell Phone – Battery Life

You can take photos with DSLR all day long without any worries of the battery becoming low. The same cannot be said for a cell phone camera. Using the camera on your cellphone can drain the battery faster. And it is not easy to charge the cell phone while you are on the move.

5. DSLR v.s Cell Phone – Storage Capacity

The storage capacity of a DSLR is much higher than that of a cellphone. You already have other data stored on the cell phone taking up space. So while using a cell phone camera you have to be mindful of the free space available. With a DSLR camera, even if the free space available on your memory card is about to get over, all you need to do carry along a spare and use it when needed.

6. DSLR v.s Cell Phone – Time

It is faster to take a photo on your cellphone camera. All you have to do take your phone, focus and click. On the other hand, while using a DSLR camera, you have to take it out of the bag, fit the lens if needed, focus and then click the photo. It is a far more time-consuming process. With a cell phone camera, you can be more present in the moment rather than concentrating on your camera.

7. DSLR v.s Cell Phone – Ease of Sharing

We live in the instant-age. With a cellphone, you can instantly upload and share the photos as you take them. Imagine you’re at an amazing restaurant, and you want to share your delicious, healthy meal with the world. You most certainly can do that with a cell phone. In a DSLR, you will need to first transfer the images to a laptop or computer and only then upload the images.

8. DSLR v.s Cell Phone – Safety

While carrying a DSLR camera around you have to be careful and cannot manhandle the camera bag. Cellphones, on the other hand, are better suited for rugged use.

There are merits and demerits to both DSLR and cellphone cameras. But it ultimately comes down to your priorities while taking photos on a holiday. If you want superior quality pictures, then DSLR is best for you. But if you ready to trade-off quality for ease of using the camera and carrying it, then the camera on your cell phone will be enough. As everyone has different needs and different conditions while traveling, evaluate the above-mentioned factors and you can decide which one suits you better.