Five Reasons Why Your Smartphone Shouldn't Be Your Only Camera
We'll be the first to admit that the latest generation of smartphones with their 8MP cameras and ability to shoot 1080p video is pretty impressive. It can also be very convenient to lighten your gadget load by leaving your camera at home. However, we're also convinced that as good as smartphone cameras are, there are still reasons to carry a camera along. Of course a DSLR and camcorder provide huge advantages over smartphones but there are also advantages that compact cameras offer over your smartphone's camera, here's our list.
Optical Zoom and More LensesWe've read about new technology like that from Pelican Imaging that uses multiple lenses on a smartphone to provide optical zoom but so far you have to buy a "real" camera to get optical zoom. Many point and shoot cameras offer 10X optical zoom while new mirrorless cameras like the Sony NEX offer interchangeable lenses. We realize there are aftermarket external lens attachments for iPhones like this telephoto lens from Photojojo and this one from Ollo which provides fisheye, macro, and wide angle capabilities but so far you can't beat the long optical zoom in compact cameras.
Better Low Light SensitivityIt's true that smartphone image quality and light sensitivity is getting better all the time. Nokia's Lumia smartphones use high quality Carl Zeiss lenses and we read about new CMOS sensor technology from Sony that includes new imaging technology that adds white pixels (RGBW) to enhance low light sensitivity and could possibly make its way into the next iPhone. That said, currently no smartphones that we're aware of can compete with most compact cameras with their larger sensors, wider apertures and "faster" lenses and manual controls.
Battery Life and Ability to Use Spare BatteryAs smartphone battery life continues to improve there are still very few phones with replaceable batteries. Not only has camera battery life improved along with smartphones, a third party battery can be so cheap, it's almost a given for camera owners to carry and extra battery and charger along on a vacation.
Memory, Built-in and ExpandableUnfortunately, Apple chose to leave an SD Card slot off the iPhone. Although other smartphone vendors do offer the ability to use SD Cards, virtually every compact camera uses one. A 32GB SDHC cards can be purchased for under $20. Not only can you carry extra cards with you but you can also take them out of the camera and use an inexpensive card reader to speed up the transfer to your computer.
Flash, and We Don't Mean Adobe'sMany smartphones now come with what passes for a flash. Unfortunately smartphone flashes are typically weak and only effective at short range. We've read about new LED technology like that from Oslux that offers a low-profile LED that provides 150 lux with no hot spot generated. Even still, compact cameras can offer larger flashes with longer ranges and more options.
  Camera Manufacturers need to do moreAs good as the Nikons and Canons are at keeping one step ahead of smartphones in image quality and tech specs there is one area where they have really missed the boat. With no built-in connectivity and no built-in apps like Instagram, camera vendors make it cumbersome for consumers to process and share the photos on their cameras. As smartphone vendors give their phones the same features as cameras why aren't camera vendors "appifying" their cameras with fun photo apps and connectivity to move photos and videos to the web? Why is Kodak going out of business while Instagram gets sold for $1B?  

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Fruit for thought.

Fruit for thought. With the current craze for confluence of different devices into a Swiss Army knife style device, it is easy to forget that dedicated devices may be able to perform only one task, but they do that single task very well. Sometimes simplicity may simply be the best thing after all.

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Quote "there are still very few phones with replaceable batteries" - I can think of only a handful which fit into this category, The Iphone, the HTC One S and HTC One S. I can quite happily confirm that my Samsung Galaxy S3 has a replaceable battery as do most other smartphones. The moral of the story is: Steer clear of phones which don't have replaceable batteries if you want to change it or carry a portable battery charger.

I think the convenience of always having my phone on me makes up for the little things.

Repl Batteries

"there are still very few phones with replaceable batteries" Should that not have been very few phones with non-replaceable batteries .iPhone etc etc .where the phone has to be taken apart to replace the battery

Smartphone vs. Compact Camera

Some compacts offer optical viewfinder which some people (well, me at least) find almost essential.

Agree. Viewfinder is a must.

Agree. Viewfinder is a must. And getting rid off LCD monitor saves battery!


Slow to change

I am sure some startup will figure out what the people want as Kodak and others go out of business for 'doing business as usual'. Guess we should be happy that they were able to even move out of film. We have seen it time and time again how companies get so big/conservative/complacent. And it's not like thye haven't been told by the customer - funny, they could just use the free customer input for all the creative new ideas.

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Attachable lenses for camera phones

One thing that wasn't mentioned about the telephoto, macro, fisheye and wide-angle lenses from Photojojo is that they completely cover the iPhone's flash, rendering it useless. Unless you want a ghostly ring or ominous fog in every photo. I loved the increased distance of the telephoto, but I was sincerely disappointed to have no flash.

Why would you want flash

Why would you want flash with a telephoto lens? The flash wouldn't reach that far anyway!