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Smartphone Cameras vs Point-and-Shoot Cameras

If You Have a Great Camera Phone, Do You Bother Bringing a Camera?

Are point-and-shoot cameras in danger of extinction? As the cameras in phones like the iPhone and bevy of Android-powered devices start stepping up their game, there's less of a need to tote a second recreational camera. The New York Times says that simple point-and-shoots are endangered because of the rise in popularity of highly technical smartphone cameras.

In fact, after reading the article, which quotes one iPhone user saying her camera is now "one less thing to carry," I realized that I toss my camera in my bag far less than I did pre-iPhone camera. And the images that are on my digital camera have been there for a few weeks.

Are you guilty of this too? Do you think the point-and-shoot could ever go the way of the floppy disk?

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aniline aniline 6 years
I only have two cameras - my iPhone 4 and a DSLR. I don't really need anything more than that.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 6 years
Usually never. Only for major events like a baby shower, but I hardly even used my regular cam for Thanksgiving. And sometimes I take it out to bars when I'd rather risk dropping my camera than my iphone, but I loveeee my iphone pics.
areitz areitz 6 years
I've found that my Sony DSC-WX1 works great in situations with low light -- much better than my iPhone 4. So if I remember, I bring my Sony with me. However, oftentimes I forget, which is why it's nice to have the phone camera as a backup.
AlisonMcg67 AlisonMcg67 6 years
I carry a regular camera all the time, My Droid has a decent camera, but I prefer the 24X zoom of my Nikon.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
I just bought a Canon s95, and it's so small that it goes everywhere with me. The iPhone camera is decent (and the iPhone 4's is better than decent) but I like being able to change aperture, etc. Better to carry a tiny point-and-shoot than miss out on an amazing photograph because I didn't have the right equipment.
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