Photo Smartphones Vs. Camera: Is Investing in a Dedicated Camera Worth It?

Photo smartphones vs. camera: Is a real camera worth it?  |  c't uplink

Smartphones are constantly pushing the boundaries of what they can achieve in terms of photography. With advancements in sensor technology, telephoto lenses, and artificial intelligence, smartphones are now venturing into the realm that was once reserved for traditional standalone digital cameras. In a recent comparison test, six of the top photo smartphones were put to the test alongside a premium compact camera and a full-frame system camera.

The smartphones featured in the test were the Apple iPhone 14 Pro, Google Pixel 7 Pro, Huawei P60 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Sony Xperia 1 V, and Xiaomi 13 Ultra. These devices were pitted against the Ricoh GR IIIx premium compact camera and the Canon EOS R8 mirrorless full-frame system camera. The test aimed to determine whether, and under what circumstances, smartphone photos could rival those taken with dedicated cameras.

Sophia Zimmerman, an editor from Heise-online, and Steffen Herget, a c’t editor, were responsible for conducting the test and presenting the results on the c’t uplink podcast. Together with moderator Liane Dubowy, they delved into the details of the test and its findings. The full test data and results can be found in issue 16/2023 of c’t magazine.

Additionally, Liane M. Dubowy, Steffen Herget, and Sophia Zimmermann were present during the podcast discussion. For those interested in accessing the test findings and further content, c’t magazine issue 17/2023 is available in various formats such as kiosks, browsers, and the c’t app for iOS and Android platforms.

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