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In recent years, the smartphone market is getting bigger, and the offer for this type of phones is getting more creative and advanced. The companies that are the leaders of the smartphone market are constantly introducing novelties with which they try to give users the best possible experience in using their products.

Part of that improved experience are the cameras installed in smartphones. In fact, cameras may be one of the key factors that make some users decide to buy one phone over another. As smartphone cameras keep getting better, the question has been raised over the past few years: is it worth buying a professional camera when phone cameras are so good?

In this blog, we will write about the differences between (semi)professional cameras and smartphone cameras, emphasizing the advantage that the former have over the latter.


There are several significant differences between (semi)professional cameras and smartphone cameras. We will mention a few that will surely be enough for you to understand what we are talking about.


The sensor size is one of the main differences between them. Even the cheapest (semi)professional cameras have several times larger sensors than smartphone cameras. You may be asking yourself, “Why should this matter to me?” To understand the importance of this difference, you need to know the role of the sensor in the photography process. We will explain briefly:

The sensor is actually the part of the camera that receives the light. The larger the camera sensor, the greater its ability to absorb light. The sensor receives the light and then takes it to the processor where a digital version of your photo is created. Larger sensor = greater ability to absorb light = better photo quality.

In other words, the fact that if even the cheapest (semi)professional cameras have at least several times larger sensors than those found in smartphone cameras means that the ability of their sensors to receive light is at least several times greater than that of smartphone cameras.

The level of light entering the sensor is extremely important in the process of creating good photos. Basically, the very word photography literally means drawing with light. Light is what helps you see what you want to photograph, and capture it in the best possible way. From that point of view, the more light your camera sensor can absorb, the better the end result will be.


Unlike smartphones, which are a kind of mini computers that we carry with us wherever we go, (semi)professional cameras are devices with only one purpose, or rather two: taking photos and recording videos.

This means that in the bodies of (semi)professional cameras there is much more developed technology and mechanics compared to that of smartphone cameras. Not only the size of the sensor, but also the processors, which are extremely important for image quality, are more complex and advanced in (semi)professional cameras.


Unlike smartphone cameras, with (semi)professional cameras you have more options for using accessories that will help you take better photos.

One such example is the use of flash. If you are in conditions of reduced light, and you want to use an external flash, (semi)professional cameras offer you the opportunity to do so. If you have even a little photography experience, you know that there are circumstances when using an external flash offers much better results compared to the one that comes with your smartphone camera.

Until a few years ago, the advantage of (semi)professional cameras compared to phone cameras was that (semi)professional cameras had the ability to use lenses, while smartphones did not. That changed in the last few years when some companies started making lenses for smartphone cameras. But despite that, the choice of lenses for (semi)professional cameras is greater, and better.

With all this in mind, we can conclude that there is a significant difference between (semi)professional cameras and our smartphone cameras. That's not to say that smartphone cameras aren't good. Quite the contrary, for the majority of amateur photography enthusiasts, the smartphone camera may be a good starting point.

However, if you want to one day progress and enter the world of photography a little more seriously, it's good to think about getting a (semi)professional camera. As a photography device, the (semi)professional camera is much more complex and offers you the option of better quality photos.




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