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Many people are now using smartphones to take high-definition pictures, which could mean the demise of conventional digital cameras.

Smartphones gain advanced digital camera features

5/22/2014

For many consumers, smartphones have replaced a couple of gadgets they used to carry around with them all the time. While some people use mobile devices to replace their MP3 players, others are using them to take high-definition pictures. In turn, this level of operability has convinced many people to purchase phone insurance so that they can be replaced in the event that it's damaged. 

Jumbling devices 
There's still a contingency of consumers who prefer to own digital cameras, but the majority of individuals would rather not pay for these expensive gadgets. According to Liberty Voice, smartphones are now being equipped with cameras capable of taking high-quality photos, which can be shared on Instagram, Facebook or other websites at the touch of a button. A device possessing social media applications and a decent photography function appears superior to a bulky digital camera that cannot connect to the Internet. 

For example, Nokia is now offering smartphone camera technology that uses pixel over-sampling, which allows users to take 38-megapixel pictures and then use large data to create a sharp-looking 5-megapixel image, Liberty Voice reported. The fact that such a function is becoming normalized is causing many consumers to buy mobile phone insurance, so that their devices can be replaced in the event that they are damaged.

In addition, it's important to note the low expenses associated with smartphones, which typically cost under $100 without a contract. In contrast, the source acknowledged that some digital cameras cost $150 or more - depending on what kind of quality a person is looking for. 

Gaining an edge 
The Register reported that HTC spokesman Symon Whitehorn recently announced that the company's smartphone camera technology may include optical zooming in the near future. This particular feature - a signature part of digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) - uses optics to enlarge the image falling on the sensor. Though digital versions of this technique currently exist in many smartphones, it doesn't compare to the optical version.

"Two years ago, I would have said that phones will never replace DSLRs," said Whitehorn, as quoted by the news source. "Now I'm not so sure. I think there'll always be a role for dedicated camera ... but I think you'll see the gap closing."

Although Whitehorn noted that a mobile device with optical zooming isn't going to be released tomorrow, the next 12 to 18 months may yield such a mechanism. This occurrence will likely be accompanied by an influx of cell phone buyback deals, as many people will begin to place higher value on their smartphones. 

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