Is a point and shoot camera better than a phone camera?

One of the toughest questions to answer is whether a point and shoot camera are better than a phone camera. If you ask me this question, I would say Yes, I still believe a point and shoot camera is better than my Smartphone camera to shoot pictures. These pictures are an amazing reminder of the most memorable moments of my life.

I don’t deny the fact that Smartphones are easy to carry around. In fact, I would put it this way- Smartphones are always there with us whereas we have to carry along a camera only when it is required. The pinhead-size lens of the Smartphones will not be able to give the same quality of picture as that of a point and shoot camera.


A couple of years back, if you have asked me the same question, I would have probably said that Smartphone cameras are taking over the point and shoot cameras. But, in the last two years, the point and shoot camera have improved massively. Today, we have cameras that have the best sensor and have wide aperture lens. The surface area of the sensor offered by Canon Powershot G7 X is far better than that of the sensor offered by the iPhone.


Point and shoot cameras with high sensors make it easy to take fabulous pictures even if you are shooting in dim light. I take pictures with both my camera and my Smartphone in low light. I can see the striking difference in the quality of images and the pictures with a point and shoot camera always scores well in comparison.

Another interesting point I noted is that Smartphones have digital image stabilization. That means, the quality of the picture will be degraded. But in a point to shoot camera, optical or sensor-shift image stabilization is much more effective. Even my 6-year-old son is able to take very good quality photos using my point and shoot camera. The pictures with a camera survive any sudden shaking and quivering of hand.

et4The storage capacity of the camera is another factor that helped me decide in favor of the camera. Even though we have Smartphones that support a 64 GB memory card, if you use your phone for taking pictures, it will eat up the storage space and affect the overall performance of the Smartphone. Therefore, in my point of view, I feel that a point to shoot camera is better than a phone camera if the quality of images is your main concern.

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