Optical vs Software Photography ?

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Bobthearch Veteran Member • Posts: 9,127
Re: Optical vs Software Photography ?

Antti Roine wrote:

1) With tiny phone camera sensors we can get a long depth of field and very sharp photos, but also beautiful bokeh with the software photography even in dark conditions.

Some cell phones are finally able to take sharp photos, but with many limitations and caveats.  For example my XR takes reasonably fine photos as long as the lighting is abundant, as long as you shoot RAW using third-party software, as long as you don't crop, and as long as the composition is perfectly suited to a wide-angle 24mm perspective.

Keep in mind that the XR is the cheapest current-generation iPhone, and yet it still costs 2X more than an entry-level DSLR that blows away the XR's image quality and photographic capabilities.

2) With full-frame sensor and wide aperature lens you can get beautiful bokeh, but with software photography it is impossible to convert the unsharp background to sharp one.

A real camera has a user-selectible aperture, meaning you get a choice; I have no use for a fixed-aperture camera.

3) Full-frame sensors makes the mirrorless cameras large and heavy.

So don't get a FF mirrorless if they're too heavy for you.  There are plenty of APS-C and smaller options.

If Canon and Nikon directors are wise, they will invest on smaller APC-C size sensors and intelligent software photography integrated to the camera - like the mobile phone manufacturers do. Most of the users do not want to edit raw files in the Photoshop.

Most serious enthusiasts and professionals do take the time and effort to carefully adjust photos while viewing the images on a real monitor. That's what makes them serious enthusiasts and professionals.  For people who don't care, cell phones already suffice.

I'm not sure how much market there is for in-between products.

The latest small mobile phone cameras gives us the prelude of the possiblities of the software photography with the small sensors and automatic GPS location data.

Cameras of every sensor size have offered GPS since forever, either built in or via a snap-on accessory.  In my years of shooting though I've never needed to know the exact location of a photo.  Not once.  Ever.  In 45 years.

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