Has the balance tipped in favour of computational photography?

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Has the balance tipped in favour of computational photography?
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I know this is a contentious topic! However, with the advent of the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, I am wondering whether I (and many others, no doubt) have got to the point where we don't need a separate camera any more. I will keep my Panasonic bridge camera for specialist pictures but I am a hobby photographer and don't need the IQ provided by FF cameras. The iPhone 13 Pro has sensor-based stabilisation, night mode, sophisticated HDR and lots of computational tricks which compensate for the smaller sensors. Ken Rockwell's review of the previous model convinced me enough to give the matter some serious thought. Yes, I know the 13 takes control away from the operator to a great extent, but if it produces lovely images, who cares? I'm sorely tempted to get one on a monthly contract! Is this going over to the dark side?

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