When is the smartphone good enough for you to drop your FF gear?

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lattesweden Veteran Member • Posts: 4,924
When is the smartphone good enough for you to drop your FF gear?

Smartphones develops in a very fast pace now and image quality, both due to larger sensor size and also improved optics, paired with even better and better computational photography also adds to better and better end results in various shooting conditions.

That combined with the much better on the field editing and publishing makes it a potential replacement for many use cases, even professional ones.

At the same time, the development of computational photography like night time hand held shooting is not coming to free standing FF cameras, nor an easy way of editing and publishing on the field.

We have on the smartphone side seen some 1-inch sensored attempts in the past such as the Panasonics CM1 from 2013.

And now, with most likely the new 1-inch Sony sensor specially made for smartphones, Sharp/Leicas co-developed smartphone from earlier this year and it now also seems Sony themselves will be launching a new Sony Xperia Pro smartphone which has a 1-inch sensor and a f2 24 mm equivalent lens and more: https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/leaked-stunning-new-sony-xperia-pro-i-features-an-impressive-1-inch-sensor/
(1-inch sensors are typically, give or take a little, three stops behind on DOF and noise levels and about two stops behind on DR vs FF).

How long will you hold on to your FF gear? What would it take for you to use a smartphone as your prime shooting device? Do you use a smartphone already today? In such a case what for? Only for personal use or also for pro use?

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