Expensive vs Mid-level Cellphone


An expensive cellphone with a good camera, or a mid-level phone and a separate 1-inch sensor camera…What would you recommend?

Answer by: Sudhir Shivaram, Wildlife Photographer and Educator

Equipment does matter in making good images. But what you need to understand is that it’s always the person behind the camera who creates those astonishing photographs. There is nothing called as the best camera or lens for photography. As I keep saying, the best equipment is the one you have or the one you can afford.

To become a better photographer, you need to understand the four pillars of photography:
1. Understanding your subject’s behaviour.
2. Understanding the core fundamental concepts of photography, which includes basic camera settings like white balance, exposure, metering, and focusing. Along with that, you also have to master the art of photography, like composition.
3. Understanding your equipment and shooting techniques.
4. The art of digital post processing.

If you look at pillar number three, this is where you need to decide what kind of equipment you need for your purpose. The question should not be ‘Which camera should I buy?’ Instead, you need to ask yourself—‘What is it that I intend to photograph?’ Based on what you plan to shoot, you need to check the camera’s features and see if that matches your requirements. Beyond that, you also need to think about whether your photography interests will grow. Will the existing equipment suffice your needs?

Today, technology has advanced to a point where cellphone cameras have become brilliant. However, one of the limitations of these devices is the reach of its telephoto lens. Even with the accessories to get a better reach, the quality still suffers. Honestly, it’s the lens that gives you the quality, not the camera sensor. My recommendation would be to go for an entry-level camera and invest in a lens, because that will work for a long period. As for your camera, it can be upgraded anytime.