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DSLR vs Apps


Looking back at the need for a DSLR over a high end specification smartphone, it is clear that the two options of kit for general photography are beginning to blur and the trend is set to continue in 2020.

As a professional photographer I am often asked what camera I would recommend to budding photographers, or companies who wish to capture projects and PR images for business. Of late I have asked what they wish to achieve, if seeking pictures purely for PR and websites, a good smartphone is probably the best option. Why, because they are easy to understand, easy to use and probably offer the best overall output. Should you be wishing to get seriously into photography, possibly for capturing images for brochures, a budget or mid-range camera from the leading brands such as Canon, Nikon or Sony would be a good choice.

If you wish to improve your photography skills there is no need to get a DSLR initially, I would suggest looking adopting a more in depth photography app such as, which will allow the smartphone to put itself into a ‘manual’ mode. From this mode you can begin to understand how shutter speed and aperture work together, plus the option of adjusting the sensors sensitivity. These are possibly the most important issues to understand and for more information and tutorials I’ve always referred to which is a great resource for beginners and experienced alike.