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March 25, 2012

The Big Debate: Camera or cameraphone?

To finish off #NCphotoweek we have our usual round of Sunday debate. Of course this one is photography based too, so we’re looking at whether a cameraphone should really replace your standalone camera.

There are some brilliant standalone cameras out there that give stunning top quality performance to any person with a little bit of know how in the photography sector. In the last two or three years though we have seen the rise of many excellent smartphones sporting advanced cameras being brought to the table too, which are now shouting a strong message to the world of photography.

Camera or cameraphone?

So… what we are really talking about here is pretty simple. Should a camera on your smartphone replace your standalone camera, ever?  We’ve seen on the Nokia Creative N8 Photo Awards how stunning photography with a Nokia N8 can turn out… imagine what will be achieved when the Nokia 808 PureView starts falling into the mittens of trigger happy photographers!

Zooming in here to show you the amazing details within an image captured the Nokia 808 Pureview.

Not only for sick images, you can use your cameraphone for wonderful videos and stories too, like what we saw from the guys who took part in Nokia Shorts last year. This really demonstrates the power of what is available to you in your smartphone.

It goes without saying that the benefits of a cameraphone run further than taking sweet photos and recording videos. All of the features you’d expect like GPS, maps, apps, games, internet browsing, music, the ability to share instantly… these all help smartphones stack up against the standalone camera in a big way.

What do you think though… would you ever replace your standalone camera with a cameraphone, or have you already done just that? Let loose in the comments section or reach out on Twitter #NokiaDebate.