One of the most important features of smartphones that users usually look at is the camera. Many smartphones now have high megapixels, allowing you to take quality and clear photos. It doesn’t even need to be a high-end phone like an iPhone, as more affordable alternatives are also equipped with great camera feature like Huawei smartphones. For a fraction of the cost of expensive brands, you could get one with up to 13MP camera. This is good enough to snap the perfect selfie or take an amazing picture on your trip or special event.

Due to the continuously increasing popularity of smartphones and the enhancement of their camera features, the sales of point and shoot camera significantly dropped by 38.1% for the past years. If you’re weighing your options if you should get a new smartphone instead of a digital camera, here are some of the reasons on why you should go for a smartphone.

Quality Images

As mentioned, the latest models of smartphones come with high megapixels that let you snap quality pictures. When smartphones were first introduced, they usually came with 2MP camera, but they have improved greatly throughout the years. One of the drawbacks is the zoom feature. Smartphone cameras can be zoomed, but they do not retain their high resolution. Digital cameras can be zoomed and they still take high quality images, which is great if you’re taking photos from afar. Smartphones may not have the same quality as DSLR cameras, but if you don’t need it for professional photography, they are good enough for personal use.

Better Playback

Viewing of the photos is more convenient with smartphone than it is with point and shoot camera. You have a wider screen, especially if you’re using a tablet phone. Since it’s wider, you could see every detail of the photo. You can also easily access different images that may be taken from various dates or occasions, or those that are saved in different folders. This may not be that easy when using a digital camera.

Easy Image Editing

Another advantage of smartphones over digital camera is easy editing of images. Adjustment of the camera settings like flash and brightness can be done without a hassle with both the traditional camera and smartphone. However, editing of images such as cropping and adding effects is easier done with the smartphone. Some of these devices come with built in image editing functions that would let you make enhancements immediately using the native camera app.

There are also several third party camera apps and image editing apps that you could download that work for various operating systems, including iOS and Android. Some of them can be downloaded for a specific price, while others are available for free. There’s no need to transfer the images to the computer to do the editing of the pictures as this can be done on the device itself. Simple taps on the buttons and options of these apps would give you beautiful photos that are worth sharing.

Quick Sharing

Another advantage of a smartphone over a digital camera is that sharing of the photos taken is much easier and faster. Using a digital camera, you need to transfer the images to the computer so you can share it via email, on your website, online or social media sites. This isn’t needed with smartphones as most of them, especially the new models, are capable of being connected to the Internet via WiFi or using you network data. If your device has Internet capability, you could share the images like you would on a computer. You may use the phone’s browser or you may also use apps for sharing images or uploading them on the site you want. If there’s an image that you wish your friends or family to see immediately, you could quickly share it as long as you’re connected on the web.

Convenient to Carry

Unless you’re a professional photographer or you take pictures for a living, you may not always be bringing your digital camera with you. Although there are now digital cameras with slim design, they are still not as convenient to carry as smartphones. Moreover, you would be more likely to always bring your phone with you since you’re not just using it for taking photos, but for communications too.

There’s no denying that digital cameras are still the winners when it comes to the quality of images. However, if it’s not for professional use, a smartphone with high megapixel camera would not be a bad choice.