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Are Smartphones Comparable to Compacts & DSLRs – Kevin Carter Takes A Look Via DxOMark

Kevin Carter our Head of Technical Hardware as well as the Lead Technical Editor for DxOMark and the British Journal of Photography among others, recently pitched the Nokia Lumia 1020 sensor against various DSLR’s and compact cameras to try and decipher whether mobiles really are comparable in terms of image quality.

Kevin says, “recent media reports claim that sales of digital compacts have been hit hard by the increasing popularity of the smartphone, and, as a result, several camera manufacturers have ceased production of low-end models. With their convenience and connectivity along with the emergence of social media sites it’s not difficult to see why a smartphone would be more attractive for certain applications than a purpose-designed compact camera. Mobile phones are so commonplace now that it’s far easier to accept them than a camera in many social situations, or perhaps it’s more accurate to say it’s easier to overlook a smartphone as a camera”.

Read more of this review on the DxOMark site here and we’re sure it will be up on dpreview too quite soon, as they use Kevin’s/DxOMark’s scientific data for their reviews.


Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]

One Comment

  • Martin Duerr

    Thanks Kevin for the article (and Joanne for the link). It’s interesting to see how close the phones come to traditional P&S cameras and to low entry DSLRs. This article should be really a wake-up call for the big companies like Nikon and Canon. Invest in mobile technology and don’t try to battle a fight you can’t win! Sure the high-end pro DSLRs will survive for some time, but the consumer market camreas get eaten alive by mobile photography. And the most shocking fact for the “old” players is that Apple, Nokia, LG, Samsung and Sony (which has a role like Two-Face in this showdown) don’t officially rival with that market. And … mobile photography is moving fast, very fast …