Is A DSLR Necessary For Taking Quality Pictures?

Find out if you need a high quality DSLR camera.

One of the more troubling questions of 2017 is whether a high quality DSLR camera is necessary for taking great photos. When it comes to professional photos, the answer used to be absolutely. No one could take photos on their smartphone that would look anywhere near as good as ones taken on a DSLR. While DSLRs have continued to improve, so have smartphones, and the answer is no longer as easy as one might think.

That’s why some people have decided to go with smartphones that have advanced cameras. Because there are tons of them out on the market nowadays, this question is in the forefront of people’s minds. So today, many potential photographers and videographers aren’t sure if they should invest in a high quality DSLR camera to capture the content they need.

Is A DSLR Necessary For High Quality Content?

Smartphones And 4K

Within the past few months, this question has become increasingly popular. That’s because the newest smartphones are able to capture 4K video resolution. This is significant because there are some DSLRs out there that cost hundreds of dollars, but they can only capture 1080p resolution. While it’s still HD, it’s not up to par with the 4K resolution that the iPhone 7 and other new smartphones can capture. So when it comes to filming video, unless National Geographic is paying you for your work, a smartphone will do just fine for an amateur videographer.

The Mega Megapixel Difference

The first big difference in smartphone cameras and DSLRs is their megapixels. Even some of the newest iPhone models, the 7 and 7 Plus, are only able to take 12MP photos. While it’s definitely a lot for a smartphone, it’s not a lot compared to mid-range DSLRs. Even the Rebel T3i and T5i, entry-level DSLR cameras, can shoot with 18MP. If you want to get into wedding or portrait photography, you definitely want to go with a high quality DSLR camera, even though the iPhone 7 Plus has a fancy “portrait” mode.

The Zoom

DSLRs make it easy to swap out lenses.
Interchangeable lenses are one of the biggest advantages of DSLRs.


Another major difference between smartphones and DSLR cameras is their ability to zoom in for a tight shot. While the iPhone 7 Plus does have a 2x optical zoom, it’s nothing compared to some of the fancier lenses you can use with a high quality DSLR camera. Plus, one of the biggest advantages with DSLRs is that you can purchase and swap out different lenses, depending on what you’re shooting.

Microphone Quality

Another big concern for videographers is microphone quality. With DSLRs, you can attach a high quality microphone right to the camera to make a great video.  A DSLR camera is a necessity if you want to pursue a career in professional videography, especially if sound quality is important.

Spark Camera

On the other hand, there are some advantages to taking video on a newer smartphone. For example, the Spark Camera app, which can be downloaded on Apple devices, makes creating short videos easier than ever before. If you have an iPhone and just want to take some videos of you and your friends, then Spark Camera is the way to go.


This debate will rage on, but there is no clear answer. If you’re on a budget and already have a new smartphone, you might as well hold off on buying a DSLR, unless you plan to be a professional photographer.