The difference is photo quality between camera types is huge! Last week I talked about the three most common camera types. Smartphone cameras have fairly low resolution which is the megapixels per photo while a DSLR camera has a high resolution. What does this mean for your photos? If you are not going to crop your photos or blow them up, it isn’t as big of a deal. On the other hand, if you plan to print, or enlarge your photos, low pixel counts make for grainy photos. Olivia is modeling for me so you can see the difference in pixels, especially with her in action, running.
Let’s start with a smartphone photo. Most smart photos have a resolution of around 70, up to 150. Smartphones don’t have many lens options either. Zoom is an option but it is not the same as a telephoto lens. Above is a smartphone photo in normal photo mode. When editing the photos, I am only cropping, nothing for color or other edits.
Since I would like to see a closer shot of Olivia, I use my photo editing software to crop the photo. Here is Olivia close up, but notice how grainy she is. A photo should be crisp but there are not enough pixels in a smartphone shot to crop and still have a really nice photo.
Next up we are using our point and shoot camera. Once again, Olivia is running at me as I shoot her photo. The photo isn’t bad when Olivia is so small and in the distance. Trying to use the zoom on the point and shoot doesn’t work very well because my target is moving too fast.
The photo quality once again suffers when I go in and crop it. First of all, I think Olivia’s ears turned into horns, LOL! After the crop, anyone can make out the dog and the ears in the photo, but once again the image is blurry and not at all crisp. Our point and shoot has twice the pixels as our smartphone camera, but still not enough for good cropping.
My final example is the DSLR. Knowing Olivia is running, I use my telephoto lens with the correct manual settings to capture motion. Please ignore Bailie as my settings have her a bit blurry on purpose. She was not supposed to be in the photo but she showed up.
Now I have cropped this photo and Olivia is looking pretty good. Bailie is totally gone, and you can see Olivia’s furs looking pretty crisp and clear.
The resolution makes a big difference in photo quality especially if you need a photo to be larger. For social media, phone photo resolution doesn’t matter all that much, but most action shots will still appear a bit blurry. Next week I’m going to give you some simple tips to get started using a DSLR camera if you are interested in giving it a try.
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