A Survey Delves Into The General Opinions That Professional Photographers Hold About Mobile Phone Cameras

A survey conducted by Suite 48 Analytics tried to gauge the common perception of mobile phone cameras amongst professional photographers. How well do our mobiles stack? Let's take a look.

Photography is an activity that seems less and less like a trend and more of a social norm. Especially with the advent of social media, and platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat, having a camera on hand is important. That's probably why mobile companies have started actively pushing for better and better cameras in more compact devices. Perhaps no device encapsulates this ideology more than Apple and its line of iPhones. Their consistently praised camera quality is one of the features most considered and admired by users when purchasing a new phone. But with all of these devices at hand, one must ask: can they hold a candle to professional cameras?

Perhaps to pose the question of mobile camera vs. professional camera would not be prudent. After all, mobiles are built to carry out a number of other functions, while professional cameras are built exclusively for photography and/or videographer. Perhaps it is better to ask what professional photographers think of mobile cameras. Suite 48 Analytics is a marketing and analysis firm based around the photo and video industry. They took it upon themselves to amass a sample population of 881 photographers across Europe and North America.

So, what do professionals think of mobile phone cameras? As it turns out, the answer is a tad bit more complex than good or bad. 13% of the population took over half of their professional photos with mobile phone cameras, while 64% took none at all. However, when it comes to unprofessional photos, only 14% of all individuals claimed to take no photos with their mobile camera. Therefore, while professionals don't often use their mobile phones in professional settings, it definitely isn't unheard of. More importantly, they also don't lug around professional cameras for more casual fare, choosing to rely on their phones instead.

While it seems that all professionals still prefer their own cameras over mobile phone cameras, one thing is clear. It is not the equipment that makes a good photographer, rather their individual skillset. That is perhaps why these professions photographers are comfortable with the usage of mobile phone cameras, even completely eschewing their professional builds in more casual uses.
Pro Photographers and their Camera Use
A Survey Delves Into The General Opinions That Professional Photographers Hold About Mobile Phone Cameras

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