Now that mobile cameras are getting more powerful (due to the increase in mega-pixels and the underlying software), we are able to capture great images. This has not only decimated the point-and-shoot digital camera, many people are asking if purchasing a DSLR is worth the money and the bulkiness.
While I agree that mobile cameras as great for the casual photographer and also the go to gadget for a person on the move, there are certain situations, in most cases, the image produced by a DSLR surpasses that produced by a mobile.
In 90% or more of the situations, I agree that the image from a mobile is more practical and acceptable, there are situations where the DSLR output is preferred.
Recently, I was taking pictures in my garden. I spotted a large Common Mormon (male) butterfly resting on a leaf. Fortunately I had a DSLR with me and took many pictures. Finally, I decided to take a few pictures using my mobile camera (which I agree is not top of the line like an iPhone). On taking one picture, the butterfly flew away, probably scared by the camera sound – which I had forgotten to turn off.
Now that I had two or more pictures of the same subject, it was natural to compare the output. I am comparing the same portion of the wing of the butterfly for better understanding of the difference. Here goes the first image, from the mobile.
Next if one image from the DSLR, taken using a 55-250mm kit lens at 187mm. Please note that I was holding the camera in my hand so, some shake is expected.
Now the second image from the DSLR, taken at 163mm, as I was able to take one step closer to the butterfly, yet be more than three feet away.
In each of the images notice the spots on the wing. With the DSLR, due to the size of the sensor being almost 11 times as compared to the size of the sensor in the mobile, it capture much less noise and much more detail.