Published on: May 17, 2019


Cameraphones, now termed as the new point and shoot cameras, have been described to have no artistry of photography in them, and for this reason will never replace the SLRs. But how true is this?

The former holders of the term ‘point and shoot’ cameras were the compact cameras. They are still cameras designed primarily for simple operation. They are popular with non-professional photographers and are easy to use for parties and other events. With the launch of smartphones with camera capability, these compact cameras are quickly being replaced and many have foretold that they will be completely extinct by 2020.

To put this theory to the test, how many readers can say they’ve seen, let alone heard of a Compact Camera?

With the Compact Camera fading into oblivion, how long until DSLRs joins their unfortunate fate?

Just like the rise of photography in the 1850s that made portrait painters redundant, there is a high chance that Smartphones will do the same to professional photographers. The rise of the camera capable smartphones has turned every owner into a photographer in their own right. So why pay a professional photographer to cover your wedding or event when you can do it yourself—for free?

Printing, you say? Well, there are 9 Apps and counting for that, including iPhone’s AirPrinter and HP App that allows any smartphone to connect with a HP printer through WiFi.

Better yet, they are hassle free to carry around. No need for a product specific bag, just slip the 5 by 2 by 0.2 inch 145 grams phone into your jeans pocket and you’re camera ready.

With this said, professional photographers aren’t the only ones becoming obsolete, but photography itself.

When Huawei launched the P9 in partnership with Leica in April 2016, the android’s camera was said to be DSLR’s biggest competitor and its rise in popularity would dethrone the DSLR. The Huawei 9 has two cameras which both feature 12 million pixel BSI CMOS sensors with f/2.2 maximum aperture lenses. One of the cameras has a color RGB sensor, while the other is monochrome only and this setup is designed with the intention of capturing more light, and therefore better images.

The new Huawei P10 is a step up from its predecessor, with the main camera featuring 20 million pixel monochrome accompanied by f/2.2 maximum aperture lens and 12 million pixel RGB sensor; and the front camera’s 12 MP plus f/1.9.

So will it be this version, the Huawei P10 that delivers the final nail to DSLR’s coffin? Not yet.

Despite the cousin rivalry, DSLR cameras have some distinct advantages, including larger sensors, more megapixels, better controls and interchangeable lenses. But, they are getting a run for their money. With the development of technology happening every day, on the hour, cameraphone functionality will become so superb that diehard SLR users who spent a few hundred thousand Kenya Shillings on DSLRs will join the rest of us point and shooters.

Huawei is strongly targeting enthusiasts and even professional photographers with the new P10, and judging from the specs above, it might be an easy seduction on Huawei’s part.

As the new contender, will the Huawei P30 Pro finally dethrone the DSLR?

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