9 Reasons Why I Prefer my Smartphone over a DSLR

Here are the reasons why I shoot using my smartphone and not a professional camera. Along with the list are 9 of my photos which were shot using my LG V20 smartphone.

1. It is easy to use.

Using my smartphone as a camera is uncomplicated. With a few clicks on my phone’s touchscreen, I am ready to shoot. The functionality is simple and straightforward.

Circles of Lights
“Circles of Lights”

2. It is small and light.

My phone is portable and compact. Carrying it around is not a hassle because it is not heavy. I can put it in my pocket when I am not using it.


3. It is always with me.

I admit, my phone has become a necessity. I carry it with me most, if not all, of the time. This gives me a greater chance of being able to capture a beautiful moment or scene whenever I see one. I can easily take a photo on the spur of the moment.

Cold Seat
“Cold Seat”

4. I can effortlessly share my photos.

My phone is primarily a gadget for communication. With its other features, I am able to easily share my photos either online or directly to another phone or gadget. Sharing is also as quick as a click of a button, provided I have good Wi-Fi or mobile data connection.

” Undula”

5. I can edit my photos right away.

I have installed photo editing apps on my smartphone which made it easier for me to enhance my photos whenever and wherever I want without the need of transfering my photos to a computer.

“Sunset in Panglao”

6. I can text, call and surf.

I do not take photos 24/7. My smartphone provides services and features which are not available on a DSLR. With my phone, I am able to communicate to people even when I’m busy with a shoot or I can just play games whenever I feel lazy doing photography.

Rural Pink
“Rural Pink”

7. It can shoot in stealth.

My phone allows me to do street photography without being caught. Using my phone, it is possible to take candid shots of people without having to worry about their reaction. People will just think I am texting or playing games on my phone.

Sunset Hues
“Sunset Hues”

8. It does not have bulky accessories.

My phone when used as a camera does not need additional gears, equipment, accessories or extra lenses like DSLRs do.  Although clip-on lenses and tripods are available for smartphones, but these are still handy.

Life and Hope
“Life and Hope”

9. It helps improve my skill and creativity.

I am well aware of the limitations of my smartphone in terms of photography but the idea does not discourage me. It even challenges me more to capture beautiful photos despite my phone’s limited capabilities. I believe my phone will somehow make me a better photographer. It pushes me to come up with creative ideas to overcome the limitations and achieve the shot I wanted. In the process, it will hone my artistry and ingenuity.

“Jesus our Savior”

I may have listed 9 reasons of why I am using a smartphone as a weapon of choice for photography, but I think the list just boils down to one simple point, which is my preference for convenience.

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35 Comments Add yours

  1. Paolo Galer says:

    Glad I found someone with the same interest about mobile photography. It’s inspiring reading all the reasons. Keep it up man!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you Paolo. I am also happy to know that I am able to inspire other mobile photographers like me. That is one of the many reasons why I decided to create this blog.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. RC Lopez says:

    I agree with your 9 reasons. People find it hard to believe that I took the photo and edited with my cell phone (LG V20).
    I look forward to learning along side with you.
    RC Lopez
    Hemet, CA USA

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Happy to know a fellow LG V20 shooter. Let’s continue learning and improving our skills in mobile photography and show to people that our phone are capable of producing great pictures.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. wolfiesplace says:

    I feel the same way and loved your points. Although my photos don’t come out nearly as beautiful as yours.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Just keep on shooting and you’ll improve. Also find time to edit your photos with mobile apps. It take patience and focus and great attention to details when it comes to enhancing your photos. But thanks for the comment. I appreciate it a lot.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. I would definitely agree with all these!

    I use a very unique smartphone called​ Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1

    With mobile photography I can get a more perfect shot before having to edit, editing is done using SnapSeed on a tablet

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you for the comments. LG V20 is not also common, I only know a few people who own one. I am also using snapseed on my phone to edit my photos.

      Maybe someday we can collaborate for a project.


  5. Nine EXCELLENT reasons and 9 EXCELLENT images. You are so right. I am still, however, pretty hard core DSLR user. Although, I still marvel at the iPhone (Or any modern phone camera). This is a topic always worthy of discussion. Love your images here!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank so much. I’m really flattered reading comments like this. No matter what gadget you use, as long as your passionate about shooting and enjoys doing it, you can always capture great photos…


  6. mamiskilts says:

    My autistic son has a Photograblog and although he does have a nice DSLR he did start of and did a post on using his galaxy note smartphone. I can share a link if you are interested. I adore your pics above.

    Sarah πŸ¦‹ MamiSkilts.co.uk

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    1. Thanks.. Sure i check his blog


  7. I am stunned by your results. Fantastic! 🌸


  8. Haha! We’re both sporting the LGv20! Awesome! But I mainly use it in blogging (wordpress, analytics, photofy and evernote) as i use stock photos instead of photos I took from my phone. When i was using the same theme you have now (dyad 2), i was using photos from my G3. But due to the change on my site, I can’t supply photos for every post I release… πŸ˜…

    Anyhow, it’s great knowing another blogger maximizing the use of the LGv20! We should come up with a collaborative review of this beast!

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    1. Yes I also use my V20 in blogging, actually everything I do online. πŸ˜„
      Yes, sure we can do that… I haven’t done collaborating yet. This blog is still a toddler.. Hehe…


      1. No. It’s great. Keep it up! πŸ‘πŸ‘ let’s continue the collab talk on FB


  9. I use my phone for photos too and I have taken the best photos with it! I think being mobile and stealth are great reasons for using it. Awesome photos by the way! πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Blogaberry Foo says:

    Hahaha I use my iPhone for the similar reasons listed above but never thought of jotting them down in my blog. Good one! My instagram is all phone photography.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. 10exercises says:

    Great article.
    I agree.I was traveling with my Canon 6D for a long time.
    Huge amount of equipment.Camera,lenses,flash,tripod etc.
    But today we a living in the world when the phone camera is better for bloggers.
    So yes,today i traveling with my phone:-)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. A camera phone is enough


  12. I totally agree! Half of my shots, especially flower closeups I take with my Samsung 5 – 16mp.
    Then I edit on the big screen at home. The detail, color and sharpness always amaze me. That said, I never use zoom – its just really bad. So I have a mirrorless Lumix G85 with a 28-280 mm (equiv) lens when I am out purposely hunting for interesting images. I liken my phone to an artist’s sketchpad – easy to doodle with – and helps keep me discovering lighting and composition effects wherever I happen to be.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you sir. Phones has indeed changed the game. Anybody can now take great photos anytime they want without the hassle of carrying a heavy camera.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Pascal Umeze says:

    One of the reasons why I prefer mobile photography is because of its portability

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Lakc2Naga says:

    I feel the same…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    Liked by 1 person

  15. How I wish my camera was as small and light as my phone!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. With the pace of today’s technological advancements, it might just happen in the near future


  16. ansh997x says:

    I am slowly transitionning towards smartphone from DSLR . The problem is that I am a travel writer and it is tough getting a high resolution picture from phone that won’t get bad when transfered to computer.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes, I understand. I admit that some smartphone still can’t compete with the quality of photos that DSLR provides, but there are also some phones who are as capable or may give DSLR a run for its money. Maybe you should check some phones currently being released, like LG’s V30 or huawei’s P20. They might provide what you need πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ anyways, good luck on your journey towards mobile photography, have fun!


  17. I love the smart phone and i prefer it to the DSLR. It is light weight and handy for taking pictures. I have taken some excellent photos using the smart phone

    Liked by 1 person

    1. For the πŸ’Ÿ mobile photography


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