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Replacing the Fuji with a smartphone?

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Sebastian Boatca

"My name is Sebastian Boatca, a photographer based in Brussels, Belgium and I embrace life through my experiences as a man, husband, father, traveler and photographer. The artistic expression is one of the ways we can blend into nature strings and communicate with the people around the world."

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Nowadays, the smartphones and their cameras have evolved to a level where the question of replacing the digital camera (mirrorless, or DSLR) with a powerful smartphone is only natural. Tremendous progress has been made to the technology inside the smartphones, where the cameras themselves, the rapidly evolving sensors and together with powerful algorithms, led by fast processors integrating AI, can deliver amazing results in capturing and processing the images into vivid JPEG files.

We are talking about fine lenses (some certified by Leica, others by Zeiss), improved sensors for low light conditions and processors that put everything together, from combining the information captured by several cameras, to the removal of image noise, while adding sharpness, contrast, saturation and HDR capabilities, in order to produce a final JPEG file that pleases the eyes of both photographer and his/her audience. More than that, the power to capture fine details is bringing super sharp images with crazy high resolutions; the powerful Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is working on a camera setup to deliver more than 100 megapixels. This is the resolution we see in the amazing Medium Format camera Fujifilm GFX100!

However, can it be done? To ditch your camera (as heavy, or light at it seems, but still heavier than any smartphone) and successfully use your smartphone to photograph what you want and need to be photographed? I will say, “It depends” – on your expectations from your type(s) of photography.

First image – Huawei Mate 20 Pro triple-lens Leica certified: We can clearly see the software automatically applying contrast and saturation, in Auto Mode.

Second image – Fujifilm X-H1 + XF 16-55mm F2.8 WR: I have chosen a standard lens for this comparison. JPEG in Eterna film simulation, with minor contrast and brightness applied.

I wanted to give it a try and convince myself that it is possible…

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