Smartphones Will Kill Off the DSLR Within Three Years, Says Sony

As we head into 2018, there’s little doubt that smartphones are a serious competitor to the DSLR. Not only are they capable of impressive computational photography, but they are also much cheaper. And Sony expects sensor sizes in high-end phones to double by 2024. That’s a big deal! But how far is this prediction from reality? Read on to find out. Until then, you can’t blame the smartphone for the death of the DSLR.

Image quality of phones will surpass that of ILCs in 2024

As we’ve reported in previous articles, smartphone cameras and ILCs have moved in opposite directions in recent years. Sony has made a bold prediction: smartphone image quality will surpass ILCs by 2024. The company presented some interesting slides during a recent business briefing. They showed that sensor sizes in high-end phones will double by 2024. Until now, the sensors of high-end phones were limited by lenses and their size. The Xperia Pro-I had the largest sensor at one inch, but its lens could only task 12MP, so Sony only put that resolution on the rear.

Sensor size of high-end phones to double by 2024

Sony is optimistic about the future of smartphones, and expects sensor sizes to double in the next few years. With better image signal processors and larger apertures, smartphone cameras will offer better quality than ever. By 2024, Sony says, the average sensor size for high-end phones should double. Sony’s evolution will also bring enhanced Super HDR and single-layer transistor pixel technology. These improvements will result in bigger sensors and improved dynamic range and noise reduction.

Automated captures

The current market for cameras has been dominated by Nikon and Canon. The smaller market size of Sony makes it difficult for third-party manufacturers to design their cameras around its proprietary file format and lens mounts. In addition, Sony has resisted adopting open standards, which may hinder the company’s efforts to compete with these two giants. The lack of open standards is especially problematic when it comes to flash photography.

Stacking multiple captures

With increasing data transfer speeds and a smaller amount of storage space, a DSLR will become obsolete in three years. A high-resolution CMOS sensor will also make the mechanical shutter unnecessary, and faster processors will make other improvements possible. But Sony hasn’t replicated Nikon’s Pro Capture mode, which fills the buffer before the shutter is fully pressed.

Lens shading

If you have used a Sony DSLR, you are probably aware of its lens shading. It’s a new feature in the newest models, and Sony has been trying to perfect it. Despite the flaws, it’s a welcome addition to the camera’s already great capabilities. But what about lenses with no lens shading? How will this feature affect your pictures? Here are some things to keep in mind before you invest in a new lens.