Qualcomm Explains Why Phones Will Soon Kill DSLRs – And He’s Right

The DSLR’s death knell has been sounding almost daily for the past couple of years – and now Qualcomm has joined the fray by explaining the specific reasons why it thinks phone cameras will soon do away with the aging camera format.

In an in-depth interview with Android Authority (opens in new tab), Qualcomm’s vice president of product management for cameras, Judd Heape, laid out the reasons why smartphones will soon leave DSLRs to history. And the chipmaker’s slightly biased view is quite appealing, particularly given the recent drop in third-party DSLR lens options.

As you’d expect from one of the world’s biggest chipmakers, Qualcomm’s predictions revolve around image processing. “The processing on the Snapdragon is 10 times better than what you can find on the biggest and worst Nikon and Canon cameras,” said Judd Heape. “And that’s why we’re able to really push the image quality barrier. Because even though we have a small lens and a small image sensor, we’re doing many, many times more processing than what a DSLR is capable of.” , he added.

(Image credit: Nikon)

This is certainly true, and has been for some time. The question for many photographers is how much processing is acceptable on their photos – after all, we are reaching a point where interpolation and AI edits are starting to encompass most of a smartphone photo. And for many traditionalists, even those who happily tweak their snaps in digital post-processing, that’s crossing a line.

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