Ditch your phone for a SLR as Fujifilm launches the world's brightest autofocus lens

A look at why DSLR cameras are making a come back as the demand for better pictures increases thanks to platforms such as social media. 

Ditch your phone for a SLR as Fujifilm launches the world's brightest autofocus lens

Over the years, cameras have radically changed over time. They have transitioned from huge, robust-looking machines to sleek devices that fit in our pockets. The practical use of a camera has been elevated over time as camera technology has been made to fit in smartphones. The type of camera technology that is now available in smartphones was once unimaginable. Considering the megapixels and zoom technology of our smartphone house, it has been one of technology's biggest feats yet.

However, as we continue to live in a vastly connected world led by social media, it is apparent that the use of cameras is now an integral part of our everyday lives. Popular social media apps such as Instagram and Snapchat solely focus on sharing images. With this in mind, although smartphone cameras are great and offer us a quick resolution, they still can not offer the type of quality one would get from a picture taken on a digital. Smartphone cameras, although evolved, do have their limitations. 

For this reason, if you are a passionate photographer or by trade, or you simply want better results from your images, considering investing in a digital camera might be a good option. Although the sales of SLR and digital cameras may have dropped, their quality is still somewhat unmatched. The interchangeable lenses on a digital camera offer far more flexibility than a smartphone. Changes in the technology of digital cameras also prove to show there is still a demand for them. 

Fujifilm has announced that it has launched the world's very first autofocus lens which has an f/1.0 maximum aperture for its series of mirrorless cameras known as X-series. In most cameras, aperture refers to the size of the hole, which allows light to enter into the camera. The lower the f-number indicates, the larger the lens aperture. If a camera has a wider lens, it will allow more light to pass through it, which consequently will allow faster shutter speeds to be used. 

Mirrorless cameras work without a reflex mirror, and so light passes through the lens and directly to the digital sensor. The sensor is what then displays the image on the camera's LCD screen. In a mirror camera, the reflex mirror bounces the image up to the optical viewfinder. Although it may seem like a very simple technology, creating cameras that can function beyond the capabilities of traditional mirror cameras require some very clever technology. 

Although in the beginning, electronic viewfinders were seen as somewhat less inferior compared to optical counterparts, this ideology has changed dramatically over the past few years. Mirrorless cameras can now perform with up to 5.7 million pixels with refresh rates as high as 120 frames per second now, which is highly impressive. Electronic view grinders are also a lot more responsive and sharper. Electronic viewfinders also offer a number of customization options which optical viewfinders are unable to offer.

Although mirrorless cameras are not all inherently better than each other or even our smartphone in some cases, there are advantages in some instances to give them some superior qualities. These include features such as battery life and storage solutions to name a few. It does ultimately come down to the best type of device that suits you and your lifestyle. However, if you are a photographer professionally, I think it goes without saying that a digital camera will probably be best. But, if you are also a serious Instagrammer, maybe a digital camera can heighten your photography attracting new followers and communities to your page. 

Mirrorless cameras compared to mirrorless cameras are much more compact, but obviously, not as compact as smartphones. It's worth taking a look and playing around with a few as they are a lot more bigger and require a lot more muscle power. The future of smartphones could see the technology come into the smart device market and totally eradicate the need for a digital camera altogether. However, as discussed above, the technology for smartphones isn't quite there yet, but the limits to how far technology can go is something quite exciting. 


Yasmita Kumar

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