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Sony says smartphones could beat DSLR cameras in a few years


Last updated: June 2nd, 2022 at 14:05 UTC+02:00

Smartphone cameras could become powerful enough to take better pictures than single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras in 2024. At least, according to Sony Semiconductor Solutions President and CEO Terusi Shimizu, who spoke on the matter at a business briefing session last week.

It’s a bold claim, considering that smartphones will always have stricter space constraints than DSLR cameras. Nevertheless, the premise is that smartphone camera sensors have grown in size, and by 2024, they may reach a point where they can exceed the performance of DSLR camera sensors.

The original report originates from Nikkei Japan, and some details appear to be lost in translation. Nevertheless, according to the paper, the Sony executive expects that “[smartphone] still images will exceed the image quality of single-lens reflex cameras in a few years,” possibly in 2024.

It is worth pointing out that smartphones are selling in much larger quantities than DSLR cameras, so perhaps there can exist a gray zone where smartphone cameras may become better than DSLR cameras for economic rather than technical reasons.

Regardless, if this is true and the smartphone camera market will continue to trend towards larger sensors, this concerns Samsung in equal measure. Samsung, like Sony, is a major smartphone camera sensor supplier, and it is subject to the same market trend changes and demands.

All in all, it could mean that future Samsung flagship phones from 2024 onward might beat DSLR cameras in terms of photography capabilities. It sounds wishful, but the Galaxy S24 could finally achieve what its predecessors have not.

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