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    Default Does this spells the end of PnS?

    HTC is coming up with a superb camera smartphone in April. Sony Ericsson already has an Xperia S. I don't know what Apple 5, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Motorola, etc will come with. However, those with these smartphones will definitely not be seen with a PnS in their bags/pocket. It is also a common sight to see people shooting with their iPads and Galaxy tabs nowadays. Are we seeing the beginning to the end of PnS?

    HTC One X
    •8 megapixel camera with 0.2s auto focus, smart LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
    •F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
    •1080p HD video recording
    •Dedicated imaging chip
    •Capture a photo in the midst of recording HD video
    •Continuous shooting mode captures multiple snapshots
    •Auto flash smartly determined by distance from your subject
    •Video stabilization feature removes annoying, shaky motion
    •High quality slow motion video capture and playback

    Sony Ericsson Xperia S
    •12.1 megapixel camera with LED flash and Auto focus
    •Sony’s Exmor™ R for mobile CMOS sensor
    •16x digital zoom
    •f/2.4 Aperture
    •HD video recording (1080p)
    •3D Sweep Panorama
    •Face recognition and Smile Shutter™
    Last edited by ManWearPants; 27th March 2012 at 12:28 AM.

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    Definitely. There is no doubt that the advancement and the marriage of phones and camera have shown it marks the end of PNS. If u have to choose between a HP which u like and can perform like a PNS in terms in quality, would u bring out both?

    With wireless capability of hp via 3/4g and/or wifi and Bluetooth, it makes it so easy to share contents online where it would make a PNS like a phone to include these features. Hence it make a lot more sense for mobile phone companies to take over the role. There is no hiccups in usage pattern between pns and HP photography. U don't look thru viewfinder and the usage posture is similar, but mobile phones pack a lot more features than PNS.

    But it might take awhile for PNS to really die off, or probably they wouldn't becoz there are still a lot of people that cannot afford highly priced phones with these capabilities n a simple cheap PNS might be what they need. But they will go under the rug eventually and just there as a low cost option.

    My 2 cents opinion.
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    Default Re: Does this spells the end of PnS?

    Phone cameras still can't really zoom, so no I don't think so

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    Default Re: Does this spells the end of PnS?

    sooner or later, mobiles will come equipped with cameras that can do HDR bracketing, optical zoom with external accessories, shutter/aperture priority, usable night-mode, etc...

    but what about the reverse? dslrs that you can also make phone calls with? hehehe... let it sit while doing long exposures and you can pair it with bluetooth headset and call your spouse.

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    Default Re: Does this spells the end of PnS?

    For folks who only wants to upload quick snaps to facebook or other online social medias, the camera phone with its constant online connection is unrivalled when it comes to flexibility uploading. In that respect the entry level basic PnS might get their share eroded.



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