Four years ago I taught photography. So my benchmark thinking is DSLR digital cameras are far superior to most other choices and certainly superior to phone photography. It was several years ago at a Mariner game that I mistakenly observed foolish people photographing the game with their cell phones. On closer observation, they were not documenting the game but rather their presence at the game with selfies. So I turned out to be the foolish one.
Elsewhere on this site is a page I started when I moved from android to apple 5s cell phone. I was favorably impressed with what the phone could do with close ups, scenery and low light shooting. After my cat kicked the iphone into the toilet and I replaced it with a Samsung S5 I became even more impressed with the quality of photos. Recently I assisted my wife in photographing a 1.2 million dollar waterfront listing. I used and expensive flash, a digital camera, and I used my cell phone under varying lighting conditions. I have to say, although I got some outstanding pictures with the tripod, flash, and special camera I also achieved some amazing shots with the S5.
The speed of change in the photography world moving to digital was impressive. The speed of improvement in cell phone photography and video is equally impressive and moving much more quickly than most of us old school photographers quite realize. Here is a link to the video I put together with the pictures taken, both digital and phone style.
John Alfred Riebli