Buying your new smartphone is a very big deal. Normally you’ll buy it on a contract, so you’re stuck with it for a year or two. This means you need to get your choice right, so you aren’t sick of the phone quickly!

I’m often asked a series of questions from people looking to buy a new phone. Some of the more common questions are focused on the camera. “Which phone has the best camera” or even “should I buy a phone for its camera?” I find the second of those questions the most interesting! Should you buy a new phone, purely for the camera quality? Well, I’ve given it some thought, and I think I can now sum up my thoughts on this question. Honestly, it depends on the person. So, I’m going to give my reasons why you should buy for the camera, and why you shouldn’t.

Yes

You should buy a mobile phone purely for the camera if that’s what you use it for the most. If you’re constantly carrying around your phone to take photos, then it’s a big deal to you. There’s a difference between taking photos all the time, and wanting to be a pro photographer. Sometimes you just want to take photos for fun, so a mobile is perfect for this. You get a great camera, in addition to the other features a smartphone delivers.

I think the main reason you’d buy for the camera, is if it’s the only feature you care about. People can throw RAM and processing power at you, but you may not care. The mobile OS may not bother you, you just want to have a good camera phone. If that’s the case, then by all means, buy the smartphone with the best camera.

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No

If you’re interested in buying the best all round smartphone, then don’t buy for the camera. There are phones out there with excellent cameras, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best phone. If you care about specs and build quality, you should look at other features of the phone. The camera isn’t the standout feature on a phone; you should focus on other things too.

Also, if you want a phone because you want to take better photo’s like a pro, then that’s the wrong way to go about it. A budding professional photographer shouldn’t look for a good camera phone as the answer to their troubles. Consider photography class or buying a proper camera to improve your shots. I don’t recommend you buy a smartphone if you’re looking to take professional pictures.

Like I said earlier, it all depends on the person. There’s no right or wrong answer here; it’s different strokes for different folks. Your casual everyday photographer may want the best camera for their smartphone. Someone else might be interested in some of the other features. My advice would be to know what you want before you start shopping. If you want a good camera, you could end up looking at different phones that someone who doesn’t.