Do You Need to Own a Digital Camera?

Do You Need to Own a Digital Camera?

Taryn Williford
Nov 2, 2009

We spotted this Nintendo DSi case—designed to maximize the built-in camera with an 8x optical zoom—over at OhGizmo!, and ever since then we can't help but wonder if we'll never need to carry a digital camera again...

The iPhone 3GS we just bought for our significant other boasts a 3 megapixel auto-focus camera. Pretty damn good for a cell phone camera and it's actually only .2 megapixels from topping his (ancient) Canon Powershot. So when it's time to head for a night out, instead of packing our pockets with our wallet, phone and camera, we know we can leave that last gizmo at home.

With advances in accessories like the DSi zoom case above or the Griffin Clarifi iPhone case (which features a close-up lens), how long will it be until we never have to own a point-and-shoot camera again?

Admittedly, there are still some features missing from our gadgets' built-in cameras that have us going back to our tried-and-true cam. The biggest thing is a flash. Like we mentioned before, we take tons of pictures going out at night and unfortunately, a flash-less cam doesn't work so well on dark streets or in dark clubs.

Once features like a flash are standard on all built-ins (Most Blackberry phones have them), will we forever leave digital cameras behind?

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