Qualcomm VP believes smartphones have what it takes to match DSLR image quality

Shortly: Sony isn’t the only tech giant who thinks smartphone cameras will eclipse DSLRs in the not-too-distant future. Judd Heape, Qualcomm’s VP of product management for cameras, seems to agree with Sony’s stance.

In a recent interview with Android Authority, Heape said that he thinks the image sensor is powerful enough in terms of image quality from a DSLR and that the amount of innovation going into mobile image sensors is faster and more advanced than what happens in the rest of the imaging industry.

Another advantage lies in the available computing power of smartphones.

According to Heape, the processing of a Snapdragon is 10 times better than top-of-the-line Nikon and Canon cameras. Even with a smaller lens and image sensor, Heape said they can do a lot more processing.

Terushi Shimizu, President and CEO of Sony Semiconductor Solutions (SSS), said earlier this year that he expects smartphone image quality to surpass what’s possible with a DSLR in the next few years.

Additionally, leading DSLR manufacturers don’t seem ready to put up a major fight. Over the summer, insiders said Nikon was preparing to exit the DSLR market to focus on smaller and lighter mirrorless cameras. Late last year, Canon confirmed it had produced its final flagship DSLR and will turn its attention to mirrorless models.

As for the megapixel war, Heape believes the sweet spot is in the 40-megapixel to 50-megapixel range, and believes that the industry should focus on that goal rather than aiming for hundreds of megapixel sensors.

Samsung’s latest Galaxy S22 Ultra will ship with a 108-megapixel rear camera, and the company will start mass-producing its new 200-megapixel Isocell HP3 image sensor later this year, with plans for launch in flagships in early 2023.

Bigger pixels could also contribute to the cause, as could larger sensors, but the latter probably won’t expand past an inch any time soon.

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Chris Barrese

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