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The main difference between a DSLR and a mobile phone camera is not the lens, but the sensor. The sensor in a typical consumer DSLR is around about 24 x 16 mm, but that in a typical smartphone (the iPhone 6) is around 4.8 x 3.6 mm - or in other words, the DSLR sensor is around 22 times larger than that in a smartphone. As Matt has answered, the lenses in a ...


The lenses in mobile phones are typically made from molded plastic elements rather than ground glass elements, and these are in optically inferior to glass in general (higher dispersion, lower refractive indices). However molded elements have a big advantage in that they can be made into absolutely any shape, whereas glass is very difficult to grind into ...

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