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Can smartphones, like iPhone 12 Pro, replace entry-level DSLR cameras?

There is no clear answer: That depends on your type of photography. If you want the camera just to take the usual this and that photos, you are probably not missing out very much. The computational ...
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iPhone vs DSLR for point and shoot

The sensors and lenses of even the most humble DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) currently on the market are far better than those found in the best phone cameras. Sensors and ...
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Can smartphones, like iPhone 12 Pro, replace entry-level DSLR cameras?

(I'm promoting my comments to an answer now that I have a little more time.) In addition to all the points brought up in other answers, there are several non-technical, "user experience", ...
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How can a super tiny iPhone 6 Plus lens produce significant DOF?

Many older or cheaper phone cameras use a "fixed focus" lens. ie it is always set to focus a specific distance away from the camera. This is usually set to the "hyperfocal distance", ie everything ...
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Which color space is used by my iPhone 8 photos?

For whatever reason, the ColorSpace tag is not very useful in EXIF. The only standard values are 1 (sRGB) and 65535 ("uncalibrated"). All other values are reserved. Some cameras use them to mean Adobe ...
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How to get soft-blur effect on flowing water with iPhone?

The easiest way is to take a Live Photo, then while viewing it in the Photos app, swipe up to access effects and choose Long Exposure. This will blend the frames of Live Photo together into a single ...
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What focal length do I need to get the same field of view as an iPhone SE?

According to this the iPhone SE has an 29mm-equivalent lens, so on a Fuji with a 23.6x15.6 sensor (Fuji XT-3)(crop factor 1.53) you need a 29/1.53=19mm lens for the same field of view.
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Can smartphones, like iPhone 12 Pro, replace entry-level DSLR cameras?

On top of what has been said, part of a photographer's skills is to make arbitrages between light received, exposure time, and depth of field. With a smartphone, you may experiment with framing, which ...
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Macro photo that I cannot repeat

Assumptions I think this is a combination of using digital zoom (or cropping) and flash. I don't own an iPhone SE but a Samsung S8. On a high level they have comparable cameras though. iPhone SE ...
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Synology app reduces DNG file size

Does this imply that during the backup the contens of the DNG file have been converted from a TIFF format to 8-bits JPEG? Yes. Personally at this point, I would regard the Synology system as not fit ...
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Synology app reduces DNG file size

Conversion of iPhone Images to jpg is a "feature" of Synology's DS Photo app. Per the DS Photo page To ensure optimal compatibility with Photo Station, DS photo will convert photos in HEIC ...
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What do these six lenses in EXIF mean, for the iPhone 7 Plus?

It depends on which camera app you're using, and on which version of iOS. If you're using Camera.app (the inbuilt camera app) on iOS 10.2 or later: Camera.app uses only the middle two lens ...
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How to get soft-blur effect on flowing water with iPhone?

Third-party camera application It does not appear that the default application on iOS has any fine-grained control mode. But you can achieve that if you use a third-party camera application that gives ...
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Does the iPhone's focal length differ when taking video vs photos?

TL;DR: yes, the video mode is cropped by approx. 1.28× (calculated by measurement). The effective video focal length is 36mm (in 35mm equivalent). I read (in a user comment) that the iPhone's focal ...
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Why is ISO so low in iPhone?

The iPhone has a relatively wide fixed aperture. For example, on iPhone 7 Plus, it's f/1.8 for wide-angle and f/2.8 for telephoto. Since the aperture is fixed, according to exposure triangle proper ...
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Why is the field of view angle from exiftool different from Apple's official values?

In the linked tables, FOV refers to horizontal field of view, according to the key. The discrepancy would be due to the fact that the values calculated by exiftool refer to diagonal angle of view. As ...
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What hardware specifications make a great phone camera?

With phone cameras it is as much about the computational things done to it after the raw data is collected from the sensor as it is about the hardware specs. You can certainly use hardware bad enough ...
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What are these strange lines that are visible at sunset?

It's called lens flare. Light from the sun that is just out of frame is striking the surface of your camera's lens or surrounding housing and bouncing around inside the lens. Some of that light is ...
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Approximating raw image data from app-less iPhone6 by reverse processing using meta data?

Nope. The reason is that all of the raw data is not represented in any single interpretation of that data used to produce a JPEG image. Much of the raw data has been discarded and can not be recovered....
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How would I edit a DSLR image to look like it was shot on an iPhone?

I got some decent fireworks pictures from this year's Fourth of July show. At this point I'd expect you to stop as you don;t actually have a photographic problem. I was bragging about my "real" ...
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How do I fit a 16:9 or other non-square photo into a 1:1 image without cropping on iOS?

Your options for resizing the 16:9 image mentioned to be 1:1 in size are Crop it Letterbox it Stretch it Let's pretend the image is 16x9 instead of 16:9 (units are irrelevant.) Crop, taking the ...
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How to extract depth map from .heif image created with iphone X using imagemagick

I don’t know about using ImageMagick itself, but ImageMagick relies on libheif, and if that’s installed, e.g., with brew install libheif, then the heif-convert example program will do this. # heif-...
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Macro photo that I cannot repeat

You can convert your phone into a make-shift macro camera by applying a small drop in front of the lens. In humid conditions when water is condensing or during rain etc this might occur accidentially. ...
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Is distortion on an iPhone primarily due to perspective or does lens distortion play a part, and what can be done about it?

The unflattering faces due to perspective is from being way too close. The nose is significantly closer than the ears. The left ear and right cheek are seen from different angles. That is unlike how ...
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How can a super tiny iPhone 6 Plus lens produce significant DOF?

The simple answer is you can get shallow depth of field (hence bokeh) with any camera system if you focus close enough. Finite depth of field arises due to the inability to focus light coming in at ...
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What is the reason for a ripple effect on photos taken from a helicopter?

It looks like the rolling shutter interacting with the vibrations. It could be scanning horizontally, and the vibration comes in pulses. You could see it in a Big-Small-Big-Small pattern, from left to ...
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How to Take Photos of Handwritten Notes Without Dark or Light Patches

I don't have the reputation to comment, so am adding this bit as an answer. In addition to the answer by @Jahaziel (camera position, lighting) - also check out scanning applications like Genius Scan. ...
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Image quality criteria in low light

Peering at the pixels of these images really isn't going to tell you a whole lot. They both show a lot of noise. It looks like the first image has more noise reduction applied: it appears to have ...
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iPhone vs DSLR for point and shoot

The fact that you appreciate the advantages of a 'big sensor' answers your question. But also remember, the best camera in the world is no use if you're not carrying it. You WILL have your phone in ...
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How to get soft-blur effect on flowing water with iPhone?

That particular image almost has to be a fusion of two (or more images). In order to get the blur in the water, you need a relatively long exposure time, as you mentioned. But if you've ever hung ...
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