The saying is that the best camera is the one that's with you and that's more than often your phone. But phone cameras are getting so good that they may eventually just became the best camera period (DSLRs notwithstanding). And it might be sooner than you think. Already, phone cameras are better than a 5-year-old compact camera.
DxOMark, a camera equipment rating service, published a report that rated mobile phone cameras today and compared it to cameras from the past and came away with a very bold claim:
Mobile phone image quality has also made considerable progress -- for example, the image quality of the Nokia 808 PureView, in first place in the DxOMark Mobile rankings for still photos, is superior to that of a 5-year-old compact camera. And as for video, the best mobile tested in this category, the Samsung Galaxy SIII, outperforms the Canon Powershot 100.
DxOMark doesn't exactly specify which 5-year-old compact camera the Nokia 808 PureView is better than but in the chart above you can see the PureView outperforming the Canon PowerShot G5, a high-end compact camera released in 2003. Camera phones still have a bit to go in besting point-and-shoot cameras today but it shouldn't be too surprising to see them on equal footing soon enough. Can you imagine your iPhone or Android phone taking pictures as nice as the Canon S100? [DxOMark via PetaPixel]