Gen Z Says Digital Cameras are Better Than iPhones

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TikTok users are discovering that digital cameras are better than smartphones for taking photos.

In a new TikTok trend — which is set to a George Michael and Childish Gambino remix — content creators are comparing portraits taken on their iPhones with the better pictures they took on a modern digital camera.

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Why it matters: With the rise of the iPhone, it seemed like the digital camera market may be wiped out entirely. But TikTok is proving that bulkier digital cameras may not be a dying breed just yet.


  • In recent years, huge improvements in smartphone photography have wiped out decades of camera industry growth. Between 2010 and 2021, worldwide camera shipments dropped by 93%.

  • Many consumers no longer see the point in carrying an extra camera device and some major manufacturers have abandoned developing compact digital cameras altogether.

  • However, visually literate Gen Z users are discovering that digital cameras (which have enormous camera sensors compared to smartphones) can produce better low-light shots than an iPhone and are more customizable.

  • TikTok users are also increasingly criticizing how the AI technology in a modern smartphone camera excessively sharpens and clarifies an image making it look “fake.”

  • Meanwhile, a picture taken with a digital camera captures everything in a scene with precise detail and makes it looks more “real.” Younger users are drawn to the more authentic aesthetic offered by digital cameras and the ability to shoot in RAW.


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The big picture: Social media pushes younger users to produce original content and find new ways to express their online identity. Using a modern digital camera can give Gen Z content creators an edge over smartphone users.

As long as digital cameras offer a different aesthetic from the norm, they may not become extinct anytime soon.