If you like taking pictures with your cell phone, no doubt you've wondered whether you still need a regular camera. Consumer Reports decided to get a little snap happy to answer that question.
Snapping shots with your phone is a great option because you almost always have your phone with you. And you can store your favorite ones, like a portable photo album. But can a smart-phone camera take the place of a real camera? To find out, Consumer Reports' photographed a birthday party, since that's a great example of a tricky lighting situation.
Testers used two smart phones that perform well in Consumer Reports tests: the iPhone and a T-Mobile G2x. For comparison, testers also took pictures with two top-performing cameras: an SLR that costs more than $1,000 and a point-and-shoot that costs about $300.
The results? Well, the pricey SLR camera did the best, with vibrant colors and lots of detail in the shadows.