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Even for non-professionals, mobile cameras can have drawbacks. Even for non-professionals, mobile cameras can have drawbacks.
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(CONSUMER REPORTS) - Smartphone cameras are edging closer in quality to their point-and-shoot counterparts. Consumer Reports tried out the two newest smart-phone cameras to see if a professional would like their pictures.

David Coppolla is a professional photographer, and he uses expensive DSLR cameras to get the shot.

"Although, some people swear that the camera phones take just as quality of a picture, but to a professional photographer, that's obviously not the situation," he said.

Even for non-professionals, mobile cameras can have drawbacks.

"Generally, smart-phone cameras aren't really great for zooming in, and they don't do well under low-light conditions," said Consumer Reports expert Mike Gikas.

Consumer Reports tested the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, two phones that claim to offer superior images.

The Galaxy S4 Zoom is bulky and awkward to hold. It does have a 10 times optical zoom lens and a powerful flash for taking pictures in low light. But in Consumer Reports' test lab, the Galaxy S4 Zoom did not deliver. The zoom lens is clunky to operate, and overall images were not impressive in low light.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 did much better. The digital zoom lens gives astoundingly sharp photos with great detail even when enlarged.

And in low light, the Lumia takes photos that are much less grainy and shadowy than most cell phones.

"The Nokia Lumia 1020's camera is among the better smart-phone cameras we've seen. In fact, it's better than some point-and-shoot cameras we've tested," said Gikas.

But for truly professional pictures, no cell phone yet can compare to the SLR cameras David Coppolla uses.

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