GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Phones cameras continue to evolve, but are DSLR and mirrorless cameras keeping the edge?

Let’s dive a little deeper to compare. We’ll focus on just photos and not video to keep it simple.

James Scogin, a local photographer, believes cameras take the edge when you know how to use them, especially beyond the automatic modes.

And to go even further, composition can become a factor as well.

Composition is how the elements in your photo are arranged, and how they lead the eye through the image.

Betsy Scogin, another local photographer, thinks the convenience of the iPhone is the main appeal.

Focal length comes in both cameras and phones – it’s how zoomed in your photo is.

On newer phones, the multiple cameras on the back are actually multiple lenses, which have different focal lengths.

But even with three lenses, DSLR and mirrorless camera lenses hold a lot more focal length.

Not to mention that image quality deteriorates when zooming in on a phone, unlike a camera.

So is a big bulky camera worth it? Yes, if you use the full capabilities of the camera in manual modes.

Nevertheless, composition and understanding of focal length will elevate your photography on both cameras and phones.