I keep running into people who want to move up in imaging from their cell phones. Others can’t understand why anyone would own a camera because a cell phone can do it all. My response is always the same, “the right tools for the right job”. Yes, it can be useful to take a picture and immediately text or email a photo, but even the best of phones still can take only mediocre pictures.
In the old days of film we were at the mercy of the development and print labs. I had more than one roll of film with a line going across several negatives and prints because some one carelessly dragged something across the delicate emulsion. Today using Photoshop or GIMP today’s user has complete control over the final product. While GIMP is free Photoshop usage is free after the initial purchase. While a lot of people never run their pictures through a photoediting program, There aren’t many pictures that can’t use a touchup. Pixels and diskspace are cheap. One is better off taking the pictures at the fullest resolution. The pixels can always be tossed away later.