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Does it still make sense to buy a digital camera? (Poll)

Does it still make sense to buy a digital camera? (Poll)

After all, as my thinking went, smartphone cameras can now capture 1080p video, and they have the virtue of riding around in your pocket, always at the ready for memorable moments.

The consensus? Not everyone has a smartphone, thank you very much, and smartphones almost universally lack optical zoom -- meaning they're far from ideal for faraway shooting. Verdict: for some folks, camcorders remain the best way to capture video.

OK, but what about cameras? Some of the same reasoning applies: most smartphones can take snapshots ranging from decent to fantastic, and they're always at the ready for memorable moments. (Note I didn't say "Kodak moments" because younger readers will have no idea what I'm talking about.)

Hence, today's question: Does it still make sense to buy a digital camera?

I ask because camera makers are working to hard to lure buyers back from smartphone reliance, packing in nifty features like apps, Wi-Fi, Facebook and Twitter integration, and so on -- you know, all the stuff you already have on your phone.

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