Advantages and Disadvantages of Digital Photography

Nowadays, when somebody says, “Quick, take a pic”, you usually take your mobile phone out and take a photo of whatever needs capturing and then edit it by adding some filters and some text to make it look even better. There are even digital photography tutorials online that take you through the different things you can do with your photos. Even though digital photography has been a huge technological step forward, it comes with a few disadvantages as well. Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of digital photography.


  1. Cost effective:When it comes to film photography, you will end up spending quite a bit of money on buying film rolls and processing. This could prove to be a bit expensive when you have clicked hundreds of photos and you have to send them for processing. Digital photography completely removes the processing part which could save you the trouble of spending a lot of money.
  2. Instant previews: Getting to look at our photos captured via a film camera takes a fair bit of time as it requires a very specific method of processing. Digital photography allows you to see what you have clicked instantly and you could click more pics if you didn’t like the first one.
  3. Photo editing: Since the pics taken from your phone or a digital camera can be uploaded to your computer, it allows you to access these photos via the different photo editing software available and edit them to your liking. This includes changing the color, contrast, brightness and even add some filters.


  1. Investment: The initial cost of buying a high-end digital camera could cost you a lot of money, depending on the quality of photos you need. Even though digital photography saves you money in the long run, the initial investment required to buy a good digital camera could be a lot.
  2. Low light effectiveness:When you compare two photos captured in low light, you will notice that the film camera looks much better and more details are visible. Technology is doing all it can to make sure that the digital cameras get to that point, but for now, film cameras are better when it comes to low-light photography.

These are just some of the advantages and disadvantages of digital photography. It does definitely seem like the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, but it all comes down to personal preference in the end. If you like having the more traditional approach rather than convenience, then you should go for film photography.