Those photos we take
It's the best place to start as we wouldn't get far without one, or these days would we? How many of us carry "Cameras" and how many use the cameras on our mobile phones. I suppose that you could argue that the occasion highlights which tool is used. Which is true, you wouldn't want your wedding pictures taken by someone using a mobile phone, it just isn't the same.
But at the same time you don't necessarily go out and have a camera on you, but you will have your phone on you. So when do the two needs intertwine? You might save your nice DSLR for special occasions or holidays and days out. Then use your mobile phone all the rest of the time. So what happens to the compact camera? Does this small useful device get forgotten by everyone the moment they buy a smartphone.
DSLR sales are good and like most things on the market depending on the model you go for will set you back anything from $100 upwards, and they are fantastic for great picture quality at your aunts birthday, but is it practical for everyday use. It doesn't exactly fit in to your pocket and so you load everything up just encase you need it, and end up looking like a lost tourist.
Compact cameras are getting better and better in quality since the threat to there existence from smartphones. You can pick up an 18MP camera for around $150 and it will fulfil most of your photographic needs.
But the problem is still carrying a "bulk of stuff". When I go out, I don't want to be carrying lots of things with me.
The smartphone is the easy option, it's what you have available to hand. Many phones have inferior lens's to "cameras" and yet we use them anyway.
The Nokia N8, an old phone now but it had a 12mp camera with it, which at the time and still by a phones standards is very good.
Even the latest iPhone 5 only has an 8mp camera. So the mobile phone companies went backwards rather than staying with the benchmark left by the N8.
Other things that obviously play into this is when it comes to how easy it is to get the pictures from your camera to your computer, printer or where ever you may wish to display them. In which case I leave that up to which ever one comes with all the cables :)
I myself have just purchased a Nikon D5200 and I am just experimenting with it at the moment. I am just playing around with it and will upload some pictures when I get the chance.
I am looking forward to my 1st experiences with a DSLR camera.