11 percent of the surveyed photographers use a smartphone camera for approximately 50 percent of their pro images. Smartphone use for professional images is also on the rise, with 31 percent saying they use the smartphone more now than they did 12 months ago. Study: smartphone camera use on the rise among pro photographers I can't speak for everyone but I know that I could have used a modern iPhone for some of the work I had some years ago. The trick is that you have to find a minimum standard. For me, it's the iPhone XS. The jump from X to XS was significant and made the XS and its successors acceptable to use for certain applications. You'd be surprised how good a phone can be. Even an older model can do a lot for non-professional applications. But, if you treat your phone's camera like a disposable camera, you'll get disposable results.