Iphone, Galaxy S and other smart phone photography is growing and becoming very popular, and whilst I can see some of the advantages in using smartphones for photography I will continue to stick to my dlsr camera.
Smartphone cameras are ideal for those opportunistic snaps to post on social media sites and the adult communication sites however that is all they are good for. The image quality of camera phones has come on in leaps and bounds over the last couple of years but it is still rubbish. I have seen many photos on social media taken with camera phones and I have to say the image quality is diabolical. The photos were out of focus, the white balance was totally off, the colors were terrible, there was no depth of field………. The list goes on. These photos were just about passable for social media (although I wouldn’t have even used them for that and simply deleted them) and nothing else.
Many people are starting to leave their proper digital cameras at home and opt to use their smart phones/iphones instead, and I think this is a definite faux pas. For example, my sister has started taking photos with her iphone rather than her micro 4/3 camera. My sister takes a of candid photos of her young son and her dog (which is a fast growing puppy) and she likes to print her photos, use the digital files for personalized gifts for grandma (mugs, key rings and the like) so she needs something a little more than her iphone, although she seems to think otherwise.
Sure, her iphone is fine for photos she puts up on Facebook but the image quality is not good enough for prints, yet she doesn’t seem to appreciate this. By leaving her micro 4/3 camera (which has image quality more than good enough to produce large prints) at home and using her iphone instead she is running the risk of missing some important shots and memories of her son and dog growing up, and she will never get these back.
I know of many other parents choosing to use their iphones or whatever smartphone they have to photograph their children growing up, which is a real shame. I know these parents are going to regret this decision in the future. At the end of the day a smartphone isn’t much smaller than a digital camera, in fact some modern day smartphones are so big they actually dwarf a digital camera. Okay, I appreciate that a camera is just another thing to carry around, but in the big scheme of things they aren’t that big. Besides, surely its worth carrying around a little extra weight for all those additional memories?
So, if all you want to do is take a few snaps to push around social media for a few hours before they disappear in the internet for ever, by all means, use a smartphone or your iphone. If you want to take photos that’ll last a life time and photos you want to print in the future a smartphone is no good and you need to make sure you use a proper digital camera.
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