Personal Disclaimer: for me, the quality of smartphone cameras is a LONG way from what I want to trade even my simple point-and-shoot for my SG2's camera feature. There used to be a phrase that went "It's all about the glass" referring to the lens. The better the lens, the better the picture...but I digress.
For a quick pic to remember my parking spot at the airport or something else I don't plan to keep, it's nice to have. However, while I personally won't be giving up any of my cameras for the camera feature on my SG2, I realize many other folks have.
anyone who is a casual photographer I imagine.
That does not include me. U can't put a $400. camera into a cell phone. But then......maybe a cell phone in the camera might make "some" sense.
For a quick pic to remember my parking spot at the airport or something else I don't plan to keep, it's nice to have.
Documenting accidents when the idiot behind you decides they want to push you through the intersection as the light changes.
The best camera is the one you have with you. If it's a good camera and you have it with you when you see something you want a picture of, of course that's better than a cell phone camera. However in a pinch
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I use the phone, EVO 4G. If I am doing anything even mildly important I use the camera.
I keep a 10MP Cannon point and shoot in the car for simple stuff and for the more serious photography I use a Nikon D80. I don't think any smartphones will match either camera.
I can make voice calls, text messages and take "lousy" pictures and it has Bluetooth. It cost $29.95.
My service cost me "approx" $17/mo for roughly 175 minutes. I've never used that much time.
I wear my watch (15 years old and keeps perfect time and always on my wrist), use my GPS (with bluetooth), keep my Canon Camera in car.
I guess I'm just Old Fashioned !!!
It is just so much easier to snap a pic with my phone than dragging out a separate camera.
And the quality is comparable.
I haven't used my actual digital camera in probably a year.
I have never been much of a camera guy. And it is not that I don't like them, but for one reason or another I just chose to not spend my money on that. Fortunately, since getting married about 18 years ago my wife has been good about taking photographs. When I switched her phone service from Naxtel to T-Mobile almost three years ago she was quite interested in the Samsung Memoir. It has a 8 megapixel camera. It is not a real smartphone, but rather a feature phone. So, this past winter when she and I looked at new phones for her, she wanted at least an 8 megapixel camera function. That narrowed the choices quite a bit, but I ended up buying her an HTC Sensation. I also bought her a new stand alone Olympus Tough TG-610 14 MP Digital Camera because it is more rugged and water resistant.
You're frugal. If you were old fashioned, you'd be using paper maps, an abacus and a scratch pad and a Brownie box camera and not even own a cell phone :)
The iPhone 4S camera specs.
A real camera has just too many operating and creative features for me to ever even think of giving it up.
Now I know why the economy is stagnant
Like S.C. Senator Earnest “Fritz” Hollings’ may say
"There is Not Too Much Consumming Going On Out There"
I may stop buying point and shoot cameras and use smartphone camera instead. Other than that, no smartphone camera can replace DSLR.
Smartphone cameras are for convenience, not picture quality.
Is like trying to compare a smartphone camera to a DSLR
The smartphone cameras suffer from the same problem as most point and shoot cameras, they can "capture a moment" but they can't "capture the moment".
By not having a viewfinder they rely on the screen to compose the shot and there is always a lag between what you saw on the screen and the final photo.
So regardless how many gazillions megapixels they put on the smartphone it always be as good as a point and shoot, unless they figure a way to drill a hole on the screen so you can see what the lens is seeing.
My wife is about to give up her point-n-shoot for her camera, but her DSLR is not about to be replaced anytime soon.
Considering I've never had a dedicated camera aside from a disposable on vacation I guess I have.
It must be this same people who exchange traditional house for tent. After all it is practically this same:
- you have roof over your head,
- protects you form weather,
- you can put furniture inside,
- cost a lot less than building even smallest house,
But still, somehow it isn't as good for everyday living as old fashion house.
I have switched. Always have cell phone. Rarely have camera
Ha ha ha
Sure hope you dont lose ur job. Your attitude will change
Not yet, waiting for higer resolution on smart phones.
...that makes the difference.
I love the camera in my iPhone 4S -- good enough for a lot of things, automagically includes location (and tweets with location if I want it to).
But there are other times, like last night at a party, where I wanted some pictures, and I knew the strong backlighting was going to confuse the poor little phone, and I didn't have the good camera (the big Nikon), where I could go manual and get the image I wanted.
Serious macro work is another example. My iPhone, particularly with the photojojo macro lens, does a pretty good job. But it can't touch the Nikon with a real macro lens.
Oh, and that loose nut behind the lens, knowing what your gear can and can't do, still makes a difference.
I'll keep my camera. The cell phone is great to take prices of items so I can find the best price out there.
I use my iPhone 4 camera with decent results. I wished the zoom function was a little stronger. I really haven't used a good camera since my Pentax. I'm not much of a photographer so I don't really take advantage of a really good camera. The iPhones camera does pretty good and since I always have it with me I have found I take more pictures than I used to. I also like the ability that a smartphone camera brings in that you can always have the pictures with you.
Not like gps, smart phone can never replace a stand alone camera especially DSLR.
I have been doing photography for 30 years as a serious hobby. I have $4k worth of Nikon Bodies and lenses, flash and other acceeories. I totally agree anout learning your equipment. I have a $175 small 8meg pixel camera and I'll put pictures that I have taken with my 12 meg pixel $1600 Nikon. I must tave taken 500 to 1000 shots with the little Nikon playing with and learning the settings before I showed anyone the first picture. Learn the equipment and you'll amaze with your pictures
I will not give up my Digital Camera for the SmartPhone camera for most things. Like others, I'll use my SmartPhone to take quick pictures of parking location, product that I want to research more, or other general pictures to be used as mental notes. For that vacation, family event, bike trip and things like that, I'll always pack the Digital...
I'll use my dumb phone for quick spontaneous pictures since I always have the phone with me. Any special occasions, digital camera is the preference.
I'll be using the digital camera a lot the next two months with numerous graduations, a wedding, and two get togethers with various extended family members.
Modern point-and-shoot digital cameras are pretty amazing. The imaging sensors in many high-end phones are better than low-and mid-range digital cameras from a few years ago.
But they're full of assumptions -- on focus, on exposure, on everything that makes (or breaks) an image.
Deviate from the average -- average lighting, average exposure, a subject that is not an imitation of a gray card, and you've got problems.
That's where it's really useful to turn off the automation (or force it to behave the way YOU want).
Let ME drive!
Quick examples -- strong backlighting (overriding exposure or forcing wide bracketing). Controlling depth of field by forcing a particular lens aperture and focus (and let the camera choose the shutter speed). Controlling the presentation of action or motion in the image -- for example by using a fast shutter speed to freeze moving water, or by using a slow shutter speed to deliberately blur it.
Yeah, it requires thought, it requires knowing your axe, and if you're shooting anything other than still lifes or architecture, you have to be able to do these things quickly. With digital at least you can set the camera to bracket automatically, and you don't have to frantically reload after 36...
I love having the camera in the iPhone 4S in my pocket for those quick random things. But I wouldn't trade it for the Nikon, which even though it's fairly new, still uses Nikon lenses older than my kids...
But I wouldn't trade it for the Nikon, which even though it's fairly new, still uses Nikon lenses older than my kids...
My favorite to mount on my Nikon D80 is the 80-200mm 2.8fD AF, it dates back to my film days, that lens alone cost more than a iPhone
There are starting to be "DSR-a-like" programs coming out for Android that do give more options and better performance for the stock camera, but--even with nifties like HDR Camera and Camera Zoom and Fast Burst Camera (to give examples of non-stock camera apps for Android that let the smartphone camera do more than the stock camera app)--it's still something I'd use primarily for casual use...the same stuff I'd use an old-style cheapie 35mm or Polaroid instant or 110 camera for.
(And oh my, am I dating myself by that 110 camera ref Probably by the Polaroid camera ref too )
To do real, SERIOUS photography...yes, I'd definitely want a pro DSLR camera, much as if I were doing professional survey work I'd want a surveyor-quality GPS. My main issue is explaining to the SO WHY I should get six hundred dollars US worth of camera (which I can replace lenses on if I want, and has true HDR, and which I got oh-sooo-spoiled on with the analog versions when I took photography in high school...).
(And before folks note that smartphones are expensive...in our case we not only got ours at a discount, but as a "buy one get one free" special which was still less than $200 all in all )
I don't think you are talking about my SLR camera.. are you?
The best pictures are taken because you had a camera when something happened, not the quality of the camera. I prefer my DSLR to any smart phone camera but I don't carry it around all the time. The phone is with me and I use that camera when I need one.
A good trick to use - turn the GPSr on in your smart phone and while you are using another camera, click 1 picture of your subject or scene with the phone camera. You will now have the coordinates of your location easily recognizable from the picture. Use this as a reference for where the pictures were taken. I did this all over Taiwan - on a 4 week trip - and have no problem remembering where I took the pictures.
think some digital cameras have geotagging features, so no need to turn on GPSr manually.
Obviously I can't replace my multiple SLR & DSLR bodies and lenses from wide to long telephone and all of the other bells and whistles with a cell phone camera, but I have repeatedly been amazed at how good the 8mp camera in my iPhone 4s actually is. I'm much rather have it with me when I just need a few snaps, than haul our the full kit. Streaming these snaps to iCloud places them on my laptop instantly so I can do final processing there if needed or send them to a client, or facebook.
Can you have too many cameras? I think not!
Isn't "too many cameras" like "too many GPSrs?"
Phone is certainly handy since it is always with me but even the best phone cameras can't handle the darker scenes and indoor shots even the cheapest cameras can handle.
Still use both
I use my camera phone for a quick documentation. But I use my separate camera for a high-quality image with optical zoom.
Isn't "too many cameras" like "too many GPSrs?"
I have a lot of cameras but only 4 GPSrs, and the iPhone is the only one that is both combined in one... So far.
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