There is no denying that cameras in phones have come a long way. The number one marketing manufactures use when selling phones now is the camera. With the new iPhone that has 3 cameras and 3 different lenses, its evident that these pocketable devices are becoming the future of photography but I hate using them.
As a photographer, we should be thinking of these devices as tools in our arsenal to capture the photos that we want but I cannot stand using a phone to take photos. They are uncomfortable to hold, lack of full manual controls, not-so-great in low light and I find the touch screen to be annoying. Always accidently hitting the wrong thing.
I’m not saying you can’t take a great photo with a smartphone, I mean just look at the few of my favorite shots I’ve taken with my Samsung Galaxy S7 over the last few years.
I personally just can’t see using a phone as a replacement to a dedicated camera. The feeling of a real camera with proper grip, weight, manual controls and viewfinder is so much more greater than fumbling around with a phone. I feel so much more connected to it and it’s a major player of the process of photography that you just don’t get when shooting with a phone.
One of the biggest reasons why I decided to ditch my full frame Nikon DSLR and move to Fujifilm was the greater interaction with the camera because of the dedicated dials, buttons and controls where I can change settings easier without menu diving all the time. It’s a wonderful experience.
Phones have killed the compact camera market, there is absolutely no question about that. I mainly use my phone as a point & shoot device for snapshots. The only time I use it for my photography is when it is the only camera I have on me at the time and that’s where I see photographers using these phones for but I don’t think they are so amazing that you should leave your dedicated camera at home getting dusty.
At the end of the day, they are all creative tools and you should get what will make you feel the most comfortable and happy when shooting.
Let me know what you think, are the recent cameras in phones good enough for you? Or do you prefer using a dedicated camera?