iPhone 5, is it a camera?

October 10, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I read, in a recent post on a camera forum, a comment that stated, "if you want to be taken seriously, ditch the iPhone". This had me thinking and my response is as follows.

I am in no way suggesting that a camera phone should be a primary choice when taking images but there are occasions when it is the only camera available. Nor would I expect a wedding photographer to use an iPhone as his only means of taking images!  At the present moment the DSLR will always provide images of a much higher quality.

I am however,  a member of 500px, an internet image hosting web site. If one is to do a search for "iPhone images" the results are staggering with some of the pictures taken being quite breath taking. 

Yes there are limitations when using the iPhone but, limitations aside, it is a very handy camera to have in ones pocket. There will also be occasions when ground breaking images are taken using the iPhone.

As technology continues to evolve then camera phones will continue to improve. Maybe one day they will become the camera of choice for everyone, who knows? 

There will always be a small percentage of photographers who will remain as "camera snobs", turning their noses up at anything less than the latest £5k camera! How would they feel if they missed "the money shot" purely because they refuse to be "seen dead" using an iPhone?

At the present moment in time, I will always reach for my DSLR as my primary choice when going out on a planned shoot. I will however, continue to use my iPhone as a backup. As the world famous photographer,  Chase Jarvis states, "the best camera you own is the one in your hand", and I think he is spot on.

What are your views about the camera phone, in particular the iPhone? I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on this.

Until next time, stay safe.

Andy

 

 

 

 

 

 


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