Do any of you remember taking photos with a Nokia 5110?
Oh that’s right, you were not able to. Now days you have phones that can take photos that are impressive, some that may seem that were taken with a high end camera and not a phone. That sparked my curiosity, so on a business trip I took to Washington, DC, I decided to take both my Canon 7D and my iPhone 5 for a stroll around the city to take some photos. These were my results:
Now days with the help from apps like Instagram with its filters or Snapseed for some basic photo enhancements, camera phones have become the source for most people every day photos. There is no denying that some photos taken with a camera phone can look amazing, as we see the gap between portable and non-portable cameras in terms of image quality closing with every passing year.
Of course, big cameras like my Canon 7D have the advantage of interchangeable lenses so I can go as close or as far to the subject as I want. The disadvantage is traveling with it, that sucker can be heavy; especially if I decide to bring my 24-70 and my 70-200 lenses. I will end up the day with a small back pain after carrying my camera for too long; and no, that is not necessarily due to age. So now, every time I travel I go into the debate of should I or should I not bring my camera? Should I just take pictures with my phone?
At the end, it all comes down to one question. How much of a photography nut are you? Me, I am caught in between; I love photography, yes I do love the ease of a camera phone but I could never be without my camera. I have a passion for Street Photography and there are moments that occur, moments that are lost in a split of a second, that if I had to turn my phone on, select the camera and wait for the software to load, I will lose forever; and that is something I can’t take my chances on. But I am grateful for camera phones, because at the end of the day, they are single handily keeping precious moments and photography alive among those people that otherwise will never use a camera.