Some interesting news this week for those of you who are skeptical about your phone camera being good enough for the majority of photographic opportunities. A former Google executive posted a couple of photos of his kids on his Facebook page with some fairly good results. The children’s personalities and the moment really come through in the photo. The images really do tell a story. Judge for yourself:
At this point, the online chatter has mostly devolved into Android vs. iOS capabilities (and to a lesser extent, the superiority of DSLRs over smartphone cameras). Here’s my two cents: there really isn’t much of a difference between Android and iOS hardware and capabilities at this point - the cameras on high-end smartphones are, for the most part, on a level playing field. And, OF COURSE, a DSLR will give you superior results (all else being equal) than a smartphone. If you happen to have your DSLR with you, by all means, leave the phone in your pocket and use the damn thing!
However I think these discussions are missing the point. Here is a parent, with two children, going out for a meal at a restaurant - a pretty casual occurrence. It isn’t a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion - so the SLR stayed at home, tucked away. After all - it’s a heavy, bulky, expensive piece of equipment. Now, you can look at the results, analyse the weaknesses and declare DSLRs the superior equipment - and for the most part they are. However, the SLR was absent when the moment happened and missed the shot. The phone, on the other hand, was there to make the pictures. So while some can look at the photos and complain and quibble over: softness, bokeh or other aspects of image quality - here’s the image that the SLR captured:
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