SMARTPHONE CAMERAS ARE GREAT, BUT…
I love my smartphone’s camera. I’ve loved it ever since I got one, years ago, and it’s helped me capture years of random memories that would have otherwise been lost. Snapshots of my life when I didn’t have a ‘proper’ camera with me. Those little moments when unexpected, happy things happened, when I never expected them.
And I love how today’s smartphone cameras are so much better than they used to be. From more megapixels to optical image stabilization to 4K video. Wow. Good times.
But, the truth is, they’re still not great, when compared with a modern digital camera with a large sensor. These ‘proper’ cameras produce image quality that still runs circles around what smartphones can do.
It breaks my heart when I see people using their smartphones to take photos of ‘important’ events, like a big family dinner or an overseas vacation. It’s judgmental I know. But speaking from personal experience, I have hundreds of grainy, dark, low-resolution smartphone camera photos where I wish I’d brought my camera and used that instead.
The saying, “The best camera is the one that’s with you,” is so true. But I think we can do better for the important moments in our lives. I think we can expand that to, “The best camera is the one that you bring.”
‘Important’ events beg for ‘proper’ cameras, if only because these moments are captured in better quality to keep through the years. If you treasure these moments as much as I do, and you love photographs, then my advice is to get a ‘proper’ camera of your own.