The zooming capabilities of the Nokia are very misleading in their commercials. They are trying to make it look like the phone has 10x or more zoom. If you digitally zoomed even a 38mp camera from the back of a room so that the stage filled the frame you would up with an image that isn't even a megapixel in size. Not that I think the Nokia is bad for what it is. It's just that they are basically lying to the public about how far the digital zoom actually goes.
Townsie: I'm a camera snob, I'll admit it. That's why I shoot mostly film.On the other hand, I do enjoy shooting with the iPhone for the superior ergonomics. The ultimate point and shoot.
However, every article or argument on the merits of phone photography fails to mention that which I feel is the biggest drawback - all automatic controls.You can't control shutter speed or aperture meaning you're cut off from those venues of artistic control.
What we sorely need, for the next generation of phone cameras is for Apple (or whatever the manufactorer of the phone is) to expose APIs for developers to build apps which allow setting manual controls.
The reason they don't do that, however, is that Apple is really good at designing the experience of its users, and the people watching over the shoulder. You'll never get a blurry, or overexposed shot, they simply wouldn't allow it.
I thought this was a great article and I feel sorry for those that seem to miss the point of it. A smartphone camera is simply another photgraphic tool. There is a whole other side to photography that isn't about camera specs. It's about capturing a moment in a creative way and easily sharing it with others while not having to think about F-stops or shutter speeds. The ease and simplicity of it is the point and also is what makes it fun and liberating for a lot of people. For some people using their smartphones is the only photography they do and for others it is in addition to their other gear and why should anyone have a problem with that? Your precious, hi-spec'd gear is not going anywhere so you don't need to feel threatened. You can choose to just ignore all this smartphone nonsense if you wish.