My iPhone 6 is better than my X100F

Started Aug 5, 2017 | Discussions thread
Cliff Fujii
Cliff Fujii Veteran Member • Posts: 8,307
Re: My iPhone 6 is better than my X100F

57even wrote:

KeepCalm wrote:

yardcoyote wrote:

The phone camera is a snapshot camera exactly because the majority of its users are using it as just that- to record memories, events, moments in time, family history, etc., with minimal attention to more artistic elements.

The fact that it is a much, much better camera than a Brownie or an Instamatic is a matter of technical progress. The extensive software and computing power in the phone enables the phone camera to pay attention to at least some of those more artistic elements for the snapshooter, resulting in much nicer results. The ease of use element is the same.

"Snapshot camera" is description of a function, not a level of quality.

Edit: I am a camera user myself but find it a struggle when people around me get better pictures in social settings with their Samsung Galaxys and I am sure unless you are a real expert this does hurt even if you can fix the image later. OK pixel peep them and the subtleties show but it can be embarrassing at the time. It is the new reality like it or not.

A lot of that has to do with practice. There are far more variables to control on an advanced camera, and that takes a little more understanding.

That all depends on your subject.  Taking a portrait is not the same as taking an action shot.

Fixing the image later is seldom necessary, or even advisable, but it's not always blindingly obvious what's wrong with the image in the first place.

That's why there are tools like Photoshop CC

It's also only a fair comparison if you compare the results on the phone's LCD. Such a small image will hide a lot of the differences in noise, DOF and resolution that would render the phone image useless at larger sizes, or in print.

The only thing you can do is to use your experience with the media to determine what your camera settings should be.  This is a start point.  Thinning a shadow or adjusting color balance is the province of Photoshop CC.  If you don't care about things like that or if you don't print, then the smartphone will probably work.  If you want prints out of a smartphone, the Instax printer would work and the image will be small so the defects are not obvious.

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