The Camera That Takes Your Favorite Photos

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Ray Shan
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The Camera That Takes Your Favorite Photos
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5 years ago, I owned $20k worth of full frame DSLR and f/2 glass, and I was not happy with my work versus those Instagramers shooting only with iPhones. So I ran an experiment: I sold everything, bought a used RX1, and kept it in my backpack everyday. The result: my work drastically improved. I even sold a few pieces. The most interesting thing is that my favourite photo was shot on an iPhone 6:

En route. #ShotOniPhone

The key learning for me was that the camera’s carry convenience, ergonomics and intuitiveness make a much bigger difference to my work than its technical capabilities. Having the camera with me everywhere, everyday, and by my hand means that I got a ton more practice. The moments often happen without me seeking them out, and I'm now able to decisively capture more of them.

Given this, I believe the best form factor for street and travel photographers is somewhere between large-sensor point and shoots and small mirrorless systems. I wrote down my thoughts here on how to pick a camera that takes my favorite photos. Here's a summary of how the form factors compare:

How different camera form factors stacks up against each other on the Camera That Takes Your Favorite Photos Matrix.

What's the camera that takes your favorite photos?

Apple iPhone 6 Apple iPhone XS Sony RX1
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