I finally got it

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Re: I finally got it

Marty4650 wrote:

I am one of those grumpy old men who always said that smartphone photography was just a fad. Something that is only good enough for selfies and photos of your lunch to post on twitter or facebook. For anything else, you absolutely needed a real camera.

Well, it seems I was wrong.

Of course you were wrong. Smartphone photography is not a fad. Smartphone photography is very good for quite a few things ... and also very bad for quite a few things.

Phones and dedicated cameras are completely different products with completely different strengths and weaknesses. The fact that they share some overlap in their capabilities leads to a lot of misunderstanding. The simple answer is to use what's right to accomplish your purpose.

... this device is now the ideal choice for travel photography, vacation photography, family photography, or for casual snapshots. And lets be honest, those subjects are around 90% of what amateur photographers shoot.

Smartphones are certainly used for those things by an overwhelming number of people, but that 'ideal' adjective is a subjective one. A high-end enthusiast compact is the 'ideal' choice for a different, smaller group. An ILC of some kind is 'ideal' for another small group. The ideal choice depends on one's preferences and purposes.

Last week I drove 600 miles to NYC to visit family for Thanksgiving. Since I has my car I could bring all the luggage I wanted. This meant I brought 3 cameras and 12 lenses. You know, "just in case." But none of them were actually used, as the smartphone was good enough and much more convenient.

These days, I rarely take my big ILC gear anywhere unless I'm going with a specific goal in mind. I have smaller cameras that I prefer for most outings.

Three weeks from now my wife and I are flying 3000 miles to Seattle to visit our newest grandson, and luggage restrictions being what they are today, I just might not bring any camera with me. If I do, then it will just be my Panasonic LX100.

I suggest you take that LX100 because it will be more 'ideal' than your phone for some of the things you'll encounter, and it will be easy to keep with you.

I think the real "revolution" here is that people stopped buying more camera than they really needed once the smartphone camera became good enough for most everyday uses.

The dedicated camera has left the mass market and become a specialty device. And a very good one at that, but one that most people don't need very often. And that is a problem that the camera makers may never be able to solve. And this also explains why the overall market for dedicated cameras keeps shrinking, despite the fact that they keep getting better. In some ways.... quite a bit better.

People really didn't want better. They just wanted more convenient, with sufficient image quality for the task. So much so that they were willing to sacrifice versatility, best image quality and ergonomics to get it.

Yes, all obvious facts.

... a lot of people are perfectly happy with their smartphone cameras, and new camera sales are feeling the pressure of that.

And there's another one.

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