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.


TBH . . . I noticed cellphone cameras about 10 years ago.

My daughter was just starting gymnastics.

For the last day of the class, I brought my compact camera because I knew they were going to be handing out ribbons.

A lot of parents didn't have a camera.

But after I took my picture of my daughter, I noticed that some of the other parents suddenly perk up and then reach into their jacket pocket and pull out their cellphone.

I thought . . . ok, that is cool. If you don't want to carry around a camera, but something comes up, yeah . . . you can use your cellphone.

I recently replaced my four year old Motorola Moto X Pure with a brand new Google Pixel 3a, and was shocked at how good the Pixel camera was. It seems there has been so much improvement in smartphone cameras, that they are now useful for more than just documenting where you parked your car.

I still don't think anyone will be using a smartphone to shoot a wedding, for commercial photography, for sports/action photography, or for fashion photography, but 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.

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.

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.

My family and I just did a California vacation.

My wife and daughters shot nothing but cellphone.

I only shot 1 shot on my cellphone that I kept. All the rest of my shots were either on my waterproof compact camera or my Nikon D7000 with a superzoom lens.

But I knew that going into the vacation.

I really wanted to spend a lot of time in the West Coast waves with my kids, so I knew that I would be using my waterproof compact camera a lot on this vacation.

And then I knew my oldest wanted to try out surfing, so I brought my Nikon D7000 with superzoom to get pictures of her while I stood on shore.

Since my wife and my daughters were posting pictures to social media, I felt no need to do that myself.

So for me, a waterproof compact and a dSLR with a superzoom were the tools I thought would be useful to me. And that I was willing to use.

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 way I've been saying it for years now is . . . maybe they didn't want a camera. They just wanted the images.

If you can get the images with a cellphone, why would you buy a camera, if you didn't really want the camera in the first place! LOL.

And that goes for me as well.

As a parent, if I could get shots of my daughters at indoor sports in less than ideal light with a camera that was the size of a cellphone, or a cellphone itself, I would find that really interesting.

My wife got some shots of our oldest daughter at her cheer event this weekend, and her Samsung S9 did pretty good. It has that mode where you take lots of pictures and you can select the one you want to keep. And you can even turn all the pictures into a boomerang video.

But for me, I find it easier to use my dSLR and f/2.8 zooms to fire off shots.

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.

If that is the case, then the evolution of the camera company is to start making something else that they can sell.

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.

Well. I wouldn't say that exactly.

Cellphones can do video really well. And I notice that a lot of the parents at cheer competitions take video now-a-days. Not pictures.

You may not agree, but the fact remains... a lot of people are perfectly happy with their smartphone cameras, and new camera sales are feeling the pressure of that.


But I am not currently one of them.

I tried to get into it back in 2012.





But I just don't seem to enjoy it as much as using even my waterproof compact camera, which happens to be one of my favourite cameras. Or my mirrorless camera. Or one of my dSLR cameras.

But I kinda liken it to something like how I enjoyed driving a manual transmission car.

Now a days, more and more cars are coming standard with automatic transmissions. And more and more of these don't even have an old school manual transmission as an option anymore.

Yes. CVT transmissions are becoming more fuel efficient than the old school manual transmissions.

And they are convenient.

But . . . if you like driving manual transmission, no matter how good an automatic transmission becomes, it is simply not the same thing.

The sad thing is . . . the manual transmission used to be the cheap option. For those of us that liked manual transmission, it could be a cheap way to enjoy driving. But now-a-days, most manual transmission cars are the more expensive models. At least here in Canada.

Take care & Happy Shooting!

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