The Best Camera

Skee Ball, High 5 - Lakeway, Texas

Skee Ball, High 5 – Lakeway, Texas

There is a well used phase “The Best Camera is the one that’s with you”. I’m not sure who said that first, but it very well might be Chase Jarvis, who in 2009, released a book with that title. It’s a photo book shot entirely with the Apple iPhone. The original one with the 2MP camera.

Lots have changed in those 7 years. Apple has continuously updated the camera and iPhone photography has gone mainstream. With the rise of smartphone photography, while decimating the compact camera market, more people than ever are taking photos. I’ve shot with my iPhone for years but most of those images were relegated to my Instagram. That changes, today.

I took my son to a birthday party this afternoon. The venue, a bowling alley / arcade, filled with visual delights. But I was caught flat-footed. Despite my 40+ dedicated cameras, I didn’t bring one with me. I fell back to my best available camera, which was an iPhone 6s. Sure, smartphone pictures look good on small screens and that’s how I look at Instagrams, on my phone, as do most people. But this is different. I analyzed and scrutinized this photo on my big 27″ monitor, just as I do with any other dedicated camera. The results are fantastic and the color, outstanding, even in this semi-dim environment.

The iPhone 6s, is no slouch. It’s now 12MP, with a f2.2 lens at 29mm equivalent with a 1/3″ sensor. The 1/3″ sensor, while small, is actually the same size as the first Olympus Digital camera, the D-200L, released in 1996, which only had 0.3MP (640 x 480).

The iPhone 7, especially the Plus model, is supposed to be even better. With an optical zoom, no less, and with image stabilization. I’m not going to ditch the rest of my cameras, just yet. But nice to know that I have such a capable photographic tool, always with me.

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6 thoughts on “The Best Camera

  1. I’m always amazed at the results from phone camera’s and they’re just getting better. I see Google is in the game now, waiting to see the results from them. Nice work as always.


    1. Thank you, John. Photography purists, like me, are probably behind the curve, on what can be done with smartphones. They’ve really gotten quite good in the last couple of years.

  2. I have used the camera in my phone and gotten better pictures than I expected. And certainly better than the nothing I would otherwise have gotten, but I don’t like it. It doesn’t feel good to me and I don’t care for the format. But, it is the picture taking mechanism of last resort. If I don’t have a camera, I pretty much always have the phone.

    1. They certainly have a different feel and employ a different technique than dedicated cameras. They have advantages though, beyond their availability. You can shoot in places that may raise eyebrows with a larger, traditional camera.

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