Reader Participation Day: Has Your Cell Phone Replaced Your "Real Camera" For Taking Photos?
The equipment we use to capture photos of our park visits has changed dramatically over the years, and although they aren't likely to replace a "real camera" for serious photographers, the ability of cell phones to capture quality images has made them increasingly popular with many people.
I've enjoyed photography as a hobby for many years, so I'll plead guilty to some occasional silent scoffing when I've spotted someone stop, aim his cell phone briefly in the direction of a scenic view, and "snap" a quick photo or two. How great can that shot be, I'd wonder?
As is often the case, experience leads to humility, prompted in this case by our household's purchase of our first "smart phone" earlier this summer. I'll admit to a healthy dose of skepticism about the on-board camera, but figured I'd give it a try on a recent three-week trip to several parks.
I'll admit that the results often surprised me, even though I used the Samsung Galaxy S4 strictly as a "point and shoot" camera, and haven't yet experimented with the various optional photo settings available on the phone. If I wanted to tinker with more advanced techniques, I'd still drag out the considerably bulkier SLR, but as our trip progressed, the smart phone's 13MP camera tended to become my first choice for many shots...and it also shoots some fine video.
How about you? Has your the camera on your cell phone (smart or otherwise) replaced other equipment for your photos on park trips?