Have You Bought Your Last “Real” Camera?

It’s no secret that smartphones are taking a greater share of our photos these days and not just mindless selfies, either. There have been professional photo shoots with iPhones and the stock photo firm Alamy recently debuted an app that lets you sell your mobile photos (and only mobile photos) online.

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Comments (6)

  1. I have a view that this is a generation thing. Smartphones are very much in vogue with the younger generation and it is they who have stopped buying entry level digital cameras in droves. But, those cameras were relatively too complicated for their needs, which simply supports that photography was not their interest, but simply taking a photo was. So this is why the smartphone has become the camera of choice for them.

    Traditionalists who are interested in photography do not ditch their camera gear to rely solely on a smartphone.

  2. Doesn’t the NAS have enough information on us. Now they want our pictures. I say let them work for it.

  3. It would seem Sony Cyber Cameras answer some of the problems with Smartphones though they are quite expensive.

  4. not a chance- I live where there is no cell signal, it adds up to no smartphone I can afford.

    The needs of a disabled man with medication-damaged memories and shaky, well, everything… it has to be very flexible, so I can uswe it to document what I do any given day.

    I have to have good [6-12x] optical zoom, lens-shift image stabilization, medium [8-12 MP] resolution, and very tight [10mm] macro focus- and run on AA NiMh LSD batteries to last a day out.

    A Canon Powershot A720 IS and a Canon PS SX130 IS are my primary cameras, though I have a couple of older compact cameras stashed where I can grab one when a need arises and the primaries are out of reach.

    For now, that’s an Olympus FE-20 [C570] 8 MP camera [paid $2.50 at a yard sale- with a battery & a 2 gig XD card, and $10 got a charger & 2 new batteries,] my wife uses a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W560, and I’m installing a new lens assembly into a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W650 I got cheap that was lenslammed..

    all the cams but the Olympus use SD cards, and the Powershots have the CHDK software installed and boot off the cards for more features.

  5. Its like comparing a trowel and a spade for gardening.

    Could you take a decent pic of an eagle on its nest with a smart phone?

    Smartphone cameras undoubtedly have their place – example; who wants to carry a smartphone AND a camera on a night out?

  6. I almost was. When I drove a taxi the smartphone was the way to go.. I had bought a Canon eos 1000 some time back when I found that film was costing me too much. So I gave my old pentax to the local high school’s camera club for which they were truly thankful. Now that I am retired I have taken some time to learn how to operate the dslr. At 68 years old I figure I might be fairly good with it in about twenty-five years time. One thing I am doing is take photos of driftwood and other garbage and turnig them into 3d carvings for my homebuilt CNC router. Makes magic cupboard doors

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