During our long trip abroad to Norway and Germany at the end of May (was it only in May?!) I took the opportunity to upgrade my failing 3 year-old smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy Ace, to a much newer Galaxy S4 with more memory and a higher resolution screen and camera. My phone now has a higher resolution camera than my Canon PowerShot S100.
If I look at my photographing trends over the past 2 years, I seem to have become a point-and-shoot photographer, for good or bad, but it does force me to ask the question of why I carry around 2 cameras when heading out. I can almost compare it to why I drive a car with an automatic shift as opposed to a stick shift. It lets me concentrate on what’s happening around me without needing to set up my camera for each scene, which usually escapes me by the time I’m ready to shoot with manual settings. When talking about snapshot photography, does it really matter whether the photo was taken with a high-end DSLR or a high-end Lumix cameraphone?
Each camera has its strengths and weaknesses and, of course, there are things that a point-and-shoot just cannot do because of the lens (although that may be changing). Again using the car analogy, I know I’ll never win the Grand Prix with my Toyota, but then again I’m not trying to. I’m just trying for the best shot I can get with the camera I have in hand. Ultimately I think that is what most photographers try to do.
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An interesting look at what your camera’s life expectancy might be, but, as the article says, to be taken with a grain of salt. If you don’t see your model on the front page, use the search box or sitemap for other models. Not all models have data (if yours doesn’t, consider adding to the database). I’m also assuming this really depends a lot on how hard you push your camera and what environment it’s working in. My S100 got caught in the spray from a couple of waterfalls over the weekend.
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Unless you’re a photographer living under a rock, you’ll know that photokina in Köln, Germany opened this week and is already starting to wind down and again this year I wasn’t there. So, what did I miss?
The prediction from two years ago that mobile photography, with its instant sharing capability, will be taking over from traditional photography seems to be true if you look at the number of products for iphonographers and the hybrid cameras running Android with WiFi. But, oh, the cameras! While there were plenty of leaked photos ahead of the event, all the major camera manufacturers are there. The two that have really caught my eye are the new Polaroid Instant camera (welcome back!) and Sony’s RX1.