(all pictures in this post taken with an iPhone 4)
My family got me a nice 12 megapixel Canon PowerShot camera before I got my iPhone 4 this passed summer. The Cannon camera is awesome and I still use it for when I go on vacation. I will say this though, since I’ve got my iPhone 4, which has flash built into it, I’ve been using the cannon less and less.
The iPhone is just convenient for me.
I like to carry hardly anything when I go out, I don’t even like having my keys let alone another camera in my pocket. So, I’ve been using my iPhone 4 as my camera for a little while because of the convenience.
There are two modes when you open up the camera app on the iPhone. You can either choose to take a photo or a video. The photos are fairly high quality. I thought it was just the screen in the beginning but when I uploaded them to my PC, I’ve noticed something: my 5 MP iphone camera puts up a hell of a fight against my 12 MP Canon.
The video on the iPhone is not quite as good, even though it will probably work for what you need it to. If you are out and something is happening and you want to shoot some spontaneous video, it will work fine. But if you are trying to shoot a mini film or even something of decent quality for a home movie, go with a higher quality video camera. In my case the Canon works fine, you might be even more worried about quality than me.
Editing On the Go
The cool thing about the iPhone is the ability to download an editing app and put something decent together in a few minutes. I had my iPhone on airplane mode on the flight back from Puerto Rico and was messing around with some video I shot while there. The program I used was iMovie, which is pretty much all you need to throw something together and upload it to Facebook or YouTube.
This can be highly useful if you are just trying to share a quick event that happened – such as a baby taking its first steps or an amazing motorcycle jump which you know someone in your family would love to see.
Not only is there a big market for apps with the iPhone, but there seems to be for accessories as well. I have a pair of touch screen gloves and a thin incase iPhone case. That’s just me. I only use my hands to take pictures. Of course, other people, they do it big.
There are cases you can buy with a stronger zoom lens built in and that are made to get certain angles. This is too much for me, but you can find multiple accessories with a single Google search.
Will Phones Replace Standard Cameras?
I think so, at least for average users like myself. If one is a professional photographer, they aren’t going to be contempt with the kind of quality the masses are. This is understandable.