Last year I bought a Canon compact camera to take with me on my vacations, because my old one had broken beyond repair. I wasn’t necessarily in a period of budget flourishment, so I ended up borrowing some money from one of my friends, Susan, who only later found how how I’d used it and became truly scandalized. It’s come to my attention in this last period that many people believe cameras, even more if they are not DSLR, are obsolete, and that once you’ve got a working smartphone, there’s no excuse for spending money on such a tool, unless, maybe, you’re taking pictures for a living. I reject this philosophy with all my heart, and here are the main reasons why.
There’s just no way a good smartphone photo is better that a good compact camera one, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. On newer models, the sensor surface size beats most smartphones, and with a wide aperture lens, you’re going to take in a lot more light. The depth of field on compact cameras give you the advantage of being able to blurr out the background and focus the image on your subject: I really like it when I can focus the entire energy of the shoot on the bird or flower that I’m photographing. The optical zoom is yet another thing about point and shoot camera that will always appeal to me, while the flash power remains incomparable even today. They are speaking about this feature in many useful articles.
What’s more convenient than taking the phone out of your pocket and click two buttons? Having enough battery to call for help is the wild raccoon suddenly decides to attack. All jokes aside, I guess some people find it easier to have an all-in-one, but I believe photographs are supposed to be more that a fast recording of something that you just witness. Having a compact camera lets you carry your tool with little effort and instead delivers an image that reflects both your subject and yourself.
For me, every photograph that I take requires a creative process, and while a smartphone may offer you the choice between a few modes like landscape or portrait, a flash and a small zoom, a camera will let you experiment and combine its features to get the perfect shot. I wouldn’t trade the great macros for any of the features on the smartphone.