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With the ever growing prevalence of camera phones

and the constant technical advancements that have come along with these devices, just about anyone and everyone has the means to take photographs on a regular basis. However, just because you have the ability to do something, doesn’t mean you have the skill or creative vision for it. Nor does it mean that your equipment can handle what actually has to be done in order to create true art.

This brings me to one of my major pet peeves as a landscape and portrait photographer – attempting to substitute a a camera phone for the real thing.

For example, one of the newest things out there is a Nokia Lumia 1020 which claims to have a 41 megapixel digital camera. While I have my doubts about the reality of this claim, even if it is true, that’s only a small part of the equation of what makes a quality camera.

A REAL decent camera must have all of these qualities if not more:

Ability to adjust aperture manually

Ability to adjust shutter speed manually

Ability to adjust ISO manually

Ability to adjust white balance manually

Ability to house an external flash

Ability to work with strobe lighting units

Ability to use and exchange multiple lenses 

Don’t get me wrong, camera phones are OK for just playing around or using in a pinch. But none of them can compare to the real thing.

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Comments on: "Camera phones will never replace real cameras" (2)

  1. I have to agree. I have seen the advertisement for the new phone you mention, how its “mad for photographers who want to use a camera phone”. As you point out yeah it has 41 megapixels, but no real added feature for real photographers, its just a toy compared to the cameras out there, you need the different lenses and options for adjustments! I’m not a photographer, but I love the art form none the less. Grate post 🙂

  2. There are some fantastic phonographers out there, but I totally agree that it still doesn’t compare to the artistry and knowing how to work with manual controls on a dSLR : )

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