Camera phone or dslr is a major question I’ve been trying to conquer lately.
I’m writing this post with the hopes that by the end of this year I’ll be able to have my phone upgraded, or instead get a camera. While I’m still wondering what camera I’ll end up with (I’m wishing for an Olympus Pen E-PL7 or even Fuji Film but the bank account has moths in it. Moths called Aliexpress and financial stagnancy), lately I’ve been wondering whether a camera is worth it after all.
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When I search for info on cameras, I keep getting referred to DSLR cameras. The ones you need lens – in enters the math, I see things like 35mm and 50mm and get a bit scared. I also read that in addition to buying the camera itself, lens are a whole other territory that need to be conquered. It led me to the question: camera phone or dslr?
Firstly, It’s probably best to consider the pros of either of the options:
Pros of a DSLR/Proper Camera
+ It would allow for me to grow my photography skills beyond the normal phone level
+ It opens up a whole new world with different buttons and settings to be mastered and played around with.
+ Clearer, higher quality photos:
I can’t even imagine what something like 20 mega pixels would look like in comparison to 8MP. This is subjective – you can kill it with a phone BUT have the best camera but take hideous photos. It all depends on you.
There’s no doubt that DSLRs can be expensive, and the expenses don’t end at the purchase. If you want to get some lens, you have to fork over money for that too. Some of them can also be bulky and pretty obvious. This brings me to my next points:
Pros of an iPhone (or any other phone with a good camera)
+ It’s light weight, easily carried around
+ It’s not just a camera, but you can also do a host of other things on it – music, apps for editing and whatnot.
+ The hassle of transferring from memory card to computer and all that process is way less than if you had a camera.
+ The possibilities are endless, you can use an iPhone to blog and vlog if need be – I’ve recorded some videos on my phone, and they’re pretty quality!
So, Camera Phone or DSLR?
For starters, I am a bootleg journalist – found myself in many peculiar, often artsy, often funny situations which would require a camera to capture the moment. Of course, I don’t want to be fumbling around with a camera as it can lead to issues. I like being able to take a photo with stealth of a thousand predators. All I’d need is to lower my screen brightness (totes #journalist material – CNN, where you at?).
I live in Nigeria, and from one experience I had, I’m a bit reluctant to carry a big-ish camera around.
Jabi Lake Mall, No Cameras
My friend came over to Abuja during Christmas and we went to Jabi Lake Mall for a movie. A security guard saw her DSLR in her bag and told her to keep it in the car. It was so retarded because phones have cameras and we are allowed to take our phones with us. What could possibly be the difference? I even recall some creatives expressing annoyance over harassment due to this camera issue.
There is no doubt that iPhone cameras are quality, and I can testify to that. I’m dreaming of a 128 or 256GB iPhone 6 or 7 – oh, the things I would do! I’d download editing apps out there, create loads of content, take even more photos and use the camera so well. I only consider three things when buying a phone – camera, music and battery life. Space is also a very important factor.
The best case scenario would be to get both a phone and a camera, but that’s wishful thinking at this point. Oh well! Basically, it all comes down to what is more efficient, and suited to my environment – what do you think? iPhone/camera phone or DSLR?