Smart phones have made photography a lot more accessible, everyone has a high-quality camera in their pocket these days. But even though you can get incredible images on a phone, there are still reasons to use a single purpose camera for your holiday photography. Phones are great, but a pro camera is better. And that is why they are so expensive, particularly the lenses. Here are some situations where the single purpose camera is superior, and how to take advantage of their benefits.
- Low light: If you are on a romantic couple’s getaway in NSW, chances are you are going to want pictures of the night life. Smart phone cameras have come a long way, and they do often advertise their low light capabilities. But the reality is, their tiny little sensors are trying to pack 108 megapixels into a space that is a 16th the size of a pro DSLR’s sensor. The result is reasonable in normal light, but in low light a lot of noise is generated in the image, so if you want to enlarge that photo it is going to fall apart and begin to look very average. Whereas images from full size sensors will hold up better and you are going to get detail even on very low light images.
- Storage: If you plan on shooting a lot of photos. The system of storage on DLSR’s is much more convenient. Both cameras and phones use SD cards these days but changing an SD card in a camera compared to a phone is night and day. You can swap the SD card in a camera in about 10 seconds, and you can keep your images separate from all the junk that is going to pile up on your phone’s card.
- Cameras are Designed to be Cameras: This is important went comes down to getting a shot. When you are using an SLR you are looking right at the scene with one eye, not at a screen. Your finger is in a natural position ready to go, and your zooming capability does not require you to put two fingers on a screen to zoom. If you are photographing animals, or action, superior zooming is a big advantage. On top of that, all the camera controls are easily available without scrolling menus. For these reasons. You are consistently going to shoot better with a camera, because you can concentrate on the shot. Pro photographers find photography with a phone feels like tying your shoes with boxing gloves on.
- Lenses: lenses on smart phones are certainly high-tech marvels, but think what lens makers can do with technology if they didn’t have to make them so small. Professional photographers insist on single purpose cameras, particularly because of the lenses available. Lenses for single purpose cameras are simply superior in every way.
Using a single purpose camera can have some drawbacks, they are big and you have to carry more gear, But if you are serious about getting the best shots, then that will be a small sacrifice for great holiday photos.