Camera Phone

Albert Pedrosa

OVER the long weekend, we traveled to Camotes Island. It was my second time to visit the place. The first time was a commissioned travel to take photos of tourist destinations. I was traveling in full battle gear. My pack was around 15 kilos or even more since my tripod was like a tank. I totally love the scenic views of the island.

This time, together with family, I decided to only use my phone in taking photos. It’s always a struggle to decide if I should bring a camera or not. I know that after deciding, there’s the question of what lens to bring, and maybe an extra battery and camera body. Should I bring the long lens, just in case I need to shoot wildlife and tripod for long exposure? In the end, you’ll end up bring a ton of equipment.

To make it simple, I decided to go with just my cellphone. The cool thing about our cellphone camera today is the capability to shoot raw and the controls on exposure and colors are very convenient to photographers who want more control over their shots. There’s also an app that can edit in raw, and the editing tools are simply powerful.

While it’s true that cameras in cellphones are making a breakthrough, I don’t think there will ever come a time that it will replace professional cameras. I think there will be a big possibility that point and shoot cameras will be replaced by cellphone cameras. Mid-level compact cameras will stay and so will professional cameras.

When it comes to quality, the bigger sensor will always have the better edge. Fashion blogger Margaret Zhang who has almost a million followers uses a full frame DSLR to shoot her instagram post. She loves shooting on a tripod with camera set to timer. Of course, she uses all other cameras like cellphones when she has no better option.

Photo taken using OPPO F1s Expert Mode, f/2, 1/5, ISO400, Snapseed (Camotes, Bukilat Cave)

Another fashion blogger, Kim Jones uses a full-frame compact camera. You just can’t beat the quality of image that is edged from the type of glass in the lens and capture of light. Add a powerful editing software and you’ll get a premium image. Favorite among bloggers, celebrities and even makeup artists are compact cameras with APS-C sensors. This sensor is about 10 times the size of a cellphone camera sensor.

Let us not forget that we are just talking about quality. The experience in composing it right and the understanding of light is not part of the camera you buy. The skill to take good photos is still in the hands of the person behind the camera. I’ve seen some photos taken by cellphone cameras and the images are nothing less than amazing. The quality may be a bit less, but nevertheless, they’re still impressive shots.

The ever changing landscape in image capture has shifted a lot in the last two decades, and until now, we are still riding the waves of technology, and we can only guess where this is headed. The art side, though, has never changed: it has become more competitive when it comes to creativity.
Keep on shooting, everyone!

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