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post Jul 3 2016, 07:40 PM
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Need some proper input here. I lost my camera last summer and am looking to replace it, but I'm also going to upgrade my phone which will allow me to just take pictures on that if I want. Using the phone camera has tons of advantages, from the convenience of sharing pictures to the ease of not having to carry a separate camera. I've never had a phone capable of taking good pictures so it's hard for me to compare the difference in quality. It would make a lot of sense for me to just get the new phone and not worry about a camera as long as the pictures aren't a big step down from what I'm used to, and I'm worried about wasting all my phone battery on taking pictures and video.

So what do you currently take pictures with? I'm hoping for feedback from anyone who has stopped using a regular camera as well as anyone like me who still prefers using a regular camera. Are there any other advantages/disadvantages to consider?
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post Jul 3 2016, 07:54 PM
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I've got a Canon 70D which is a really nice portable shooter plus I've got a spare 60D so I really batter my 70D as I don't see much difference in the quality. The 80D is out and I'd like one of those but I destroy everything slowly but surely so I can't sell either of my main cameras =[

In terms of phones my S7 is perfect, the camera is great but I do really love the novelty and feeling of having a chunky camera physically - I can't see me ever fully making the conversion from camera to phone, not in the near future anyway. Camera's are great.

If you wanted a new camera I'd get a 70D, pretty sturdy and well worth the price tag. One day within the next year or two I shall take the leap and purchase an 80D.
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post Jul 3 2016, 08:04 PM
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Mobiles are fine for snaps or decent prints but they dont have the versatility and quality of a good camera. Mines a panasonic fixed zoom lens lumix, great for arty shots and composing big file photos for prints of a large size.
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post Jul 3 2016, 08:17 PM
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Jordan if you are looking for perfect photos i'd go and buy another Camera but honestly any top grade phone nowadays can take a really good photo depending on lighting of course and even then you can usually manually adjust the settings too.

I'd upgrade your phone first and see how well the photos are and if they aren't upto the standard you want i'd then invest in a camera.
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post Jul 3 2016, 08:18 PM
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I have a canon eos 1200d but to be honest these days I rarely ever use it as its so bulky to carry around! I just use my phone most of the time now, it takes good enough pictures!

I also have a Polaroid camera but the film is SO expensive. I only really use that on special occasions
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post Jul 3 2016, 08:20 PM
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I don't take pictures much in general at all laugh.gif I should really. I guess I just have nothing interesting or different I want to snap most of the time. Now I'm in London I'll be taking a fair few hopefully dry.gif

I have a camera but so does my iPod. The cam is a few years old mind, but I expect it produces better pictures. Maybe I can compare the quality of both? thinking.gif

Camera quality in portable devices hey increasingly better quality so it doesn't surprise me that people don't buy proper cameras so much these days. Professional photographers/enthusiasts will probably still buy proper cameras though most likely.


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I have a decent camera on my phone but I also have a proper camera that I use a lot, I tend to think of it as my 'professional' one as I do a lot of photography for uni with it, there's just a higher quality and ofc the ability to get various lenses etc, it really depends on what you intend to use a camera for whether you need one separate from your phone. I purposely got a phone with a high quality camera too so that I could still use images from it in my work etc, it's not always practical to be carrying a big camera around with you either which was the main reason I got the phone I did, It means I can take pretty good photos at concerts now too *.* laugh.gif

My camera is really noisey as well, there's no way to discretely take a photo as the shutter/capture sound is SO loud :') I was in this old historical church place near Stirling Castle the other week and I wanted to take photos of the stained glass windows but it was also a place where people were remembering lost ones etc so it wasn't really the time to interrupt someones thoughts with a clicking camera so it was good to have my phone then so I could still take some photos without disturbing anyone happy.gif

oh side note: at least 20mpx is usually what decent phones have if they're good quality cameras (idk if that helps) angel.gif


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post Jul 3 2016, 10:27 PM
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I got a Nikon D3300 camera for Christmas as i had a few photojournalism assignments for Uni in my first year. I felt like the pictures i was taking with the Uni cameras were better than those on my phone, and didn't want to have to rely on taking them out all the time. The quality is noticeably better on my camera (i had to create a magazine recently and the quality of the images was impressive) than my iPhone 5S and i'd definitely favour it for important things like Uni assignments. However as mentioned, it can be a bit of a pain to lug around and doesn't have that instantaneous sharing quality that a phone has - so i'd favour my phone for more casual images (like for instagram or just general family photos or something) as the quality is still good enough in this instance.
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post Jul 4 2016, 01:35 AM
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You're all so helpful! heart.gif You're right, a phone is probably best for family photos etc. where being able to share easily is more important than having the absolute best quality. I do like to take some landscape-type shots too, especially in autumn when the leaves change and winter when the snow falls, and a real camera would be best for those.

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I'd upgrade your phone first and see how well the photos are and if they aren't upto the standard you want i'd then invest in a camera.
I think this is what I'll do, great suggestion. I just need to take pictures this weekend for a bachelor party, group photos will look just fine on a phone and that way I can send them to the other guys. So upgrading my phone does make the most sense for me, then maybe a new camera later.

I'm curious to see more responses but this has already been a huge huge help! biggrin.gif
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post Jul 4 2016, 06:53 AM
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I stopped using a seperate camera around the time I got an iPhone. The picture quality from an iPhone is respectable and I've used a few photos I've taken on my old 5 as desktop backgrounds on PCs and the quality has been good. I now have a 6s and will continue to use this as my primary camera. I should stress that I'm more of a "oooh pretty" photographer rather than someone serious about it as an art.
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post Jul 4 2016, 01:48 PM
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I've got three cameras! Well four if you count the one thats broken laugh.gif My latest one, Sony A6000 is the one I currently use the most, its kinda pricey, but a brilliant little camera. Then I have a smaller Lumix FZ38 for concerts and I also have an old film camera that used to belong to my grandad, but I don't really use that one much. I love taking photos on my phone too (iPhone 6)
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post Jul 16 2016, 01:15 AM
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Saw this and meant to reply at the time, I was looking through my tabs (I keep too many tabs open because I'm awful) and thought I'd finally get round to it.

I use a Fujifilm FinePix S4500 for "proper" pictures and it's a nice camera, would kinda like an upgrade someday but it's actually good for legit photography, way better than my phone for sure. I love the 30x zoom and ability to focus, albeit auto focus. All too often I forget to bring it out with me though so I default to my phone for unexpected moments (which isn't that often tbh). I also use my iPad if I have it with me and that's good quality (as Apple always is it seems).

Here's a photo I took back in 2014 on my main camera, a nearby reservoir:

Same camera, a 2013 photo of my kitteh cat Inkie:

Another from June last year in Tenerife, some doves were always invading the balcony so I took a few photos, partly for practice but also because I like doves:


I take loads on holidays, there always seems to be more to take pictures of. Like I say I need to take more because I really like photography as a hobby but I never seem to have my camera with me at the right time. sad.gif


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post Jul 16 2016, 12:34 PM
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Those pictures are really clear *.*
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post Jul 17 2016, 07:40 PM
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Thank you! <3
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post Jul 17 2016, 07:44 PM
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I bought a pretty nice Nikon camera just to take good pictures at concerts and festivals.

I literally use it for nothing else.
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